463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Posted: May 24th, 2009
The first night of racing at WMMP played host to the Pro All Star Series plus all five divisions of regular racing. The night was rocked with multiple caution flag events including two red flag accidents, both of which ended in the pits. The first of which was during the Late Model Feature when the 73 of Cody Bodwell was involved in a spinout coming out of turn two. This brought out the caution and it appeared that as Bodwell got back underway, the car shot up pit road, taking out the chain link fence on the right side of pit road as he flew past the end of the jersey barrier and straight into the pits. Bodwell continued straight into the pits into an area between two vehicles and through the perimeter fence seperating the pits from the river the runs behind the pit area. The car landed against the trees keeping it from landing in the river. The Bodwell was apparently not injured and the extent of damage to the car was unknown as of press time.
The second red flag event of the night again involved pit road. During the PASS feature event another driver that had been fighting for position down the back stretch appeared to come into contact with another driver and lost control at full speed, striking the very end of the backstretch wall at the entrance to pit road, went airborne into the left hand wall of pit road, taking out the fence on the left side of pit road and rolled over the jersey barrier landing into the pits. As spectacular as the wreck was, we were happy to report no injury to that driver as well. It was noted that spectators in the pit area no longer congregated near the pit entrance.
The PASS 150 was wraught with cautions with several drivers being unable to even complete the race. Coming in third for the night was the #33 of Richie Dearborn, second went to #35 of Derek Rumstrom and Ben Rowe driving his #4 car to victory. He hails from Turner Me and has raced here at WMMP many times. The #4 car is owned by Richard Moody Racing LLC. Rowe had to make his way to victory lane after starting at mid pack and working his way to the lead. Near the end of the feature there were a couple of cautions with Rowe starting on the outside pole and taking the lead, only to drop to second during racing. At around lap 135 the lead car was involved in a collision thus ending his night and allowing Rowe to restart in the pole position where he was able to take a commanding lead and thus win the PASS 150.
The NAPA Late Models had a 50 lap event that saw 22 drivers start, but not very many of them finished. Many cars took it hard with caution after caution coming out. The leaders of the pack seemed to fare the best with minimal damage after all was said and done. The most noteworthy was the red flag wreck involving Cody Bodwell. No official word as of press time as to what had happened but it appeared a throttle issue was to blame. Needless to say by the end of the night WMMP was looking for a fencing sponsor! Taking third for the feature was the #23 racing team of Glenn Martel, taking second was the #02 of Russ Clark and earning his first feature for the year was the #78 of Quinten Welch.
The Shuttle Connection Super Streets started out with twelve drivers battling for their first win with the #66 of Tim Churchill having to settle for third. Chan Davis placed second in his #57 car and winning the feature in his new ride for the '09 season was Craig Roy in the #16. The car was built and painted in tribute to racing legend Stub Fadden who just recently passed away earlier this spring. Roy mentioned that just prior to Stub's passing he was able to see the car in its completed state and was quite pleased with how the car looked.
The Beacon Motel Strictly Streets also started out with twelve drivers looking for their first feature win of the season. The #6 of Alex Kelly was able to snag himself a third place finish, coming from the Kids Truck Division to the Strictly's this year. Second place went to the #28 of David Baron Sr. and the win went to the #9 of Michael Davis.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini's started with nine drivers but the dominate three for the night set the pace which the others could not keep up with. Taking third was the #24 of Allan Young, second went to the #71 of Rubin Call and the win was awarded to returning driver Opie Thayer. Thayer you may recall has been absent for the past few years and had raced for many years at WMMP, taking track championship twice before. He is driving the #4 car this year.
The HK Powersport Kids Truck Division saw seven trucks take to the field but not all them would finish. Third went to the 31 of Brandon Bourne with a stunning yellow/checkered finish. Bourne had been leading and appeared to be poised to win the first feature of the night but coming out of turn four he and another driver came into contact allowing the #43 of Nick Willis to pass them by for a second place finish and the #77 of Derek Stone took the win. Nick Willis is a new driver to the kids truck division and is the brother to Kyle Willis. Derek Stone is a returning driving and had not been doing well towards the end of the feature but took full advantage of Bourn's misfortune, securing himself his first feature win of the season.
Far too many cars left the track on the hook making it look more like a dash for the cash race instead of a beginning feature night. We wish the best to all those drivers who have a week of hard work ahead of them to prepare for next weeks' night of regular racing. Congratulations to those drivers and teams who placed in the top three of all five divisions as well as the Pro All Star Series. We look forward to seeing everyone next week at WMMP for a 5:00 pm post time. WMMP is located on Rt.3 in Woodstock NH approximately three miles north of exit 30 off I-93 and two miles south of the jct. of Rt.112 off exit 32 of I-93. The main gate open at 3:30, see you there !
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262