Posted: May 29th, 2011
After a week long delay thanks to mother nature and the rain, White Mountain Motorsports Park threw open the gates on the 2011 season with it's five regular divisions in action. It was a warm and humid night with the action on the highbanks of N. Woodstock turning out to be about as intense and action-packed as it could be for an opening night.
Qualifying was fast and furious with all drivers wanting to kick the season off with a trip around the track with the checkers in hand. In the HK Powersports kids truck division Logan #26 took home the win after starting on the pole. He had his hands full of his Chevy S10 all the way as Nick Willis in the #43 and Amanda Wheeler in the #20 stalked him the whole way, but both ran out of time when the checkered flag flew. Jason Fallman in the #21 started on the pole in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank strictly mini-stock division and never looked back as he led flag to flag in his qualifier. The Beacon Resort strictly stocks ran their two qualifiers right off without a hitch with the wins going to the #84 of Elwin Sidney and the #63 of Tom Keith. In the Avery's Sweeping tiger sportsman division the win went to the #24 of Jeff Huntington who had his hands full of the #90 of Sean Akers and the #11 of Brian Gosselin. The NAPA late model sportsmen rolled onto the track for their qualifiers and were ready for action. Checkers were handed out to the #60 of Dan Colby, the #38 of Tyler Cahoon and the #83 of Stacy Cahoon. The NAPA late model semi-feature also went out to Stacy Cahoon.
The HK Powersports kids truck division took to the racetrack for their feature event first and did an excellent job holding their composure as the caution flag only flew once for a spin in turn 2. Rookie Mark Puffer from Groton, VT spun, but backed it down into the infield before the other racers got around the track and back to him, in a great move by a rookie driver, avoiding all contact and mayhem that could have ensued. Logan Oliver once again bolted to the lead from the start, with Chandler Potter in the #23 to his outside. As the laps began to tick off, Amanda Wheeler took to the high lane and began picking off the other trucks. She ran into a roadblock in Potter as she had a very difficult time getting around Country Floors of Plainfield pick-up. As the laps wound down she set her sites on Oliver after getting around Potter. However, once again she ran out of time as Oliver from Groton, VT took down the win in his Pine Mountainview Farm, Green Mounted Taxidermy truck. Wheeler was second in her Dennis O'Donnell Builders, Lakeside Auto truck, with Potter third in his Country Floors of Plainfield, White Mountain Soap truck.
Next on the grid was the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank strictly mini stock division. Despite being a field comprised mostly of rookies it was a very heated contest at the from start to finish, with one yellow flag flying for power steering fluid that got dumped on the track from turn four all the way to the flagstand. From the drop of the green it was Jason Fallman in the #21 Ford Mustang in the lead, but Kyle Willis in the #43 was right there all the way waiting for a mistake by Fallman. Willis took to the outside lane and went after Fallman, while the #4 of Travis Dickerson worked to fight his way out of the pack behind them. After the caution and the green flag flew again Willis hung tough in the outside lane and gave Fallman a good battle, allowing Dickerson to come out of the back and begin to catch up to them. Willis was losing traction as his tires got hot from running the outside and he had to settle back into second and do battle with Dickerson. When the checkers went in the air it was Fallman taking down the win in his Cannon Mountain sponsored Mustang, Kyle Willis in his North Country DECA, Charbo Campground sponsored Cavalier and Dickerson in his NAPA C&S Auto Parts, Extreme Decals and Designs VW Golf.
Not to be outdone, the Beacon Resort strictly stock division rolled out onto the frontstretch ready to do battle. Elwin Sidney in the #84 and Tom Keith in the #63 led the field out of turn four and down for the green. Sidney bolted to the lead at the drop of the green flag, while Keith had handling issues in the outside lane and began a slide back through the field, finally getting onto the low lane in the sixth position, but he was far from done. Keith began to work his way back to the front and by midway was back up into the third position, working over the #4 of Shane Sicard to take back second place when 2010 track champion Alex Kelley took to the high side and began picking his way out of the back of the pack. Sidney continued to stretch out his lead when both Keith and Kelley worked their way around Sicard. With just a few laps remaining, Kelley stayed to the high side and drove it deep into turn 4 and pulled alongside Keith. Kelley took the position off turn 2 and took off in chase of Sidney. Kelley got to within one carlength of Sidney when the checkers flew. It was Sidney with the win in his Viking Restoration, Foley Oil Co. Chevy Malibu, Kelly got the runner-up spot in his NAPA Auto Parts of Laconia and Meredith, PMC Surveyors Chevy Camaro, and in third was Tom Keith in his Briar Stone Farm, Agway of N. Haverhill Chevy Monte Carlo SS.
The Avery's Sweeping tiger sportsmen division took to the track and showed everybody how it was done going green to checkers in their feature event. Jeff Huntington in the #24 very quickly came from the back to take the lead early and never looked back. The race was for second place after that as Huntington was gone. Tim Potter in the #28 took chase, but he had to do battle with the #90 of Sean Akers who made short work of the competition coming out of the back. After the halfway marker flew, Brian Gosselin in the #11 seemed to get the handle on his automobile and came forward to join the battle for second, making it a three man dance for second. The three swapped the second spot back and forth until the checkered flag came out. It was Huntington in his GSR Auto sponsored Monte Carlo SS coming home with the win, Sean Akers was second in his Gonyaw Custom Homes, Summer St. Auto Ford Fusion and Gosselin third in his Brian's Autobody and Collision Repair, Peno's Property Management Monte Carlo SS in third.
The NAPA late model sportsmen rolled out of the pits in turn four and took to the N. Woodstock oval. From the drop of the green flag they showed everyone what "Thunder In The Mountains" is all about. The #60 of Dan Colby went to the lead early and went to work distancing himself from the field. He took off from the field intent on taking down the first win of 2011. Nobody told that to either Tyler Cahoon in the #38 or Quinny Welch in the #78, who was looking to recover from a qualifying spin that wiped out the front end of his Chevy Impala SS. Welch had to carefully and quickly come out of the back, as his car looked ok, but had nothing under the plastic front end, as they had to remove the bumper underneath. Colby was motoring at the front when disaster struck on lap 12. Coming out of turn four, the #26 of Dan Curren cut down a right front tire. When the tire went down he immediately turned up the racetrack, hooking the #16 of Travis Fadden, turning him head on into the frontstretch wall just as Fadden was getting back in the gas. The Patten's Gas Ford Fusion drilled the wall just before the flagstand sending tires, sheetmetal and parts all over the racetrack and dumping every imaginable fluid out onto the racing surface. At the encouragement of safety officials Fadden took his time getting out of his demolished racer to take his mandatory ride in the ambulance. Both Fadden and Curren walked away. thankfully, but Fadden's car was removed in the cradle between two wreckers and Curren's ride not doing much better was also removed from the track. Stacy Cahoon narrowly missed being involved as he stopped about three feet short of drilling Fadden a second time. When the green flew again after a lengthy red flag, Colby took off again in his Ford Fusion. Behind him Quinny Welch and Tyler Cahoon were coming up through traffic in a huge way. By lap 30 Cahoon was on the rear bumper of Colby, with Welch in hot pursuit of both. Cahoon went high and worked over Colby driving deep into turn one and taking the lead. Welch took his cue and did the same thing, getting around Colby and taking off after Cahoon. Welch drove it hard and pulled up to Cahoon, ready to take the youngster to school, but Cahoon had enough to hold him off for the win at the end of the 50 lap feature. Cahoon got his first career NAPA late model victory in his R&R Fireworks, Alomax Technologies Dodge Charger, Welch settled for second in his IBEW Local Linemen 104, Cutting Blade Lawn Care Impala SS, while Dan Colby brought it home in third in his Schofileds Septic, Mountainview Auto Sales and Service Ford Fusion.
Next week, on June 4th we will once again have a full card of racing featuring all five divisions of White Mountain Motorsports Park. The gates will open at 1pm, practice will begin at 3pm, racing begins promptly at 5pm. We look forward to seeing you and are looking forward to showing you why we call it "Thunder In The Mountains"!
We are very easy to find in the heart of the White Mountains, in Woodstock, NH. We are two miles south of N. Woodstock village on route 3 and three miles north of exit 30 off Interstate 93. We are a family friendly facility with no alcohol being allowed on the grounds at any time, and the grandstands split evenly into smoking and non-smoking sections. Again, we look forward to seeing you, if not next week, then sometime over the 2011 season
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262