Posted: August 25th, 2008
Stacey Cahoon at the last possible moment snatched victory away from Dean Weber after a 50 lap feature here at WMMP. Dean Weber lead the race from the beginning and it looked as though this sixth place point contender was going to claim victory, giving the #30 racing team a huge shot in the arm towards the point race. With a couple of cautions, second place points leader Stacey Cahoon had made his way through the pack and was poised behind Weber on a restart. The point leader suffered a terrible blow late in the race as Quinten Welch smacked the wall on the homestretch taking his #78 car out for the night. As the last 10 laps played out, the crowd saw Cahoon go from the rear of Weber to the outside in an attempt to take the lead. Weber held his own as he maintained the groove on the inside of the track, forcing Cahoon to the outside. Coming out of turn four Cahoon took his #83 car just a little to the outside and poured on the juice, causing one of the most spectacular photo finishes I have ever seen.
If it was not for the photographer snapping a start/finish line photo, it would have been that close to have called it from the tower. However, after personally seeing the photo myself, I can tell you Stacey Cahoon earned that victory. The Weber racing team however should be proud of their driver for a clean, hard faught second place finish, reminding the crowd that the #30 is a winning team. Coming in third for the NAPA Late Model division was the #21 race team with Oren Rimick at the helm.
Hometown favorite Tim Churchill won the Shuttle Connection Super Street Division Feature with Adam Delucca and Chan Davis hot on his tail.
Davis and Delucca persisted on hounding Churchill throughout the race, letting him know that they were ready to take over at any time. Churchill managed to keep Delucca at bay by keeping a steady groove and not allowing him on the inside, Delucca's favorite ride here at WMMP. Davis on the other hand was more daring with his passing being done on both the inside and outside lanes, but hit a brick wall once he slid into the third place slot behind Delucca. Not able to gain on the #6 car, Chan Davis settled in for a third place finish. Adam Delucca was at the ready to claim the lead if given the chance but had to settle for second tonight. Tim Churchill thanked the fans for coming out each week to support the drivers and to his crew for helping him make victory lane.
Our Beacon Resort Strictly Stocks were not to be outdone tonight, providing some excitement of their own for the crowd. When the dust settled we saw the #10 of Curtis Leman squeeze in for a third place finish that provided its own heart stopping moment. Leman on the inside, David Baron Sr. on the outside managing to snatch second place away from Leman. Coming out of turn four and going high, the #28 rode on it for a second place finish. Leading the pack to victory lane was former kids truck driver Cam Clairmont in his #6 Chevy Camero. Cam took the lead and set the pace for the others to follow, proving his worth and giving his team a shot at the championship.
In the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini division, rookie driver Ben Irwin places in the top three for the second time this season. The #49 car used by Sean Akers of years past is now being driving by a newcomer to the track. Working on changes to the car and learning from experiences here at WMMP we have seen Irwin improve with each passing week. Former Track champion and one of the top point leaders Nick Pilotte kept Irwin at bay and hounded the leader to the end, finishing second for the night. Following in the footsteps of his dad, Tucker Williams pulled off a victory here with his #99 car. Williams' win puts him in the running for the championship in his division.
Our heart-in-the-throat moment tonight came during our HK POWERSPORTS Kids Truck Division feature. Brandon Bourne was in trouble going into turns three and four, coming around and creating a hazard for the #43 of Kyle Willis. Kyle came to a halt but was hit from behind which sent him into the #31 of Bourne. Willis had to be helped from his truck and he was removed from the track by Golden Cross ambulance to the pit area. His truck was towed and by the time the green flew, the #43 came cruising back out to finish the race. Coming in third for the night was Chris Pelkey in the #64 truck and the #47 of Gordon Day took second. The success story tonight was the feature winner, the #97 of Alex Rooney. Last week by the end of the feature Rooney was sputtering his way around the track, giving those in the stands room to wonder if he would be a contender this week. Alex took the lead and proudly waved the checkers tonight having solved his troubles from last week.
Making another appearance this week at WMMP was the Northeast Classic Lites. This club originates from Hudson Speedway and has a website which you can find if you google NECLASSICLITES. We here at WMMP enjoy having this club here and enjoy the show they put on for us each time. With only 11 out of 24 cars able to make it Jimmy Ryder Jr. pulled off a feature win, giving him the boost he needed for he and the #41 racing team. The #14 driven by Billy Ryder came in second for the night and the #38 of Jeremy Wilcox placed third.
Donnie and Teri Avery wish to invite everyone next week for another exciting night of racing here at WMMP, with racing set to begin at 6:oo pm. WMMP is located 2 miles south of North Woodstock on Rt.3 and 3 miles north of exit 32 off I-93. Also coming up on Friday August 29th the Whitefield Rec. Dept. is having its final "cruise night" and extends an open invitation to any and all race car owners and their drivers to participate. The show is held on the common and there is no entry fee. The pace car from WMMP has made a couple of appearances and was warmly received. For a good time and a chance to see some nice autos from the past and not so distant past, make plans to attend Whitefield's final cruise night on Friday August 29th. If you own a classic of your own, regardless of its condition, come on up for a night of family fun from 6 to 8 pm. See you there!!
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