463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Posted: September 20th, 2008
Saturdays at WMMP came to a climatic conclusion here with track champions being crowned tonight. It was exciting for each division as the drivers raced their way through each feature event. The NAPA Late Models saw a tight race between Stacey Cahoon, Quinten Welch and Dan Colby for the championship. Winning his qualifier and the Semi-feature was the #49 of Matt Anderson. The feature race went rather smoothly with Stacey Cahoon making his way from the rear through the pack to second. At about lap 39, Norm Andrews in the #33 car gave everyone quite a scare. He was running the outside going down the back stretch and seemed to run out of lane, running up the wall at full speed into the pits, coming to an abrupt stop by the barricade entering the pits. From this reporter's view it looked like he had struck the barricade which would have accounted for the abrupt stop. Stunned silence fell over the packed stands as the red flag dropped and emergency crews scrambled to the disabled #33 car. Genuine relief swept over the fans as I was able to finally announce that Norm Andrews was out of the car on his own and walked to the ambulance to be checked out by Golden Cross Ambulance. Once the track was cleared and racing resumed, we saw the #17 of Todd Aldrich finish third for the night, the #21 of Orin Remick came in second and the #60 of Dan Colby finished first.
The Rookie driver of the year for the NAPA Late Models was former kid truck driver Steven Legendre with his #20 car. Taking third overall for the season was the #60 racing team with driver Dan Colby at the helm. Having to settle for second overall for the season was last year's track champion Quinten Welch, driver of the #78. The championship for the NAPA Late Models goes to a driver who ran fairly consistent all season long besides helping his son with his season with ACT. Stacey Cahoon proudly displayed a banner across the rear of his #83 car proclaiming his victory as WMMP Track Champion as he made his way to victory lane for the championship introductions. As always Stacey credited his crew and sponsors for all that they do to support his racing, thanking his loving bride for all she does and for standing by him each race week.
The Shuttle Connection Super Street division saw a hard fought race between the top few drivers who had very few points separating them. Gerald Griswold led most of the race and was the driver to beat tonight with his #77 car. He saw the #14 of Craig Roy pass him by and take the checkers for the win, along with the #66 of Tim Churchill who snagged second for the night. Gerald Griswold finished third for the night.
Crowned the Rookie Driver of the year in the Shuttle Connection Super Streets was Gerald Griswold. Taking third in points for the year was a former track champion who returned this year after being gone for a couple of years. A hometown hero who takes the time to credit his crew each and every time he visits victory lane, Tim Churchill of the #66 racing team. Second for the year was another driver who drove his heart out and raced a clean, hard race each week. Adam Delucca of the #6 racing team announced that he will return next year to race but in a different car. His car will be driven by Cam Clairmont next year. Wearing the crown for a second year in a row is a driver who ran consistent most of the time with a couple of glitches along the way. Craig Roy not only took tonight's feature win but enjoyed his crowning moment as track champion, thanking his many sponsors, crew and family for all their support.
The Beacon Resort Strictly Stock division had another close race for the championship. Taking an early lead with the #6 car was Cam Clairmont. He was smokin' hot tonight, taking the lead and distancing himself from the second place car of Elwin Sidney. Both drivers combined put a gap between them and the rest of the pack tonight, setting the pace for the rest to follow. Fighting for a third place finish was the #09 of Steve Parker and the #28 of David Baron Sr., with the #28 team coming in third for the feature. Finishing second was the #84 of Elwin Sidney and waving the checkers was #6 Cam Clairmont.
Rookie driver of the year for the Beacon Resort Strictly Streets was the #76 of Jason Young. This was Jason's first year and is nicknamed the black sheep of the racing family for his choice of racing colors. Coming in third overall for the season is Cam Clairmont. Cam's #6 ran strong most weeks and served him well. His announcement that he is moving into the Super Streets next season is no surprise to this reporter. Cam's performance is rock solid and should prove to be quite the competitor next year. Second place overall for the season was a driver who enjoys racing here at WMMP and is a clean, hard racing driver. Steven Parker and his wife have seen the birth of their daughter last year while racing and she was here each week with momma cheering on dad, just one example we like to use to show that WMMP is a family oriented park. The #09 car had a good year and Steve credited the strong support from his family, many fans and sponsors and he too looks forward to next season. The track championship could not have gone to a more deserving driver. This team makes their way up from the southern part of the state to race here each week and helps to put on a good show for the fans. Being a family oriented track we also share in troubled times whenever drivers share personal stories with us, the crew and the fans. This too is the case for David Baron Sr. and the #28 racing team. Our prayers certainly are with David's Mom and his whole family as they struggle this year. David Baron held up tonight's festivities in victory lane as he sat in his car talking to his proud mother via cell-phone, tears streaming, letting her be the first to know that he had won the championship. We wish the best for David Baron's mother during this time.
The Woodsville Gauranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini division was no exceptions to a close points race. One point separated the top two drivers coming into tonight's race. Maneuvering successfully into a third place finish tonight was the #4 Mike Richards Jr. Making the winner have to work for his checkers tonight was the #37 of Dustin Jackson, who was leading in the beginning of the feature but saw the #14 of Nick Pilotte pass and lead the rest of the night into victory lane. Nick Pilotte certainly had his share of ups and downs this year but finished the season with a trip to victory lane.
The rookie driver of the year for the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank strictly stock mini division was Ben Irwin, driver of the #49 car. Ben Irwin started here this year as a rookie driver in the true sense of the word, not having raced anywhere before. Coming in third overall for the season was Mike Richards Jr and the #4 racing team. Mike thanked the fans for their support as well as his folks and family, as well as his many sponsors. Coming in second for the season was Nick Pilotte and the #14 racing team, teammate to Mike Richards. Nick alluded to possibly changing a different kind of rear end next race season but was very thankful to the Richards racing team for all of their support this year as well as his family and of course the fans. Taking the Crown is a driver who is very modest about his abilities and his performance this season. He had a good season overall, thanking his family for their support, citing that his success was due to the support of his father, first and foremost, and of his family and girlfriend. Dustin Jackson of the #37 racing team takes the championship home with him tonight.
The HK Powersports Kids Truck Division held two feature events but there is no points race in this division. In the first race we saw driver Alexander Rooney come in third with is #97 truck. Victory lane with this driver was much different tonight than at the beginning of the season. Alex was a man of few words that first night of racing and his visit to victory lane was a learning experience. He made up for his short speech that night with a battery draining speech that saw him thank his family and sponsors and practically each fan in the stands tonight. Coming in second was the #31 truck driven by Brandon Bourne and coming in first was #16 Lucas Wheeler. Lucas started the season mid-way and at a shaky start at that. We look forward to his return next season. The second feature race in the HK Powersports kids truck division saw driver Alex Kelly take third with his #6 truck. Coming in second was the #43 of Kyle Willis and taking the win was Jason Pelkey in his #25 truck. Jason announced that he has enjoyed racing here each week but was moving on to Thunder Road next year. We wish him the best of luck in his racing career.
At the conclusion of the night when division champions were announced, a special ceremony was held by the drivers of the HK Powersports Kids truck division. Each driver took the time to acknowledge Danny Walker who mentored these young drivers as they begin their racing careers here at WMMP. Danny Walker works with these drivers giving them pointers on how to find a groove that works for them and how to race with sportsmanship in mind. Donnie and Teri Avery are proud of the work Danny Walker has done with these driver's and they look forward to Danny continuing his work next season. They also wanted to thank and acknowledge the many fans, family and employees who come each week, whether to support their family member who is racing or to the fans who help support the track and the drivers. Without our fans we would not be able to support racing each week. Finally to the dedicated employees who are there each week with their own task to perform. The many people who work in the heat of the summer to cook the great food we enjoy each Saturday night, the 50/50 girls, the ticket lady at the main gate, the Elliots who man the pit gates, our infield crew and emergency response crews, the tech staff, pace car driver, "Fluffy" and the girls who keep score as well as the clean-up crew on Sunday mornings. Bill our flagman and all the others who I have left out. We are all part of the Avery "racing family" and as we prepare for our awards banquet we have all winter to reflect on our past season and we can look forward to next season, with new drivers, new cars, old drivers in new divisions and returning staff who provide a familiar face to the drivers and the fans. Please remember to visit www.5prs.com for a comprehensive collage of photos from this and past race seasons, courtesy of Five Pine Racing Team and the Davis Family as well as our own site. Just click on "picture gallery" for a viewing of the photos we have in our archives. Be safe and have a very happy holiday season this fall and winter.
Information about the awards banquet will be posted at the earliest possible time to our website, www.whitemtnmotorsports.com.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262