463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Posted: June 17th, 2012
N. Woodstock, NH- With a great crowd on hand, ideal weather conditions and pits swelling with cars, White Mountain Motorsports Park put the fourth event of the 2012 season in the record books.
Qualifying got underway with the Lil’ Cesar’s Kids Truck division. Amanda Wheeler in the #20 took the checkers making short work of the rest of the field. Next out on the grid to qualify were the Shuttle Connection Late Model Sportsmen in their three qualifying events. Qualifier number one went to the #42 of Michael Jurkowski, while qualifier number two went to the #47 of Brock Davis, with the third and final qualifier going to the #83 of Stacy Cahoon. The Avery’s Sweeping Tiger Sportsman division qualifier was won by Matt Potter in the #23. The two Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock qualifiers went to the #0 of Lisa Hodgdon and the #48 of Craig Willis respectively. The Beacon Resort Strictly Stock division saw their two qualifiers won by Lucas Wheeler in the #21 and Shane Sicard in the #4. Will Avery in the #92 visited victory lane in the semi-feature for the Shuttle Connection Late Models.
The Lil’ Cesar’s Kids Truck division were the first to hit the highbanks for their 15 lap feature event. From the drop of the green flag it was three cars under a blanket the whole way. Amanda Wheeler grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag, while Logan Oliver in the #26 and the #4 of Brandon Croteau took chase. Croteau took the outside lane on Oliver and they battled side by side for all 15 laps. At times Croteau looked like he was going to take the high side around Wheeler, but was getting loose up in that outside lane and couldn’t get the traction he needed. At the line it was Wheeler in the Whippi Dip Chevrolet on top, followed across the line by Oliver and Croteau.
Next up on the grid was the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock division for their 25 lap main event. The field didn’t get very far as the caution flag flew on lap two for the #40 of Jody Sicard and the #28 of Dave Baron Jr. as they got together on the backstretch leaving Baron unable to refire his machine. When the green flag went in the air again it was the #21 of Lucas Wheeler to the front. He went to work on distancing himself from the field as the rest of the pack jostled for position behind him. On lap 14 he saw his lead disappear as the #4 of Shane Sicard and the #63 of Tom Keith did some agricultural racing into the infield in turns one and two that left Keith backwards on the track off turn two. With the field realigned Wheeler was on the pole with the #16 of Brandon Albee to his outside and Elwin Sydney III in the #84 in third. The green went in the air and Sydney filled the hole down low under Albee, hanging him out to dry in the outside lane. Albee started to fall backwards in the outside lane and was looking for a way down when he got together with the #23 of Chandler Potter in turn two and found himself facing oncoming traffic, bringing out the final caution of the event. Again at the drop of the green flag it was Wheeler to the point, with Sydney taking chase. Time ran out for Sydney as the checkers flew for Wheeler in the #21 sponsored by Bare Bones BBQ, Sydney was second and Jody Sicard in the #49 breaking away from the pack for third.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Mini Stock division barely made it to the green flag and bedlam broke out. There was something of a miss at the drop of the green flag that sent the whole field running for cover as Lisa Hodgdon in the #0 found herself sideways blocking most of the racetrack. In the ensuing melee Hodgdon got hit front and rear, cleaning both bumpers off her Chevy Cavalier. Undaunted, she pulled back into the lineup, completely unaware they were gone. The field realigned and got one lap in the books when Dave Driscoll in the #19 came to a rest in the infield just inside turn two. On the restart it was the #48 of Craig Willis to the lead. While he went to work at the front of the field, Ben Belanger in the #99 went to the high side and worked his way out of the back and into second place. He quickly caught Willis and shot around him off turn four. This left Willis to duke it out with Desirae Sicard in the # 17 for second. Sicard worked both the high and low lanes, but Willis held her off for the runner-up spot. At the line it was Belanger in his Aaron’s Repair Center #99 with the win, Willis in second and Sicard a very close third.
The Avery’s Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen rolled out of the pits in turn four ready to do battle for their 30 lap main event. At the drop of the green flag it was the #23 of Matt Potter to the lead, but he had two fists full of racecar as he had Gerald Griswold in the #77 right behind him and the #24 of Jeff Huntington to his outside. They rode that way for ten laps, distancing from the field. Griswold was able to get under Huntington for the second spot and took chase after Potter while still fighting off Huntington. Then on lap fifteen something went amiss under the hood of the Potter machine leaving Griswold at the front. When the checkers went in the air it was Griswold in his Winget’s Ground Maintenance #77 with the win, followed across the line by Huntington and the #61 of Ryan Olsen.
At the drop of the green flag Stacy Cahoon in the #83 went right to work from his sixth starting spot to take the lead on lap two. As the field scrambled for position behind him Cahoon quickly lost himself in lap traffic with Brock Davis in the #47 and Jeremy Harclerod taking chase. Cahoon quickly worked his way around lap traffic while Harclerod and Davis had a harder time working through traffic as they battled themselves on the way up through. It looked like Cahoon was going to walk away with it when on lap 45 the caution flag flew for the #42 of Mike Jurkowski and the #78 of Quinny welch who got together entering turn three. With lap traffic pulled out of the way this left the top 16 cars free to battle it out. Cahoon was able to hold off Davis at the line for the win, Davis was second and Harclerod a very close third.
Next week the stars and cars of the American Canadian Tour will be in town to do battle for 150 green flag laps of action, taking on the Shuttle Connection Late Models of WMMP. As well, the other four divisions or WMMP will be on hand running their points counting event. The gates will open at noon, practice starts at 2:30 with racing getting under way at 5pm sharp.
We are a family friendly facility with no alcohol allowed on the premises and half of our seating is non-smoking. We look forward to seeing you for our 20th season of competition. Come see 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 2012 season.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262