463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Posted: September 19th, 2003
It was billed as championship Saturday night and it sure lived up to it's name, as champions were crowned in all five divisions on Speedway Safety Services night at the races at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. Many of the championships weren't decided til the final lap and fans sat on pins and needles, waiting for the points to be tallied. The 2003 champions include, Fulton Mountain, Mike Stygles, Todd Goodness, Jonathan Ledger and Bill Matatall.
The Gilmour Jeep/Ford/Dodge Super Streets were the first battle of the night, as no less than five drivers had a shot to win the championship. An early altercation eliminated any hopes for Howard Switser as he incurred heavy damage in a turn three wreck. Several other cars, received damage in the altercation including point leader Mike Stygles. Ken Marier made a great move off turn two to grab the lead with five laps remaining. Things heated up with four laps to go as Stygles started to show some smoke and slowed off the pace. Stygles was able to hang on to the fourth spot and secured his second consecutive championship. The final top five were Ken Marier, Richard Paradie, Brockton Davis, Mike Stygles and Bernie Lantagne. Heat wins went to Paradie and Lantagne. Adam Delucca was named Rookie of the Year.
The NAPA Late Models rolled out for their 35 lap main event, with six drivers having high hopes for a championship. The race came to a grinding halt twelve laps into the event as Mike Buzzi got crossed up in turn three. Several cars were involved including Fulton Mountain, and Stacy Cahoon. Both drivers scurried to the pits and several crews went to work. Mountain was able to return, but Cahoon was not as lucky as he had major damage to both ends of his automobile, ending any hopes for a championship. Kendell Legendre also had to pit for an apparent oil leak. This melee gave Russell Clark a great shot at the championship, as he would restart in the top five. When the green flew, Clark quickly jumped up to the second spot, but Mountain was the man on the move. Tyler Cahoon cruised to his first LMS win, Clark settled for second, and Quinney Welch ended up third. Mountain raced his way back to the fourth spot and nailed down the championship by four points over Clark. Rookie of the year, Bryan Mason completed the top five. Checkers flew in the qualifiers for Todd Aldrich, Mike Gosselin and Clark. Aldrich also claimed the bonus point semi-feature.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini's were up next. The two point leaders, Jonathan Ledger and Brady Therrien jumped out front at the halfway mark, with Therrien leading the way. Ledger dumped the leader in turn three sending both cars to the rear on lap thirteen. Opie Thayer took over from there and cruised home with an easy win. He was followed by Rick Shifflett, Jason Kennison, Trevor Lacasse and Mike Kennison. Ledger ended up winning the championship by a single point over Therrien. Qualifying wins went to Willard Hedden, Josh Santy and Opie Thayer.
Todd Goodness rolled into The Park with a comfortable lead over Tom Keith in the point battle in the Beacon Motel and Resorts Strictly Streets. Goodness had his share of trouble in the main event, but still was able to grab his second consecutive championship. Steve Parker took his strong running machine to the front on lap twelve and never looked back, as he captured his second win of the season. Jody Sicard held off Tom Keith to pick up second. Gary Griswold II raced home fourth ahead of Jason Wyman. Heat wins went to Sicard and Toby Peters. Griswold walked away with top rookie honors.
Scott Vien gave everything he had in his quest for the championship, but came up short, as point leader Bill Matatall stayed glued to his rear bumper and secured his first championship in the Hobo Hills Adventure Golf Mini-Cup cars. Vien won the race with Matatall finishing second. Scott Haag, Will Avery and Johnny Johnson rounded out the top five. Vien won the lone heat and also captured the Rookie of the Year award.
The annual awards banquet will be held at the Beacon Motel and Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire on Friday, November 28th. Tickets can be ordered through the Speedway.
The season wraps up this coming Saturday afternoon with the Fall Foliage Open. This open competition event will feature a 100 lap main for the Late Models, 75 laps for the Super Streets, 50 laps for the Strictly Streets and 30 laps for the Strictly Mini's. The Kids Trucks will also be running. Gates open at 8am, practice will run from 10:30am-1:30pm and the first green flag will fly at 2pm. For more info call the track at 603-745-6727 or logon for rules and info at www.whitemtnmotorsports.com. White Mountain Motorsports Park is located on Route 3 in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.
Here is how the final point battles ended.
NAPA Late Models: Fulton Mountain 867, Russel Clark 863, Stacy Cahoon 837, Kendell Legendre 824, Tyler Cahoon 824, Randy Potter 821.
Gilmour Jeep/Ford/Dodge Super Streets: Mike Stygles 846, Bernie Lantagne 838, Oren Remick 836, Ken Marier 827, Howard Switser 817.
Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini's: Jonathan Ledger 946, Brady Therrien 945, Rick Shifflett 902, Opie Thayer 897, Trevor Lacasse 896.
Beacon Motel Strictly Streets: Todd Goodness 914, Tom Keith 894, Gary Griswold II 836, Jason Wyman 821, Toby Peters 809.
Hobo Hills Adventure Golf Mini-Cups: Bill Matatall 754, Scott Vien 745, Will Avery 666, Scott Haag 664, Kevin Bowman 663.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262