Posted: September 12th, 2009
Threatening weather kept a bulk of the crowd away this week as racing action was hot with only one more week of points racing after tonight. Fans and drivers alike reported rain all around us but racing went on uninterupted this week. Three qualifiers were held in the NAPA Late Model division of 12 laps apiece. This first qualifier we saw Tom Smithers take third, Travis Fadden second and Bernie Langtagne first. The second qualifier we saw Jeremy Welch take third, Stacy Cahoon second and Dan Colby first. The third qualifier we had Todd Aldrich place third, Quinten Welch second and Orin Remick the win. The Semi feature event was ten laps in length and Todd Aldrich placed third, Travis Fadden second and Jeremy Welch the win. The fifty lap feature event was pretty rough with some visiting drivers here for the first or second time this year. There seemed to be quite a bit of bumping and nudging going on towards the midpack and the rear. This interupted the action as cautions flew. The point leaders made their way towards the front and with ten laps to go, Stacy Cahoon followed Quinten Welch around Dan Colby who was third and challenge Donnie Lashua for the lead. Quinten Welch took over the lead and with a caution again at lap 45, we saw Welch start on the pole and Cahoon on the inside, second row. As the final five laps played out, Dan Colby worked his way into victory lane with a third place finish. Stacy Cahoon settled for second as he just didn't have enough to challenge the leader and feature winner, Quinten Welch, who drove into victory lane proudly waving the checkered flag. With next week being the final points race, action should be awesome as these drivers battle it out for the championship.
The Shuttle Connection Super Streets had a great night of racing as well. The ten lap qualifier saw Derek O'Hern place third, Blaine Dorman second and Jourdon Davis the win. Davis was running hot tonight and when the flag dropped for the feature, Jourdon took an early lead and lead for most of the race. Working his way from the rear was Tim Churchill. Churchill paced himself, passing each car in his path, setting his sights on Jourdon Davis. All eyes were following the racing action on Davis and Churchill as Dan Curren struggled to keep Craig Roy at bay. Roy's luck held out as he took third at the very last possible moment away from Dan Curren. Davis had to settle for a second place finish after leading most of the feature and the winner was Tim Churchill, who proved once again he has what it takes to run on the outside and win.
The Beacon Motel Strictly Street division held a good night of racing. The ten lap qualifier we saw Dave Driscoll take third, Tom Keith second and Steve Parker the win. The twenty five lap feature had plenty of surprises, with Elwin Sidney returning to WMMP driving the 91 car into third place. Second ended up going to Steve Parker and Mike Davis took the win.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini Division gave us quite a show tonight. They held a ten lap qualifier with new driver Shawn Sinclair taking third, Rubin Call second and Opie Thayer the win. Losing a wheel during qualifing was Nick Pilotte. Pilotte was one of the three drivers in the race for the championship. This tire loss really hurt this driver as he was unable to return to the qualifing action. The twenty lap feature was something else though, with Nick Pilotte returning to the lineup for the feature. He took an easy lead and actually pulled away from the rest of the pack. Pilotte ran hard throughout the feature and set a blistering pace, one that no one could touch. Finishing third was Opie Thayer, Second was Rubin Call and Nick Pilotte pulled off a win.
The HK Powersports Kids Truck Division had plenty of drivers returning to put on a great show for the fans. These kids always seem to start off very shaky at the beginning of the season and slowly they improve each week. This week these kids really showed they have come a long ways. The eight lap qualifier had Connor McDougal in third, Allmon Evans second and Taisha Pelkey in first. The fifteen lap feature we saw Derek Stone place third, Allmon Evans second again and Lucas Wheeler took the win. Track Official Danny Walker works personnally with these kids and he should be proud of how far they have come in their abilities.
Next Friday night is our last points race for the year with the return of the P.A.S.S. Tour with a 150 lap feature event. Division championships will be decided next week as well, so plan on attending next weeks' event. The Division Champion for the NAPA Late Model Division has a spot reserved for him at the ACT race in Loudon on Sat.Sept.19th. Racing action will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. The pit gate opens at 12 noon and the main gate opens at 2:00 pm. Adult price is $20.00 and kids under 12 is $5.00. WMMP is located in Woodstock NH, two miles south of the jct. of Rt.112 and Rt.3 in N.Woodstock and three miles north of exit 30 off I-93 on Rt.3.
Donnie and Teri Avery extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Roland Richards. A Military service will take place on Monday the 14th at 11:00 in Littleton NH. The cemetary is located on Rt.18 in Littleton across from the Ross Ambulance headquarters. Roland Richards has been a long time supporter of racing here at WMMP and his presence will be greatly missed.
Next week the action should be hot and certainly not a night to miss, so mark your calenders for Friday night, September 18th. We look forward to seeing you here!
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