Posted: August 8th, 2011
With showers threatening from up in the Fraconia Notch and a few sprinkles falling during qualifying for the Napa Late Model Sporstsmen White Mountain Motorsports Park labored on to get the whole show in, along with dual features for the New England Antique Auto Racers. Despite the sparse sprinkles it was a great night of racing that was very competitive as the point standings continue to tighten up and the season begins to draw to a close.
Qualifying got under way with the Little Ceasar's Kids Truck Division. Once again coming from the rear of the field the #20 of Amanda Wheeler, hailing from Bradford, VT took down the win. In the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Division it was the #2 of Allyssa Welch of Tilton, NH blasting her way to the lead and never looking back as she led the field to the checkered flag. Next to take to the racing grid were the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen. After dodging the raindrops and keeping the asphalt dry, racing got underway with qualifier number one. At the front of the field it was quite a battle between the #51 of Jeremy Harclerode and the #92 of Will Avery. When the checkers flew it was Avery taking the win and Harclerode settling into second. Qualifier number two went to the #2 of Stormin Norman Andrews out of Northfield, VT barely edging out the #7nc of Ben Lynch. In qualifying for the Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen, pointsleader Jeff Huntington in the #24 did all he could do to chase down the #66 of Tim Churchill, but it wasn't to be as Churchill crossed the line first under the checkered flag. And rounding out qualifying were the Beacon Resort Strictly Stocks, where Brandon Albee handily walked away with that win. In the semi-feature for the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen the win went to the #7nc of Ben Lynch.
When the New England Antique Racers pulled into the pits it was decided to split them into two seperate twelve lap features. One for the stock division and one for the modified division.The stock division win went to Scott Haskell from Holderness, NH driving the '34 Chevy coupe originally built and driven by "Dandy" Don Emerson from Corinth, VT and driven at Bear Ridge Speedway. In the modified division the win went to Bill Cummins from Clinton, MA, in the 1972 Ford Pinto originally driven by Dave Simpson at both Twin State Speedway and Manadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.
Next to take to the racing surface in N. Woodstock was the Little Ceasar's Kid's Truck Division. The green flag fell and it was the #4 of Brandon Croteau bolting to the early lead. Despite a spin on the backstretch by the # 37 of Mark Puffer, it was green to checkers the whole way. Behind Croteau the battle raged for all of fifteen laps, but in the end it was Croteau with the win, the #23 of Chandler Potter in second and the #20 of Amanda Wheeler in third.
The main event of the evening for the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock division went much the same way, with the #2 of Allysa Welch jumping to the early lead off the front line and never looking back. Jason Fallman in the #21 spent the better part of the race chasing down the #17 of Desirae Sicard, while behind them it was the #01 of Shawn Sinclair doing battle with the #43 of Kyle Willis. When the checkers fell it was the #2 of Alyssa Welch with the win, Desirae Sicard in the #17 in second, with the #21 in the third running spot.
The Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sporstmen as well had a green to checkers night as the #66 of Tim Churchill spent the entire twenty-five laps fiending off the points leader, Jeff Huntington in the #24 and the #61 of Allen Corliss. To say that Huntington threw everything at Churchill but the kitchen sink would be a huge understatement as he looked high and low and even had some incidental contact in the corners. But Churchill was not to be denied as he drove his Chevy Impala SS into victory lane followed by Huntington and Corliss.
In the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock Division it was yet another green to checkers show with the #16 of Brandon Albee taking the lead on lap number four. Despite the points leader. Lucas Wheeler in the #21 spinning himself out into the infield it was a race without incident.Albee came home under the checkers in first place, followed by the # 63 of Tom Keith and in third was the #84 of Elwin Sidney V.
In the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen it was all Stormin Norman Andrews in the #2 from the drop of the green flag. Behind him it seemed the p0ints leaders and heavy hitters were all mired back in traffic. The biggest mover of the night, using both the inside and the outside lanes to get to the front was the #60 of Dan Colby. He caught Andrews on lap thirty-one and then stalked him until lap 38 when he found a hole on the inside and filled it with his Dodge Charger. When the checkered flag came out it was Colby with the win, Andrews in second and the #51 of Jeremy Harclerod in third.
Next week we have a full card of stock car racing featuring the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen, the Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen, the Beacon Resort Strictly Stocks, the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division and the Little Ceasar's Kids Truck Division. The weather is looking great for another twilight start on Saturday and we are expecting even hotter action on the racetrack. We look forward to seeing you there.
Gates open at 2pm, practice will start at 4pm, with the sizzling racing action getting under way at 6pm. See you there!!
Don't forget about the new program for the kids we have started just this year. Each week the announcer will be pulling a child's ticket. That child and parents will then be invited into the tower to watch a feature event. When that event is over the child will be brought down onto the track and will hand out the trophies to the three winning drivers. As a "Thank-You" to the child for doing it, they will be taking home a trophy of their own! This weeks winner was J.J. Boodbro who took home a beautiful multi-colored marble trophy. This is just one more way White Mountain Motorsports Park would like to thank the families that come out in support of our racing program every week. We look forward to seeing you soon!!
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 2011 season.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262