Posted: July 30th, 2013
Dennis O’Brien motors to first Dwarf feature win at White Mountain Motorsports Park
Deerfield NH’s, Dennis O’Brien, took control of the Twisted Tea Dwarf car feature on the second lap and held off the tough competition on a late restart, winning his first feature event Saturday in North Woodstock. Quinney Welch, Scott Coburn (3rd), Gordon Day, Scott Corey, and Evan Amour all earned their second feature wins in 2013 on the WMMP high banks.
Caution flew on lap #1 of the Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Truck division. Drivers Kaleb Rogers and Michael Dennis made contact going into turns 3 & 4, bringing out the yellow as the rest of the field was able avoid making contact. Green came out and the #17 of Evan Amour took control of the event for the next fifteen circuits to win his second feature in a row. Dennis and Rogers worked their way back to take second and third place respectively, with Anthony Tompkins fourth and Taylor Coburn fifth. Rogers carried the checkered flag in the heat race.
Youngsters Cody Smith and Colby Bourgeois brought the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Minis to green for their 20 lap main event. Smith jumped to the front and had veteran Scott Corey in hot pursuit. Smith looked solid early. However, the St Johnsbury resident drove in just a touch too much on lap #6, opening the door for Corey. Corey brought last week’s feature winner, Jeremy Wyman, Michael Richard’s Jr., and Ben Belanger with him as Smith fought hard in the outside groove. Belanger worked his way to Wyman and on lap 16, Belanger’s right front rim broke, putting on a spectacular spark show and bringing out caution for the last time. On the restart, Corey was solid and earned his second win in 2013, followed by Wyman, Richards, Desirae Sicard, and newcomer Dustin Jackson. Cody Smith earned the qualifying win.
The Twisted Tea Dwarf cars were fifteen strong coming to green and on lap two, the veteran O’Brien motored his #16 machine to the front and let the racing behind him take place. Mark Wiggett, Toby Merchant, Jason Wyman, Eric Boucher and Andy Hill battled each other side by side until yellow flew on lap 24. The field was re-aligned for a green/white/checker/finish. At the line, O’Brien had win number one in the bank, followed by Merchant, Jeff Ainsworth, Boucher, and Hill. Heat victories went to Aric Cole and O’Brien.
The Kingdom Trailer Strictly Stocks went green with Michael Lloyd and Gordon Day setting a very fast pace. The only caution of the feature came on lap #three for the full bodied race cars. The Stockers endured some very close and intense racing throughout the field over the next 22 laps. When the dust settled and the sparks stopped flying, Lloyd was first across the start/finish line. A post race inspection found some front suspension problems for the #22, giving top honors to the #47 of Day for his second win in 2013. Elwin Sidney III was second, Shane Sicard third, with Lucas Wheeler and Tom Keith rounded out the top five. Lloyd carried the checkered flag in the qualifying race.
The White Mountains Community College Tiger Sportsman put on a spectacular show during their 25 lap featured event. There was some contact made on a couple of occasions and also some great driving saves. David Baron Sr. and the #84 of Richie Lafond ran side by side for the first 16 laps of the feature. The #1 of Scott Coburn got to the outside and took the lead for good on lap 18. George May followed Coburn on the outside and gave chase to Coburn. May was able to get to the back bumper, but that was as close as he would get as checkers waived for the third time in 2013 for the Barre, VT racer. May, Baron, Lafond, and Stephen Hodgdon completed the top five. Baron was the winner of the heat event.
The Napa Late Models were 18 strong and the premiere division did not disappoint the crowd of race fans. For the second week in a row, rookie driver Ryan Olsen took to the front from lap one. It didn’t take long for Quinney Welch and Stacey Cahoon to work themselves into the top five before caution flew on lap 18. Olsen now had Welch outside his passenger door. Welch had the #78 dialed in as he rocketed to the front. Behind him, an all out battle ensued amongst four other drivers. Caution flew for the last time on lap 41, giving Olsen a chance to get back by Welch on a restart. Welch was perfect and again left the remainder of the pack in his tire tracks. Cahoon got under Olsen on the restart, while point leader Travis Fadden got by Olsen on the outside to keep his perfect podium finish streak alive in 2013. Olsen and North Haverhill‘s Oren Remick came home in the fourth & fifth spots. Fadden and Olsen won the heat races, while Will Avery was tops in the semi-feature race.
WMMP will begin the busy part of their schedule as visiting tours, special divisional nights, and a kids bike night dot the race schedule for the next several weeks.
On Saturday August 3rd, all six of WMMP’s divisions will be in action once again and on Sunday August 4th, the PASS tour will have the Super Late Models, Sportsman, and Modified divisions in action on the high banks. The Twisted Tea Dwarf cars will have a double duty weekend running in both the Saturday and Sunday events. Racing begins at 6 PM Saturday and 2 PM Sunday.
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