Posted: July 2nd, 2004
The moon was full and it was one of those night at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, as a garage area full of racecars, and a grandstand full of racefans celebrated the New England Dodge Dealers, Independence Day weekend events. It was a night full of tight racing, wild flipping action and keep you on the edge of your seat finishes. Winners on the evening included Billy Duggan, Doug Laleme, Shane Sicard, Blaine Dorman, Aaron Ricker and Patrick Burt.
It was a wild night for the NAPA Late Models as they went for 75 grueling laps, part of the N.E. Dodge Dealers Series. Belmont's, Billy Duggan led the first 35 laps before the handling went away, and Kendell Legendre snuck by on the inside. Legendre started to pull away from the pack, and Duggan continued to slip backwards with his ill-handling racer. Pete Potvin III, out of Barre, Vermont tried in vain to reel in the leader, but pretty much had settled into the runner-up spot until the caution waved on lap 68. On the restart, Legendre had a right front tire go down, scattering the field and juggling the top spots. Potvin scooted away from the pack, but all of a sudden Duggan emerged from the group to challenge him down the back chute. Duggan inched ahead and nailed down his first win in many a year at "The Park", thus claiming the Triple Crown for the night. Potvin raced home second, followed by last week's winner Derek Ming from Island Pond, VT. Mike Gosselin and Stacy Cahoon rounded out the top five. Heat victories went to Potvin, Duggan and Marc Belanger, and Duggan also grabbed the checkers in the semi-feature.
Doug Laleme grabbed an emotional win in the Gilmour Jeep/Ford/Dodge Super Streets as he wrestled the lead from Leslie Keyser with five laps remaining. Keyser from Northfield, withstood a late race challenge from Laconia's, Adam Delucca to claim the second spot. A wild flip in turn one by Mike Davis, brought out the red flag on lap 11 delaying the event for several minutes. When the race resumed, Keyser remained in control until Laleme snuck by. Howard Switser and Brockton Davis completed the top five. Heat wins went to Keyser and Dave Langlais.
The Beacon Motel Strictly Streets once again had a slam bang affair, and when the dust settled, Barton, Vermont's, Shane Sicard scored his second win of the season as he battled through a couple of turn four jam sessions, and then held off a determined Scott Vien from Wentworth to claim the victory. Third spot went to Groton, Vermont's, Toby Peters. Peters made a sweet move in turn four that allowed him to move up from the fifth spot to finish third. Stevie Parker and Jason Wyman placed fourth and fifth. Qualifying rounds went to Dave Driscoll and Tom Keith.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini's were also up to their wild tricks as they too suffered cautionitis. Brady Therrien thought that he had made it three straight as he and Blaine Dorman renewed their battle for a photo finish for the second time in three weeks. But the caution and checkers came out together to end the race, thus scoring reverted back to the final green flag lap. Dorman was scored the leader on lap nineteen, thus giving the rookie driver from Londonderry, his first career win. Therrien, from Lyndonville, VT placed second, Jefferson's, Nick Pilotte was third. Sean Akers and Dan Curren raced home fourth and fifth. Qualifying checkers flew for Dan Sydney and Opie Thayer.
The Hobo Hills Adventure Golf Kids Trucks ran a pair of feature events. In the rookie class, Tamworth's Aaron Ricker was victorious over Berlin's, Cody Leblanc and Alton Bays, Danny Lang. Shawn Swallow and Dan Legault completed the top five. Lunenburg, Vermont's, Patrick Burt was the class of the field in the second Kids Truck main event, as he showed his rear bumper to the field the entire race. Methuen, Mass. speedster, Justin Marsen claimed second a head of Farmington's, Cody Bodwell. Mac McDuffie and Jeremy Davis placed 4th and 5th respectively. Preliminary races went to Ricker and Burt.
Racing action continues this Saturday night at 6pm. A special added attraction will be bike races for the kids beginning at 5:30pm, WMMP is located on Route 3 in beautiful North Woodstock, New Hampshire. For more information call the track at 603-745-6727 or logon to their website at www.whitemtnmotorsports.com.