Posted: May 29th, 2014
It was Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on the high banks and the crowd was warmed up by the annual car show that began at noon time. One half hour prior to the first green flag, announcer Kevin Willey was the master of ceremonies as the Park held its opening events. The fans were treated to a police cruiser parade, the blessing of all the race drivers present by Dwarf car driver Dave Gyger, there a moment of silence for all of the officers who have fallen in the line of duty, and finally the country’s National Anthem was sung by Det. Michelle Dandeneru from Henniker Police Department.
All six racing divisions rolled through their qualifying events and it was onto feature action. The Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Truck Division rolled onto the speedway, with Gorham’s Anthony Tompkins and Barre’s Taylor Coburn bringing the field to green. Coburn was fast all day long, rolling to a qualifying win earlier in the afternoon. However, the #1 truck took a hard hit with the front stretch concrete, ending her night on lap #2. Coburn was unhurt, but it was the end of the night for her truck. The Kids went green again and Tompkins took to the front. Kaleb Rogers took to the chase after Tompkins and before long the #17 of Evan Amour was joining the leaders. The experienced trio of drivers did a very good job at working their way through traffic and with just a few laps remaining, Amour made his move to take the lead. At the checkers Amour captured the win, followed by Tompkins, Rogers, Colin Cornell, and Nate Walton.
The Twisted Tea Dwarf cars had the largest field of the night with 19 cars in the pit area, 18 were able to take the green flag. Veterans Bobby Brown and Jason Wyman brought the field up to speed. Brown was fast but was unable to shake the #88 of Wyman. In turns three and four the #27 drifted up in the groove opening the door for Wyman. Wyman went for the opening but had the door close on him quickly. Avoiding contact Wyman was forced onto the rumble strips and spun to bring out caution. On the restart, the #41 of Jeff Ainsworth worked the outside lane and assumed command of the lead. Ainsworth was chased by Brown and the #60 of Tom Smithers. By lap 15, former late model driver, Timmy Churchill had moved his #66 machine into the third position. There were some very tense moments in the closing laps when some lapped traffic sent some drivers to the high groove while others took the low groove making it three wide on the back stretch. The checkers flew and Ainsworth earned the win followed by Brown, Churchill, Tim Anderson, and Eric Boucher. Ainsworth and Brown carried the checkers in their respective heat events.
The White Mountains Community College Tigers had several new faces which included four rookie drivers. New to the Tiger/Sportsman division driver, Matt LeBlanc brought the field to green and it was 2013 Rookie of the Year driver Jason Fallman taking charge early. Fallman had a full rear view mirror of last year’s champion Scott Coburn in his #1. Coburn looked fast but could only wait, as Fallman was flawless in holding off Coburn. Behind the two, a great battle was taking place between two rookies. The #88 of Elwin Sidney and the #27 of Lucas Wheeler battled door to door. Sidney finally got by Wheeler and the two hard driving racers ran down the front two cars. On lap 24 of the 30 lap event, Fallman slipped up for just one moment allowing Coburn to get underneath him while passing lapped traffic. When the dust settled Coburn brought Sidney and Wheeler with him to take the top three spots. Fallman and rookie driver Jason Kapps III completed the front five cars. Coburn dominated the heat race.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Minis went caution free in their 20 lap main event. Pole sitter Larry Holmes could not hold off outside pole starter Jeremy Wyman. The duo was able to distance themselves from the next three drivers that provided the fans with some great side by side action. Desirae Sicard, Michael Richards Jr. and Jason Rogers worked repeatedly side by side without contact. At the finish line Wyman made it win number one with Holmes, Sicard, Richards, and Rogers rounding out the top five. Heat wins were taken by Holmes and Wyman.
The Strictly Stocks had a strong field that included three rookie drivers. 2013 rookie of the year, Amanda Wheeler, and veteran driver, Richard Paradis brought the field to green. The two ran side by side for the first several laps, as Wheeler worked to the front. 2013 runner-up driver, Tom Keith took his #63 Chevy Monte Carlo to the outside and set sail from the field. Caution flew on lap 11, when rookie driver, Michael Dennis, had to hang onto his racer, breaking an axle that sent his #16 spinning out of control. The top three cars were Keith, Wheeler, and former late model driver, Donnie Drew. The green flag flew and Keith tried to pull away. The inside lane appeared to be the lane of choice. Drew stayed attached to the rear bumper of Keith and veteran racer Jody Sicard rolled up into the third spot. The trio stayed that way until lap 25 when the checkered flag flew for Keith. Rounding out the top five included, Drew, Sicard, Wheeler, and Gordon Day. Qualifying checkers flew for Michael Lloyd and Drew.
Littleton’s Russ Clark and champion Travis Fadden rolled the Napa Late Models to the green flag. Clark led the early laps while Fadden followed close behind. By lap 14, Clark’s racer had picked up a push and Fadden was able to work his way under the #02. The #21 of Oren Remick followed the #16 to the front. Remick was working on a possible Triple Crown night, winning his heat race and the semi-feature earlier in the evening. Cautions flew on laps 32, 35, and 42. However, Fadden was able to hold off several strong attempts by Remick on the outside. On lap 50 checkers flew for the reigning champion, followed by Remick, Jeremy Harclerode, Mike Jurkowski, and Clark. Ryan Olsen earned the other heat victory earlier in the event.
On Saturday night May 24th, Littleton Chevrolet presents the PASS super Late Model 150. WMMP’s Late Models, Tiger/Sportsman, Strictly Stocks, Strictly Minis, and Kids Trucks will all be in action. The pit gate opens at 10:30 AM, with practice at 1:30 PM and the racing action starting at 5 PM sharp.
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