463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Posted: October 3rd, 2013
Fadden, Coburn, Sidney, Merchant, and Belanger stake claim to 2013 White Mountain Motorsports Park Championship Banners
It was championship night at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock Saturday, where Travis Fadden, Scott Coburn, Elwin Sidney III, Toby Merchant, and Ben Belanger were crowned as divisional champions for 2013. Feature wins on the evening belonged to Derrick O’Donnell, George May, Lucas Wheeler, Nick Pilotte, Andy Hill, and Michael Dennis.
The Napa Late Models had a two horse battle on the line between Travis Fadden and the #21 of Oren Remick. The Late Model field had 21 drivers take the green flag for their fifty lap main event. Fadden had a big enough point lead that a finish of 18th or better was all the North Haverhill resident needed. Groveton’s Mike Kenison brought the field to green. Kenison and Lincoln NH’s Timmy Churchill showed the way early. There was plenty of side by side racing. O’Donnell, Quinney Welch, and Luke Shannon moved up several spots from deep in the field. Checkers flew for O’Donnell with Churchill, Kenison, Welch, and Shannon completed the top five. Kenison, Todd Aldrich, and Tyler Cahoon captured heat wins, with Remick taking the semi-feature. Fadden took home an eighth place finish in the feature and that was good enough for the track title. The third generation driver had a very strong season accumulating eleven top five finishes.
The White Mountains Community College Tiger Sportsman had their champion crowned prior to the night’s racing. Barre, Vermont’s Scott Coburn had a 63 point advantage over George May. Only a maximum of sixty points can be earned in one event, so the hard working Coburn was all smiles prior to the racing. Coburn had six feature wins, a figure that was matched by the #16 of George May. Jason Fallman and Richie Lafond brought the field to green and by lap 10, David Baron Sr. was leading and trying to hold off May who was working on the outside and Coburn on the inside. The three drivers put on a great show with Baron holding off the division’s top drivers. Contact got Baron spinning around and caution flew before the final lap, setting up a green-white-checkers finish. May nipped Coburn at the line with Baron, Lafond, and Fallman rounding out the top five. May won the qualifying event. A very happy and thankful Coburn celebrated in victory lane with his pit crew and family.
The Kingdom Trailer Strictly Stocks saw Elwin Sidney III holding a slim six point lead over Tiger Tom Keith at the start of the night. The division had as many as 18 cars at one point through mid-season. Down the stretch there were 10-12 regulars and all had to lay claim to a good finishes in order to maintain or move up in the point standings. The 25 lap main event was not short of excitement as five different yellows flew during the racing action. On lap eight, Keith’s bid for a title came up short during a hard crash on the back stretch that claimed the radiator. Sidney experienced a lot of damage to the right front suspension. However, when the dust settled, the #21 of Lucas Wheeler carried the checkers. Lloyd, Sidney, Chandler Potter, and Gordon Day all had top five runs. In victory lane, Sidney thanked everyone that was a part of helping him to his second title in the last three years.
The Twisted Tea Dwarf Cars had seven drivers that were still in contention for the season’s top honors. Toby Merchant had a ten point lead entering the night’s action and he would need all of that to hold off the contending racers. Some early cautions and skirmishes ended title hopes for Paul Marsan, Jeff Ainsworth, and Bobby Brown. Dave Gyger and Dennis O’Brien got the early jump. By the mid-point, the #8 of Andy Hill reached the lead pack and worked hard on the outside to sneak past Gyger for the top spot. At the finish Hill had his second feature win of 2013. Gyger, O’Brien, Merchant, and Jason Wyman were the top five finishers. The soft spoken Merchant was very humbled in victory lane, thanking all of his sponsors and family members that helped out in 2013.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Minis had 18 racers on hand for their final show of the year. Whitefield’s Ben Belanger had distanced himself from the field with consistency all season long. Belanger made a statement in qualifying by earning the win. Scott Corey took the second heat race. The minis were flawless as both Belanger and Nick Pilotte were on the outside and making their way to the front. Belanger got past Dustin Jackson on lap 10 and after a check-up with lapped traffic, Pilotte had the top spot with Belanger in the second position. Checkers flew for Pilotte in his newly built race car, Belanger went second, with Jackson, Jeremy Wyman and Corey in the top five. A large contingent of family members joined in the celebration on the front stretch that included a pair of burnouts.
The Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Truck division went out for one last run of the season. The division has grown and seen as many as ten drivers try their skills on the high banks. At the start of the feature, Will Mitchell and Cheryl Joyce were unable to make the call for the event. Colin Cornell and Anthony Tompkins were on the front row under green. The 15 lap feature had a pair yellow flags and when the dust settled, Michael Dennis won his sixth feature of the year. Evan Amour finished runner-up, with Kaleb Rogers, Tompkins, and Cornell all making the top five. Tompkins carried checkers in the heat race.
WMMP will be celebrating a night of champions on Saturday October 26th at the Beacon in Lincoln. Tickets are $40 each and a strict dress code will be enforced. Those wishing to purchase tickets can call the speedway office at 603-745-6727. For all of the latest racing news, you can check out the speedway’s web site at www.whitemtnmotorsports.com or our face book page at; https://www.facebook.com/groups/447718605265864/.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262