Posted: July 10th, 2011
With a brisk summer breeze in the air the racing was hot enough to keep the huge crowd on hand on the edge of their seats the entire night. Many cars were on hand to take advantage of the cool night air to put on a show that topped all at White Mountain Motorsports Park so far this year.
Qualifying kicked off with the Little Ceasar's Kids Truck Division as the #22 of Michael Lloyd took down the win in his Chevy S-10. Desirae Sicard outpaced the field in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division in her #17 Pontiac Sunfire to win that qualifier. Next out on the speedway were the three qualifiers for the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen Division. Qualifier number one went to Travis Fadden in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS #16, qualifier number two went to the #92 of Will Avery in his Chevrolet Impala SS, while qualifier number three went to Ben Lynch in his #7nc Chevrolet Impala SS. The win in the semi-feature event for the NAPA Late Models also went out to the #16 of Fadden, setting him up for the coveted triple crown in the Late Model Division. When the Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen Division took the field for their qualifier it was the #66 of Tim Churchill taking to the high side and winning in his Chevrolet Impala SS. Rounding out qualifying for the night was the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock Division. Qualifier number one went to rookie Lucas Wheeler in his #21 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, while the second and final qualifier went to the #47 of Gordon Day in his Chevy Monte Carlo SS.
With the air cooling and the sun setting in the distance, the Little Ceasar's Kid's Truck Division took to the N. Woodstock 1/4 mile. The green flag flew and the field of trucks made it as far as turn two. The #22 of Michael Lloyd went around and in doing so took the #61 of Ryan Olsen with him. Both trucks dove into the pits for some quick repairs as the field took a couple of extra laps to give them time to rejoin the field. The field realigned and the green flag flew once again. It didn't last long as the #37 of Mark Puffer looped it coming off turn two and the yellow flew once again. The green came out again and it was a battle at the front. Kyle Willis in the #43 was working to hold onto the lead from the front row, but slipped high off the corner opening the door for the #23 of Chandler Potter to punch a hole down low. He was quickly followed by the #26 of Logan Oliver and the #20 of Amanda Wheeler. On lap nine the #61 of Olsen dropped fluid halfway down the backstretch and into turn four bringing out the final caution flag. When the green came out for the final time it was Willis, Wheeler, Potter and Oliver duking it out for the lead. When the checkers went in the air it was Potter in his Ford Ranger with the win, Wheeler second in her Chevy S-10 and Oliver in his S-10 finding themselves parked in victory lane.
Next out on the speedway for their twenty lap feature event was the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division. From the drop of the green flag it was Jason Fallman in the #21 taking the early lead with Desirae Sicard in the #17 and the #0 of Lisa Hodgdon taking chase. Until lap number five when Fallman went around in the face of the field all by himself. No harm, no foul as Fallman fell in line at the rear of the field. On the restart it was Sicard at the front of the pack with Hodgdon running in second. This was when the #01 of Sean Sinclair went to work on the high side. Sinclair rode the top side until he had put the rest of the field in his rear view mirror. The checkers flew and it was Sinclair with the victory, Sicard in second and Fallman rebounding from his early race spin to come home in third.
The Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen put on quite the show of their own. Michael Moore in the #6 jumped to the early lead at the start with the #24 of Jeff Huntington taking chase, but the battle was raging behind them. On lap three the #68 of Derek O'Donnell, the #17 of Tucker Williams and the #36 of Joel Hodgdon took it three wide through turs three and four for the fifth running spot. On lap twelve Williams went around in turn three bringing out the caution. Williams was able to continue and tacked it on the rear of the field. On the restart it was Huntington to the lead. Behind him things were definitely heating up as Bobby Therrien in the #4 punched a hole down low and got under the #90 of Sean Akers. Akers stayed in the high lane long enough for the #01 of Mike Martin to make the move down low as well. By lap nineteen Therrien was in second and digging for more. On lap twenty-two Moore got some help going around and the final caution flag flew. This set the front line with Huntington on the inside and Therrien on the outside. When the green flag flew it was Therrien with the jump as O'Donnell worked over Huntington with everything he had to get the second spot. Time ran out for O'Donnell as the checkers flew on lap twenty-five. Therrien got the win, Huntington was second and O'Donnell had to settle for the third spot.
Next to have at it on the N. Woodstock highbanks was the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock Division. And have at it they did. At the drop of the green flag the #16 of Brandon Albee went around in turn one, taking the #21 of Lucas Wheeler and the #27 of Alex Kelley with him. Wheeler sustained substantial right side damage to his Monte Carlo SS but was ok to continue. All three cars went through the pits and returned to the racing surface, Kelley minus a rear bumper. On the restart the #43 of Wade Willis seemed to shut down just past the start finish line and the field piled in on top of him. Everyone drove away and no caution came out. When the field sorted itself out it was the #49 of Jody Sicard, the #28 of Dave Baron Sr., Kelley, and the #31 of Brandon Bourne doing a whale of a battle at the front for the lead. The battle raged at the front of the field until lap eighteen when Kelley went around in turn four. On the restart it was still a battle at the front when the Baron machine had help going around in turn four bringing out the caution yet again. The field realigned and took the green again and on lap twenty-one Albee went around all by himself on the backstretch. One more time the field reracked for the restart only to have the Sicard going around in turns three and four with some major help. Sicard was given his spot back at the front of the field and the final three laps went in the books. Jody Sicard in the #49 took the win, second went to Lucas Wheeler in the #21, while third went to the #4 of Shane Sicard.
With the sun gone in the distance and the playing of the National Anthem heralding it's cheers, the NAPA Late Model Sporstsmen rolled out of the pits and onto the racing surface in turn four. With the warm-up laps completed and the White Mountain Motorsports Park pace car safely tucked away in the pits, the green flag went in the air under the watchful eye of Flagman Bill. Ben Lynch in the #7nc motored off the frontline and took the lead, then set out to distance himself from the rest of the field. he was doing a fine job of it as well, as the field was bottled up behind the #92 of Will Avery who was having problems with the powerplant under his hood. On lap fifteen the caution came out as the #71 of Joe Amour went around in turn one. On the restart it was again Lynch to the lead, but the #16 of Travis Fadden was coming to the front in a hurry as the high points drivers were having problems coming out of the back of the pack. On lap seventeen the caution went in the air again as the #60 of Dan Colby came down the racing surface in turns three and four and collided with the #2 of Stormin Norman Andrews. Both cars pitted, but only Colby rejoined the field. The final caution flew on lap twenty-one as the Avery machine went around at the exit of turn four. This set up a huge battle at the front as Fadden had worked his way into the second running spot. Lynch had his work cut out for him now. Fadden lined up on the outside of the front row and stayed there. The green flag flew for the final time and Lynch and Fadden went at it hammer and tong for the lead, swapping it several times over the next sixteen laps when Fadden finally cleared the Lynch machine and pulled into the low lane down the backstretch. Behind them the battle raged on between the #42 of Michael Jurkowski, the #88 of Jeremy Welch and the #17 of Todd Aldrich. Fadden got the win and the first triple crown of the season, Lynch settled into second, and Jurkowski took down third.
Next week the Bond Auto Wix Filters ACT Tiger Tour rolls into town to take on the Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen on their own turf for 100 green flag laps of racing action. the gates will open at 2pm, practice starts at 4pm, and racing gets underway at 6pm sharp.
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 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