463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Posted: May 23rd, 2010
Racing resumed at White Mountain Motorsports Park for the 2010 racing season here tonight with the return of the Pro All Star Series. A very near capacity crowd squeezed themselves into WMMP with 34 entries for 28 spots for the PASS 150. Georgous weather helped to make for a delightful afternoon of racing and with the hotdogs selling like, well, hotdogs should, people in the stands and the pits saw some great racing. With only a very few cautions the PASS 150 saw the 44 of Trevor Sanborn take third, the 80 of Louies Mchalides second and Johnny Clark in the 54 the win. For complete race details please go to www.proallstarsseries.com and click on White Mountain Motorsports Park.
There are a few times in a driver's life that they can say they had a good day at the track. There are fewer times they can say they had a great time. Quienten Welch had a great day. Twenty six NAPA Late Models in three qualifiers raced for position. Oren Remick and Dan Colby each won their qualifier as well as Quienten Welch, but Welch went on to win the semi-feature, placing him in a position for a triple-crown win. Welch's team certainly had the 78 car tuned well as it hugged the line and pulled away from even last year's track champion Stacey Cahoon repeatedly after each restart. Welch began to lap cars with Stacey Cahoon and Bernie Lantange in hot pursuit. Neither driver would have enough to challenge as Bernie Lantange took third, Stacey Cahoon second and Quienten Welch won the feature for a triple crown finish. A great way to start off the season!
The Avery Sweeping Super Sportsman event had eight more entries this week for a total of fifteen cars for the feature event. This is an excited time for us at WMMP as this is the first year for this division here. Lack of interest and participation in the former Super Street Division prompted track owners Donnie and Teri Avery to change over to the "Tiger" car used in the Super Sportmans division. Racing action was fast and furious proving that the decision to change was a good one. Placing third for the feature was Brendon Moodie, taking second was Derrick O'Donnel and the win went to Chip Grenier.
This next feature race was hard fought by a couple of veteran drivers. The Beacon Resort Strictly Streets saw the flying zero of Al Hauver maintaining the lead with his car hugging the inside groove. Challenging to the outside throughout most of the race was David Baron Sr. who does well in that outside groove, but seemed to have met his match against the Flying Zero. Alex Kelly, not to be forgotten, stayed with Hauver and Baron throughout the race, waiting patiently for an opening that was not to come. During the final few laps, as the Baron car finally had made it past the leader Hauver, Hauver came into contact with Baron on the corner at the beginning of turn three. In an act of true sportsmanship Hauver braked hard and allowed Baron to recover and go on to finish the feature and take the win. Kelly placed third for the night and Hauver took second. It is always a pleasure to see great racing action like that.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini Division took to the field with some vetran drivers behind the wheel. One newbie to WMMP comes to us from Enfield and this driver also competes at Twin State. In his first showing here at WMMP he kept pace with Opie Thayer and Nick Pilotte, something we have not seen here since Rubin Call left us. Josh Dunn drove the 79 car into victory lane for a third place finish with Opie Thayer having to settle for second. Taking the win this week was Nick Pilotte. Not much more can be said about these two drivers. Both run consistantly in the top three each week, so it is exciting to see another driver who is able to challenge these very capable drivers. Good luck to all the drivers in this division this year.
HK Powersports Kids Truck Division has twelve entries so far this year. Only four of these drivers are returning drivers, the others are new to the track this year. This is an exciting division here for everyone as we get to see raw talent being shaped by Danny Walker, our resident mentor for the truck division. Danny has been doing this now for several years and he helps the drivers overcome their fear of the track by giving them pointers and advise on how to enter the corners and accelerate out of them. Several kid truck drivers have gone on to other divisions and are still racing here and abroad today. For tonights fifteen lap feature we saw Logan Oliver place third, Lucas Wheeler took second and Nick Willis won the HK Powersport feature event. Nick celebrated a birthday yesterday so this made for a fine birthday present. Congratulations to all the drivers who made it into victory lane tonight.
Recently our former Pit Steward "Fluffy" as well as track owner Teri Avery have had to undergo heart surgery. Both are recovering and appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this process. All of us here at WMMP wish you both a speedy recovery.
Employment opportunities still exist for the summer race season. If you or someone you know would like to help us out in the food booths, please call the track at 745-6727 and leave your name and phone number. Someone WILL get back to you. We could use the help, couldn't you use the money? If so, give us a call.
For photos of racing action, visit www.vlfphotos.com, there you can view and even share photos on your favorite social website as well as order photos of your favorite driver. Photos can be mailed directly to your address and or brought to the track for you to pick up. You may need to have a debit or credit card available to place your order. This site is maintained by the track photographer Eric LaFleche who also has photos of racing action throughout the region. It is well worth the look.
Next week is a regular night of racing with practice beginning at 3pm and racing at 5pm. Don't forget, we can be found on Rt.3 in Woodstock NH, 3 miles north of exit 30 off I-93 or 2 miles south of N.Woodstock village.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262