Posted: July 19th, 2011
Another hot and humid afternoon set the scene for a great night of racing with the twilight start at the hightbanks in N. Woodstock at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Twenty-two American Canadien Tour Tiger Sportsmen were on hand for the second in their five race series on the Bond Auto/Wix Filters Tour. The action on the track in all divisions did not fail to disappoint the enormous crowd of fans on hand.
Qualifying kicked off with the Little Ceasar's Kids Truck Division, where after a hard fought battle Logan Oliver in the #26 came from the back of the pack to take the win. Next out onto the speedway was the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Stictly Mini Stock Division, which went to the #01 of Shawn Sinclair who also had to battle his way to the front from the back of the pack. The NAPA Late Model Sportsmen were next out onto the racing surface for their three qualifiers. Qualifier number one went to the #2 of Stormin Norman' Andrews. Qualifier number two went to Campton NH's own Will Avery in the #92. The third and final qualifier rolled onto the field and went to the #3 of Bernie Lantagne from McIndoe Falls, Vt. The heavily contested NAPA Late Model Sportsmen semi feature went to the #92 of Avery, setting him up for the coveted triple crown trophy. The next field of cars to attempt to qualify were the Tiger Sportsmen of the Bond Auto/Wix Filters Tour. Qualifier number one went to the #16 of George May, while qualifier number two went to the #17 of Tucker Williams, with the third and final qulifier being taken by the #5 of Troy Gray. Qualifying concluded with the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock Division taking the grid. Coming out on top once again it was the #21 of Lucas Wheeler. The consolation race for the Tiger Tour went to the #79 of Jason Bonnett.
When feature time rolled around it was the Little Ceasar's Kids Truck Division out on the field first. Considering that the kids in this division are between the ages of thirteen and sixteen they put on a whale of a show every week. The #61 of Ryan Olsen wasted no time finding his way to the front when the green flag flew. Olsen was flying around the oval when the caution flag flew on lap five for the #22 of Michael Lloyd who went around on the backstretch while in a very heated battle with the #20 of Amanda Wheeler and the #26 of Logan Oliver. No harm, no foul as the Lloyd machine pulled into line at the rear of the field. The green flag flew once again and this time Olsen had his hands full as the #23 of Chandler Potter and Oliver, along with the #37 of Mark Puffer took chase. They were busy enough duking it out amongst themselves that Olsen was once again distancing himself from the field. Then on lap eleven the #4 of Brandon Croteaum got together with the Wheeler machine, and with nowhere to go the Lloyd machine piled in on top, scattering parts, pieces and debris all over turn two. When the green flag came out for the final time it was once again Olsen to the lead with both the Potter and Oliver machines looking high and low for a hole to get around him. It was not to be. Olsen grabbed the win with his #61 Mountain Milk, Woodsville Machine ride, in second it was Potter in his Country Floors of Plainfield, Tuck's Repair truck and in third in the #26 machine it was Logan Oliver sponsored by Phil Emerson Logging and Pine Mountainview Farm.
Green to checkers was the order of the night for the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division. On the start the #4 of Travis Dickerson grabbed the lead but bobbled on the backstretch, putting two wheels on the infield grass and allowed the #17 of Desirae Sicard to capitalize and go around him onto the lead. It was then the #21 of Jason Fallman on his way to the front taking chase after Sicard. On the frontstretch Fallman got way high just past the flagstand and found his Ford Mustang in the frontstretch wall making heavy contact. Fallman slowed to the rear of the field, then began the struggle to climb his way back into the top five. Whle all of this was going on the #01 of Shawn Sinclair was working his way to the front out of the rear of the field. Falman was working his way up through as well while the #43 of Kyle Willis and the Dickerson machine were coming fast. Dickerson caught Sinclair, but after working him over for several laps had to settle for the runner-up position. When the checkers fell it was the #01 of Shawn Sinclair out of Belmont, NH with the win, Dickerson in his #4 Extreme Decals and Designs, Cavanaugh and Sons VW Golf and in third it was Willis in his #43 Benny's Auto Clinic, Lines By Design Chevrolet Cavalier.
Following the lead of the Strictly Mini Stock Division, the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock Division also went green to checkers in their twenty-five lap main event. Bolting from the front line at the green it was Lucas Wheeler in the #21, but he had plenty of company.as the pack behind him fought for position hammer and tong. The #27 of Alex Kelley broke free from the pack early and took off after Wheeler, catching him, but it took him a number of laps to get around him. On lap eighteen Kelley found his way around Wheeler on the backstretch and into the lead. This left the #16 of Brandon Albee, the # 4 of Shane Sicard, along with the #84 of Elwin Sidney to battle it out for the third running spot. When the checkers fell it was Kelley with the win in his PMC Surveyors, Jerry's Home Heating sponsored machine, Wheeler in his Lakeside Auto, Bare Bones BBQ Monte Carlo in second, while in third it was Sidney in his Viking Restoration, Foley Oil Co. Chevrolet.
Early in the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen it was all Norm Andrews in the #2. Andrews went to work putting his Impala SS in a different zip code, as the pack behind him was having at it. The #3 of Bernie Lantagne was running well in the second place until he went high coming off turn three and the #92 of Will Avery punched the hole down low and went under. Before Lantagne could find his way back into the lower lane the #51 of Jeremy Harclerode found his way through and into the third position. Lantagne fought his way back to the front and grabbed the lead from Andrews on lap twenty-three. Behind them the #60 of Dan Colby and the #21 of Oren Remick put on a side by side battle that went on lap after lap, until Colby finally broke clear. It was then that the #78 of Quinny Welch found his way into the top five and started picking cars off left and right. Welch got under Colby on lap twenty-five and went after the leaders passing first Andrews then going after Lantagne. Everybody was jostling for position as the laps were winding down. Welch finally found himself in the lead on lap 42. Lantagne was alone in second, but Colby was having a whale of a time in the fourth spot trying to get around Andrews. After several laps of running door to door Andrews went around in turn two after what may or may not have been contact with Colby. The checkers flew over the #78 of Welch in the Local Linemen 104, Cutting Blade Lawn Care Chevrolet Impala SS, in second it was the #3 of Bernie Lantagne in the P&L Loggers of Vermont, Paul's Whistle Stop Monte Carlo SS, and in third it was Dan Colby in the # 60 Absolute Powersports, Schofields Septic Ford Fusion.
The final event of the night was the Bond Auto/Wix Filters ACT Tiger Sporstmen Feature. Twenty-two cars took the green flag and went at it on the N. Woodstock highbanks. From the start it was Mike Ziter in the #26 to the lead. He had many challenges from the pack behind him but he fought them all off, his biggest battle coming from the #68 of Derrick O'Donnell. At one point while on the attack O'Donnell got way high on the frontstretch and dropped back out of the top five. On lap 40 the #8 of Mike Billado went around on the backstretch, landing just off the racing surface. When the field realigned and took the green again Ziter again went to the point, with the #79 of Jason Bonnett working down out of the high line into second. The caution flag flew again on lap sixty when the #6 of Michael Moore went around in turn two fighting for position. Again the field reracked and the green went in the air. This time it was Bonnett at the stripe with Ziter fighting back on the inside to take the lead back on lap 61. The battle raged as seven cars were under a blanket from second on back. On lap seventy-three the #17 of Tucker Williams and the #94 of Brendan Moodie got together on the backstretch with Moodie coming out of it with a flat tire and having to run pitside to change it. At the front it was Ziter, the #50 of Joey Roberts and O'Donnell battling for the lead. On lap eighty-three the Roberts car went around in turn four. At this point O'Donnell found his way into the lead. Two laps later though it was Ziter back at the front where he stayed until the checkers flew on lap 100. It was Ziter with the win, O'Donnell in second and the #00 of Joe Steffen in third.
Next week will be a regular card of racing featuring all five White Mountain Motorsports Park's regular divisions, plus the kid's bike races. The gates will open at 2pm, practice starts at 4, with racing getting underway promptly at 6pm.
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