Posted: August 10th, 2009
Tempers flared early at Whitemountain Motorsports Park as drivers jockeyed for position at a chance to win $1,500.00 for a first place finish. Three qualifiers in the NAPA Auto Parts Late Model division saw caution early on as Tom Smithers made his way up and over the car driven by visiting driver Eric Williams. Finishing out the first qualifer in third was Brockton Davis, second went to Brett Clairmont and the qualifier went to Bernie Lantangne. The second qualifier was rocky as well, sending two more drivers to the pits after colliding. Finishing third was Stacy Cahoon, second was Oren Remick and Glenn Martel won the second qualifier. The third and final qualifier was completed without a caution, with Quinten Welch taking third, Donnie Lashua finishing second and Todd Aldrich taking the win. Consi action saw Travis Fadden finish third, Eric Williams take second and Matt Anderson take the win.
With an out-of-car introduction for the twenty four drivers, racing action began early on with Stacy Cahoon on the pole and Quinten Welch on the outside pole. Within five laps the Welch racing team cheered hard as Quinten Welch edged out Stacy Cahoon for the lead. Racing action came to halt around lap 55 with a caution event. Quinten Welch led the pack from lap five on and had been chased by Stacy Cahoon and Oren Remick. At the restart fans saw lead lap cars intermingled with lapped cars. This brought on trouble as cautions became the name of the game with Oren Remick spinning out in turn four and that allowed Bernie Lantagne to start behind Stacy Cahoon. As racing action continued, Bernie Lantagne took second away from Stacy Cahoon and that will be how they finished out for the night. Stacy Cahoon ended up finishing third for the night, Bernie Lantagne took second and claiming first place was Quinten Welch. Welch performed a victory 360 on the infield which might earn him a place on the grounds crew next week.
The Shuttle Connection Super Street Division saw some hot action as well, both in the qualifiers and the feature. Third place in the qualifier went to Tim Churchill who took it right at the wire, second went to Derek O'Hern and first went to Tyler Alati. The feature race lasted thirty laps with a couple of cautions that just made your head shake. Chan Davis appeared to get hung up on another driver which caused him to spin out in the corner. Other cautions saw frustrated drivers and changes in position throughout the field. At the drop of the checkers Gerald Griswold would place third, Cam Clairmont settling for second and Tim Churchill taking the win. Two qualifiers were held for the Beacon Motel Strictly Stocks, with Wade Willis placing third, Jason Young taking second and Tom Keith taking the win. At the conclusion of the second qualifier, Steve Parker took third, Mike Davis second and Alex Kelley taking the win. The feature lasted 25 laps and David Baron Sr. placed third, Alex Kelley showed second and the win went to Tom Keith. Returning as a driver at WMMP in the Strictly Stock division was none other than our very own Skip Elliott driving the 8 car for David Baron Sr. Skip is a member of our staff and has been dealing with health issues so it was very nice to see this veteran driver behind the wheel tonight. Congrats go out to Skip and his family as we hope to see more of Skip behind the wheel!
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini division saw some hard fought action early on. Kyle Willis held his own against Opie Thayer and Rubin Call as long as possible but had to settle for third, with Rubin Call taking second and Opie Thayer the win for the qualifier. The Feature ran 20 laps and taking an early lead was Nick Pilotte. Nick had to contend with team mate Opie Thayer dogging his rear bumper the majority of the night, with Rubin Call attempting to pass occasionally on the outside. These three drivers dominate this division each week, however it was Nick Pilotte's turn to take a victory lap tonight. Opie Thayer ended up third, giving up second to Rubin Call.
Having a great night of racing were the kids in the HK Powersports truck division. The qualifier ran smoothly, with Brandon Bourne placing third, Derek Stone second and Nick Willis the win. The fifteen lap feature allowed these drivers to really show off tonight, as the feature ran perfect with no cautions. Fans were treated to some real race action as the kids made their way into victory lane. Placing third again tonight was Brandon Bourne, second was Derek Stone and the win went to Lucas Wheeler. A fine job by all of these kids in this division tonight.
Next week we return for more racing action with all five divisions having a regular night of racing and the ticket price at the main gate goes back to $10.00 per adult as usual. Looking ahead into September make a note that WMMP will be racing on Friday September 18th instead of Saturday the 19th. This will be the only race this season to be held on a Friday so mark it on your calendar. All race results mentioned in this news release are subject to all the drivers passing inspection at the conclusion of the night. WMMP is a family friendly park with designated seating for smokers and non-smokers. We are located on Rt.3 in Woodstock NH, 3 miles north of exit 30 off I-93 and 2 miles south of the jct. of Rt.112 in N.Woodstock off exit 32 off I-93.
Don't forget to check our website, whitemtnmotorsports.com for schedule updates and drivers' point standings. Also check out vlfphotos.com for racing photos of action here at WMMP. Filling in for Staff photographer Eric LeFleche was Alan Ward this week. Photos from tonight's action can also be found on his website, bigalsphotos.smugmug.com. See you next week for more racing action!
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