Posted: June 21st, 2011
After a brief rain delay that cut practice short, the sun came out and brightened things up for what turned out to be an awesome night of highly competitive racing. The highlight of the night being the return of the American Canadien Tour Championship Late Model Sportsmen, who made their lone visit to White Mountain Motorsports Park for the 2011 racing season. Although riddled by several cautions, the racing was furious to qualify for the 3rd annual New Hampshire Motor Speedway Invitational on September 24 in Loudon, NH.
Qualifying kicked off with the Little Ceasar's Kids Truck Division. The win there went to Marshfield VT's Chandler Potter in the #23. In the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division the qualifying win went out to Nick Pillotte in the #11 from Jefferson, NH. In the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock Division, the hard fought battle was eventually won by the #63 of Tom Keith. Qualifying for the ACT Late Models was nothing short of fierce as everyone was trying to get their best shot into the +/- handicapping system used by the ACT. The four qualifiers went to the #25 of Jesse Switser of Lyndonville, VT, the #9 of Chip Grenier out of Graniteville, VT, the #27 of Wayne Helliwell, Jr, from Dover, NH, while the fourth and final qualifier went to the #37 of Brian Hoar of Willison, VT, who also stands as the current points leader on the American Canadien Tour. Qualifying finished up with the Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen Division, the win there going out to East Haven VT's Michael Moore in the #6.
With the sun sinking rapidly in the west, the Little Ceasar's Kids Truck Division took to the racing surface for their feature event. Never to disappoint, they went at if for 15 laps of high-energy racing, slowed by only one caution when the #61 of Ryan Olsen had the lights go out under his hood while trying to make it up pit road off the backstretch. When the green came out it was the top four trucks battling it out over the top three positions. Chandler Potter in the #23 had his hands full early as the #43 of Nick Willis was up on the outside making it stick giving him all he could handle for the lead. While they were doing battle, the #20 of Amanda Wheeler made her way out of the back and was doing battle with Logan Oliver in the #26 out of Groton, Vt for the third spot. The battle for the lead between Willis and Potter allowed the top four to form it up with just a few laps to go. Battle they did all the way to the line as Potter in his Country Floors of Plainfield, VT and Tuck's Repair of Northfield #23 took the win, followed by Oliver in his Pine Mountainview Farm, Green Mounted Taxidermy #26 in second, while Wheeler in her Dennis O'Donnell Builder, Lakeside Auto #20 truck came in third.
Next to take the grid were the consolation rounds for the ACT Late Models. Three consolation events lined up in the pits for round two qualifying. Racing was once again hot, side by side and clean as everyone did their best to give each other plenty of room on the tight N. Woodstock oval. The win in consi number one went to the #31 of Derek Ming from Island Pond, VT, consi number 2 went to the #26 of John Donahue from Graniteville, VT, while the third and final consi went to the #97 of Joey Polewarczyk hailing from Hudson, NH.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division took to the grid next for their twenty lap feature. On the start it was Jason Fallman in the #21 bolting to the lead from the front row and was looking to distance himself from second place runner Kyle Willis in the #43 when the caution came out for the #4 of Travis Dickerson who spun in turn two. Dickerson refired after the yellow flew and rejoined at the rear of the field. The green flag flew again and saw the #11 of Nick Pillotte, 2010 track champion on the heels of Fallman and Willis looking to the outside for the second spot. Making it stick in the outside lane, Pillotte drove around both Willis and Fallman into the lead on lap nine. The caution flew for the second and final time on lap eighteen when Dickerson got high out of turn 4 and ended up headlong into the wall. Once agaiin, no harm, no foul as Dickerson pulled to the rear of the field again. When the green went in the air for the final time Pillotte bolted from the field as second place runner Fallman seemed to have transmission troubles on the start and went into a free-fall through the field. The eventual winner was Pillotte in his Pillotte Motorsports Chevrolet Cavalier out of Jefferson, NH followed across the line by the #43 of Kyle Willis in his North Counttry DECA, Charbo Campground Cavalier, while third place went to the #01 of Shawn Sinclair hailing from Belmont, NH.
Rolling out of the pits in turn four next was the Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen Division for their 25 lap feature. Green to checkers was the order of the day as the Tigers ran clean and green the whole way. From the start it was the #24 of Jeff Huntington taking the lead and never looking back. The #90 of Sean Akers and the #66 of Tim Churchill took chase as the #6 of Michael Moore seemed to have problems with the powerplant under the hood of the #6 from the start. Huntington led through lap 20, then coming out of turn 2 his engine seemed to foul as he took it to the pits off the backstretch, leaving Churchill and Akers to battle for the win. Churchill went both high and low on the Akers machine, but could not punch a hole big enough to put his Monte Carlo through as Akers flat-out muscled his way around the N. Woodstock oval. Akers went on to win in his #90 White Mountain Property Maintenance, Cops Run, Inc. Ford Fusion, while Tim Churchill in his Churchill Motorsports #66 Chevrolet Monte Carlo came in a close second.
The ACT Late Models took to the highbanks for round three qualifying and the last chance to get into the White Mountain 150 and try to qualify for the NHMS Invitational in the B Feature. At the green flag Jeff Labrecque from Rochester, NH bolted to the lead from the front line. He didn't get very far though, as the caution flag flew when the field was in turn 2 and the #38 of Tyler Cahoon went around. No contact was made and Cahoon tagged it on the rear of the field. The green flew again and Labrecque bolted from the front line one more time. Again it was short-lived as the caution flew on lap four when Mike Kenison in the #3 out of Lancaster, NH went around going into turn one and backed his machine up the racetrack in turn one being collected by Cahoon and the #95 of Pat Floyd. There was extensive damage to all three machines, and when the track was cleared again the green went in the air. From there it was all green as Labrecque tried to walk away from the field, but had the#40 of Eric Chase and the 07 of Scott Luce on his back bumper. The checkers flew and that's the way they finished, Labrecque got the win, Chase was second and Luce took the final qualifying spot through the back door to the main event.
The Beacon Resort Strictly Stocks were out next for their twenty-five lap feature event. The #63 of Tom Keith took the lead at the drop of the green, but Shane Sicard in the #4 had other ideas as he drove around Keith on lap two and into the lead. Sicard was looking to distance himself from the field early as the battle was going on behind him in a big way. Three cars, the #27 of Alex Kelley, the #84 of Elwin Sidney and the #28 of Dave Baron were duking it out for the next three positions. They were so busy fighting amongst themselves nobody looked up and saw the #21 of Lucas Wheeler fearlessly coming up in the outside lane. Wheeler, a rookie, drove right around the three and into second place on lap 20 and set sail in pursuit of Sicard. The caution went in the air on lap twenty-three when Kelley went around in turn 4 and got drilled by the #49 of Jody Sicard and emptied the contents of Kelley's radiator from the top of turn 4 all the way down the racetrack. With the clean-up done, the field was set for a two lap dash to the checkers. When all was said and done it was Sicard in the #4 sponsored by Loroux Brothers Transmission and EM Tree Care with the win, followed in second by Lucas Wheeler in his #21 sponsored by Lakeside Auto and Bare Bones BBQ and in third it was Elwin Sidney in his Viking Restoration, Foley Oil Co. #84.
With much pomp and circumstance the American Canadien Tour Late Models rolled onto the grid for their 150 lap feature event. When the green flag fell it was the #51ME of Ricky Rolfe to the lead from the pole position. WMMP's own Quinney Welch went to work and was second by lap four, and up into the lead by lap eight. After a couple of quick cautions that slowed the field, Welch maintained his lead and bolted from the field, looking to hide from second place runner #26 John Donahue in lap traffic on lap forty-three. The caution flew on lap fifty-nine as the #16 of Travis Fadden went around in turn two setting up Welch on the pole, with Donahue to his outside. The green flew, followed almost as quickly by the yellow again as the #15ME spun in turns 3+4 bringing out another quick caution. Once again it was Welch on the inside with Donahue on the outside. Welch got the jump, but Donahue had other ideas and punched a hole down low off turn 2 and took the lead by a nose at the line. The two went door to door until lap sixty-seven when the #7VT of Eric Williams got into the #97 of Joey Pole in turn four, with the #16 of Fadden finding himself with nowhere to go, piling into both of them. Again it was a Donahue/Welch restart, this time with Donahue on the inside. This time it was Donahue with the jump and Welch stuck up in the outside lane, losing traction and going backwards. This opened the door for Brian Hoar in the #37 to dive underneath. With the door wide open, the #27 of Wayne Helliwell quickly changed lanes to the bottom, and kept the door open so that the #02 of Randy Potter could slide underneath as well. Another quick caution and Welch found himself freight-trained in the outside lane as Donahue and Hoar battled for the lead. Helliwell took off in chase of Donahue and Hoar, bringing Potter with him as Hoar found himself without traction in the #37. The checkers flew on lap one-fifty and found John Donahue in the #26 National Guard Ford Fusion in victory lane for the first time in 2011, second was all Randy Potter from Groveton, NH in his #02 Speedway Sports Park Chevrolet Impala SS, while third went to the #27 of Wayne Helliwell Jr. from Dover, NH in his E-Keys For Cars/Unique Ford Fusion.
The WMMP drivers in the field did very well against the ACT regulars, with the #83 of Stacy Cahoon finishing in 14th, The #16 of Travis Fadden in 17th, Oren Remick in 22nd, and Quinney Welch in 25th.
Next week we will once again be running all five regular divisions of White Mountain Motorsports Park. We will throw open the gates at one o'clock, practice starts at three, with racing firing off at five o'clock promptly. Come see us and find out why we call it "Thunder In The Mountains."
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