463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Posted: June 10th, 2012
N. Woodstock, NH- After losing a night of competition to rain, White Mountain Motorsports Park opened Saturday night under ideal racing conditions. The action on the track was furious all night long in all divisions, seeing many new faces in victory lane. The heated action started in the qualifiers and carried through until the last checkered flag went in the air. Adding to the excitement was the presence of the New England Antique Racers in town for their exhibition race.
When qualifying got under way, Logan Oliver in the #26 kicked things off by taking down the win in the Lil’ Cesar’s Kids Truck division qualifier. The Shuttle Connection Late Models followed with their three hotly contested qualifiers. The first qualifier went to the #51 of Jeremy Harclerod, while the second was won by the #42 of Mike Jurkowski and the third and final qualifier going to the #17 of Todd Aldrich. In the Avery’s Sweeping Tiger Sportsman division Gerald Griswold once again visited victory lane in the #77. Nick Pillotte in the #11 came from deep in the pack to take the qualifying win in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini division. The Beacon Resort Strictly Stock division wound up qualifying with Tom Keith in the #63 bringing home the win. The Shuttle Connection Late Model semi-feature `was won by the #51 of Harclerod, setting him up for the coveted triple crown.
Once again the Lil’ Cesar’s Kids Truck division took to the track for their feature event and showed everyone how it’s done with hot and highly competitive action on the track, while going flag to flag without a caution flag. When the green flag went in the air it was the #26 of Oliver bolting to the lead and working to distance himself from the field early. However, the rest of the field had other ideas. Brandon Croteau in the #4 and Amanda Wheeler in the #20 took chase and the three distanced themselves from the field. With Oliver firmly planted in the low lane Croteau went to the outside with Wheeler hot on their heels. The traction was not there in the outside lane for Croteau to complete the pass and he had to fall in line behind Oliver. That’s how they finished, Oliver in his Emerson and Son Logging Chevy S-10 got the win followed by Croteau in second and Wheeler in third.
In the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock division it was all Tom Keith in the #63 bolting to the lead at the drop of the green flag. Behind him it was bedlam as the rest of the field scrambled for position. Elwin Sydney III in the #84 worked his way up through traffic in a hurry, bringing points leader Shane Sicard in the #4 right along with him. The two of them took chase and caught Keith. It was three cars under a blanket for over ten laps, lucky for Keith, Sydney and Sicard got caught up in their own battle and were unable to get around the Keith when the checkers flew. At the line it was Keith in the #63, Sydney in the #84 and Sicard in the #4.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock division was next to take to the N. Woodstock highbanks. The early lead went to the #48 of Craig Willis in the #48 at the drop of the green. In the meantime Nick Pillotte in the #11 went to work in the high lane and was in second by lap 5. On lap 6 Pillotte made his move on the outside and drove it deep into turn three to overtake Willis. By now Lisa Hodgdon had shrugged off the competition behind her and took off after Willis. While they did battle Pillotte checked out on the field. Hodgdon worked over Willis for ten laps but was not able to find a way around as he was glued to the inside lane. When the checkers flew it was Pillotte, the Jefferson Jet, in his Aaron’s Repair #11 with the win, Willis in the #48 in second and Hodgdon in the #0 in third.
George May in the #16 paced the field in the Avery’s Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen from the drop of the green flag. The field was slowed only twice as the #61 of Ryan Olsen went around in turn 4. On both restarts May was able to distance himself from the field as the competition did battle behind him. Gerald Griswold in the #77 was finally able to get around the #24 of Jeff Huntington for second and took chase after May. Griswold was right there on May’s bumper when the checkers flew, but ran out of time and was unable to mount an attack. The win went to May in the #16 sponsored by 3M, with Griswold in second and Huntington in third.
Things got hot in a hurry for the Shuttle Connection Late Models with fast cars, former champions and hotshoes from front to rear in the field. Will Avery in the #92 grabbed the lead from the start and went to work at the front of the field. Behind him the scrambling was on for position as the cars in the rear started working their way forward. Jeremy Harclerod in the #51 was scrambling in the outside lane, unable to get the bite he needed and was unable to get into the low lane as one car after another filled the hole beneath him and sent the outside lane backwards. Quinny Welch in the #78 was on a tear coming from outside the top 10 to the fifth spot by lap 12 and he was looking for more. Lap 29 saw the #3 of Bernie Lantagne around in turn 4. On the restart It was Avery on the inside with a hard-charging Oren Remick on the outside. The field made it all the way to turn two and the caution flew again as the #57 of Dave Labrecque and the #95 of Pat Floyd got together. The restart following would set up an epic battle at the front of the field. When the green flag flew again it was Remick flying off turn 2 and around Avery into the lead with Brock Davis in the #47 right on his back bumper riding the high side around Avery. With twenty laps to go Davis was cagey looking to set up Remick and get by him. Up off turn 2 Remick washed up the racetrack and opened the door for Davis, and when he did Davis pounced. Davis filled the hole down low and stayed there under Remick. For 15 laps they duked it out with Remick just edging out Davis at the line every time. Behind them the #37 of Luke Hinkley worked his way into third and was right there with Tyler Cahoon in the #38 looking for a mistake. There was none by either of the top two drivers. At the line on lap 50 it was Remick over Davis by about two feet, with Hinkley in third. For all the battling that they did side by side for 15 laps there was one tire mark on one car at the end between the top two cars. It was an amazing feat of driving on the part of both Davis and Remick.
Next week will be a regular event at White Mountain Motorsports Park, with all five regular divisions seeing racing action. The gates will open at 1pm, with practice starting at 3. Racing gets under way promptly at 5pm.
We are a family friendly facility with no alcohol allowed on the premises and half of our seating is non-smoking. We look forward to seeing you for our 20th season of competition. Come see why we call it Thunder In The Mountains!!
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 2012 season.
Lil Cesar’s Kids Trucks
#26 Logan Oliver
#4 Brandon Croteau
#20 Amanda Wheeler
Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stocks
#11 Nick Pillotte
#48 Craig Willis
# 0 Lisa Hodgdon
Beacon Resort Strictly Stock
#63 Tom Keith
#84 Elwin Sydney III
#4 Shane Sicard
Avery’s Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen
#16 George May
# 77 Gerald Griswold
#24 Jeff Huntington
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262