Posted: July 27th, 2008
Rain fell during the National Anthem here at WMMP causing quite a delay for the final feature event of the evening. Once the track dried out we brought out the NAPA Late Models for the lineup and start of the race. For the first 40 laps of the race the #7 of Ben Lynch dominated the field, Taking an early lead Lynch was able to distance himself from the rest of the pack. Norm Andrews had managed to pass the #57 of David Labreque but had his hands full trying to close the gap between he and Lynch. At about lap 44 the #57 of Labreque and the #17 of Todd Aldrich spun around at the beginning of turn #1 giving Andrews the break he needed. At the restart Andrews hammered down early and got the jump on Ben Lynch, taking the lead and denying Lynch a win tonight. The #83 of Stacy Cahoon captured third and Dan Colby in the 60 car managed a much needed second place for his team. We kid Norm by calling him the "Legend" here at WMMP, but he deserves every bit of praise for his handling of the #33 racing machine and the true sportmanship he demonstrates, giving credit to everyone else from his wife to the crew in the pits.
The Shuttle Connection Super Streets ran smooth tonight with the #6 of Adam Delucca taking third away from the #66 of Tim Churchill. The #57 of Chan Davis had an exceptional night running up front and taking second for his team. (check www.5prs.com for photos) The man on fire tonight was Jason Welch and his fine tuned #21 Chevy Monte Carlo. Jason had his hands full keeping the #57 of Chan Davis at bay, but secured himself a well deserved win. Welch took time to recognize his sponsors; Chet Downing Car Care, Cutting Blade Lawncare and Hiltz Excavating. Welch also thanked his sponsors for encouraging him to try and finish out this race season even though his employment now takes him out of the area, his heart will always be with his family and friends here at WMMP. We all wish nothing but the best for Jason Welch and his family and racing team during this time of transition.
The Beacon Resort Strictly Stock event was action packed tonight with the bumpers ( or was it horns ) of the #63 and #84 cars locking at one point, which set the tone for the rest of the race. The #19 of Dave Driscoll pitted early at the request of the flagman and the #63 of Tom Keith and the #84 of Elwin Sidney were restarted at the back of the pack during one caution event, making it possible for the #28 of David Baron Sr. to lock in third place tonight. Taking second and making an appearance in victory lane was the #09 of Steve Parker. The headliner for the night though was former Kid Truck driver Cam Clairmont who proudly took home the first place trophy after driving his #6 Chevy Camero to victory. He saw me later in the evening and commented on his win, saying "it was about time" , reflecting on his frequency of visits to victory lane.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini division saw driver Williard Hedden being a factor in tonights racing, as he set the pace with his #11 car early on in racing. He held his own for some time before falling back as the #37 Dustin Jackson took over the lead. Another contender for this years' track championship Allan Young had a great night giving former track champion Nick Pilotte a run for his money as the #24 car locked in a second place for the night with the #14 car having to settle for third. Dustin Jackson thanked all his family and friends for coming out each and every week and supporting him and for being here to see him win tonights' feature event.
The HK Powersports Kid Truck Division had an out of truck introduction tonight, a special treat for the drivers and their fans. Two features were raced and in the first feature, the #43 of Kyle Willis placed third, the #25 of Jason Pelkey took second and Alex Kelly walked away with the win in his #6 '97 Chevy S-10 truck. He took time to thank his many sponsors who include; NAPA Auto Parts of Laconia and Merideth, Extreme Auto Care, Color Scapes, House of Tatoos and Bert and Ernie's Used Cars.
The second Kids Truck feature had a last minute, heart stopping moment as the trucks were in turns three and four, the newcomer Lucas Wheeler get a little loose with his #16 truck. The leader at the time, Alexander Rooney, slowed to avoid contact with Wheeler. That cost Rooney the win as the #33 of Alex Ferno pulled alongside and nosed out a win, forcing Rooney into second and the #31 of Brandon Bourne took third. This was Alex Ferno's second time this season at WMMP and he thanked his sponsor, Lauce Ferno Race Chassis for their support.
Next week here at "Thunder in the Mountains" we see the return of ACT to finish what they were not able to a few weeks ago, thanks to mother nature. The pit gate will open early at 1:00 pm with the main gate opening at 2:00 and practice starting at 3:30. Next weeks' feature will be a 150 lap edge of your seat night so make sure you are there for this "once a season" event. WMMP is located on Rt.3 in Woodstock NH, less than four miles north of exit 30 off I-93 and less than 2 miles south of the lights of Rt.112 and Rt.3 in N.Woodstock. Please check our website at www.whitemtnmotorsports.com for our schedule, picture gallery and our archives. You can also access information about our main sponsors for our five divisions and if you are interested in being a part of our racing family, racing rules and vehicle specifications can be found there as well. WMMP prides itself as being a family friendly park for all those who enjoy the sights and sounds of asphalt racing. If you enjoy NASCAR you can experience racing here in your own backyard at WMMP. There is nothing like the smell of hot rubber and racing fuel mixed with a blend of roaring engines and the roar of the crowd cheering on their favorite driver. We look forward to seeing you Saturday night, Aug.2 for our ACT feature event along with all of our other divisions of racing.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262