463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Posted: September 5th, 2003
It was a night for new faces to carry the checkered flag to victory lane this past Saturday at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, as Quinney Welch, Brockton Davis and Benjamin Lynch all got to the top spot for their first time at The Park. Other winners included Opie Thayer, Tom Keith, Jason Welch and Cody Bodwell.
The NAPA Late Models started their main event with a quick yellow on the first turn of the first lap, but then settled down and put on a great show over the remaining thirty-five laps. Richie Bean from Bradford, was hoping to secure the triple crown as he dominated his qualifier and the bonus point semi. Bean got the jump on the start and then started to pull away from the pack. Dalton's, Quinney Welch was a man on the move, as he worked the outside groove to perfection and overtook Bean midway through the race. Bean settled in for the second spot until lapped traffic allowed St. Johnsbury's, Stacy Cahoon, to sneak by underneath, while the battle for fifth through tenth kept everyone else at bay. A caution for a three car spin in turn four on lap thirty-three set up a green-white-checkers finish. As they came down for the restart, Cahoon's car did not come up to speed and the whole field scrambled and got together in the first turn. Cahoon was forced to the rear leaving some new challengers to battle it out. Bean would now sit outside the front row with Kendell Legendre, Randy Potter and Corey Mason next in line. At the drop of the green, Welch was gone, Bean jumped to the inside for second and Randy Potter from Groveton slipped into the third spot. That's the way they would finish, Welch, Bean, Potter, Stark's, Corey Mason and Danville's, Legendre. Heat wins went to Bean and Pete Fraser, while Bean scored in the semi-feature.
With just one points race left for the Gilmour Jeep/Ford/Dodge Super Streets, the points battle took a new direction, as rookie driver Brockton Davis from Whitefield, motored his way to a career first checkered flag. His race was not without some anxious moments, as Rick Fadden, making his first start, lost some fluids, sending the field scrambling in turn one. Davis, was hard on the binders, trying to get his ride to slow down and made minor contact with another spun automobile. Davis was able to restart up front, but now had Mike Stygles on his outside door. The pair ran side by side for several laps before Davis edged his way ahead of the Piermont speedster. When the checkers flew, it was Davis, Stygles, West Burke's, Howard Switser, Littleton's, Doug Laleme and McIndoe Falls native, Bernie Lantagne. Qualifying wins went to Davis and Richard Paradie.
Tom Keith from Pike scored another win in the Beacon Motel and Resorts Strictly Streets, as he used the outside lane to perfection to secure the win. Point leader, East Concord's, Todd Goodness outdueled Woodsville's, Jason Wyman in a ten lap side by side battle allowing him to finish second. West Burke's, Steve Parker was fourth and Groton's, Toby Peter's rounded out the top five. Wyman and Gary Griswold II won their respective qualifiers.
It was a wild one in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly MIni's, as Concord's Opie Thayer got back on the winning track. Point leader Jonathan Ledger finished second, but later failed post race inspection. This moved Lyndonville's, Dan Bigelow up to the second spot. Littleton's, Rick Shifflett had his third straight third place finish, Concord's, Tim Heath raced home fourth and Gilford's, Trevor Lacasse completed the top five. Tom Smithers, Josh Santy and Heath won the three preliminary races.
Jason Welch battled his way through heavy traffic to snare another victory in the Hobo Hills Adventure Golf Mini-Cup cars. Point leader, Bill Matatall, nailed down the second spot in a photo finish over Scott Vien. Scott Haag and Will Avery placed fourth and fifth. Will Avery won the lone qualifier.
The Jadeview.com Kids Truck division had their usual two features. The rookie main event saw a first time winner appear, as Derry driver, Benjamin Lynch, showed his back bumper to the field leading Lebanon, Maine's, Jeremy Welch, Salisbury's, Mac McDuffie, Plymouth's, Bob Clay Jr., and Berlin's, Cody Leblanc. This was a career best finish for Leblanc. In the second round, a last lap confrontation amongst the two leaders, jumbled up the finish. When it was finally sorted out, Farmington's, Cody Bodwell got the win. Second place was awarded to Belmont's, Jared Martel, third spot went to Gorham's, Curtis Leeman, fourth to Berlin's, Matthew Leblanc and Tamworth's, Jeremy Davis controlled the fifth spot. Welch and Patrick Burt won the heats.
This coming Saturday night the P.A.S.S. Tour makes a return visit with a 150 lap main event. The NAPA Late Models will go 75 laps. Also on the card will be the Strictly Streets, Strictly Mini's and the Kids Trucks will make their final appearance of 2003. Gates open at 1pm, practice begins at 2pm and the green waves at 6pm.
White Mountain Motorsports Park is located on Route 3 in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. For more information, call 603-745-6727 or logon to www.whitemtnmotorsports.com. Rules for the September 27th Open Comp show can be found on the website.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262