Posted: June 5th, 2011
On a warm but breezy evening, White Mountain Motorsports Park put event number two of the 2011 campaign in the books. With a good crowd on hand as well as a great field of cars in the pits, racing got underway with much anticipation of a great show by both fans and competitors. Several new cars were in the pits this night and the competition on the track did not fail to disappoint, as the twilight start seemed to suit all in attendance.
Qualifying got underway with the HK Powersports Kids Truck Division taking to the track. The win went to the # 23 of Chandler Potter out of Marshfield, VT in a very close contest that went down to the final turn for the checkered flag. Next up on the track was the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen. With three qualifiers the competition was frantic, with the wins being handed out to the # 0no of Fulton Mountain out of Barrington, NH in qualifier number on, qualifier number two went to the hard charging #88 of Jeremy Welch, hailing from Lebanon, ME, while relative newcomer Jeremy Harclerode took the checkers in the #51 from Newmarket, NH. The two wins in the Beacon Inn and Resort Strictly Stock Division went to the #28 of Dave Baron Sr. hauling it all the way in from Nashua, NH, while the second qualifier went out to Brandon Bourne in the #31 out of E. Wakefield, NH. The checkers went in the air over the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division with Derby VT's own Kyle Willis in his #43 being the first under the flag and to the line. Qualifying concluded with the Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen and Michael Moore from East Haven, VT handily taking down the win. When the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen took to the track again with the top nine finishers from the qualifiers running the semi-feature event, it was Fulton Mountain once again taking the win, setting himself up to win the prestigious White Mountain Motorsports Park triple crown trophy.
When the action began for the feature events it was the HK Powersports Kids Truck Division taking to the grid first. They got off to a flying start and it was plain to see they were going to work putting on a great show. The caution flew first on lap three for debris in turn one. No harm, no foul as the trucks were realigned and again went under the green flag. The #23 of Chandler Potter went to the lead, but he had his hands full as Nick Willis in the #43 and the #61 of Ryan Olsen began to stalk him around the oval looking for the lead. On lap eight Willis took his Chevy S-10 to the outside and was working on going around Potter. When they got into turns three and four on lap nine Potter went high, pushing Willis up the racing surface. When he did that Olsen punched a hole down low, forcing them three wide and put his truck down low and took the lead at the start/finish line. He then went to work distancing himself from the field. Willis backed out of it and left Potter a sitting duck in the high lane so the fearless Amanda Wheeler in the #20 filled the hole and moved into the second running spot. The caution flag flew again on lap thirteen as Logan Oliver in the #26 spun in turn three. In trying to avoid him the #4 truck of rookie Brandon Croteam over corrected in a big way trying to go to the high side and drilled the wall coming out of turn four demolishing the front end of his racer. The green flag flew for the final time and it was all Ryan Olsen as he went on to the win in his Mountain Milk, Woodsville Machine truck, followed closely by Amanda Wheeler in her Lakeside Auto, Whippi Dip Chevy S-10, while the #23 of Logan Oliver recovered to finish third in his Phil Emerson Logging, Groton Tire and Auto racer.
Next to take to the N. Woodstock speedplant was the Beacon Inn and Resort Strictly Stock Division. The field came thundering out of turn four to take the green flag and made it all the way to turn two when the #16 of Brandon Albee went all the way around and was sitting on the racing surface. The yellow flag flew, Albee tacked it on the rear of the field and we went racing again. The #28 of Dave Baron Sr. bolted from the front line and went to work running away from the field. Racing was fierce as the #27 of Alex Kelley went to work coming out of the back of the pack. As Baron continued to walk away from the field, the #31 of Brandon Bourne, the #49 of Jody Sicard and the #40 of Alan Sicard all did battle inside the top five for not only position, but running room. With ten laps to go Tom Keith in the # 63 spun into the infield in turn four with ten laps to go. Keith was sitting just off the racing surface, so the yellow flag flew over the field for the second and final time. When the field was realigned and the green flag flew Baron had a rearview mirror full as Sicard, Bourne and Kelley were on the hunt. Kelley went to the high side in turns three and four and by lap twenty had done away with both Sicard and Bourne, putting Baron in his crosshairs. It was not to be for Kelley on this night as Baron had stretched out a lead and Kelley could only pull to within half a car-length when the checkers flew. Dave Baron Sr. in his Little Ceasars, Karstok's Automotive Monte Carlo SS took the win, Alex Kelley in his Jerry's Home Heating, PMC Surveyors Camaro was second with Jody Sicard in his #49 Driscoll Motorsports Monte Carlo SS came home in third.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division took to the highbanks in N. Woodstock next for their feature event. They went wire to wire, showing all other divisions how it was done as the caution flag staying in the hand of Flagman Bill and wasn't thrown once. This one was all about Kyle Willis out of Derby, VT in his Chevy Cavalier as he bolted to the lead and never looked back. Rookie Lisa Hodgdon in her #0 Cavalier took chase but couldn't quite get the job done as she pursued Willis the whole way. Jason Fallman in his #21 Ford Mustang took chase, but soon developed transmission problems and dropped to the rear of the field. The #4 of Travis Dickerson came from the rear and took off in pursuit of Hodgdon, but couldn't quite get the job done as the laps wound down and the checkers flew. Kyle Willis took the win in his North Country DECA, Charbo Campground machine, followed by Hodgdon in her Stateline Auto racer and Dickerson took down third in his NAPA C&S Auto Parts, Extreme Decals and Designs automobile.
The Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen took to the track next and put on a whale of a show. The green flag flew and the #90 of Sean Akers went to the lead. Jeff Huntington in the #24 and the #6 of Michael Moore were left to battle it out for second place. And battle they did. They swapped the second place for several laps, and found themselves tangled together in turn four on lap ten, completely blocking the racing surface. When the cars separated and pulled away the whole right side of Huntington's Monte Carlo had pretty much been pulled from the car in one piece. The sheetmetal was still hooked front and back, but it sagged all the way through the middle as the pop rivots had let go. Upon inspection by race officials it was determined that it wasn't going anywhere and Huntington was allowed to continue, albeit with a bit of air conditioning he didn't start the race with. The green flew again and Akers bolted to the lead one more time. Huntington worked his way out of the shotgun position and took chase after Akers. It was not to be as Akers came across the line with the win in his Cops Run, Inc, White Mtn. Property Maintenance Ford Fusion, Huntington was second in his GRS Auto Monte Carlo, and Michael Moore was third in his Ben's Boot Camp, Andy's Auto Impala SS.
Nineteen NAPA Late Model Sporstsmen competitors rolled out of the pits and onto turn four for their fifty lap main event. With the division's heaviest hitters looking to come out of the back it was sure to be a hotly contested race. Fulton Mountain, looking for the triple crown quickly went to the lead. He eventually went high and the #92 of Will Avery took command at the front. In the rear of the field Quinny Welch in the #78 made short work of Jeremy Welch in the #88 and the #3 of Bernie Lantagne on the low side and made his way up into the outside lane and started coming forward in the crowd. Lap seven saw the #13 of rookie Boomer Morris go around and back it into the infield in turn two. No harm no foul as racing continued without a yellow flag. Problem was however, Mountain couldn't find traction in the high lane and was taking the whole lane backwards with him as there was no room to get down into the lower lane. By lap ten Welch was in the third running spot on the outside and digging for more. Coming with him out of the rear were the #83 of Stacy Cahoon and the #17 of Todd Aldrich, but they were having their problems getting under and around traffic as Ben Lynch in the #7 and Jeremy Welch in the #88 refused to give ground. Lap sixteen saw Welch to the outside of Aldrich for the lead. Caution on lap twenty-one as the #16 of Travis Fadden in a borrowed ride went around in turn four. Fadden pitted quickly as did the #62 of Tommy Smithers to make adjustments to his racer as he was going backwards suddenly through the field after running in the top five the whole way. Once again the green flag flew and Welch was on the march again. It didn't last long as the #92 of Avery went around in turn two, with the #38 of Tyler Cahoon and the #57 of Dave Labreque piling in on top of him. All cars pulled away, the field was realigned and the green flag flew once again. Welch once again pulled away from the field, but now he had Aldrich and Cahoon breathing down his neck. The caution flew again on lap thirty-one as Morris and the #42 of Mike Jurkowski went around. They pulled away, tagged on the rear of the field as Smithers once again dove into the pits and pulled back onto the rear himself. The field regrouped with Welch on the pole, Aldrich up on the outside, Cahoon in third, Lynch in fourth and Stormin Norman Andrews in the #2 up to fifth after starting on the final row. Green was shown again and Welch took off, but Aldrich and Cahoon were right there ready to play the spoilers in Quinny's run to the front. On lap forty-six the caution came out for the final time as Mountain, Bodwell and Labreque got together in turn four. This set up a five man dance at the front with Quinney Welch your leader. The green flew and Welch once again took command. Aldrich had his hands full of Cahoon while behind them Andrews was looking under Lynch for the fourth spot. Welch continued to walk away and took down the win in his Local Lineman 104, Cutting Blade Lawncare Chevrolet Impala SS, Aldrich brought home his Ford Fusion sponsored by The Shurman Motor Company, while Cahoon brought the R&R Fireworks entry home in third.
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