Posted: September 27th, 2010
With the autumn leaves setting the White Mountains ablaze in the background, the final checkered flag of the season went int the air. With it came the deciding of all championships up for grabs at the picturesque speedplant that is White Mountain Motorsports Park. All that's left now is for Quinny Welch, Gerry Griswold, Alex Kelley and Nick Pilotte to lead the way to the big table of trophies at the WMMP awards banquet at the Beacon Resort on October 23rd.
The track may have been cool, but the racing was blistering hot on the highbanks in Woodstock, NH as Nicholas Willis led the way to the checkers in the HK Powersports kids truck division, along with Dave Baron Jr. in the Beacon Resort strictly stocks and Eric Boucher in the Woodsville Guarantee Savings Bank strictly mini division. Top honors for qualifying in the Avery's Sweeping tiger sportsmen division went to Tim Potter. while in the Napa late model sportsmen the wins went to Jeremy Welch, Brandon Talon and Quinny Welch respectively. The win in the NAPA late model semi feature went down to Brandon Talon, while a fourth place finish on the part of Quinny Welch put him well on his way to wnning the championship in the Napa late models for the second time.
With the excitement like electricity in the air the twenty-one car field for the NAPA late model sportsmen slowly made their way out of the pits, down pit road, onto turn four and down onto the frontstretch. The high points drivers of Quinny Welch, Stacy Cahoon, and Tyler Cahoon had a points chase to settle and something to prove. With the field settled back in from hot laps and the pace car safely tucked in the pits, the green flag went in the air. It was short-lived however as Ricky Bly and Joseph Amour got together in turn four to bring out the caution. The green flag flew again with no laps complete and saw Brandon Talon go to the point for the early lead. Lap six saw the caution in the air again. Mike Jurkowski had dumped his Ford Fusion in turn four and was unable to refire. Yet again the green flag flew on lap eleven as the 16 of Travis Fadden brushed the wall down the frontstrech and the ensuing skirmish sent Bernie Lantagne around in turn two. With the skirmishes continuing at the front of the field, the high points drivers were on the march to the front, and they were wasting no time. Stacy Cahoon had worked his way into the top five and Quinny Welch was getting his feet wet in the outside lane. The green again flew and Welch once again went to the high side of the speedplant. Lap 22 saw Welch in the second running spot having driven around Jeremy Welch, Todd Aldrich and Stacy Cahoon as if they were all hooked to the same stump. With the win seemingly in hand Welch set sail and distanced himself from the field in grand fashion. Then the caution flew yet again for Rick Thompson who got two wheels on the dirt in turn four and sent himself around. For the second week in a row we had an all Welch front row. At the drop of the green flag Quinny bolted to the lead with Jeremy taking chase.The restart did give the Todd Aldrich machine the traction he needed in the outside lane to pass teammate Travis Fadden for third. They would finish just like that, Quinney Welch piloted the Local Linemen 104 machine to what can best be described as a phenomenal eighth win for the 2010 season, Jeremy Welch in Third and Todd Aldrich in third. This win clinched it for Quinny Welch and his team as the 2010 "Kings of the Mountain" for the second time in their racing career
The Avery's Sweeping tiger sportsmen showed all divisions how it was done, as they went green to checkers in a no-holds barred dash for the cash in one of the most competitive races of the night. At the drop of the green flag Tim Potter bolted off the front line and into the lead. His lead was rather short-lived as he got loose off turn two and climbed the track off turn two. Jeff Huntington took advantage and filled the hole down low to get to the point. Micheal Moore looked high for the lead, but with traffic lining up behind Huntington he thought better of it and muscled his way back to the low lane. By now Tucker Williams and Derek O'Donnell had found their way into the outside lane and were making their way to the front in short order. Williams was leading by lap ten and he had O'Donnell right there with him like they were chained together. By the time the checkers flew on the twenty-fifth lap Moore and O'Donnell had thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Williams to no avail. Williams brought home the win, followed closely by O'Donnell and Moore. Track champion Gerry Griswold seemed to struggle a bit with a loose racecar all night finishing in sixth, but nonetheless he will lead his competitors to the trophy table this year with the championship in the Avery's Sweeping tiger sportsmen.
The Beacon Resort strictly stock feature got off to a rapid start with Dave Baron and Al Hauver doing battle in the early going. The caution flew for the only time when the Steven Parker dropped oil, water and bottom parts of a motor all the way around the track from the entry to turn four to turn one on lap four. A lengthy caution ensued as the White Mountain Mororsports Park maintenance crew went to work. The green flag again flew and saw Alex Kelley give it a shot in the outside lane. Shot is the word as it looked like Kelley came out of the barrel of a cannon, up into the high groove and around the four cars in the low lane under him and into the lead. At this point, the race was for second. And what a race it was. Jody Sicard, Dave Baron Sr. and Tom Keith battled it out, swapping paint and rubbing bumpers all the way to the start/finish line. Kelley; put an exclamation point behind his Beacon Resort strictly stock championship with the win, Jody Sicard was second and Dave Baron Sr.rounded out the top three. Kelley did what he always does, showed patience and driving skill and taking advantage of the holes left in the top lane to take his Tavern 27 team to the Beacon Resort strictly stock track championship.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank mini stocks rolled onto the grid with their championship mostly decided. Eric Boucher bolted to the early lead but quickly had a rearview mirror full of points leader Nick Pilotte. Pilotte went to work high and low for nine laps then put his Volkswagon in the high lane on the backstretch to get the run into and off of turn four and motored around the Boucher machine. On lap thirteen Shawn Sinclair found his way into the frontstretch retaining wall trying to get around Boucher. That would end his run to the front. Out on top it was all Nick Pilotte and Opie Thayer. Thayer as well went high and low, but couldn't seem to find the grip to pull alongside Pilotte. Pilotte got the win, Thayer was a close second and Boucher came home third. With the win Pilotte punched his ticket to take the big trophy at the awards banquet for the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank strictly mini stock division.
Never to be outdone, the youngsters in the HK Powersports kids truck division put on a whale of a show in their own right. Nicholas Willis put his nose out in front as the Michael Lloyd truck lost traction in the upper groove and started to fall backwards, taking the whole outside lane with him as he struggled with the handling on his machine. Fornwalt muscled his way into the outside lane as quickly as possible and went after Willis. The two diced back and forth for the lead as Fornwalt as well was looking for both traction and running room on the high side. The field was reracked only once, on lap thirteen as Hayden Tomlinson found himself sitting powerless just off the racing surface in turn four. This set up a two lap dash for the trophy Willis in the inside, Fornwalt topside, Amanda Wheeler in third, and Lucas Wheeler outside the second row. For two laps they battled side by side, with the finish going up stairs to the scorers.It was Willis, Fornwalt hanging on in the outside lane and Amanda Wheeler edging out Lucas Wheeler at the line.
When the racing was done, the top three in each division, celebrating on the frontstretch. Appropriately Quinny welch brought the #78 Loal Linemen 104 machine to a stop dead center of the start/finish line. Joining Quinny from the NAPA late model sportsmen was Stacy Cahoon in second and Tyler Cahoon in third. "Thumper" Griswold led the way in the Avery's Sweeping tiger sportsman division followed by Michael Moore and Brian Gosselin. Alex Kelley, Dave Baron Sr. and Elwin Sidney III, as well as rookie of the year Brandon Bourne represented the Beacon Resort strictly stock division very well, capping off a very competitive season in their division. The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank representatives looked like a who's who in the strictly mini stock division. Nick Pilotte brings home the big prize, followed by Opie Thayer and Ernie Snider, who was unable to make the frontstretch with a blown transmission in his racer.
Burnouts were the order of the night. Nick Pilotte and teammate Opie Thayer of the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank strictly mini stock division met head to head on the backstretch and let the smoke fly as they pushed each other back and forth to make the smoke hit the air. When done, Pilotte took his Volkswagon head on into the frontstretch wall and delighted fans with his own style burnout. Griswold did some loops with his machine and lit up the tires for the fans as well in what was a very emotional win for him and his team. Alex Kelly of the Beacon Resort strictly stock division burned his way around the track in grand style as well. Nothing, however compared to Quinny Welch of the NAPA late model division. Welch started spinning donuts on the frontstretch, through tun one and into turn two. In turn two welch caught some dirt in the infield, but undaunted, the "King of the Mountain" continued his burnout all the way to the start finish line where he parked it dead center of the line in a very appropriate manner.
It was a choked up Welch who talked of the demolishing of his first car this year, the dedication of his family and crew building him a second one in just six days that would carry him to EIGHT wins in the 2010 season, the invitation to run at NHMS and the "King of the Mountain" title at White Mountain Motorsports Park. That dissipated as the champions in the other divisions doused Welch with the better part of five bottles of champagne to the delight of the fans in attendance.
The White Mountain Motorsports Park banquet of champions will be held on October 23rd at the Beacon Resort in Lincoln, NH. The cost this year is going to be $40 per person. Cocktails will begin at 4:30. At 5:00 we will begin handing out the awards, with a break at 5:30 for dinner. Tickets are still available by writing and sending a check to White Mountain Motorsports Park, P.O. Box 575, North Woodstock, NH 03262. The cutoff for buying tickets is October 10th. If you would like a room at the Beacon for the night please call them at 1-800-258-8934/1-603-238-2400. Tell them you are with White Mountain Motorsports Park and you will receive the special rate.
White Mountain Motorsports Park and it's staff would like to thank the supporters and fans who have attended this year, and we look very forward to seeing you in the 2011 season!!
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