Posted: September 22nd, 2010
With the sun going down sooner, the temperature plummeting and the leaves beginning to change color the racing was once again fierce and competitive at the White Mountain Motorsports Park. Not only are there still many points battles to be settled, but the Pro All-Star Series was in town to settle their points championship as well, with their last race of the season.
At the end of the night, with a brisk chill in the air, Welch, O'Donnell, Sicard, Pillotte and Potter all shared the limelight in the WMMP victory lane with visiting Dearborn of the Pro All-Star Series.
Qualifying wins went to both Jeremy Welch and Mike Jurkowski, who later in the evening would be looking for the elusive triple crown trophy as he also went on to win the NAPA late model semi-feature event. Other qualifying wins went to Johnny Clark, Travis Benjamin and Dustin Hubbard in the hard fought PASS qualifiers. Derek O'Donnell won the competitive Avery's Sweeping tiger sportsman qualifier, while both Alex Kelley and Brandon Bourne tasted victory in the qualifiers for the Beacon Motel strictly stock division. Eric Boucher found his way to victory lane in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank strictly mini division, as did Cameron Ouellette who motored to the front in the HK Powersports kids truck division.
With the temperature dropping and a cool breeze in the air the NAPA late model sportsmen took to the Woodstock high banks. A ninety-nine points spread was all that separated the top six drivers and the tension was in the air. Points leader Quinney Welch rolled out of the pits in turn 4 and into his tenth starting position. The row directly in front of him was comprised of his two closest rivals in the points chase, the Cahoons, Stacy on the inside and Tyler outside. The green flag fell as the NAPA late models came through turns three and four and Brandon Talon bolted to the lead. This being a caution free event The racing happened at a blistering pace. Welch waited patiently in the middle of the field. Not for long, however. When the opening presented itself Welch went topside in the outside lane and started meticulously making his way to the front. By lap eleven, coming out of turn four Welch had made his way into the fifth position and was looking for more. Talon held the lead as Mike Jurkowski began to fall backwards. taking the inside lane with him. On lap eleven Welch burst to the lead and was on his way. Then Pete Potvin came into the picture, starting dead last on the field he followed Welch through and grabbed the second spot. Potvin then went after Welch in a big way, looking high and low, Welch always had the answer for his attacks. With three laps to go there was some incidental touching for the top spot between Potvin and Welch. Welch stepped up his game and pulled ahead just enough to stay out of Potvin's reach and took the win. Potvin was right there for second, while Todd Aldrich rounded out the top three.
The Avery's Sweeping tiger sportsmen took to the grid in turn four, ready to do battle for their twenty-five lap main event. The green flew over the field, They didn't get very far however, as the Michael Moore machine lost footing in turn two and went around, scattering half the field. When the green flew again, David Fink went to the point and the race was on. Until the yellow flew again for the Brian Gosselin Chevy that had slowed to a crawl in turns three and four. This gave Michael Moore the time he needed to make repairs and rejoin at the rear of the field, two laps down. When the green flag came out again Jeff Huntington lost traction with his machine and started to fall backwards. David Fink was in the top land and took advantage, finding his way to the top spot. Behind him Derek O'Donnell Was coming to the front and he had Gerry "Thumper" Griswold in tow. For ten laps Fink and O'Donnell went at it for the top spot. On the twenty-first lap O'Donnell cleared Fink and went into the lead. Griswold stayed in the low lane and then went to the top to get around Fink for second, but time had run out for Griswold who had to settle for second. The win went to O'Donnell, Fink held on for second, and Griswold was in a tight third.
The Beacon Motel strictly stock division formed up side by side and came down off turn four for the green flag. Like the tiger sportsmen they didn't get very far, as points leader Alex Kelley went around in turn one on lap one. When the green went in the air again, the race was on at the front of the field as Shane and Jody Sicard swapped paint with Brandon Bourne while Grandpa Dave Driscoll went from the front to back and the field scattered to avoid his free-fall to not get swept to the back. Elwin Sydney went to the front and between he and Brandon Bourne, Shane Sicard had had all he could handle. With six laps to go, Alex Kelley and Daniel Plante got together on the frontstretch and spin to the infield. Once again the points leader found himself at the rear of the field. The green flew again and the front runners once again worked each other over pretty heavy. Shane Sicard drove under the checkers first on lap 25, closely followed by Brandon Bourne and Elwin Sydney III.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank strictly minis took the grid and put on a show all their own. Eric Boucher jumped to the early lead in his Volkswagen, but Nick Pilotte took chase and would give Boucher little peace of mind as he worked high and low looking for a way into the top spot. Pilotte and Boucher battled for the majority of the race, and in doing so put some real estate between themselves and Shawn Sicard and Opie Thayer in third and fourth. With six to go Pilotte found a hole down low and motored under Boucher off the second turn. The green flag flew and the first one under it was points leader Nick Pilotte. Eric Boucher and Opie Thayer completed the podium finishing second and third respectively.
The HK Powersports kids truck division showed everybody else how it was done by going green to checkers in a fast paced, action packed fifteen lap feature event. Chandler potter took the early lead from the outside pole after hanging on in the outside lane and bolting to the lead on lap four. Logan Oliver took chase with Cameron Ouelette and Lucas Wheeler coming from deep in the pack. Oliver cleared and went into second, pulling away, while Wheeler and Oulette put on a show fighting for the third running spot. At the checkers it was Potter, Oliver and Ouellette.
The Pro All Star Series rolled onto the field as the final show of the night. This was their final points race of the year, with alot on the line. All points leader Johnny Clark needed to do to clinch the championship was to take the green flag and the big trophy was all his. Travis Benjamin went to work at the drop of the green flag and jumped to a substantial lead from the start. While he was running away from the second place campaigner, Johnny Clark was dicing his was to the front passing high and low to get to the front. Lap eleven found Clark firmly in the fifth spot. Clark was on the outside going for fourth off turn four when disaster struck and he cascaded the powerplant all the way down the frontstretch. With the green flag flying for the second time Benjamin once again distanced himself from the field and was soon deep in lap traffic. The field slowed again as the Gary Smith and Kelly Moore spun in turn four, with Smith going up and over the hood of Moore. After cleanup was complete and the field was reracked a seond time, Benjamin once again set sail and buried himself in lap traffic. With the win seemingly in hand, Benjamin motored around lap traffic and continued to put distance between himself and Richie Dearborn in second. Benjamin saw his lead disappear on lap one thirty two as the Gary Smith machine came to a rest at the end of pit road in turn four. With the lapped cars pulled out of the way, the front row was Benjamin, who had led from the drop of the initial green flag, side by side with Dearborn. When the green flag flew Dearborn barrelled into turn one and off turn two and into the lead. In the middle of turns three and four Benjamin got into Dearborn and put him sideways. In a fantastic show of sportsmanship, Benjamin backed out and let Dearborn correct himself off the turn. from then on it was all about Dearborn who motored to the win. Second went to Benjamin, while Cassius Clark came home in third.
Next week will be the final points counting event of the season at White Mountain Motorsports Park. With many points races yet to be settled, the racing will be furious as many positions are still up for grabs in many divisions. With this event, one of the most competitive seasons at WMMP will come to a close.
We are a family friendly facility, with no alcohol allowed on the grounds and a large no smoking section in our grandstands, We are located 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 ofexit 30 off Interstate 93.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262