463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Posted: May 27th, 2012
With high expectations, a lot of excitement and a pit full of cars, White Mountain Motorsports Park threw open the gates Saturday night for its first night of competition in its 20th season of competition. With the Pro All Star Series Super Late Models in town for their first visit in 2012 and a huge crowd on hand for a late afternoon start, temperatures in the high 70’s the conditions were right for some fantastic action on the racetrack.
Qualifying got under way with the Lil’ Caesar’s Kids Truck Division, with the win going to Irasburg, VT’s Brandon Croteau in the #4 truck. The wins in the two Beacon Resort Strictly Stock qualifiers went to the #3 of Ray Eames out of Berlin, NH and to the #4 of Shane Sicard hailing from Barton, VT. In the Shuttle Connection Late Models it was Bernie Lantagne in the #3 from McIndoe Falls, VT and track champion Quinny Welch in the #78 out of Lancaster. NH starting the year off with wins. In the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Mini Stock division it was Whitefield, NH’s Ben Bellanger in the #99 topping the field. The Avery’s Sweeping Tiger Sportsman division saw the return of former champion Thumper Griswold from Bath, NH in the #77 taking the qualifying win.
In the Shuttle Connection Late Model semi feature, it was Bernie Lantagne and his Chevrolet Impala SS #3 once again in victory lane. Going into the feature event Lantagne would find himself seeking the coveted triple crown for winning the qualifier, semi feature and feature events. And for the feature he would be starting on the pole.
The Lil’ Caesars Kids Truck Division rolled out of the pits and onto the racing surface for their 15 lap feature event. At the drop of the green flag it was the #4 of Brandon Croteau out on top with the #37 of Groton VT’s Mark Puffer taking chase. Behind them the battle was taking place as the #20 of Amanda Wheeler out of Bradford, VT was boxed in behind the #26 of Logan Oliver who was up on the outside of Michael Dennis in the #63. As Croteau distanced himself from Puffer, Wheeler was out back using every move she knew to move either Oliver or Dennis out of their groove. On lap 12 she got her break as Dennis got out of shape up off turn 4. She filled the hole down low and shot past and went after Oliver. When the checkers went in the air it was Croteau in the #4 with the win in his Goodrich Lumber, Butler’s Family Auto, Irasburg Autobody Chevy S-10. In second it was Puffer in his B+J Equipment Repair, Cassidy Crane Service sponsored truck. And in third it was Wheeler in the #20 sponsored by Whippi-Dip and Lakeside Auto.
From the drop of the green flag in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division it was all Ben Bellanger in the #99 out of Whitefield, NH. And it was Grandpa Dave Driscoll in the #19 taking chase. Once again the battle was for third position as Bellanger and Driscoll checked out on the field. Behind them it was the #00 of Shawn Sinclair and Nick Pillotte from Jeffersonville, NH in the #11 doing battle. When the checkers fell it was Bellanger with the win in his Aaron’s Repair #99 with the win, Driscol in the Viking Restoration, Foley Oil #19 in second and Shawn Sinclair in the Body by Jake, Spinnaker Contract #00 coming home in third.
In the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock division, Shane Sicard in the #4 bolted off the front line at the drop of the green flag and never looked back. By lap 12 Sicard buried himself in lap traffic, while behind him track champion Elwin Sydney III in the #84 and Lucas Wheeler in the #21 did battle for the runner-up spot after having worked their way around the #49 of Jody Sicard. On lap 25 Shane Sicard in his #4 Viking Restoration, Foley Oil sponsored machine was by far the first across the line, followed by Sydney in his Viking Restoration, Foley Oil machine #84, with Wheeler in third in his Bare Bones BBQ Monte Carlo SS #21.
The Avery’s Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen rolled out of the pits in turn four and onto the racing surface next for their 30 lap main event. When the field took the green flag it was 2010 track champion Thumper Griswold in the #77 off the front line and into the lead. Despite two late race cautions Griswold never looked back. On both laps 20 and 22 the caution flag flew for the #61 of Ryan Olsen as he spun in turn 4. On the final restart Griswold was able to get away quickly leaving Marshfield, VT native Matt Potter and 2011 track champion Jeff Huntington in the #24 to duke it out for the runner-up spot. It was Griswold with a very convincing win to mark his return to full-time competition in his Winget’s Ground Maintenance, Placey Associates Chevy Impala SS. Second went to Matt Potter in the # 23 sponsored by Snapple Iced Tea and Dave’s Firewood. Third went to Jeff Huntington in his GRS Tire and Auto, Henry’s Appliance Repair #24 machine.
The Shuttle Connection Late Models got the year started off in grand fashion as they went flag to flag without slowing for a caution. The green flag went in the air and Bernie Lantagne put the nose of his #3 Chevy Impala SS out front. But not by the much as Quinny Welch in the #78 was to his outside. They did battle for several laps, then Welch got the grip he needed off turn number 2 and bolted to the lead. Lantagne settled into second as the rest of the field jostled for position. Tyler Cahoon in the #38 bolted from the back of the pack working his way forward with the #16 of Travis Fadden and the #47 of Brockton Davis. As the laps began to wind down, Fadden and Davis worked their way around Lantagne and did battle between themselves for the runner-up spot. When the checkers flew it was Welch with the win in his IBEW Local Linemen 104, M.A. Bean Associates #78 with the win, the #16 Fadden in the Pattens Gas, Fadden Automotive Impala SS and in third the #47 of Davis sponsored by Jack’s Dairy Bar and Dodge Contracting.
The PASS 150 was won by Cassius Clark in the #77 Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC Impala SS from Farmington, Maine. Second went to Hudson NH’s Joey Pole in the #15, while third went to the #54 of Johnny Clark.
Next week will be a regular race at WMMP, with all five divisions in action. The gates will open at 1pm, with practice starting at 3. Racing will begin at 5pm sharp.
We are a family friendly facility with no alcohol allowed on the premises and half of our seating is non-smoking. We look forward to seeing you for our 20th season of competition. Come see why we call it Thunder In The Mountains!!
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 2012 season
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262