Posted: September 5th, 2011
It was a huge relief to owners and competitors alike to see the gates thrown open on Saturday night at White Mountain Motorsports Park. The rains from the previous Sunday proved to be too much for the parking lot at WMMP as pretty much the whole thing washed into the body of water that lies behind the race track. With brute strength and a ton of man hours, track owner Donnie Avery went to work. It took all week right up until racetime, but the fix was made and the parking lot totally replaced by the time the gates were opened. That was a huge save considering how close WMMP came to being literally washed away.
Racing action began with the running of the qualifier for the Little Ceasar's Kid's Truck Division where the win went out to "The Flipper" Logan Oliver in the #26 truck. East Haven VT's Michael Moore took the win in the Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen Division in the #6 machine. The qualifier for the Beacon Resort Strictly Stock Division went to Brandon Albee in the #16 machine out of Newbury, VT. Shawn Sinclair took his VW to victory lane in the qualifier for the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division. The two qualifiers for the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen went to the #3 of Bernie Lantagne in qualifier number one, while qualifier number two went to the #92 of Will Avery. The semi-feature for the NAPA Late Models went to the #42 of Michael Jurkowski.
The feature events moved right along rather quickly as rain was in the forecast and the clouds were growing darker. When the green flag flew "The Flipper" Logan Oliver wasted no time taking his truck to the front. It wasn't a long green flag run as the #4 of Brandon Croteau got together with the #37 of Mark Puffer in turn three and brought out the caution flag. The green flag flew again but again little distance was covered as the #22 of Michael Lloyd and Croteau got together on lap six and brought out the caution again. The green flag flew for the final time and "The Flipper" Oliver had two fists full of race truck as everybody came to the front to challenge him, but wound up battling amongst themselves for second place. When the checkers flew it was Logan Oliver in the #26 Pine Mountainview truck with the victory, second went to Ryan Olsen in the #61, while the #20 of Amanda Wheeler rounded out the top three.
Next out on the N. Woodstock highbanks was the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Mini Stock Division. The green flag flew and the #17 of Desirae Sicard took command of the field. While she was building a huge lead Sinclair, Jason Fallman, Allyssa Welch, and Travis Dickerson were all doing battle behind her for second on back. Kyle Willis in the #43 was also in on that, but threw a tire coming off turn four and ended his night early. The green came out again and the #01 of Sinclair wasted no time climbing the banking and began picking off the competition one by one. When the checkers came out it was Sinclair in the #01 with his fifth win of the season, followed by the #2 of Allyssa in second, and in third it was the #17 of Sicard.
The action in the Beacon Resort Strictly Stocks got under way right after the green flag flew. On lap number four, the #40 of Alan Sicard found himself spun around facing traffic in turn number four. No harm. No foul as Sicard spun it around and tacked it on the rear of the field. The green came out again and the points leaders wasted no time finding their way to the front. Elwin Sidney and Lucas Wheeler were both in the outside lane and both were on the march for the front. Sidney had a time getting around Wheeler, but when he did he started putting distance between them. Wheelers' march to the front was slowed on lap seventeen when he got together with the #4 of Shane Sicard who wound up facing traffic off turn four. The field went green and then right back to yellow again as the #63 of Tom Keith went around in turn two. When the green flew for the final time it was the rookie chasing the veteran all the way to the line as Wheeler threw everything he had at Sidney and more, but to no avail. Elwin Sidney in the #84 was the winner, Lucas Wheeler in the #21 was second, while the #49 of Jody Sicard was third.
The Avery's Sweeping Tiger Sportsmen went wire to wire for their main event as they did battle on the highbanks. Michael Moore in the #6 took the early lead, but had the #66 of Tim Churchill and the #11 of Brian Gosselin to contend with from the start. Gosselin stayed high in second place and went to work on Moore while Churchill looked on. When Gosselin moved down out of the high lane Churchill went to the high lane and went to work. He rode the high side around both Gosselin and Moore straight into victory lane after taking the lead on lap seventeen. This battle left points leaders Jeff Huntington and Sean Akers boxed out in a battle of their own for fourth and fifth. At the line it was Churchillin the #66 with the win, second was Moore in the #6 and in third was #11 Brian Gosselin.
In the NAPA Late Model Sportsmen it was all about coming out of the back of the pack. The green flag fell and the field stormed into turn number one. The #92 of Will Avery had the early lead, with Mike Jurkowski in the #42 taking chase. The running was tight as the #78 of Quinny Welch, the #83 of Stacy Cahoon, the #21 of Oren Remick were all trying to make their way to the front. Welch found a hole in the outside lane and put his Impala SS in it. It looked like Welch was headed to the front uncontested, then Cahoon drove to the high side himself. When Welch made it into the lead he was off like a rocket, as was Cahoon when he got out of traffic. Behind them Remick, Travis Fadden, Todd Aldrich and Tyler Cahoon put on a whale of a show for the remaining positions. When the checkers flew it was Welch with the win, Stacy Cahoon in second, with Todd Aldrich in third.
*Next Week* DoubleHeader Weekend At WMMP
5 Regular Divisions
Gates Open at 2
Practice Starts 4
Racing Begins 6
N.E. Mini-Stock Tour
PASS Pro Stocks
Pit Gate Opens at 9
Practice Starts 1130
Races Start at 2pm
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