Posted: August 7th, 2013
Welch wins second Napa LMS feature in a row, big weekend for Dwarf driver Bobby Brown at White Mountain Motorsports Park
Quinney Welch took over the lead during a restart on lap 23 and went on to capture his second straight Napa Late Model feature Saturday, in North Woodstock. Richie Lafond, Tom Keith, Toby Merchant, Brett Rowell and Michael Dennis, all earned victories on the quarter mile oval.
All six divisions were in action and the first feature to roll out was the Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kid’s Truck division. Taylor Coburn in her #1 truck brought the field to green for the 15 lap main event. The Barre, VT resident led the first three laps until her truck developed a push, causing her to end up in the infield. Evan Amour took control of the race and led the youth drivers in a caution free feature. At the line it was Amour, Michael Dennis, Kaleb Rogers, Anthony Tompkins, Cooper Simmons, and Coburn. Amour’s race truck had problems in the tech shed with ride height and that allowed everyone to move up in the finish one spot each. Dennis captured the heat race.
The Kingdom Strictly Stock feature was 25 laps long. Jason Welch and Amanda Wheeler brought the field to green. On lap two, the fireworks began and caution flew on the speedway. On the restart Welch fought off the challenge from Gorham’s Cody LeBlanc. However, top point man, “Tiger” Tom Keith took the top spot on lap seven and cruised on to win his third race of the year. Jody Sicard came a long way to finish in the runner-up spot, with LeBlanc, Shane Sicard, and Amanda Wheeler rounding out the top five. Keith carried checkers in the qualifying race.
The Twisted Tea Dwarf Cars were 15 strong in number to begin their feature race. Aric Cole set the early pace and when the field crossed the stripe on lap seven, “Down Town” Bobby Brown took control of the top spot. The heavy hitters made their way through the field and on lap number fourteen the #99 of Toby Merchant rocketed into the lead using the low groove. Merchant dominated and took the checkered flag pulling away from the pack. Brown, Eric Boucher in the #7, Dennis O’Brien in the #16 and the #8 of Andy Hill secured the first five positions. Merchant and Paul Marsan won their respective heat races.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Minis went green and on lap #2 caution flew for a skirmish in turns 1 & 2. Young gun Colby Bourgeois took over the top spot for two laps. Brett Rowell motored his #94 into the top spot and had a field of racers in hot pursuit. The red flag flew on lap #10 for multi-time track champion Nick Pilotte. Pilotte was running in the second spot and had contact with a lapped car that was being black flagged which sent the #11 machine hard into the front stretch wall and flipping several times into the infield. Pilotte emerged from his destroyed ride un-hurt, unfortunately the same could not be said of his race car. After the clean-up, racing went green for the remainder of the feature. Rowell fought off the #99 of Ben Belanger, the #0 of Scott Corey, the #23 of Jeremy Wyman, and the #82 of Bourgeois, earning win number two on the season. Pilotte and Belanger won the qualifiers in the strictly minis.
Colchester Vermont’s, Richie Lafond, took advantage of his outside pole starting position and rolled out to a large lead over the rest of the field and earned his first win of the season in the White Mountains Community College Tiger/Sportsman division. Scott Coburn and George May put on a side by side show for more than half of the feature, with Coburn earning the runner-up position. David Baron Sr of Nashua and Stephen Hodgdon of Danville completed the top five. Lafond made it a perfect point night winning the heat race.
The Napa Late Models were 18 strong and for the third straight week, rookie driver Ryan Olsen had some continued bad luck. Just before the field was turned loose, the #61 of Olsen broke on the back stretch, halting the start of the feature. The field was reset and Olsen was unable to return to take a green flag for the 50 lap feature. On lap three, 2012 track champion Stacy Cahoon motored his way into the lead, followed closely by Oren Remick and Welch. Caution came out on lap 22, giving Welch at leader Cahoon. Welch had the car dialed in and was able to work out to the front of the pack. There were several battles taking shape throughout the field. When the checkers flew, Welch had his third win in 2013 and second in a row. Cahoon, Remick, Travis Fadden, and Tyler Cahoon completed the top five positions. Heat wins went to Olsen and the elder Cahoon, Olsen was the winner of the semi-feature.
On Saturday, August 10th, North Country Ford of Lancaster, Androscoggin Valley Hospital of Berlin, and Avery’s Sweeping of Lincoln, presents the Strictly Minis triple 25 lap features. The speedway is looking for a couple of associate sponsors to help out with the nights events. If you or your business is looking to help out, you can call Jean LeBlanc at 603-723-8559 or contact the speedway office.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262