Posted: September 12th, 2010
North Woodstock, NH-With an astounding 6th win in what has been called one of the most competitive late model shows in the region Quinny Welch punched his ticket to and will be the representative for WMMP at the 2nd annual ACT Invitational at NHMS in Loudon NH. After what could have been a devastating finish last week, Welch and the #78 Local Linemen 104 team hit all their marks this week, They did the three things they needed to do, they won the race, got the Invitational nod and extended the points lead. It is the knowledge and dedication of his crew coupled with his own quick thinking and skill on the race track that has propelled this team to the top, kept them there and keeps them pulling away. With WMMP racing on a Friday night next week, this team has a tough row to hoe. If any team can do it, it's this one. They simply need to keep doing what they have all year and they could come out of it one of the year's biggest winners.
With the temperature dropping in the White Mountains the racing action was nonstop at White Mountain Motorsports Park. When the night was done, Wheeler, Thayer, Parker, Rossi and Welch drove under the checkered flag to the win. The racing action continues to intensify as the season draws to a close and championships are decided.
The highly competitive qualifier wins went to Amanda Wheeler in the HKPowersports Kids Trucks, Nick Pilotte in the Woodsville Guarantee Savings Bank mini stock division while Gordon Day and Steven Parker brought down the wins in the Beacon Motel strictly stock division. In the tiger sportsmen division sponsored by Avery's Sweeping, Jason Allen was first across the line, as were Dan Colby and Jeremy Welch in the hotly contested NAPA late model Sportsmen. Jeremy Welch would be looking for the triple crown after his win in the NAPA late model-semi feature.
With a tight points battle and the NHMS invitation on the line, the NAPA late model sportsman rolled onto the steeply banked oval. With the high points drivers coming out of the back and a championship at stake, the green flag went in the air. Will Avery jumped to the early lead from the outside pole while David Lebreque on the inside began to free-fall through the field nearly trapping Quinny Welch five rows back. Welch muscled his way up and into the outside lane. From there it was only a matter of time. As Jeremy Welch worked his way to the lead, Quinney began picking them off on by one in the top groove and was firmly in second place while Tyler Cahoon, second in points was trapped in the back and Stacy Cahoon was just finding his groove and moving forward. Then the caution flew for Brock Davis, facing the wrong way just off the racing surface in the infield 24 laps into the race.. When the field was racked up for the second time it was an all Welch front row with Jeremy on the inside and Quinney topside. It took Quinney two laps to find his footing, then on lap 26 he bolted into the lead off turn two and down the backstretch. From then on the race was for third place as Quinney stretched his lead out over Jeremy. Behind the second place runner the competition was fierce between Bernie Lantagne, Todd Aldrich and Stacy Cahoon. Cahoon was working the outside of Aldrich but ran out of time as Quinney Welch got the win with Jeremy Welch in second and Todd Aldrich rounding out the top three.
The Avery's Sweeping tiger sportsmen division made their way onto the track and formed up for the green flag. Michael Moore took the early lead with Jason Allen in tow. Allen went around and into the lead on leap three and tried to distance himself from the pack. Tony Rossi was having none of it and took chase, working on Allen high and low until he got the grip off turn four in the high lane and went into the lead. As Rossi extended his lead Gerald "Thumper" Griswold maneuvered his way into third. They would finish in that order, Rossi with the win, Allen in second and Griswold coming in third.
The sun was going down and the temperature dropping as the Beacon Resort strictly stock drivers took the green flag. Gordon Day took the point early from the inside pole until Jody Sicard rolled into second on the outside and went for the lead. Dave Baron Jr. joined the fight at the front as did Brandon Bourne and Tom Keith. With the field bunched up for a caution Steven Parker found himself in fifth, inside on the restart. Down the backstretch Parker went to work and into the lead. With only a few laps to go the top 5 formed up side by side and jostled for position as the laps wound down. First under the checkers would be Parker followed by Dave Baron Sr. and Elwin Sydney III.
Points leader Nick Pilotte didn't have a chance to move towards the front when the red flag came out for the Shawn Sinclair machine when it went around in turn one and took a direct hit to the drivers' door by Eric Boucher. The hit was at speed and very hard as Sicard spun up the track and came to a stop. It took Sicard a few minutes to scramble out of the car and into the ambulance, but he was okay after being examined. When racing resumed Opie Thayer went to the point with Nick Pilotte right behind trying to defend his points lead over Thayer. For the remainder of the race the show was at the front as Pilotte worked Thayer over high and low. Pilotte was better down the straightaways but Thayer pulled even in the turns. Thayer held on for the win, Pilotte settled into second and Eric Boucher took the third spot.
The HK Powersports Kids Truck division put on another thriller as the majority of the race was run two by two all the way back through the field. Amanda Wheeler went straight to the point at the drop of the green flag from outside the front row. The battle would be far from over. For more than ten laps it was side by side back through eighth place. Ryan Olsen was finally able to work his way into the low lane in front of Nicholas Willis. He then went after Wheeler. As the field began to string itself out Lucas Wheeler went topside with his truck and went to work. Wheeler stayed in the high groove, went around everybody, then settled back down on the inside behind his sister. Time had run out and there was no catching her as she worked to distance herself from Lucas. The two Wheelers finished nose to tail with Ryan Olsen coming in a very tight third.
Next week the WMMP drivers will go at it on Friday. This week they will be joined by the cars and stars of the Pro All-Star Series. The PASS drivers will do battle for 150 laps, in addition to the five regular divisions at WMMP. The pit gate will open at noon, the grandstands will be open shortly thereafter at 1:30. Practice for all divisions will start at 2;30 and runs to 5:30. Racing action starts at 6 o'clock sharp. We are a family friendly facility, with no alcohol being allowed on the grounds and a large no smoking section of the grandstands. We look forward to seeing you.
We are located in Woodstock, NH on Route 3, tow miles south of N. Woodstock village. From I-93 we are located three miles north of exit 30.
463 Daniel Webster Hwy
North Woodstock, NH 03262