Posted: August 13th, 2013
Wyman takes Mini win, May nips Coburn at the line and Aldrich captures Napa Late Model Victory at White Mountain Motorsports Park
Jeremy Wyman conquered the Strictly Minis, George May edged out Scott Coburn in a photo finish for the Tiger Sportsman, and veteran Late Model racer Todd Aldrich exercised a positive outcome on his unfortunate start to the 2013 season, by a decisive feature win at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock Saturday in front of large crowd. Other feature winners included Amanda Wheeler in the Strictly Stocks and Michael Dennis in the Kids Truck division.
North Country Ford of Lancaster, NH was the primary sponsor for the evening’s festivities that included a triple 25 lap feature event for the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Minis. Representing North Country Ford were the #16 of Alex Kopp of Lancaster and the #9 of Dana Graham out of Brunswick, Vt. Associate sponsorship came from The Androscoggin Valley Hospital of Berlin, NH, Avery’s Sweeping of Lincoln, NH, and Chapman Scrap Metal and Recycling of Gorham, NH.
Young guns Cody Smith and Colby Bourgeios brought the field to green for the first of three features. Woodsville, NH’s Jeremy Wyman took the lead from Bourgeios by lap eight and never looked back. The Minis went the distance with Wyman out running the field. Bourgeios, Dustin Jackson, Michael Richard Jr. and Smith completed the top five.
For the second feature, the field was inverted from the first finish. Three drivers were assessed penalties for rough riding and contact at the conclusion of the first feature. The Minis had come to compete and the drivers had their gloves off for battle. The division’s lone female racer, Desirae Sicard, rocketed out to a huge lead and appeared to be impossible to catch in the early going. Unfortunately, a caution on lap 10 eliminated her big advantage and now Wyman’s #23 was on her passenger door and Ben Belanger was on her rear bumper. The trio battled over the next fifteen laps, with Wyman came out with the win. Sicard was in the runner-up spot, with Belanger, Scott Corey in the #0, and Jackson completing the top five. Wyman’s win had him in position to win the $250 bonus being offered to the strictly Minis. That bonus was to be paid if a racer could win all three features. After two events, Wyman had a solid hold on the overall lead, with Bourgeios and Jackson tied for second and Belanger in third.
The final feature of the night of the evening had all the pageantry slated for the Strictly Mini’s special night including out of car introductions, meeting some of the sponsors of the event, and the playing of the Canadian and American National Anthems. Wyman was looking to cash in on his possible big pay day. However, Wyman had to start in the ninth spot with some very good cars in front of him. The Minis put on a feature run that had the big crowd on the edge of their seats. Three wide racing and one four wide run on the back stretch had everyone standing. On lap 18, contact was made amongst lapped traffic, ending the night for a couple of drivers. On the restart, Brett Rowell had the #94 dialed in and was uncatchable over the final seven laps, ending Wyman’s chance at the big payday. Belanger was in the runner-up spot with Wyman, Jackson, and Sicard completing the top five in the third feature. That gave the overall title to Wyman with five points. Belanger was next at eleven points and Jackson third at twelve points. Rowell finished fourth with 15 points and Sicard a solid fifth at sixteen points.
The 50 lap Napa Late Model race had a few cautions that slowed the event, including a final lap skirmish that involved several top competitors. When the dust settled, North Haverhill’s Todd Aldrich captured the checkers holding off team mate and rookie, Ryan Olsen, in his #61. Oren Remick escaped around the battling cars in turns three and four to take the other podium spot. Bernie Lantagne and Will Avery completed the top five. Heat wins went to Remick and Stacy Cahoon, while Lantagne won the semi-feature.
The most exciting feature of the night came in the form of the White Mountains Community College Tiger/Sportsman division. Two new drivers strapped into their racers making it an eight car event. On lap ten, top runners Scott Coburn and George May utilized the outside groove to get to the front and set the stage to a spectacular finish. May battled to the outside repeatedly and it wasn’t until Coburn broke loose out of turn two, allowing May to get alongside of Coburn’s #1 Chevy. Over the final circuits, the duo exchanged the lead at the line on each lap. Neither driver could get more than a foot advantage. On the final lap, the two hard chargers did not touch, allowing May to take the victory on the outside by a bumper. The crowd roared in their approval as May and Coburn complemented each other during their The Graphic Shop’s victory lane interviews. Jason Fallman had the best seat in the house finishing in the third spot, with David Baron Sr. fourth and Chris Pelkey in the fifth spot. Coburn carried the checkers in the heat race.
The Kingdom Trailer Strictly Stocks provided a caution free feature. Amanda Wheeler used her pole position starting spot to roll to her second win in 2013. The #23 of Chandler Potter was second, #21 Lucas Wheeler third, with Elwin Sidney in his #84 and Gordon Day in the #47 completing the top five. Wheeler made it a perfect night winning the qualifying race.
The Dad’s 4 By Tool and Supply Kids Truck Division, sees continued improvement week in and week out. Rookie driver, Taylor Coburn, brought the field to green. Second year competitor, Michael Dennis, was strong and came from his shot gun starting spot to capture his third feature win in 2013. Kaleb Rogers had a strong run to finish second with Coburn earning her first podium finish. Anthony Tompkins and Cooper Simmons completed the top five. Dennis was the eight-lap heat winner.
All six WMMP racing divisions will be in action on Saturday August 17th at 6 PM. Also included on the card, it’s the annual Kid’s bike races, prior to the racing action. Children up to the age of twelve are invited to bring their bikes and helmets. There will be several age groups and the distance traveled will be done according to age.
Saturday night August 31st, WMMP and PASS are teaming up for an extremely busy night of racing. The racing will begin earlier than the scheduled (TBA) 6PM. It is the make-up of the rained out features for the PASS Super Late Models (150) and PASS Modified divisions of Sunday August 4th. At the conclusion of those make-ups, the regularly scheduled events of August 31st will begin. In addition to the night of racing, the PASS Modified division has been added to create an unbelievable night of 600+ laps of racing. You can call the speedway’s hot line at 603-745-6727 with your inquiries.
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