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Offseason Spotlight:
Brett Jackson Named
WMMP’s Top Sportsman
N. Woodstock, NH - 2-14-20 - Bethlehem's Brett Jackson already had reason to be proud when he son Dustin came from behind to win the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini championship. At the White Mountain Motorsports Park Banquet of Champions, dad was recognized in his own right, as Brett Jackson was presented with the 2019 WMMP Sportsmanship Award.

The award was one of two that WMMP brought back for 2019. The track owners have long believed in the importance of good sportsmanship on and off the track. The criteria for these types of awards extends beyond being a tough competitor. It also includes racing fairly, being a gracious winner and loser, and being willing to help other teams when they're in need.

In those respects, Brett Jackson was one of the standouts of the 2019 racing season. He certainly had the "strong competitor on the track" part down. Jackson won a 50-lap Strictly Stock Mini Special on June 8 and posted three other podium finishes. Despite failing to make the call for one feature due to a blown head gasket - and running out of gas while leading another event - Jackson still finished sixth in the final standings.

However, his work beyond sitting in the cockpit was why he won the Sportsmanship Award. Jackson was part of a multi-car team that included his son Dustin. Brett was always helpful to the members of his team and to other competitors who needed a hand with repairs or were looking for advice. He also never let his son's championship chase affect how he raced against him or the other drivers Dustin was battling.

"He's a great help to all his fellow competitors in the pits," WMMP announcer Nelson Lord said while introducing Jackson at the Banquet of Champions. "I see it as I walk around. This guy has helped a lot of other guys. He's a great sportsman all the way around."

Jackson graciously accepted the award while acknowledging that he had some moments that were less than sportsmanlike. However, he always knew afterward when he had erred and sought to make amends.

"I don't know about this one," Jackson said. "You guys probably see me getting angry in the pits sometimes. But I never mean a thing by it. It's just the heat of the moment."

"This is a nice surprise," Jackson continued. "I have to admit, sometimes I go home at night feeling a little foolish over the way I act. hope the guys I race against know I don't mean anything by the verbal abuse!"

In its own way, Jackson's willingness to admit his faults was part of what made him the top choice for the Sportsmanship Award. No racer is perfect, but someone like Jackson, whose good qualities shine through and who is always working to improve how they act at the track, understands the true meaning of being a good sportsman.
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Offseason Spotlight:
Corey Steps Up as WMMP
Most Improved Driver
N. Woodstock, NH - 2-7-20 - Nearly every driver in the pit area on any given week is trying to find a way to get better (whether they publicly admit it or not). Champions are made in part because they never settle and always look for areas of improvement, whether it's working on getting better on the outside, finding the right balance of patience and aggression, or making a car last for an entire event.

White Mountain Motorsports Park brought back the Most Improved Driver Award for the 2019 season to recognize a driver that had made a big leap. While there were several candidates across all divisions, the award ultimately went to Foley Oil & Propane Late Model competitor Scott Corey. The Lyndonville, VT native continued his growth this past year, blossoming into a regular contender on the high banks.

Corey entered his third year in the Late Model division already having made big gains the previous season. The 45-year-old (now 46) racer had finished sixth in points in 2018 with a pair of third-place finishes as his high water mark. Corey struggled with consistency, though, and knew he had a lot of work to do to catch the division's best.

He went right to work trying to close the gap. Corey began the year by qualifying for the season-opening American-Canadian Tour Spring Green - no small feat given that 36 cars were attempting to make the field. The following week, Corey put on the performance of his Late Model life to date. Corey was leading the event and fending off now eight-time champion Quinny Welch when a caution flew with eight laps to go. While Welch got around him on the restart, Corey's runner-up finish was the best of his career.

However, after top-10 finishes the following two weeks, Corey hit some adversity. He crashed out early in the feature on June 22, then didn't even make it to the Spring Board 100 feature on July 5 after problems in qualifying. He managed to put the car back together for the following night to conclude the holiday doubleheader, winning his heat and the semi-feature before finishing 11th in another 100-lap main event. Despite this, he still needed a spark to turn his season back around.

That spark arrived on July 13. The night began with a Late Model make-up feature that had been rained out on June 29. Corey had also won his heat and the semi-feature that evening before the rains came. When the feature finally went green two weeks later, Corey led all but two laps, taking his first career Late Model win and completing one of only two Triple Crowns on the season.

Corey continued to put up solid numbers throughout the second half of the season, finding the consistency he had lacked the previous two years. He finished in the top-10 in six of the final seven features with the only blemish due to another trip into the turn-four tire barriers on August 10. Along the way, he added two more semi-feature wins, giving him four on the season along with five heat-race wins. All told, his breakthrough Triple Crown victory, nine top-10 feature finishes, and strong qualifying efforts earned him a top-5 finish in points and made him the winning choice as Most Improved Driver.

Corey started his speech at the banquet by thanking his sponsors, crew, and family for their help while also thanking the track for providing a place to race. However, he then dropped a bombshell for fans by announcing he will be stepping out of the driver's seat for the 2020 season. He revealed that 7-Eleven Dwarf Car Champion Andy Hill is taking over the #22NH machine on a permanent basis after making his debut at Riverside Speedway's Fall Brawl 151. Corey will remain involved as the car's owner and as a crew member, and it remains to be seen when the 2019 Most Improved Driver will return to the cockpit.
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Offseason Spotlight:
Jason Woodard Takes Flying
Tiger Triple Crown Title
N. Woodstock, NH - 1-31-20 - The 2019 season for Waterbury Center, VT's Jason Woodard can be summed up in seven words: every championship he raced for, he won. The veteran was already one of the most accomplished Thunder Road Flying Tiger drivers of the 2010s. This year, he added White Mountain Motorsports Park to his domain, capturing the inaugural Flying Tiger Triple Crown Series title.

Changes were made prior to the 2019 season that put the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers on the same rules packages as Thunder Road's Lenny's Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers. In the wake of those changes, the Triple Crown Series was introduced to complement a similar series already in place at Thunder Road. Many Vermont racers made the trip to New Hampshire for some or all of the three 75-lap events, joining the WMMP regulars to create bigger fields and bigger action.

In the end, it was Woodard who walked away with the championship hardware. The Triple Crown opener on May 18 was one of the most memorable races of the year at WMMP. Shane Sicard and Colin Cornell spent most of the event dueling for the top spot. In the closing stages, Woodard, Kaleb Rogers, and Dwayne Lanphear joined the battle, with the quintet going side-to-side and nose-to-tail in a race for the ages. Woodard eventually made it up to second as the field entered "scramble mode" trying to get around a lapped car in the final circuits while Sicard took the win.

When round two of the Triple Crown rolled around on July 5 - six days later after the first attempt June 29 was rained out following qualifying - Woodard was ready to get the upper hand. Woodard passed Sicard for the second spot following a restart on lap 28, then spend more than 30 laps trying to work his way underneath young hotshoe Christian Laflamme. With 13 laps remaining the duo make slight contact coming off turn two, Laflamme got just enough out of shape for Woodard to finally make the pass stick. He then sped off to his first-ever win at WMMP. Sicard finished fourth, leaving Woodard with a four-point lead in the standings after two events.

Woodard stuck around for a pair of 44-lap weekly features over the next two nights, finishing seventh and fifth in those two events. He then returned to WMMP for the Triple Crown finale at Championship Night on September 7. Sicard grabbed the initial lead off the outside pole, only for polesitter Ben Belanger - in just his third-ever Flying Tiger start - to take it back on lap 11. Woodard was up to third by then, and the two shadowed Belanger for the next 12 laps. The first caution on lap 23, though, led to the break Woodard needed. On the restart, fellow Thunder Road invader Cooper Bouchard got into Woodard on the backstretch, which in turn sent Woodard into Sicard. Sicard spun to bring out the yellow while Bouchard was also sent to the rear for causing the accident.

That left Woodard with a huge upper hand in the race for the championship. Of course, Woodard being the racer he is, he wanted it all, and give Belanger everything he had for the win. Belanger was more than up to the challenge over the course of 52 laps and five more cautions, taking the biggest upset win of the year at WMMP. But Woodard held onto the second spot, and with Sicard only making it back up to sixth, Woodard won the Triple Crown war. Woodard also won the Myers Container Service Triple Crown championship at Thunder Road as well as the track's season-long championship, giving him three titles on the year.

"I want to thank you guys," Woodard said at the Banquet of Champions. "It was a memorable season. When we started the season, we weren't going to race much. But we got into a rhythm, and we ended up racing a lot. It's because of my team over there. They make me what I am. My kids, my family - I can't thank them enough."

Woodard went on to address the drivers who race at WMMP on a weekly basis, noting the sacrifices that every racer and their family has to make to participate in the sport they love. He admitted that he wasn't perfect at WMMP, but that his experience there showed him the "racing family" goes far beyond any one track.

"I (ticked) off a few people," Woodard admitted. "But after the race, we'd have a (drink) and we'd talk about it. That's what racing is all about. We get so competitive - we really do. And I'm the worst, for sure. But after the race, you just have to enjoy it. The racing family is so important."
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Offseason Spotlight:
Newland Tops Tough
Strictly Mini Rookie Class
N. Woodstock, NH - 1-24-20 - The Woodsville Guaranty Strictly Stock Mini's showed in 2019 that the future is now. The division saw five rookies racing regularly on the high banks with all of them having moments in the sun. But in the end, it was E. Burke, VT's Darren Newland topping them all to take home the 2019 Rookie of the Year Award.

Ironically, Newland was one of the only Strictly Mini rookies that didn't graduate from the Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks. The 29-year-old was a last-minute entry into the Rookie of the Year battle. He showed up Opening Night ready to drive for a team led in part by Chris Beattie and Willie Holbrook - but with almost no prior racing experience.

However, it didn't take Newland long to show he belonged. In just his second event at WMMP on May 18, he wheeled the #25 to a fifth-place finish. This kicked off a streak of 12 straight top-10 finishes on the high banks. It was a remarkable stretch for any driver - let alone a rookie in a division that averaged more than 20 cars per week.

Still, Newland had plenty of challengers to deal with for top rookie honors. Kids Truck graduate Tyler Thompson of Littleton needed a little more time to get up to speed. Once he did, though, the 15-year-old Thompson reeled off two wins and five podium finishes. Andrew Kachmarik, Gavin McGinnis, and Jillian Baumgardner all picked up their performances in the second half of the season. McGinnis had multiple podium finishes of his own while Kachmarik posted six top-10s.

However, none of them could catch Newland. For the entire summer, Newland was the model of consistency. Fourth one week, ninth, the next week, eighth the week after that. After a few close calls, Newland finally made the podium with a runner-up at the Mid-Season Championships on July 13. He added two more podium results in the next three events. Most importantly for his Rookie of the Year chances, Newland was the top-finishing rookie in eight of the 14 events.

As a result, Newland mathematically clinched the top rookie honors with one event still on the calendar. He also finished fourth overall in the driver's standings and even spent part of the year on the outskirts of the championship battle. His final numbers included eight top-5s, 12 top-10s, and an average finish of 5.79.

While Newland kept his remarks brief at the WMMP Banquet of Champions, he later took to Facebook to thank those who helped make his standout first season possible.

"Shout out to the guys who made it all possible," Newland wrote. (Note: comments have been lightly edited for clarity.) "Dan Zentz, thanks for getting me into this sport and believing in me. Vince Lavoie for the added support through the year. Chris Beattie for the pointers and tips along the way, and last but definitely not least, Jake Gorham and Willie Holbrook. Thank you, guys, for the late nights and the opportunity to run a car that drove itself most of the time. You guys are great at what you do. Also, Brian Bedor and Storm for all the help in the pits. I can't wait to see what next year brings and I hope you all are with me next year!

"Lastly, I want to give a shout out to the 32 team," Newland concluded. "Thank you all for your help and support through the year. Ryan Ware, it was a pleasure to race against you this year. Great job and thank you all for the help when in need."
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Offseason Spotlight:
Andy Hill Leaves No Question
as Dwarf Car Champion
Woodstock, NH - 1-17-20 - White Mountain Motorsports Park saw several dominating performances during the 2019 season. But the year Waterford, VT's Andy Hill had in the 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars topped them all. In just nine events, Hill and his #8 P&H Transportation team accomplished more than most drivers could hope for in twice as many events.

Hill entered 2019 with a lot to live up to. The veteran won the 2018 Dwarf Car championship in convincing fashion on the strength of two wins and five podium finishes. However, his closest challengers were all set to return. Furthermore, a late-2018 surge in car counts carried over to the 2019 season, leaving Hill with even more competitors to beat.

His title defense didn't get off to a strong start. With laps winding down in the season opener on May 11, Hill was running second to Bobby Brown. However, Hill got into the back of Brown entering turn four, sending Brown for a spin and earning Hill a trip to the rear. He ended up finishing ninth as a result.

As it turned out, that would be the only thing even resembling a blemish on Hill's season. He came right back the following week to win the event - over Brown, no less - and earn some redemption. That kicked off a four-race winning streak. Time after time, Hill would start at the back and charge to the front. More often than not, he won his heat race, too. With the Dwarf Cars running a partial schedule, and a June 29 feature postponed by rain, Hill went undefeated for more than two months on the high banks. Needless to say, he quickly ascended to the top of the standings and continued to add to his margin with each passing event.

It was Brown that finally ended the winning streak on August 3, holding off Hill in the late stages. Still, Hill's runner-up result continued to pad his points lead. He then resumed his winning ways at the next event on August 31, taking victory number five of the year.

Championship Night the following Saturday had the Dwarf Cars seeing double. They would start by finally making up their June 29 feature before running the championship feature later in the night. Hill kicked things off by winning yet again. His sixth victory of 2019 meant he only needed to start the regularly-scheduled feature to wrap up that title. But he wanted more. Hill was up to third, right on the heels of Forest and Jason Wyman, when rain halted the race after 16 of the scheduled 25 laps.

Still, even with the weather taking away a chance at another win, Hill's 2019 season was one for the ages. His 6 feature wins in 9 events meant that, 66.7% of the time, Hill ended the night in Victory Lane. Even with the Opening Night miscue, Hill posted an average finish of 2.22 - the best of any full-time competitor at WMMP.

Just for good measure, Hill traveled to Vermont's Thunder Road and added a seventh win by sweeping both segments of the Dwarf Car Mini Milk Bowl. He then ended his racing season by hopping a ride in Scott Corey's Late Model for the Fall Brawl 151 at Groveton's Riverside Speedway, where he posted a fifth-place finish.

"This is why we do it right here, guys," Hill said in his banquet acceptance speech. "All the money, all the time, all the tears, all the blood - right here. I'm feeling pretty lucky to be up here right now. We did it last year, and I guess this year was definitely our year. I have a lot of people to thank. First, my wife Erin for letting me do this. It's tough, it's hard. We have a young family, so she does a lot of parenting. I work a lot in the wintertime and race a lot in the summer. If it wasn't for her, I definitely wouldn't be here right now."

Hill also thanked his sponsors before giving a shout-out to crew chief Keith Normand, who played a big role in helping him make mincemeat of the competition.

"Without a doubt, if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here," Hill said of Normand. "He's always believed in me and pushed me to be the best I can be. We got lucky this year - we hit the setup pretty early in the season, and we stuck to it. The car was pretty consistent. It makes it a lot easier for a guy to drive the car when it's good."

Hill then got introspective in his speech. He noted how tough local short track racing is getting, and thanked the track for giving racers a place to do what they love.

"I was a Thunder Road for the Milk Bowl this year, and Bubba Pollard was there," Hill recounted. "He was saying that, where he's from, short track racing seems to be dying. He said what we have up in this area is a really good thing and we should try to cherish that and make sure we keep it going for future generations."

Hill ended by paying tribute to five-time WMMP Late Model Champion and 2019 runner-up Stacy Cahoon. It was Cahoon who first inspired Hill to get into racing. In addressing Cahoon directly, he also alluded to his 2020 racing plans. Hill will be jumping to the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model ranks, taking over the #22NH that Scott Corey piloted for the past three seasons.

"I remember being a kid and seeing that purple car down at Gibbs Deli in St. Johnsbury," Hill said. "Ever since then, I thought, 'I want to be a race car driver so I can be cool like you.' I've gotten to be great friends with you, and I'm thankful for that. I really look forward to racing with you next year."
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Offseason Spotlight:
Dustin Jackson Grabs
Strictly Mini Title
in Season Finale
N. Woodstock, NH - 1-10-20 - For a race fan, there's nothing like watching a great championship battle. That's what they got this year in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini's with two drivers going down to the final lap of the season. When the dust settled, it was Bethlehem's Dustin Jackson who got in the final blow to take the championship over Littleton's Ryan Ware.

Both came into the season with something to prove. Jackson had finished a distant eighth in Strictly Stock Mini points the year before, returning to the ranks after spending 2017 in the Tiger class. Ware, meanwhile, was entering his first season in the division after campaigning in the Street Stock class at Riverside Speedway the year before.

At first, it looked like Sicard was in the catbird seat for title, as he won the first two events of the season. Jackson, though, joined him on the podium both times - and in race #3, Jackson was #1 on the track for the victory, giving him three straight top-3s to show he was a title contender.

Ware had problems in the season opener but bounced back to finish in the top-10. At the second event, he finished second sandwiched between Sicard and Jackson. That kicked off one of the most impressive stretches of the season: seven straight podium finishes for Ware - in a division that was averaging more than 20 cars per week. The streak included his first WMMP win on June 22 along with two seconds and four thirds.

Not surprisingly, that led Ware to the top of the standings, as he took the points lead from Jackson on June 29. But Jackson got his second win the following event to retake the top spot. From then on out, the duo were never far from each other on the track or in the points, trading jabs like two middleweight boxers.

Ware's podium streak came to an end with a seventh place in the double-point Mid-Season Champion on July 13 - but Jackson finished two spots behind, allowing Ware to retake the point lead. Ware then earned his second victory on July 27 to give him his largest lead of the season: 18 points over Jackson and 41 over Sicard.

That lead over Jackson held steady the following week while Sicard got his fourth win of the season to stay in the conversation. After nearly a month off due to rainouts and scheduling, the battle resumed on August 31 with just two events left. Jackson picked up maximum points that night, getting his third feature win of the year and winning his heat race, too. But Ware finished fourth in the feature and second in his heat, which meant Jackson only gained seven points from his perfect night. Sicard's sixth place took him out of realistic contention, leaving the two youngsters to decide the title at Championship Night on September 7.

Jackson entered the night 11 points behind Ware - and immediately gained three markers in qualifying. As the feature began, Jackson needed to finish four spots ahead of Ware to win the title. Following a mid-race caution, Jackson sliced his way to the front of the field, and eventually beat out rookie Gavin McGinnis for the win in a photo finish. Ware, on the other hand, could only make it up to seventh in the race, giving Jackson the title by a mere four points.

The season amounted to a 14-round bout with both drivers turning in championship-worthy performances. Jackson tied Sicard for the division lead with four wins (and added a fifth in a non-point special) while Ware's 11 top-5 finishes topped all Strictly Stock Mini drivers. Both Jackson and Ware finished in the top-10 at every event - the only drivers in the class to do so. Jackson posted and average finish of 3.64 while Ware clocked in at 3.93. But ultimately, only one could be champion, and it was Jackson who had the upper hand following the final round.

"I wish everyone in this class was still up here - I'd like to shake everyone's hand," Jackson said as he accepted the champion's trophy. "It was a great season. All their families, too - they put up with a lot of time that we spend on these things, and we still go around in circles every week. It's great competition, and there are great (drivers) coming up through the ranks, too.

"It's great family time - the best time I get to spend with my dad (Brett)," Jackson added. "It's going to be a long winter. He's going to be busy, and I'll be busy. We'll see what we're going to do for racing next year. Thank you Cris (Michaud) for keeping this class going. I hope nothing changes, and we'll come back next year."
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Offseason Spotlight:
Sicard Goes Back-to-Back
for Tiger Championship
N. Woodstock, NH - 1-3-20 - Shane Sicard entered the 2019 Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tiger season how everyone dreams to - as the reigning champion. Some racers have said defending a championship is harder than winning one. However, after 2019, Sicard is not one of those people.

Barton, VT's Sicard sailed to his second straight Flying Tiger title at White Mountain Motorsports Park this season. The veteran did so in a fashion that laid waste to the rest of the division, leaving no doubt who the "Prince of the Mountains" would be.

Sicard's first title in 2018 was a dogfight that wasn't settled until the final event of the year. He beat out youngster Kaleb Rogers that year by 20 points, doing so by "seconding" him to death. Sicard had five runner-up finishes in 2018, but only a single win.

However, it took Sicard just two weeks in 2019 to blow past that total. He won the season opener on May 11, inheriting the victory following a disqualification. then took the 75-lap Triple Crown Series opener the following week. Sicard did so by holding off Jason Woodard, Rogers, Colin Cornell, Dwayne Lanphear, and other stars in an absolute dogfight, proving he could be the best the region has to offer.

The winning didn't stop there, either. Sicard's winning streak eventually reached four in a row before Rogers was finally able to edge him out on June 22. That started a "cooling off" period - if four podium finishes and a worst finish of sixth in a six-race span can be considered a cold stretch.

Sicard clearly missed Victory Lane, though, because he got back to his winning ways on July 27. It was the second time in 2019 that he was awarded the win following post-race tech inspection - and just like the first time, it kicked off a four-race winning streak. Sicard went undefeated in the month of August, with his eighth win of the year mathematically clinching the championship with a race still to go. He also finished runner-up in the three-race Triple Crown Series title hunt.

It was one of the most dominating title defenses White Mountain Motorsports Park has ever seen. Sicard's eight victories came in 15 starts, meaning he ended the night holding a checkered flag more than half the time. His 12 podium finishes were more than any other racer at the track. Sicard has an average finish of 2.27, trailing only Dwarf Car Champion Andy Hill among all full-time WMMP competitors.

In his acceptance speech at the WMMP Banquet of Champions, Sicard thanked countless people. These included his primary sponsor Foley Oil & Propane - while joking that he never could manage to win a race with them in attendance - along with Dave and June Driscoll and Sicard's friends Danny and Kelly.

"Danny works on my car day in and day out and puts so much effort into it," Sicard noted. "What he does makes what I do look easy. He does 99 percent of the work."

Sicard also expressed his appreciation to his wife and crew for everything they do. He began his speech by thanking the WMMP staff for their efforts keeping the track running week in and week out.

"I'd like the thank the whole entire White Mountain crew for everything they did throughout the season," Sicard said. "You guys have a lot of work to do out there during the year, and you did it flawlessly."
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Offseason Spotlight:
David Driscoll Receives
Inaugural Avery Award
N. Woodstock, NH -12-27-19 - For more than 20 years, David Driscoll has been a constant presence at White Mountain Motorsports Park. The veteran's long-standing commitment to the northern New Hampshire track was officially recognized this offseason when Driscoll was presented with the inaugural Avery Award at the 2019 WMMP Banquet of Champions.

The Avery Award was created to acknowledge an individual who has made significant contributions to WMMP as a driver, crew member, official or in some other capacity. The award takes its name from the Avery family. Donnie and Terri Avery first opened the track in May 1993. The couple - later joined by their son David and his wife Mandi - owned and operated the facility until the track was sold to Cris Michaud and Pat Malone following the 2018 season.

Driscoll was a clear choice as the award's first recipient. As track announcer Nelson Lord noted in revealing the award winner, Driscoll has been at WMMP almost from the day the track opened. He's been involved in almost every division that's ever raced at WMMP as a driver, crew member, car owner, or sponsor.

This past year, Driscoll raced in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini's and owned several other cars that competed regularly, including one driven by his daughter Keri. On June 8, the night of the first Strictly Stock Mini Special, he even loaned his own car to Tyler Thompson after the rookie had problems during practice. While Driscoll has been a crew member or owner for multiple WMMP champions, actions such as the loaner to Thompson - who drove the car to a 2nd-place finish that night - show his contributions go far beyond the trophies on his own shelf.

"Anybody that walks through the pits at White Mountain Motorsports Park knows they can always go to this gentleman if they need something," Lord noted. "He's one of our elder (statesmen) here at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Many times in Victory Lane, you've heard his name being mentioned as a helper, a thank-you, a sponsor, and more."

Unfortunately, Driscoll had already departed the banquet by the time of the award announcement, completely unaware that he was set to be recognized. David's daughter Keri accepted the award on his behalf, stating her father would be "flabbergasted" to get the award. Driscoll later took to the White Mountain Motorsports Park Group on Facebook to voice his appreciation and thanks.

"I want to thank all involved at the track for the honor of the Avery Award," Driscoll wrote. "Sorry I split out early but I can blame that on my wife. Having been at the track as an owner or driver or over 20 years, I have many folks to thank including our entire crew, family and particularly Danny Walker who is tireless in his love of racing and assistance. I anticipate continuing to help out others at the track as our entire crew has done in the past. Heading to (Florida) in a week. Have a good winter to all and God be willing hope to see all in the spring."

Driscoll's post was subsequently flooded with comments congratulating him on the award and thanking him for his help and support. Those giving their thanks ranged from longtime racing fans to current Late Model competitors such as Stacy Cahoon and Scott Corey, speaking to the impact Driscoll has had at WMMP over the years.
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Offseason Spotlight:
Welch Dominates for 5th Straight Late Model Title
N. Woodstock, NH - 12-20-19 - Groveton's Quinny Welch has been racing for a long time at White Mountain Motorsports Park - and winning for just as long. At 45 years old, Welch showed no signs of slowing down this past year. The veteran dusted the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model field from start to finish, rolling to another "King of the Mountains" crown at the high banks.

Even by Welch's lofty standards, the 2019 season was one of his best yet. Welch began the year with a runner-up finish in the Caron Fabrication Spring Green for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). However, the decision had previously been made to declare the Spring Green a "show points" event, with all drivers who attempted to qualify receiving 50 championship points.

This meant Welch ended the event in a tie for the Late Model point lead. He took outright possession of the top spot the following Saturday with his first win the year. After the Memorial Day Weekend event was postponed by rain, Welch won again when racing resumed on June 1. Welch never did surrender the top spot, going wire-to-wire during the 14-race campaign.

The numbers Welch put up along the way were sensational. He eventually posted five wins in his Joe McGinnis Snowplowing Chevrolet, which included the double-point Mid-Season Championships on July 13. That victory kicked off a streak of three wins in four events to all but salt the title away. Welch added four runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place efforts, giving him a remarkable 11 podium finishes.

Perhaps even more incredible is that Welch never finished outside the top-5 in the point-counting schedule. Fifth-place results in a make-up feature on July 13 and a regular feature on July 27 were his "low" points. (NOTE: Welch did finish 6th in the Midsummer 250 on August 3, but that event did not count for WMMP Late Model points.) All told, he had an average finish of 2.36 - more than three spots better than any other full-time Late Model competitor.

The result was the fifth straight championship for Welch. Every year since 2015, the veteran has stood atop the heap at year's end as "King of the Mountains". It was also the eighth WMMP Late Model title overall for Welch as he previously won titles in 2007, 2011, and 2012 prior to his current streak.

"It was a good year," Welch said in his acceptance speech. "It all comes from having a great team. Everybody at my (banquet) table. Shane (Cannon) has traveled thousands of miles to chase my rear end around. He must think it's cool or something...Eddie coming back on board this year was huge. We lost Artie, but gained Eddie. It was a good deal. Paul was big as well. Tyler didn't make it many times, but when he did, it was good to have him around."

Welch also thanked his family and the rest of his crew, along with their families. He went on to single out Crazy Horse Racing, his longtime chassis builder, as one of the keys to his success.

"Obviously without a good race car, I'm not going to do much. Crazy Horse race cars, in my opinion, are the best race cars in the business. It's not only the cars that are good. Mitch and Judy (Green) have been there for me a long time. I remember a time when I got wrecked pretty hard and I probably wasn't coming back, and they made it happen for me. I'll never forget it - I appreciate it a lot."

In addition, Welch complimented the entire Late Model division, including runner-up Stacy Cahoon, a five-time champion himself. This came after a few jokes at Cahoon's expense. The two have become friendly rivals after more than a decade racing against each other at WMMP.

"I can't ever forget about the 83," Welch exclaimed. "He's usually running right at my door. He always tells me he's gonna take the vinyl off, the door off - I think the last time he even said I was gonna be hanging from the flag stand! Thank god that didn't happen. I've been racing with him a long time. I love the guy to death. We race hard. Actually, the whole Late Model division this year was super. The guys were respectful. How many times did we have to replace body panels around here? Not very often. It's a great group of guys."

Welch concluded by thanking track co-owner Cris Michaud for bringing the Late Model division back in 2019 and the Avery family for their dedication to the track over the years. He added that he already "can't wait for next year", indicating he plans to pursue a sixth straight title.