N. Woodstock, NH — Ellington, CT’s Ronnie Williams and Graniteville, VT’s Stephen Donahue were both standing tall after 100 laps of action at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, September 5. Williams won the Honor to Essential Workers 100 for the Modified Racing Series (MRS) while Donahue captured the Leaf Peepers 100 for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models on Caron Fabrication Night.
Williams earned his first career MRS victory in the first series visit to White Mountain since 2005. Despite a lower car count than what series officials were expecting, the action was hot and heavy for the ground-pounders. West Swanzey, NH’s Kirk Alexander, the winner of the last MRS event at the track, grabbed the early lead off the outside pole. Alexander easily paced the field for the first half of the event while Williams and Bellingham, MA’s Woody Pitkat worked their way through the field.
It was two-time MRS champion Pitkat who turned up the wick first, making a three-wide move around a lapped car entering turn three to snatch the runner-up spot on lap 49. Four circuits later, the event’s first caution flag flew for Brett Meservey’s turn-four spin. Alexander chose the outside lane for the restart, but it was Pitkat making the inside work as he motored to the lead.
The second and final caution came out on lap 60 when Bill Dixon and Josh Zentek tangled in the third turn. Pitkat decided to stay with the low groove and fended off a charge by Alexander on the restart with Williams moving into the second spot in the Gary Casella–owned machine.
Williams made his first bid for the lead on lap 63, looking underneath Pitkat on the back chute. Pitkat swatted away that attempt, but Williams gave it another try three laps later and this time made it stick. The two were almost dead even coming across the line to complete the 67th lap with Williams taking control one go-around later. Pitkat made a late try to get him back in lapped traffic, but the Stafford Motor Speedway regular put the hammer down and motored to a breakthrough win.
Alexander, the winningest driver in MRS history, ended up third. Kevin Iannarelli, Meservey, Donnie Lashua, Jeff Gallup, Carl Medeiros Jr., Andy Shaw, and Colby Fournier completed the top-10.
Prior to the Modified shootout, Stephen Donahue also carried the checkered flag after 100 laps in the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model main event. Donahue started 11th, and after going up and down like a yo-yo early, the youngster found some room to work, inheriting the third position on lap 55 when Matthew Morrill spun out of that spot with a flat tire to draw the fourth caution.
The incident erased a big lead for Monroe, NH’s Oren Remick, and after another yellow on lap 58, Donahue snagged the second position from Jeff Marshall. Donahue got two cracks at Remick following cautions on lap 67 and 76, respectively, but couldn’t complete the pass either time. The third time was the charm, though, as Donahue made the inside groove work on a lap-83 restart and parried both Remick and Marshall over the final laps for the victory.
Gilman, VT’s Marshall also got around Remick with three laps remaining to take second. Quinny Welch finished fourth while point leader Stacy Cahoon took fifth. Remick and Welch made big gains on Cahoon by qualifying for the semi-feature earlier in the night, tightening up the championship battle considerable with two events to go. Joel Hodgdon, Andy Hill, Michael Bailey, Jimmy Renfrew, and Jerry Lesage completed the top-10.
Hardwick, VT’s Jaden Perry sped to his second win of the season in the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers. The number-two point driver started fifth for the 34-lap feature and didn’t need long to find the front. Perry grabbed two spots right away when front-row starters Jody Sicard and Michael Potter got together as they completed the first lap.
The contact sent Sicard spinning into turn one and sent both drivers to the rear. Third-place starter Amanda Wheeler then went to the pits under the caution flag, moving Perry into the second spot behind Laci Potter. Potter chose the high side for the restart, but Perry easily drove away on the bottom and sped off for the win.
Point leader Shane Sicard of Barton, VT sliced his way through the field from the ninth starting spot to take second from Ryan Ware with 10 laps to go. However, he could not gain on his championship rival and settled for second. Ware took third with Matthew Potter fourth and Jody Sicard recovering for fifth. Michael Clark, Kasey Beattie, Laci Potter, Wheeler, and Michael Potter rounded out the top-10.
Littleton, NH’s Todd Derrington followed up a second-place finish last time out with his first-ever win in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s. Derrington started outside pole for the 25-lap feature and had already flew past Jillian Baumgardner before the field even reached the second turn. He then roared away as the field duked it out behind him, enjoying the best view to every battle as he earned the center spot on the podium in a caution-free race.
Waterford, VT’s Joe Giddings held off charges from Passumpsic, VT’s Jamie Ball and St. Johnsbury, VT’s Gavin McGinnis to post his best result of the year with a second-place finish. Jack Hayes, point leader Brett Jackson, Les Washburn, Dustin Jackson, Adam Sicard, and Tyler Thompson also came home in the top-10.
St. Johnsbury, VT’s Colby Bourgeois already had the fastest vehicle in the 7-Eleven Dwarf Car division — and on Saturday night, he got some good fortune as well to capture his fourth straight win. Bourgeois had quickly charged from deep in the field to the runner-up spot, but was unable to get around leader Tommy Smithers. As the laps wound down in the 25-lap feature, veterans “Downtown” Bobby Brown and Jason Wyman joined the fray to make it a four-car fight.
Coming down the backstretch with five circuits to go, Brown and Bourgeois split Smithers, with Brown diving low and Bourgeois going high. Brown’s stay on the point lasted less than half a lap though as his #27 broke loose off turn four and spun down the front chute. The lap was ruled to be completed before the caution flag flew, giving Bourgeois the lead. After a dust-up back in the pack on the restart, Bourgeois easily pulled away over the final circuits for yet another win.
Gilmanton, NH’s Smithers took second with Campton, NH’s Dave Gyger sneaking into the third spot. Wyman ended up fourth while Brown flew from last to fifth in the closing sprint. Jeff Ainsworth, Chad Dufour, Howie Switser, Derrick Marsan, and Jeremy LeBrecque finished sixth through 10th.
White Mountain Motorsports Park is back in action Saturday, September 12 at 6:00pm with a full card of action. The Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers go 75 laps in the finale of the Jon Parks Tractor Triple Crown Series. Saturday is also the annual 50-lap special for the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s. The Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks, and New England Antique Racers round out the program. Admission is just $12 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12, and $25 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).
For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.whitemountainmotorsports.com or www.themodifiedracingseries.com. You can also get updates on Facebook at @WhiteMtnMotorsports.
WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK
CARON FABRICATION TWIN 100S
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2020
MODIFIED RACING SERIES
HONOR TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS 100
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps
1. Ronnie Williams ( 25 ) Ellington, CT, 100 Laps
2. Woody Pitkat ( 6 ) Bellingham, MA, 100 Laps
3. Kirk Alexander ( 76 ) West Swanzey, NH, 100 Laps
4. Kevin Iannarelli ( 27 ) Maynard, MA, 100 Laps
5. Brett Meservey ( 45 ) Brewster, MA, 100 Laps
6. Donnie Lashua ( 17 ) Canaan, NH, 100 Laps
7. Jeff Gallup ( 4 ) Agawam, MA, 99 Laps
8. Carl Medeiros Jr. ( 50 ) Westport, MA, 99 Laps
9. Andy Shaw ( 66 ) Center Conway, NH, 98 Laps
10. Colby Fournier ( 16 ) Berkley, MA, 98 Laps
11. Kreig Heroth ( 00 ) Fort Plain, NY, 98 Laps
12. George Sherman ( 93 ) Framingham, MA, 98 Laps
13. Bill Dixon ( 33 ) Waterboro, ME, 96 Laps
14. Josh Zentek ( 81 ) East Haven, CT, 18 Laps
DNS Jacob Perry ( 47 ) Pawcatuck, CT
FOLEY OIL & PROPANE LATE MODELS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Stephen Donahue ( 2vt ) Graniteville, VT
2. Jeff Marshall ( 32nh ) Gilman, VT
3. Oren Remick ( 21nh ) Monroe, NH
4. Quinten Welch ( 78nh ) Groveton, NH
5. Stacy Cahoon ( 83vt ) St. Johnsbury, VT
6. Joel Hodgdon ( 36vt ) Craftsbury, VT
7. #Anthony Hill ( 8vt ) Waterford, VT
8. Michael Bailey ( 1me ) South Barre, VT
9. Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00nh ) Candia, NH
10. Jerry Lesage ( 74vt ) Winooski, VT
11. Joey Laquerre ( 15vt ) E. Montpelier, VT
12. Allie Menard ( 06nh ) Dorchester, NH
13. David LaBrecque ( 57nh ) Thornton, NH
14. Jon Savage ( 18nh ) Whitefield, NH
15. Matthew Morrill ( 9nh ) Moultonborough, NH
16. Alby Ovitt ( 35nh ) Candia, NH
17. #Shane Hawthorne ( 5nh ) Franklin, NH
18. Christian Laflamme ( 10me ) Whitefield, NH
WELLS RIVER CHEVROLET FLYING TIGERS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Jaden Perry ( 92vt ) Hardwick, VT
2. Shane Sicard ( 4nh ) Barton, VT
3. Ryan Ware ( 32vt ) Littleton, NH
4. Matthew Potter ( 23vt ) Marshfield, VT
5. Jody Sicard ( 49nh ) Barton, VT
6. Michael Clark ( 2vt ) Bethlehem, NH
7. #Kasey Beattie ( 45nh ) St.Johnsbury, VT
8. Laci Potter ( 55me ) West Danville, VT
9. Amanda Wheeler ( 20nh ) Bradford, VT
10. Michael Potter ( 23nh ) Marshfield, VT
11. Jamon Perry ( 62nh ) Hardwick, VT
12. David Ofsuryk ( 73vt ) Derby Line, VT
WOODSVILLE GUARANTY SAVINGS BANK STRICTLY STOCK MINI’S
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Todd Derrington ( 57 ) Littleton, NH
2. Joe Giddings ( 41 ) Waterford, VT
3. Jamie Ball ( 99 ) Passumpsic, VT
4. Gavin McGinnis ( 10 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
5. Jack Hayes ( 09 ) Littleton, NH
6. Brett Jackson ( 31 ) Bethlehem, NH
7. Les Washburn ( 11 ) Bethlehem, NH
8. Dustin Jackson ( 37 ) Bethlehem, NH
9. Adam Sicard ( 16 ) Barton, VT
10. Tyler Thompson ( 51 ) Littleton, NH
11. Tim Corey ( 10x ) Whitefield, NH
12. Jillian Baumgardner ( 14 ) N. Woodstock, NH
13. Scott Senecal ( 1 ) Lisbon, NH
14. Keri Driscoll ( 91 ) N. Woodstock, NH
15. Donnie Baumgardner ( 14x ) N. Woodstock, NH
16. Dave Driscoll ( 19 ) N. Woodstock, NH
17. Nicole Ouellette ( 88 ) Milan, NH
18. Dan Savage ( 18 ) Lancaster, NH
7-ELEVEN DWARF CARS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Colby Bourgeois ( 82 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
2. Tommy Smithers ( 60 ) Gilmanton, NH
3. Dave Gyger ( 93 ) Campton, NH
4. Jason Wyman ( 88 ) Easton, NH
5. Bobby Brown ( 27 ) Lincoln, NH
6. Jeff Ainsworth ( 41 ) Bethlehem, NH
7. Chad Dufour ( 52 ) Littleton, NH
8. Howie Switser ( 3 ) West Burke, VT
9. Derrick Marsan ( 40 ) Methuen, MA
10. Jeremy LeBrecque ( 21 ) Canaan, VT
11. Curtis Sherman ( 68 ) Berlin, VT
12. Lucas Nast ( 67 ) Lancaster, NH
13. Tommy Smithers ( 60 ) Gilmanton, NH
14. Paul Marsan ( 45 ) Methuen, MA