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Teams, Fans Getting Ready for Another Big Season at White Mountain

New Events, Growing Rosters, and New Sponsors on Tap for 2021

Alan Ward photo

N. Woodstock, NH —The mountains of the New Hampshire North Country are getting ready to roar as the 2021 racing season nears for N. Woodstock’s White Mountain Motorsports Park. The season opener on Saturday, May 8 kicks off a planned 22-event schedule that makes the quarter-mile oval a gathering ground for Northeast motorsports fans.

Following a 2020 season that saw a little bit — and sometimes a lot — of everything at White Mountain, the trend continues this year. Multiple visits are in the cards for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), Pro All Stars Series (PASS), North East Mini Stock Tour, and GoMotorsportsShop.com NELCAR Legends Tour. This includes the return of the ACT Fall Foliage 200 on September 26. The PASS 150 on July 17, meanwhile, will be part of the PASS National Championship for the first time.

The R&R Race Parts Street Stock Open and Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association join the fun with late-season showdowns. At year’s end, the Monster Truck Throwdown event that was planned for 2020 finally debuts.

Sponsors are continuing to climb on board as they see the track’s profile expand. Sanel NAPA has signed for the Late Model Spring Board 100 on Memorial Day weekend while C&S NAPA of Littleton/Whitefield is presenting the Mid-Season Championships. Billboards continue to sprout up around the track as companies see the value of motorsports.

The heart and soul of the season, though, will be the five local racing divisions. With just over three weeks until Opening Day, interest keeps on growing for the Late Model, Flying Tigers, Strictly Stock Minis, Dwarf Cars, and Kid’s Trucks.

For the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, they’re looking at a second straight season of rising numbers. Stacy Cahoon and Quinny Welch, who swept nearly all the championships over the past decade, are back to duke it out again. They’re joined by venerable Late Model racers Oren Remick, Jeff Marshall, Matthew Morrill, and more from the 2020 class.

A large contingent of new drivers is joining them. Rookies Kasey Beattie, Laci Potter, Kevin Vaudrien, and Dennis Dumas are planning to make WMMP their 2021 racing home. So are youngster Zachary Fraser and veteran Jerry Lesage.

Cahoon, Welch, Beattie Stephen Donahue, John Donahue, and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. have all listed White Mountain as their home track in the inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup. As one of nine participating tracks in the region, WMMP could see even more racers showing up trying to earn valuable points.

The Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers had a big-time resurgence in 2020. That looks to continue in 2021. While a few drivers have moved up, plenty of others are coming in to replace them. This includes first-year Tiger racers Tanner Woodard, Chandler Potter, and Cooper French plus veteran Russell Clark.

They’ll join top runners from 2020 such as three-time defending champion Shane Sicard, Michael and Matt Potter, and Jody Sicard. The Flying Tiger season begins with the first leg of the J.P. Sicard Inc. Triple Crown Series, which draws top Thunder Road runners like Jason Woodard and Colin Cornell to chase the big money.

After holding steady in 2020, the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Back Strictly Stock Minis are bouncing back in 2021. A division that had no registered rookies last year already has six this year, including Chris Moulton, Riley Taylor, Jason Potter, and Donnie Baumgardner. They’ll be chasing defending champion Brett Jackson, Adam Sicard, Tyler Thompson, and other frequent visitors to Victory Lane.

The Dwarf Cars put up a great 2020 season and have a 10-race schedule this year. Multiple new names are joining “Downtown” Bobby Brown, Tommy Smithers, Dave Gyger, and other familiar drivers who have already registered.

The Dads 4 By Tool & Supply will see some turnover as new youngsters replace those who are graduating to the adult divisions. Hayley Corum, Makayla Savage, and Austin Sicard join Thomas Smithers VI, Damion Sicard and more for a 15-race schedule.

White Mountain Motorsports Park opens the 2021 season on Saturday, May 8 at 6:00pm. The Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers go 75 laps in round one of the J.P. Sicard Inc. Triple Crown Series. A full card of racing is also scheduled for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s, Dwarf Cars, and Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks.

Admission is just $12 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12, and $25 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids). All New Hampshire health and safety guidelines will be in effect.

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.whitemountainmotorsports.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at @WhiteMtnMotorsports.

“Chemung Speedrome Swinging Open the Gates with a Season-Opening Two-Day Show”

By Carol Houssock (Chemung, NY) All systems are ‘go’ for the 2021 season opener at Chemung Speedrome, and for the first time ever it will be a Friday night/Saturday afternoon double-header event. Following a pair of practice dates on April 17th and 24th, competition begins on Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st

On opening night fans will see the growing Marion Decker Hobby Stock class (20 laps), 4 Cylinders (25 laps), INEX Legends (25 laps) and INEX Bandoleros (10 laps). Saturday afternoon, on Sam’s Bar and Grill Day, Chemung will hold the annual Gary Marshall Memorial, with the Sunoco Modifieds running an extra-distance 75 lap event. The big show also includes the Insinger Super Stocks (25 laps), and the visiting, popular TQ Midgets. Race time for that one is 2 PM. 

In addition to the Speedrome’s regular classes, the track welcomes back the Race of Champions Modified Tour for two shows this season. The first will be on week two, Saturday, May 8th, with the second on the annual Watkins Glen weekend (August 7th). The New York Super Stocks will also compete twice at the Speedrome, on June 18th and July 23rd

The Speedrome is coming off a disappointing 2020, where just one event was held before the pandemic’s strict rules put an end to the season. It is important that fans and race teams will comply with all rules and regulations so that a full season can run without issues or interruptions. Fans must wear a mask upon entry and when walking around. Social distancing, except among family groups, must also be observed. The track received approval to open, providing these rules are followed. Seating will be limited to 20% of capacity.

 In addition to the open practice sessions, Chemung is also holding its first, of what is hoped to be an annual, car show and swap meet on Sunday, April 25th from 1 to 5 PM. “We scheduled this last year but with COVID it never happened. This year it’s happening, and we’ve had a lot of interest,” said Promoter Ray Hodge. “We’ll have space set up for anyone that wants to display and sell anything they have, for a $25.00 fee per booth.” The show itself if free to the public. “We’ll also have a chicken BBQ for those wishing to purchase food.” For information, or to reserve a spot, contact Hodge at 607-483-3468 or Jerry Sinsabaugh at 607-738-8829. 

For the double show on April 30th/May 1st, gates open to the public at 5 PM on Friday night, with practice at 6 and the first competitive laps getting underway at 7. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under. On Saturday the pits open at 11 AM, with grandstand and practice at 1, and racing at 2. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $5 for kids 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under. The track will honor Gil (‘Buck’) Sharpsteen during the May 1st show, when he’ll serve as Grand Marshall.

 Fans and racers can keep up to date at the track’s new website (chemung-speedrome.com) and on the official Facebook page (Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome).

Sam Rameau Sets His Sights On Big Score at The Magic Mile

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

WESTMINSTER, Mass. — Race three of the season for Sam Rameau and the Rameau Family Motorsports team will come with a chance for a big payday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 18. With $5,000 on the line in the inaugural Northeast Classic Tour-Type Modified 50-lap feature, Rameau is looking forward to heading back to the 1.058-mile oval to attempt to score one of the biggest wins of his career.

Rameau and the team are coming off a solid sixth-place finish in the Icebreaker 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10. New Hampshire is known for a drafting-style of racing that keeps fans on the edge of their seats, and with no restrictor plates required for this special event, speed and steam will be key factors in deciding the winner.

“I think we will have somewhat of an advantage going into New Hampshire using what we have learned from Thompson,” Sam Rameau said. “I think we will be good up there. It’s going to be a big motor race, whoever has the best motor, and the best crew, is probably going to be the one in Victory Lane. Thanks to all of our supporters for making this trip possible.”

In previous starts at New Hampshire, which came with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Rameau had a best finish of 12th. He will be up against some of the top contenders in the Modified ranks including the likes of Bobby Santos III, Eric Goodale, Craig Lutz and more.

Racing begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning with qualifying heat races and will be followed by feature racing around 1:30 p.m. Tickets for general admission are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 for Sunday only or $75 for both days. All tickets and pit passes will be sold at the track. For those who can’t attend, Speed51.TV is offering PPV coverage of the entire day, including the Tour-Type Modifieds, Pro All Star Series Supers Late Models, American-Canadian Tour Late Models and more.

For more information on Sam Rameau and Rameau Family Motorsports, visit SammyRameau.com and follow the team on Facebook. For more information on Souza Media, follow on Facebook or visit kylesouza.com.