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Cahoon Earns “King of the Mountain”Title as Laflamme Wins Barnburner

N. Woodstock, NH — St. Johnsbury, VT’s Stacy Cahoon showed he’s truly the ageless wonder of N. Woodstock’s White Mountain Motorsports Park by capturing the “King of the Mountain” title at WMMP Championship Night presented by C&S NAPA Auto Parts and Sanel NAPA on Saturday, September 26. The 62-year-old Cahoon sewed up his sixth Foley Oil & Propane Late Model crown with a fourth-place finish as youngster Christian Laflamme edged Mike “Beetle” Bailey for the victory.

Cahoon entered the 50-lap Late Model season finale with a three-point edge over Groveton’s Quinny Welch, who had won the previous five titles. The veteran started ninth and slowly picked his way through the field while Welch struggled to find the handle on his machine.

At the front, the event was a barnburner. Whitefield’s Laflamme grabbed the top spot at the initial green flag from polesitter Jon Savage. South Barre, VT’s Bailey quickly got the second spot and went to Laflamme’s inside. But while Bailey appeared to have the faster car, Laflamme held strong on the preferred high-side.

The duo went back and forth through a pair of mid-race cautions, unofficially swapping the lead six times at the start-finish line. Behind them, the lead pack reached as many as 10 cars, with Joel Hodgdon, Alby Ovitt, Jeff Marshall, and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. just some of the drivers taking their shots.

All the while, Cahoon methodically moved forward, knowing the title was his if he stayed in front of Welch. Cahoon was up to third when the final caution flew with four laps to go after Renfrew and Joey Laquerre spun in separate incidents. Bailey made one last charge at Laflamme, but Laflamme edged him at the checkered flag by 0.035 seconds for the victory.

Behind them, Marshall got by Cahoon in the final sprint for third. However, Cahoon’s fourth-place finish gave him the title by 13 points over Welch, who could do no better than ninth at the end. It is Cahoon’s sixth “King of the Mountain” but first since 2014. Andy Hill, Ovitt, Hodgdon, Matthew Morrill, and Renfrew also earned top-10 finishes.

Barton, VT’s Shane Sicard clinched a third straight Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tiger championship in the best way possible by winning his fifth feature of the 2020 season. Sicard started 10th in the 35-lap event and inherited the second spot when Ryan Ware and Michael Clark tangled racing for the lead just before the halfway signal.

On the restart, Sicard got the jump over Plainfield’s Matthew Potter and quickly pulled away. Number-two point man Jaden Perry of Hardwick, VT eventually moved up to second, but Sicard was long gone, winning the feature by a straightaway and snagging the title along with it.

East Thetford’s Brandon Gray finished third in his second career Flying Tiger start. Matthew Potter, Michael Potter, Jason Woodard, Kasey Beattie, Ware, Jamon Perry, and Tanner Woodard rounded out the top-10.

It was father-son night in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s with Bethlehem’s Dustin Jackson taking the win and his dad Brett capturing the championship. Dustin dodged an opening lap skirmish when Adam Sicard threw a shoe entering turn one. He then quickly got to the top spot, passing Les Washburn for the lead on lap four and pulling away after lap-11 caution for Jason Potter’s spin.

Jackson appeared to slow in the closing laps, letting a four-car battle for second close to his rear bumper. The leader rediscovered his mojo, though, and hung on for his fourth win of the year.

Littleton’s Jack Hayes caught Passumpsic, VT’s Jamie Ball for second. Washburn and Addie McDaniel came in fourth and fifth.

Brett Jackson crossed the line sixth with sparks flying off the right front of his car. However, he had already all but sewed up the title when challenger Tyler Thompson was involved in a hard crash during qualifying. Tim Corey, Todd Derrington, Scott Senecal, and Jarred Ainsworth completed the top-10.

Easton’s Jason Wyman came from behind to win the 7-Eleven Dwarf Car championship. Wyman entered the feature 13 points behind four-time winner Colby Bourgeois. However, Bourgeois and Tommy Smither got together racing for the third spot on lap nine. The contact broke a tie rod on Bourgeois’ car, and he ended up losing five laps making repairs.

With the door open, Wyman seized it. Amidst several cautions sprinkled throughout the 25-lap feature, Wyman went at with Lincoln’s “Downtown” Bobby Brown for the lead. He appeared to have taken the lead on the 18th lap only for a caution for Paul Marsan’s spin wiped out the pass.

A spin by Jeremy Labrecque with three laps to go set up a shootout to the finish. Brown nosed out Wyman by 0.020 seconds for the win while Wyman beat Bourgeois for the title by five points. Smithers, Dave Gyger, and Chad Dufour finished third through fifth in the feature.

Gilmanton’s Thomas Smithers VI capped the Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Truck season with his sixth win of the year. Smithers had a bumper in front of Glover, VT’s Owen Rogers when a pair of cautions came out on lap eight of the 15-lap feature. Once the dust settled, Smithers ran away to snare another victor’s trophy.

West Danville, VT’s Kamden Potter recovered from an early spin to beat out Rogers for second. Damion Sicard and Dominic Warren completed the top-five.

The White Mountain Motorsports Park racing season is now complete. Whether a Banquet of Champions will be held remains to be seen depending on state health and safety requirements. The 2021 schedule will be announced in late November or early December.

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit You can also get updates on Facebook at @WhiteMtnMotorsports.






Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Christian Laflamme ( 10me ) Whitefield, NH

2. Michael Bailey ( 1me ) South Barre, VT

3. Jeff Marshall ( 32nh ) Gilman, VT

4. Stacy Cahoon ( 83vt ) St. Johnsbury, VT

5. #Anthony Hill ( 8vt ) Waterford, VT

6. Alby Ovitt ( 35nh ) Candia, NH

7. Joel Hodgdon ( 36vt ) Craftsbury, VT

8. Matthew Morrill ( 9nh ) Moultonborough, NH

9. Quinten Welch ( 78nh ) Groveton, NH

10. Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00nh ) Candia, NH

11. Oren Remick ( 21nh ) Monroe, NH

12. Jon Savage ( 18nh ) Whitefield, NH

13. Joey Laquerre ( 15vt ) E. Montpelier, VT

14. David LaBrecque ( 57nh ) Thornton, NH

15. Matt Pepin ( 2nh ) Goffstown, NH

16. Reilly Lanphear ( 21vt ) Waterbury, VT


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. Shane Sicard ( 4nh ) Barton, VT

2. Jaden Perry ( 92vt ) Hardwick, VT

3. Brandon Gray ( 00vt ) E. Thetford, VT

4. Matthew Potter ( 23vt ) Plainfield, VT

5. Michael Potter ( 23nh ) Marshfield, VT

6. Jason Woodard ( 68vt ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

7. #Kasey Beattie ( 45nh ) St.Johnsbury, VT

8. Ryan Ware ( 32vt ) Littleton, NH

9. Jamon Perry ( 62nh ) Hardwick, VT

10. Tanner Woodard ( 68nh ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

11. Eric Johnson ( 20me ) Randolph Ctr., VT

12. #Bryan Wall Jr. ( 77nh ) East Kingston, NH

13. Laci Potter ( 55me ) West Danville, VT

14. Jody Sicard ( 49nh ) Barton, VT

15. David Ofsuryk ( 73vt ) Derby Line, VT

16. Michael Clark ( 2vt ) Bethlehem, NH

DNS Amanda Wheeler ( 20nh ) Bradford, VT


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Dustin Jackson ( 37 ) Bethlehem, NH

2. Jack Hayes ( 09 ) Littleton, NH

3. Jamie Ball ( 99 ) Passumpsic, VT

4. Les Washburn ( 11 ) Bethlehem, NH

5. Addie McDaniel ( 56 ) Bridgton, ME

6. Brett Jackson ( 31 ) Bethlehem, NH

7. Tim Corey ( 10x ) Whitefield, NH

8. Todd Derrington ( 57 ) Littleton, NH

9. Scott Senecal ( 1 ) Lisbon, NH

10. Jarred Ainsworth ( 94 ) Bethlehem, NH

11. Joe Giddings ( 41 ) Waterford, VT

12. Gavin McGinnis ( 10 ) St. Johnsbury, VT

13. Brendan Clark ( 22 ) Dalton, NH

14. Tyler Thompson ( 51 ) Littleton, NH

15. Nicole Ouellette ( 88 ) Milan, NH

16. Keri Driscoll ( 91 ) N. Woodstock, NH

17. Jason Potter ( 55 ) Whitefield, NH

18. Jason Fallman ( 21 ) N. Woodstock, NH

19. Dave Driscoll ( 19 ) N. Woodstock, NH

20. Adam Sicard ( 16 ) Barton, VT


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Bobby Brown ( 27 ) Lincoln, NH

2. Jason Wyman ( 88 ) Easton, NH

3. Tommy Smithers ( 60 ) Gilmanton, NH

4. Dave Gyger ( 93 ) Campton, NH

5. Chad Dufour ( 52 ) Littleton, NH

6. Paul Marsan ( 45 ) Methuen, MA

7. Jeff Ainsworth ( 41 ) Bethlehem, NH

8. Lucas Nast ( 67 ) Lancaster, NH

9. Derrick Marsan ( 40 ) Methuen, MA

10. Jeremy LeBrecque ( 21 ) Canaan, VT

11. Colby Bourgeois ( 82 ) St. Johnsbury, VT

12. Howie Switser ( 3 ) West Burke, VT


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Thomas Smithers, VI ( 24 ) Gilmanton, NH

2. Kamden Potter ( 68 ) W. Danville, VT

3. Owen Rogers ( 4 ) Glover, VT

4. Damion Sicard ( 23 ) Barton, VT

5. Dominic Warren ( 9 ) Concord, VT

6. Amanda St. Amour ( 20 ) Brookfield, VT

7. McKenna Merchant ( 99 ) 0

8. Logan Farnsworth ( 22 ) St. Johnsbury, VT

Williams, Donahue Take Caron Fabrication Twin 100s at White Mountain

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,, or visit or You can also get updates on Facebook at @WhiteMtnMotorsports.







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


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


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


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


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


By: Kyle Souza / Photo: Tom Morris/MyRacenews

It was all about to live up to the hype.

In February, when NASCAR’s Speedweeks concluded in Florida, including the Modified portion at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams turned their attention towards the 2020 season. A 17-race calendar, filled with prestigious events including a return to Martinsville Speedway and Jennerstown Speedway, and a debut at Iowa Speedway, had teams, fans, drivers and more ready to roll. It was preparing to be one of the best years in Whelen Modified Tour history. Then it all came to a screeching halt.

Enter COVID-19.

Stopped. Dead in the water. Delayed.

Races were postponed, some were cancelled, and ultimately, six months later, the Whelen Modified Tour season is still not fully back on track — but by the nature of a few decisions by one man — Cris Michaud — the Whelen Modified Tour season in the COVID era has been saved.

White Mountain Motorsports Park wasn’t on the original tour schedule for 2020, as a non-NASCAR sanctioned track in the mountains of New Hampshire. And with the dismal look at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park over the winter, it looked like racing at the Connecticut high-banks might never happen again.

Enter: Cris Michaud for both.

The owner and promoter of the American Canadian Tour, who took over the Late Model division following the death of the late Tom Curley, owns and promotes White Mountain Motorsports Park as well. He wasn’t planning on hosting a Whelen Modified Tour race at that bullring, but post-COVID, those plans changed quickly.

Michaud and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Director Jimmy Wilson made a deal on the financials of it, and the tour season now has three of six races at tracks Michaud is promoting. Without those three races, the season might have never got off the ground.

Two at White Mountain, on July 4 and August 1, and Thursday’s at Thompson Speedway have all been run by Michaud.

He reached a deal with the Hoenig family, the owners of Thompson, to lease the track along with Pro All Star Series Director Tom Mayberry to keep racing alive at the Connecticut oval, just when it looked like the track might stay dark for 2020, and maybe for good.

“Hats off to them for sticking with it,” 2018 Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore said. “Hats off. We really appreciate everything Cris has done for our series. We want to show him how appreciative we are. We’re thankful.”

Ron Silk, who won Thursday’s Thompson 150, the first oval race at the track since October of last year, echoes Bonsignore’s sentiments. As a veteran of Whelen Modified Tour competition for more than 15 years, Silk has 199 starts at multiple tracks.

“I really appreciate everything Cris has done for us getting us some races,” Silk said. “It’s just the craziest year ever. It didn’t look like Thompson was trending in the right direction in the winter, so it’s definitely a bonus that Cris has taken the charge here and gotten us these races.”

Doug Coby, who has been supportive of NASCAR before with their scheduling decisions, said Thursday that Michaud picking up races is a huge risk. And that’s true.

In order to bring the Whelen Modified Tour into a track, it normally costs over $65,000 for the promoter. Due to COVID, those costs are a bit less in order to help the tracks navigate the pandemic, but it still isn’t cheap.

At White Mountain, per guidance from the state of New Hampshire, fan capacity is just 50% of the grandstand seating. At Thompson, per guidance from the state of Connecticut, grandstand seating is capped at just 25% — a small number when you’re talking about a night where Michaud and Mayberry also had to pay a fee to lease the facility, and pay the local Thompson divisions a purse.

The posted local purse was over $22,000 for the five divisions combined — based on a full field. Car counts were small, so it’s Michaud only paid out just over $12,000 of that, which helps his cause.

But running any sporting event at a reduced capacity, especially one where more people equals more revenue at the concession stands and gates, is tough. And in some cases, nearly impossible.

He’s found a way to do it.

“He’s a business man and it’s working for his business to take these risks,” six-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby said. “My concern for anyone with limited fans is how well do they do. Cris has definitely stepped up to the plate and that’s pretty cool. We weren’t supposed to race at any of his tracks or really be involved with him at all in 2020. He’s come in and been the promoter that’s willing to take the chance on us. I hope he’s happy with the product and with what the fans are saying. It’s a big risk.”

Right now, the only planned race Michaud has left to promote on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule is back at Thompson for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, October 9-11. The Whelen Modified Tour traditionally runs on Sunday afternoon, and that tradition is expected to continue in 2020.

Don’t be surprised if the Whelen Modified Tour ends up back at White Mountain, though. Anything is possible.

And expect Michaud to continue to work with Wilson and the entire NASCAR team about having the tour at his tracks in 2021 — including Thunder Road Speedway in Vermont, which Michaud also owns. He’s hoping to return to Thompson Speedway for the traditional Whelen Modified Tour races in 2020 as well, if everything goes as planned for the remainder of this year.

The remaining pieces of the Whelen Modified Tour schedule includes the Musket 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 12, a trip to Riverhead Raceway on September 19, Stafford Motor Speedway’s Fall Final on September 26, the World Series 150 at Thompson, and another trip to Riverhead on October 17.

Both Riverhead dates have not been confirmed by NASCAR, and the track is running without fans due to an executive order from New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo. A source close to My Race News said it’s certain that both of those events won’t happen — but it is possible that NASCAR and the track work out a deal where one of them can.

Only time will tell if additional races are added, or any of the events planned are scrapped.

But thanks to Cris Michaud, the Whelen Modified Tour season is off the ground and running — as smooth as possible — in the middle of a pandemic.