Tom Herzig's Trackside: White Mountain to host Pro All-Star Series race
WHITE MOUNTAIN Motorsports Park in North Woodstock began its season last weekend and has the Pro All-Star Series Super Late Models in Saturday for the Littleton Chevrolet 150.
White Mountain is a clean, racy semi-banked, quarter-mile that is surely a favorite of Berwick, Maine, driver Joey Doiron. After three events, Doiron is fifth in points. Last September, due to multiple rainouts, PASS ran a pair of 150s on Labor Day weekend and Doiron won them both.
The current PASS point leader is DJ Shaw of Center Conway. Shaw is coming off a win at Star Speedway. Johnny Clark of Hallowell, Maine, no stranger to victory lane at White Mountain, is the No. 2 man presently. Mike Rowe of Turner, Maine. whose 60th birthday is but a speck in the rear view mirror, is third in points.
White Mountain’s weekly divisions are all on the card except for the Twisted Tea Dwarf cars, which turned out in the largest numbers (19) opening day. Jeff Ainsworth of Bethlehem was the Dwarf car winner. Travis Fadden of North Haverhill drove the Patten’s Gas No. 16 to victory in the Late Model main.
The American Canadian Tour held its 250th race since converting to its present-day Late Model crate engine format on the progressive half-mile banking at Airborne Park Speedway. Airborne and the ACT Late Models are well-suited for each other and good racing with close finishes are the usual result.
This time around, Ray Parent of Tiverton, R.I., who spun out of the lead with Eddie MacDonald barking at his heels near the end of the Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee in April, had the race in hand when a caution with five laps to go brought Canadian Jonathan Bouvrette, Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and 2013 Rookie of the Year Bobby Therrien back into contention.
Bouvrette used the outside lane to keep Parent pinched down in the low lane. The two cars were even at the line on lap 98. Bouvrette led lap 99 by two feet, the margin Parent won by.
Polewarczyk Jr. has had three top-five finishes in three starts and is the ACT point leader. He might have bettered his Airborne finish, but lapped traffic kept cropping up in the low lane where he chose to run.
Joey Pole’s brother-in-law, Austin Theriault, rose as high as ninth before settling for 15th in the nationally-televised NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, which Sam Hornish Jr. won.Larry Gelinas of Scarborough, Maine, was at Airborne driving the car Wayne Helliwell Jr. drove last year to repeat as ACT champion. Helliwell Jr. took the weekend off to attend his daughter’s college graduation. By strapping in for his first race at Airborne since finishing fifth in a 300-lapper there during his ’95 Rookie of the Year campaign — the last year of the original ACT Pro-Stock Tour — Gelinas was earning owner points for Bruce Bernhardt whose No. 27 Ford carried Vermont Stone Art sponsorship.
Gelinas will likely be back in action this weekend at Monadnock for the Granite State Pro Stock Series 100, which will also include 2013 Series champion Mike O’Sullivan, although O’Sullivan is running a part-time schedule this season. Gelinas won the 1995 Oxford 250 in a car purchased from past ACT and Busch North champion Brad Leighton.
Helliwell Jr. is headed to the Coastal 200 Sunday, a Late Model Open at Wiscasset Speedway, where the admission is — get this — adults/$5, vets and active duty military free.
At Monadnock, Keith Carzello of Somers, Conn., caught Tyler Jarvenpaa on the last lap to take his second Sportsman Modified checkers in a row.
Hudson Speedway races on both Sunday and Monday over the Memorial Day weekend. Hudson opened last Sunday. Defending Outlaw champion Kevin Kephart of Rutland, Mass., was a winner, as were Rookie Stock driver Anthony Belfiore of Haverhill, Mass., and Roadrunner Billy Osborne of Plaistow.
Belfiore drives the No. 90, as his dad, Mike, before him, sponsored by Haverhill Motor Cars and Eagle East Aviation. “I started 12th in a 16-car field after finishing out back in my heat,” Belfiore said. “The car wasn’t handling early, but we got it going and had a good race with Bill Helliwell.” It was Belfiore’s fourth career-win in a Rookie Stock.
Defending Thunder Lights champion Kris Schroeder of Haverhill, Mass., helped by a late restart, was a winner in the “A Family Cab” No. 66.
Stafford Speedway hosts a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event Friday night.
The Sprint Cars of New England are on the card Saturday at Bear Ridge Speedway.
Tom Herzig’s column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email him at email@example.com.