Tom Herzig's Trackside: Late Models visit White MountainBy TOM HERZIG
August 17. 2017 12:50AM
On Track This WeekendThunder Road (Vt.): Thursday, 7 p.m.
Lee USA: Friday, 6 p.m.
Legion Speedway: Friday, 7 p.m.
Claremont Speedway: Friday, 7 p.m.
Monadnock: Saturday, 5 p.m.
White Mountain: Saturday, 6 p.m.
Bear Ridge (Vt.): Saturday, 6 p.m.
Speedway 51: Saturday, 6 p.m.
Star Speedway: Saturday 6 p.m.
Beech Ridge (Maine): Saturday, 7 p.m.
This Saturday, White Mountain Motorsports Park presents the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model 150 sponsored by Foley Oil and Propane. The company also sponsors the track’s weekly Late Model division.
When ACT comes to the North Woodstock oval, many of the Late Model regulars join in and this time around, there is some substantial bonus money on the line.
Foley Oil & Propane will award $1,000 to the weekly White Mountain Late Model driver with the best finish in the ACT 150. In addition, drivers who raced in both 150-lap events held earlier this season, with a top-10 finish in either one, are eligible for a $3,000 bonus offered by track owners Donnie and Teri Avery if they win Saturday’s event.
The local competitors who could conceivably leave the track with $6,500 in their pockets are point leader (553) Quinny Welch of Lancaster, Stacy Cahoon of St. Johnsbury, Vt. (545), Jesse Switser of Lyndonville, Vt. (534), rookie Stephen Donahue, Scott Corey and Jonathan LeMay. Additional regulars eligible for the $1,000 Foley Oil & Propane bonus are Corey Mason and Mike Kennison.
It won’t be easy to outrun ACT hotshots like Scott Payea, Dillon Moltz, Rich Dubeau, Jimmy Hebert and Jason Corliss. Payea, the points leader from Colchester, Vt., looking for his first ACT title, finished a close second to Eddie MacDonald last weekend at Beech Ridge. Prior to that, he had four consecutive wins, including one at White Mountain, to set a new Late Model Tour record.
Foley Oil & Propane Vice President Dennis Phelps, the 2001 White Mountain Late Model champion, notes that additional bonus money has been posted for the winners in the other support divisions as well.
“It should be a pretty exciting night,” Phelps said. “I know cash can mean a lot to a race team at this time of the season.”
Two racers scored their first wins of the season in rain-shortened events. Timmy Jedrzejek won the ISMA Supermodified race at New London/Waterford Speedbowl that met with both rain and the track curfew. At Monadnock, Josh King of Vernon, Vt., was leading Scott MacMichael when rain officially ended the Granite State Pro Stock Series John Hoyt Memorial 100 on lap 79.
This Saturday, Monadnock will have double features for the Sportsman Modifieds and Thunder Stocks in addition to the Modified Touring Series 125 and features for its other weekly divisions.
Monadnock’s Sportsman Modifieds have a tight point battle underway. Keith Carzello of Somers, Conn., leads Todd Patnode of Richmond, 520-514. Rookie Joel Monahan trails Patnode by two points.
Earlier in the program at New London/Waterford, Ted Christopher wired the field in the Valenti Modified Series 100. Kyle James, 15 year-old Sammy Rameau of Westminster, Mass., Donnie Lashua and Chris Pasteryak followed Christopher across the finish line.
The Valenti Modified Series heads to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for a 75-lap event Saturday.
Michael Muldoon of Baldwinsville, N.Y., won the Ollie Silva Memorial Classic at Lee USA. Mike McVetta was the runner-up ahead of Trent Stephens and Chris Perley. It was Muldoon’s first appearance at Lee. He was helped when race leader Ben Seitz’s No. 37 shut down with fuel-line issues.
Leslie Keyser dominated the $4,000-to-win the Rodfather Limited Supermodified feature at Lee. Dave Helliwell closed fast in the waning laps to collect $2,000 as the runner-up. This Friday’s card at Lee includes double features for the Hobby Stock and the Ironman classes.
The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will be at Star Speedway on Saturday. Both divisions are coming off close finishes at New London Waterford Speedbowl. Avery Stoehr beat teammate Randy Cabral to the wire in Midget main. Dylan Duhaime won the Lites feature with a last-lap pass of Meg Cugini.
Brad Babb will begin the night at Star with a 40-point lead over defending 350 Supers champion Matt Seavey of Auburn. Justin Storace of Kingston is the Strictlys point leader.
Dylan Bodreau of Claremont won the R.E. Hinkley Super Street feature at Claremont Speedway in the Brownie’s Speed Shop/Rockingham Boat No. 24. With the win, Bodreau closed within eight points of divisional leader Ricky Bly of Sunapee. Hayden Scott of Charlestown is only three points behind Bodreau.
Ryan Currier of Charlestown was the Super Street runner-up. Craig Smith of Unity was third.
Zachary Lynn of Claremont won the Wildcat feature. Lynn sits atop the Wildcat standings with a 32-point advantage over Dale Squires Jr. of Springfield, Vt.
Star hosts a Tri-Track Modified Series Open next Wednesday that will likely draw a hefty field.
Bobby Santos, winner of the NASCAR Whelen Tour Modified event last month at NHMS, recently finished third in the DJ Racing Mayhew Tools Silver Crown Series car at Salem Speedway (Ind.).
Best wishes to the voice of the Valenti Modified Series, John Spence, who had a pacemaker installed over the weekend and is hoping to get the green flag to drive himself up to call the race at Beech Ridge on Saturday.
Tom Herzig’s column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.