Tom Herzig's Trackside: Big weekend for NH short tracks
ALL OF New Hampshire’s short tracks will be in gear as of Saturday when White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock and Riverside Speedway in Groveton drop the green on their 2013 schedules.
White Mountain welcomes in the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models for a 150-lap main event with an early 4 p.m. post time. PASS was north of the border last weekend at Autodrome Chaudiere. Patrick Laperle took the checkers with PASS point leader Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, as the runner-up. Doiron usually drives the Wild Willy’s Burgers No. 73, but he had motor woes and hopped into DJ Shaw’s Precision JLM back-up No. 68 for a secondnd-place run while Shaw did some fence-bouncing and wound up 11th.
Several Granite State drivers are expected to be in the PASS 150, including DJ Shaw — currently third in points — Aaron Ricker of Tamworth, Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket and Hudson’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. We’ll see if Kruczek and Joey Pole can play nice. A couple of years back, Kruczek got suspended from Lee USA for planting Polewarczyk Jr. in the wall.
Riverside opens its first full-season under the helm of promoter Dan Fournier. Quinny Welch of Lancaster took the Late Model car show honors for his No. 78 machine. Welch is out to try and unseat defending Late Model champion Luke Shannon. Riverside hosts the American Canadian Tour Saturday, June 2.
ACT had itself another white-knuckler finish at Airborne Speedway Saturday. Brian Hoar, who came within centimeters of beating Wayne Helliwell Jr. for the win at Devil’s Bowl the week before, beat Jimmy Hebert by 0.02 seconds. The pair had raced wheel-to-wheel around Airborne’s progressively-banked half-mile for 20 laps with Helliwell Jr. (3rd) and Ray Parent (4th) close behind. Brent Dragon was 5th and Polewarczyk was 6th.
Hoar has talked about racing a partial 2013 schedule, but he’s now the point leader. The tug-o-war for race teams between ACT and PASS, which is now the division lined up for the Oxford 250, was evident over the weekend with the likes of Canadians Laperle, Donald Theetge and Alex Labbe opting for Autodrome Chaudiere.
ACT has posted a $140,000-plus purse for its International 500 event at Airborne July 20-21, which includes Airborne’s DIRTcar Modifieds. That, of course, is the same weekend as the Oxford 250.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series, which as Series founder Mike Parks reminds, has had nine different winners in nine events since its inception, is at Monadnock this weekend for the David’s House 106. The defending winner of the event, Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, Mass., has a second and a third in two GSPSS races this season.
Proceeds from this race will be donated to David’s House in Lebanon. The David’s House 106 is held to help benefit David’s House, which is a home-away-from-home for families who have children who are receiving care at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Since the doors of David’s House opened on January 20, 1986, more than 12,000 families have called it their home-away-from-home.
Monadnock had a good-sized field for its Lightning Stock feature last Saturday, which was won by Matt Gauffin of Antrim. Ed Laquire Jr. of Newport was the Super Stock winner.
Hudson Speedway opened last Sunday and is set for its traditional Memorial Day weekend doubleheader this Sunday and Monday. Gates open both days at 11 a.m. with racing beginning at 1 pm. Both days include the Roadrunners, Rookies Stocks, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. On Sunday, the Outlaw Sportsman are featured and Monday the New England V-6 Modifieds are the headliners.
Hudson’s opening day winners included George Baldwin of Lowell, Mass/Outlaws, Billy Osborne of Plaistow/Roadrunners, McKayla Lord of Dracut, Mass./Thunder Lights and Kevin Aberle of Wilmington, Mass./Rookie Stocks.
Last week, I wrote about Dave Sanborn’s change of luck at Lee USA. Sanborn landed in victory lane May 11 on the rebound from a voodoo 2012 season of destruction. Friday night, “Super Dave” lost power on the second lap of the Benson Lumber & Hardware Small Block Supermodified feature, which was won by Mike Netishen of Auburn.
There was a wild finish in Lee’s Late Model Sportsman feature that saw Geoff Rollins beat Grant Aither to the line by 0.03 seconds. Aither caught a piece of the wall for his effort and left on the hook. Alby Ovitt of Lee was third. In the first of four EKeys 4Cars Northeast Classic Lites Series races, Billy Osborne came out on top.
Scott Holcomb of Granby, Conn., won the USAC Dirt Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway.
On the dirt at Canaan, TJ Forward of Lyme wired the field from the pole in the Modified main event.
Scott MacMichael of Newbury was the Late Model winner on the asphalt Saturday.
Tom Herzig’s column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org