Savage Picks Up First Late Model Win Of ’22 At White Mountain; Sicard Scores Four-In-A-Row

Story By: WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK – NORTH WOODSTOCK, NH – On yet another unseasonably hot May Saturday in New Hampshire’s North Country, White Mountain Motorsports Park finally lifted the lid on Season 30 with over 100 cars in the pit area.

The racing on track was just as hot as the setting sun with a first-time win in the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, a dominating four-peat in the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers and an action-packed visit from the NELCAR Legends Tour are all part of what made opening night simply exhilarating.

The Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Division was first feature to roll out following qualifying action. With several new kids on the block, the competition was fierce between these youngsters but throughout, multi-time winners McKenna Merchant and Logan Farnsworth paced the field. Merchant would take the first feature win of 2022 followed by Farnsworth and newcomer Walker Fitch in the 18x, following his heat race ‘spin-cycle’ on the front stretch.

The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis opened their 2022 season with a strong 16 car field. While mechanical woes plagued veterans Gavin McGinnis and Jack Hayes, nothing could stop the triple power of the Baumgardner Family. Daughter Jillian paced the early field only to be methodically hunted down by Father Donnie and her boyfriend Tyler Thompson. Thompson would take the lead and the win followed by Jillian and Donnie Baumgardner to round out the podium.

The NELCAR Tour Legends and Bandoleros lit up the White Mountain highbanks for their first visit in 2022. In a hotly contested 25-lap Legends feature, Devin Deshaies came out on top over the hardnosed Trevor Krouse with Joshua Parsons rounding out the podium. The Bandeleros went for 15-laps and saw youngster Mikey LaFort III take the win followed by Joey Lamay and Bradley Strickland.

The Foley Oil & Propane Late Models got off to a hot and heavy start to their 2022 campaign. Following the Semi-Feature win by North Country legend Stacey Cahoon, the youth movement showed the way. A pair of non-winners paced the entirety of the 50-lap feature with St. Johnsbury’s Kasey Beattie charging hard on the outside of Whitefield’s Jon Savage.

Just after the half-way point, Matt Morrill, attempting to pursue a podium finish, hooked into the lap car of Tom Sheehan, sending a melee into the Turn-Three retaining wall. In a shower of tires, Graniteville, Vermont’s Stephen Donahue and Whitefield’s Ben Belanger slammed the wall to avoid, ending Donahue’s night. The final ten circuits were a dog fight between Savage and Beattie, neck-and-neck to the end.

Going into Turn-One, Beattie’s tire cut down just after driving under the white flag, leaving Savage to claim his first Late Model win to a huge round of applause. Just as thrilling was the rest of the top five under a blanket behind the leaders. Alby Ovitt and Stacey Cahoon would come out second and third with Quebec’s Alexendre Tardif just edging multi-time champion Quinny Welch for fourth.

With 22 Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers in attendance, the first round of the J.P. Sicard Triple Crown Series certainly lived up to the hype. Even after being stuck in the back of the top ten, Shane Sicard was still the favorite, and for good reason. Coming in a three-peat winner of each Triple Crown race in 2021, he lived up to his legacy. Patiently cutting his way through traffic, once he hit the open air out front, there was no catching the Flaming Four from Barton, Vermont.

Starting out in the catbird seat, Marshfield, Vermont’s Matt Potter held to the top three for the majority of the race until the handling went away, turning his Flying Tiger into a DIRTcar Sportsman. Even pole-starter, and former Triple Crown champion, Jaden Perry was no match for Sicard, but stalked the eventual winner hoping for even the slightest bobble, ready to pounce on any opportunity to get to the front.

Shane Sicard took the fourth consecutive Triple Crown 75-lapper followed by Perry and apparent third-place finisher Michael Clark. Clark would lose the position following technical inspection of his carburetor giving Jason Woodard a podium spot. Rookie Kaiden Fisher once again proved his beyond-his-age capabilities with a strong fourth place finish followed by Stephen Donahue pulling double duty for fifth.

Rounding out the night, the Wayne’s Market Dwarf Cars went for two, 20-lap segments. Following segment one, the 10-car field was inverted with final results tabulated by totalling the finishing score of both segments. Coming up through the field in segment two, multi-time champion Jason Wyman edged out Thunder Road Late Model competitor Andy Hill with a total score of 3-points to Hill’s 4. ‘Downtown’ Bobby Brown came out third with a 5 point total.

White Mountain Motorsports Park continues the 2022 season next Saturday, May 28 with the Late Model Spring Board 100. The first 100-lapper of the season for the Foley Oil & Propane will serve as Race #1 for the Wall’s Ford Platinum Late Model Series, a three-race series with a separate $1,500 point fund for the top three at the series’ end. The full card of racing will also include the Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guarenty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis, Wayne’s Market Dwarf Cars and Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Division. Raceday information, scheduling and prices will be available in the coming days.

White Mountain Motorsports Park – N. Woodstock, NH
J.P. Sicard Flying Tiger Triple Crown Round #1 plus NELCAR Tour
May 21, 2022

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

J.P. Sicard Flying Tiger Triple Crown Series Race #1 – 75 Laps
1 4NH Shane Sicard Barton, VT
2 92VT Jaden Perry Hardwick, VT
3 68VT Jason Woodard Waterbury Ctr., VT
4 18VT #Kaiden Fisher Shelburne, VT
5 26VT Stephen Donahue Graniteville, VT
6 35DG Colin Cornell E. Burke, VT
7 55NH Tanner Woodard Waterbury Ctr., VT
8 49NH Jody Sicard Gilmanton, NH
9 23NY #Cam Gadue Highgate, VT
10 37VT Kyle Streeter Waterbury Ctr., VT
11 37NH Kaleb Rogers Grover, VT
12 60NH #Thomas Smithers VI Gilmanton, NH
13 22NH #Chandler Potter Plainfield, VT
14 23NH Michael Potter Plainfield, VT
15 15NH Joey Laquerre E. Montpelier, VT
16 23VT Matthew Potter Marshfield, VT
17 56VT Chris Laforest Barre, VT
18 22VT Travis Patnoe Wolcott, VT
19 4ME Cooper French Northfield, VT
20 73VT Larry Underwood Fairfax, VT
21 77NH Bryan Wall Sr. East Kingston, NH
DSQ* 2VT Michael Clark Littleton, NH

*Carburetor Infraction

Foley Oil & Propane Late Models – 50 Laps
1 41NH Jon Savage Whitefield, NH Savage Powersports
2 35NH Alby Ovitt St. Johnsbury, VT NE Concrete Foundations Chevy
3 83VT Stacy Cahoon St. Johnsbury, VT R & R Fireworks Chevy Impala SS
4 21QC Alexandre Tardif Quebec, Canada Tardif Motorsports
5 78NH Quinten Welch Groveton, NH J. McGinnis Snow Plowing Chevy
6 22NH Jeff Marshall Littleton, NH Marshall Motorsports
7 61NH Ryan Olsen N. Haverhill, NH NAPA FMS Auto Parts Chevy Camaro
8 32VT #Ryan Ware E. Burke, VT Ware Motorsports
9 07NH Mark Patten Belmont, NH Patten Family Racing
10 77NH #Bryan Wall Jr. E. Kingston, NH Wall’s Ford Ford Mustang GT
11 99NH Ben Belanger Whitefield, NH Belanger Motorsports
12 39VT Mike Foster Williston, VT KMI Freight Bookers Ford Mustang
13 25NH Jesse Switser West Burke, VT Switser Motorsports
14 17NH Tyler Jones N. Woodstock, NH Mountain Tree Care Chevy SS
15 9NH Matthew Morrill Moultonborough, NH Morrill Motorsports
16 41VT Jamie Aube Bow, NH LTK Insulation Chevy Camaro
17 21VT Reilly Lanphear Waterbury, VT Reilly Lanphear Racing Chevy Impala
18 45NH Kasey Beattie St. Johnsbury, VT Creative Counters Chevy Monte Carlo
19 31VT Stephen Donahue Graniteville, VT
20 65NH Tom Sheehan Bow, NH LTK Insulation Chevy Camaro
21 42NH Mike Jurkowski Claremont, NH Solas Contemporary Fire Chevy Impala

Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis
1. 51 Tyler Thompson Lincoln, NH
2. 14 Jillian Baumgardner N. Woodstock, NH
3. 4 Donnie Baumgardner N. Woodstock, NH
4. 15 Chris Moulton Pepperal, MA
5. 1 Scott Senecal Lisbon, NH
6. 17 Les Washburn Bethlehem, NH
7. 10x Tim Corey Whitefield, NH
8. 57 Todd Derrington Littleton, NH
9. 16 Adam Sicard Barton, VT
10. 16NH Kristian Switser Waterford, VT
11. 22 Brendan Clark Dalton, NH
12. 26 Luke Peters Groton, VT
13. 19 Dave Driscoll N. Woodstock, NH
14. 18 Anthony Gavel Belmont, NH
15. 09 Jack Hayes Littleton, NH
16. 10 Gavin McGinnis St. Johnsbury, VT

Wayne’s Market Dwarf Cars – Two 20 Lap Segments
1. 8 (3 pts.) Andy Hill Waterford, VT
2. 88 (4 pts.) Jason Wyman Easton, NH
3. 27 (5 pts.) Bobby Brown Lincoln, NH
4. 60 (9 pts.) Tommy Smithers Gilmanton, NH
5. 93 (10 pts.) Dave Gyger Campton, NH
6. 41 (12 pts.) Jeff Ainsworth Bethlehem, NH
7. 23 (15 pts.) Ethan Tyrrell Worcester, VT
8. 11 (16 pts.) Joey Deguio Plaistow, NH
9. 52 (17 pts.) Chad Dufour Littleton, NH
10. 66 (19 pts.) Tim Churchill Lincoln, NH

Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Division – 15 Laps
1. 99 McKenna Merchant Waterford, VT
2. 22 Logan Farnsworth St. Johnsbury, VT
3. 18x Walker Fitch Marshfield, VT
4. 6 Connor Charbonneau Groveton, NH
5. 01 Austin Sicard Gilmanton, NH
6. 4 Bentley Robbin Bradford, VT
7. 90 Kyle Goodbout Lincoln, NH
8. 32 Kylee Potter Marshfield, VT

NELCAR Legends – 25 Laps
1. 64 Devin Deshaies
2. 15 Trevor Krouse
3. 09 Joshua Parsons
4. 12 P.J. Evans
5. 25 James Anderson
6. 99 Richie Helger Jr.
7. 34 Kyle Caissie
8. 85 Jake Kelly
9. D3 David Stone
10. 6 Eric Williams
11. 32 Kyle Rogers
12. 35 Ryan Rice
13. 10 Parker Davis
14. 29 Cole Robby
15. 18 Noah Alexander
16. 57 Mike Dellavecchia

NELCAR Bandoleros – 15 Laps
1. 19 Mikey LaFort III
2. 0 Joey Lamay
3. 84jr Bradley Strickland
4. 19x Grayson Day
5. 25 Isiah Anderson
6. 14 Parker Davis

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