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VT’s Stacy Cahoon snapped a long winless streak in the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models. (Mark Alan Sumner photo)

Belanger Comes on Strong for Tiger Triple Crown Win

American-Canadian Tour (ACT)

N. Woodstock, NH — Whitefield, NH’s Ben Belanger continued to impress on the biggest stage by capturing round two of the Jon Parks Tractor Triple Crown Series at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 22. Belanger took the lead from Hardwick, VT’s Jaden Perry on lap 44 of the 75-lap feature and rolled to his second career Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tiger victory — both of which have come in Triple Crown events.

Perry led a 21-car starting field to the green flag after going from last to first in his qualifying heat. As Perry set the early pace, Belanger rolled off seventh and was content to run steady at first. When the first caution flag flew on lap 25 for Bunker Hodgdon’s spin, Belanger was sitting in the fifth spot behind Perry, brothers Shane and Jody Sicard, and first-time Tiger racer Brandon Gray.

Once the green flag came back out, the part-time racer turned on the full-time jets. When an incident involving Amanda Wheeler brought out the second caution at the halfway mark, Belanger had moved into the second spot, putting him door-to-door with Perry for the restart.

Perry chose the inside line and was able to fend off Belanger when they went back racing. However, another caution flew four laps later when Michael Potter got turned around. Perry again selected the inside groove and led the 43rd lap under green. This time, though, Belanger hung tough and swiped the lead away on the 44th circuit.

The next time around, chaos broke out when sixth-place runner Jody Sicard lost it in front of the pack exiting turn two. His spin triggered a nine-car pile-up that also collected Chris LaForest, Mike Potter, Nathaniel Parkin, Mike Clark, Wheeler, Bryan P. Wall, Hodgdon, and Laci Potter. Five of the drivers were eliminated from the event on the spot while Wheeler retired a few laps later.

Belanger led the decimated field back to the green and pulled away over the caution-free final 30 laps to score his first win of the year. Perry finished second while Barton, VT’s Shane Sicard came in third. The result allowed Perry to close slightly in both the Triple Crown and season-long point standings. Gray took fourth in his first-ever Flying Tiger event. Matthew Potter, Colin Cornell, Kasey Beattie, Jason Woodard, Ryan Ware, and LaForest rounded out the top-10.

St. Johnsbury, VT’s Stacy Cahoon snapped a long winless drought by taking the victory in the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model main event. The five-time champion started 10th in the 50-lap and quickly worked his way to the front.  By the 12th circuit, he was already up to second, trailing only Moultonborough, NH’s Matt Morrill.

Ben Belanger
NH’s Ben Belanger grabbed his second career Flying Tiger victory in the Jon Parks Tractor Triple Crown Series at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 22. (Mark Alan Sumner photo)
Ben Belanger
Thomas Smithers VI (near right) celebrates his fifth Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Truck win of the year with his father Tommy (near left). (Mark Alan Sumner photo
Ben Belanger
Shaun Buffington ended Luke LeBrun’s seven-race winning streak by going flag-to-flag in the GoMotorsportsShop.com NELCAR Legends Tour feature. (Mark Alan Sumner photo)
Adam Sicard made a late pass to pick up his second Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini feature win in the last three weeks. (Mark Alan Sumner photo)

Cahoon pressured Morrill for the rest of the event but was unable to find a way around the youngster on the track. However, after the crossing the finish line first, Morrill was disqualified in post-race technical inspection when both the car’s ride height and fuel cell measured too low. The infractions handed the victory to the 62-year-old Cahoon. In doing so, Cahoon also opened up his point lead over defending champion Quinny Welch, who ended up fifth in the final run-down.

Last week’s winner Mike “Beetle” Bailey inherited the second spot while veteran Oren Remick took third. Jeff Marshall, Welch, Sammy Gooden, Andy Hill, Jerry Lesage, Joel Hodgdon, and Jon Savage completed the top-10.

Plainfield, CT’s Shaun Buffington ended Luke LeBrun’s reign atop the GoMotorsportsShop.com NELCAR Legends Tour by winning the 25-lap feature. Buffington, who also triumphed at the tour’s last visit to White Mountain Motorsports Park in mid-June, earned the pole in qualifying and left the field in the dust from there.

Both LeBrun and Darren Gallant tried to track down Buffington over the caution-free event, but Buffington was not to be denied as he rolled to the win by more than two seconds. The victory ended LeBrun’s seven-race NELCAR winning streak.

Gallant took second with LeBrun third. Devin DeShaies, Aliyah Neale, Colby Meserve, Kevin Girard, Jack Walker, Trevor Krause, and Kevin Oliver also earned top-10 finishes.

Barton, VT’s Adam Sicard rolled to his second victory in three weeks in the 25-lap Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini feature. Sicard stormed from the ninth starting spot and was running second to polesitter Todd Derrington — who had just barely taken the lead back from Jack Hayes — when Jillian Baumgardner spun to bring out the race’s only caution with five laps to go.

Baumgarner’s misfortune set up a five-lap shootout for the win. Derrington elected to restart on the inside and initially kept Sicard at bay. The former champion refused to give in, though, and grabbed the lead from Derrington as they approached the white flag to make a return trip to Victory Lane.

Derrington settled for a career-best second-place finish at White Mountain. Howie Switser came home third in a substitute-driving role for Dustin Jackson. Point leader Brett Jackson, Tyler Thopmson, Scott Senecal, Jamie Ball, Hayes, Gavin McGinnis, and Joe Giddings finished fourth through 10th.

Gilmanton, NH’s Thomas Smithers VI continued his dominance of the Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks by taking his fifth win of the year. Smithers had no trouble navigating his way from the sixth starting position and took the lead from Damion Sicard with six laps to go in the 15-lap feature.

From there, Smithers sped to yet another victory in a caution-free event. Owen Rogers finished third followed by Matthew Knowlton and Kamden Potter.

White Mountain Motorsports Park has the coming weekend off for the Oxford 250. The “Thunder in the Mountains” will resume Saturday, September 5 at 6:00pm with Caron Fabrication Night. The Modified Racing Series is slated to make its first trip to White Mountain in 15 years as part of “Twin 100s” with the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models. The Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s, and 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars round out the card. Pricing and other information is to be announced.

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.whitemountainmotorsports.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour or @WhiteMtnMotorsports.

WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2020

OFFICIAL RESULTS

WELLS RIVER CHEVROLET FLYING TIGERS

JON PARKS TRACTOR TRIPLE CROWN #2

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Ben Belanger ( 99nh ) Whitefield, NH

2. Jaden Perry ( 92vt ) Hardwick, VT

3. Shane Sicard ( 4nh ) Barton, VT

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

5. Matthew Potter ( 23vt ) Marshfield, VT

6. Colin Cornell ( 54vt ) E. Burke, VT

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

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

9. Ryan Ware ( 32vt ) Littleton, NH

10. Chris LaForest ( 56vt ) Barre, VT

11. Michael Potter ( 23nh ) Marshfield, VT

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

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

14. Amanda Wheeler ( 20nh ) Bradford, VT

15. Jody Sicard ( 49nh ) Barton, VT

16. Michael Clark ( 2vt ) Bethlehem, NH

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

18. Nathaniel Parkin ( 88nh ) Bradford, VT

19. Bunker Hodgdon ( 83vt ) Wolcott, VT

20. #Hunter King ( 62vt ) Woodbury, VT

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

FOLEY OIL & PROPANE LATE MODELS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

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

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

3. Oren Remick ( 21nh ) Monroe, NH

4. Jeff Marshall ( 32nh ) Gilman, VT

5. Quinten Welch ( 78nh ) Groveton, NH

6. Sammy Gooden ( 01nh ) Whitefield, NH

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

8. Jerry Lesage ( 74vt ) Winooski, VT

9. Joel Hodgdon ( 36vt ) Craftsbury, VT

10. Jon Savage ( 18nh ) Whitefield, NH

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

12. Allie Menard ( 06nh ) Dorchester, NH

13. David LaBrecque ( 57nh ) Thornton, NH

14. #Shane Hawthorne ( 5nh ) Franklin, NH

DSQ Matthew Morrill ( 9nh ) Moultonborough, NH – too low/fuel cell too low

GOMOTORSPORTS.COM NELCAR LEGENDS TOUR

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Shaun Buffington ( 23 ) Plainfield, CT

2. Darren Gallant ( 05 ) Hooksett, NH

3. Luke LeBrun ( 27 ) West Newton, MA

4. Devin Deshaies ( 64 ) Oakland, RI

5. Aliyah Neale ( 14 ) S. Royalston, MA

6. Colby Meserve ( 92 ) Buxton, ME

7. Kevin Girard ( 19 ) Saco, ME

8. Jack Walker ( 95S ) Bow, NH

9. Trevor Krause ( 15 ) Gorham, ME

10. Kevin Oliver ( 28 ) Raymond, ME

11. Eric Williams ( 16 ) Hudson, MA

12. Jake Silva ( 78 )

13. Tom Searles ( 095 ) Upton, MA

14. Mike Dellavecchia ( 57 ) New Hampton, NH

15. Nathan Alexander ( 12S ) Norwich, CT

16. David Kinney ( 6 ) Skowhegan, ME

WOODSVILLE GUARANTY SAVINGS BANK STRICTLY STOCK MINI’S

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Adam Sicard ( 16 ) Barton, VT

2. Todd Derrington ( 57 ) Littleton, NH

3. Howie Switzer* ( 37 ) Bethlehem, NH

4. Brett Jackson ( 31 ) Bethlehem, NH

5. Tyler Thompson ( 51 ) Littleton, NH

6. Scott Senecal ( 1 ) Lisbon, NH

7. Jamie Ball ( 99 ) Passumpsic, VT

8. Jack Hayes ( 09 ) Littleton, NH

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

10. Joe Giddings ( 41 ) Waterford, VT

11. Tim Corey ( 10x ) Whitefield, NH

12. Nicole Ouellette ( 88 ) Milan, NH

13. Jillian Baumgardner ( 14 ) N. Woodstock, NH

14. Les Washburn ( 11 ) Bethlehem, NH

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

16. Dan Savage ( 18 ) Lancaster, NH

*Sub driver for Dustin Jackson

DADS 4 BY TOOL & SUPPLY KIDS TRUCKS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

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

2. Damion Sicard ( 23 ) Barton, VT

3. Owen Rogers ( 4 ) Glover, VT

4. Matthew Knowlton ( 8 ) Northfield, NH

5. Kamden Potter ( 55 ) W. Danville, VT

6. Dominic Warren ( 9 ) Concord, VT

7. McKenna Merchant ( 99 )

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

9. Windsor Hodgdon ( 23nh )

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