NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. — Colchester driver Scott Payea showed the heart of a two-time defending ACT Champion on Saturday night, earning his first victory of the season in the Spring Green at White Mountain Motosports Park.
Payea took the lead for good on lap 66 of the 119-lap event and held strong over the second half of the race for his 16th career ACT Late Model victory
Combined with his heat race victory and lap-leader bonuses, Payea earned the maximum amount of points at an ACT event. The big day was sorely needed by Payea and his RPM Racing team after they failed to make the main event at Thunder Road last week.
New Hampshire racer Wayne Helliwell started on the pole by virtue of earning a plus-8 rating in qualifying under ACT’s “plus-minus” system. But after a caution came out for a multi-car tangle just one lap into the event, it was Graniteville’s Christopher Pelkey who grabbed the lead. Pelkey led the next 10 laps before Helliwell regained the top spot.
The three-time ACT Champion continued to pace the field until the third caution came out on lap 28 for Mike Kenison’s spin. Rich Dubeau started to challenge Helliwell prior to the caution, and when the green flag flew again Dubeau swept around the outside to secure the lead.
During the process, Payea followed Dubeau to the front from his seventh starting spot. Payea got around Helliwell for second on lap-35 and had Dubeau in his sights when the fourth yellow flag flew on lap-48 for Trent Goodrow’s accident. Helliwell was forced to retire from the event during the same caution for personal reasons.
The outside proved the fast way once again on the restart, with Payea moving into the lead for the first time. Three laps later, seven-time White Mountain Motorsports Park Champion Quinny Welch took over the second spot. After the fifth and final caution on lap 63 for Jesse Switser’s spin, Welch poked his bumper in front for two laps before Payea moved back on top. Welch gave it everything he had over the final 54 laps, but Payea held strong through traffic and prevailed by six car-lengths.
Welch’s second-place finish matched the best result ever by a WMMP regular in an ACT event at the track. Dubeau took third and unofficially moved into the points lead by three over Williamstown’s Jimmy Hebert, who came back from 18th to finish fourth. Patrick Laperle, rookie Ryan Kuhn, Pelkey, Tyler Cahoon, Mathieu Kingsbury and Stacy Cahoon rounded out the top-10.
Kingsbury, Welch and Payea won qualifying heats. Oren Remick and Hebert won the consolation races while Corey Mason took the last-chance B-Feature. Thirty-six cars attempted to qualify, with 30 starting the main event.
In the Flying Tigers division, defending champion Shane Sicard picked up right where he left off with a season-opening win. Sicard crossed the line second in the caution-free 35-lap feature but inherited the win when Christian Laflamme was disqualified for a suspension infraction.
Apparent third-place finisher Nathaniel Parkin was also disqualified for a chassis infraction. This handed the second spot to Colin Cornell with Morrisville’s Dwayne Lanphear completing the podium. Jaden Perry, Stephen Clark, Kevin Boutin Jr., Kelsea Woodard, Jody Sicard, Matt Potter and Brad Bushey completed the top-10.
Barton’s Adam Sicard also got his title defense off on the right foot by beating out a huge Strictly Stock Mini field. A rough start to the event played into Sicard’s hands as he rallied from the 14th starting position to grab the lead on lap 5 of the 25-lap event. He survived one more caution and cruised to the victory. Dustin Jackson finished second, while Jason Fallman was third. Rusty Drew III, Brett Jackson, Colby Bourgeois, Scott Senecal, John Knight, Les Washburn and Ryan Ware also earned top-10 finishes.
Norman Forest earned a season-opening victory in the WMMP Dwarf Cars. Forest was running third with two laps left in the 20-lap feature when Andy Hill got into the back of Bobby Brown in turn four, sending Brown for a spin and earning both drivers a trip to the rear. Forest held off Dave Gyger during the sprint to the finish. Worcester’s Ethan Tyrrell secured his first podium finish by placing third. He was followed by Jason Wyman, Chad Dufour, Cody Wyman, Eric Boucher, Brown, Hill and Jeff Ainsworth.
The ACT Late Model Tour will open the Summer Kickoff Series on June 1 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec. The Claude Leclerc 150 is the first of three $5,000-to-win events in the month of June.
ACT LATE MODEL TOUR
SPRING GREEN RESULTS
AT WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK
Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps 1. ( 7) Scott Payea ( 37VT) , Colchester, VT , 119 Laps 2. ( 12) Quinten Welch ( 78NH) , Groveton, NH , 119 Laps 3. ( 6) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH) , Plainfield, NH , 119 Laps 4. ( 18) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT) , Williamstown, VT , 119 Laps 5. ( 13) Patrick Laperle ( 91QC) , St-Denis, QC , 119 Laps 6. ( 5) #Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA) , E. Bridgewater, MA , 119 Laps 7. ( 2) Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT) , Graniteville, VT , 119 Laps 8. ( 17) Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT) , Danville, VT , 119 Laps 9. ( 11) Mathieu Kingsbury ( 9QC) , Blainville, QC , 119 Laps 10. ( 10) Stacy Cahoon ( 83VT) , St. Johnsbury, VT , 119 Laps 11. ( 23) Jean-Francois Dery ( 21QC) , Quebec, QC , 119 Laps 12. ( 20) #Stephen Donahue ( 2VT) , Graniteville, VT , 119 Laps 13. ( 25) Jeff Marshall ( 32NH) , Gilman, VT , 119 Laps 14. ( 19) Joel Hodgdon ( 36VT) , Craftsbury Common, VT , 119 Laps 15. ( 21) Claude Leclerc ( 11QC) , Lanoraie, QC , 118 Laps 16. ( 4) Oren Remick ( 21NH) , Monroe, NH , 118 Laps 17. ( 24) Corey Mason ( 1NH) , Groveton, NH , 118 Laps 18. ( 9) Dylan Payea ( 7NH) , Milton, VT , 118 Laps 19. ( 28) Peyton Lanphear ( 22VT) , Waterbury, VT , 116 Laps 20. ( 27) Scott Coburn ( 72VT) , Barre, VT , 116 Laps 21. ( 29) David LaBrecque ( 57NH) , Thornton, NH , 116 Laps 22. ( 15) Chip Grenier ( 9VT) , Graniteville, VT , 85 Laps 23. ( 30) Reilly Lanphear ( 21VT) , Waterbury, VT , 71 Laps 24. ( 3) Jesse Switser ( 10ME) , Whitfield, NH , 63 Laps 25. ( 14) Scott Corey ( 22NH) , Lyndonville, VT , 63 Laps 26. ( 26) #Trent Goodrow ( 31MA) , Carver, MA , 63 Laps 27. ( 1) Wayne Helliwell Jr. ( 27NH) , Dover, NH , 48 Laps 28. ( 8) Mike Kenison ( 3NH) , Lancaster, NH , 28 Laps 29. ( 16) Craig Bushey ( 05VT) , Fairfax, VT , 1 Laps 30. ( 22) Jonathan Bouvrette ( 41QC) , Blainville, QC , 1 Laps Lap Leaders: Wayne Helliwell Jr. 1, Christopher Pelkey 2-11, Helliwell 12-28, Rich Dubeau 29-48, Scott Payea 49-63, Quinny Welch 64-65, Payea 66-119. (6 lead changes among 5 drivers) Time of Race: 57:40 Margin of Victory: 6 car lengths Cautions: 5 (laps 1, 20, 28, 48, 63) Heat Winners: Mathieu Kingsbury, Quinny Welch, Scott Payea Consi Winners: Oren Remick, Jimmy Hebert B-Feature Winner: Corey Mason
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown 1. Shane Sicard ( 4NH) Barton, VT 2. Colin Cornell ( 54VT) E. Burke, VT 3. Dwayne Lanphear ( 40VT) Morrisville, VT 4. Jaden Perry ( 92VT) Hardwick, VT 5. Stephen Clark ( 55NH) Littleton, NH 6. Kevin Boutin Jr. ( 25NH) Fairfax, VT 7. Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT) Waterbury Ctr., VT 8. Jody Sicard ( 49NH) Gilmanton, NH 9. Matthew Potter ( 23VT) Marshfield, VT 10. Brad Bushey ( 52VT) Vergennes, VT 11. Michael Potter ( 23NH) Plainfield, VT 12. John Donahue ( 26VT) Graniteville, VT DSQ Christian Laflamme ( 10NH) Whitefield, NH DSQ Nathaniel Parkin ( 88NH) Bradford, VT
STRICTLY STOCK MINIS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown 1. Adam Sicard ( 16) Barton, VT 2. Dustin Jackson ( 37) Bethlehem, NH 3. Jason Fallman ( 21) 4. Rusty Drew III ( 4) Franklin, NH 5. Brett Jackson ( 31) Bethlehem, NH 6. Colby Bourgeois ( 82) St. Johnsbury, VT 7. Scott Senercal ( 1) Lisbon, NH 8. John Knight ( 12) Franklin, NH 9. Les Washburn ( 11) 10. Ryan Ware ( 32) Littleton, NH 11. Darren Newland ( 25) 12. Nate Walton ( 88) Derby Line, VT 13. Laci Potter ( 55) 14. #Jillian Baumgardner ( 14) N. Woodstock, NH 15. John Shedd ( 43) 16. #Gavin McGinnis ( 10) St. Johnsbury, VT 17. #Andrew Kachmarik ( 94) Maidstone, VT 18. #Jack Hayes ( 09) Littleton, NH 19. Jonathan Baker ( 22) 20. Richard Stockwell ( 77) Canaan, NH 21. Keith Lord ( 17) Berlin, NH 22. Craig Hurley ( 02) Greenville, NH 23. Dave Driscoll ( 19) N. Woodstock, NH 24. #Andrew Kachmarik ( 94) Maidstone, VT 25. #Gavin McGinnis ( 10) St. Johnsbury, VT 26. Joe Giddings ( 41) Waterford, VT 27. #Tyler Thompson ( 51) Littleton, NH 28. Santana Merritt ( 07) Haverhill, NH
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown 1. Norman Forest ( 01) Dunbarton, NH 2. Dave Gyger ( 93) Campton, NH 3. Ethan Tyrrell ( 23) Worcester, VT 4. Jason Wyman ( 88) Easton, NH 5. Chad Dufour ( 52) Littleton, NH 6. Cody Wyman ( 00) 7. Eric Boucher ( 4) Berwick, ME 8. Bobby Brown ( 27) Lincoln, NH 9. Andy Hill ( 8) Waterford, VT 10. Jeff Ainsworth ( 41) Bethlehem, NH 11. Alfred O’Haire ( 09) 12. Tommy Smithers ( 60) Gilmanton, NH