Waterbury, VT — Some of the biggest names in Northeast Late Model racing are adding their names to the entry list for the Midsummer 250 at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) on Saturday, August 3. Racers from throughout New England and Canada will join the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) regulars in hopes of bringing home the $10,000 winner’s prize.
With big money on the line, it’s no surprise that star Late Model racers from around the region are preparing to take their shot. Early entries such as St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle and Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk will be joined by ACT championship contenders, top weekly warriors, and solid part-timers seeking their chance at glory.
“This race is a big deal,” Polewarczyk said. “$10,000 to win is a big payday. It can help a team get through the rest of the year. It’s a race that I would absolutely love to add my name to. From the looks of it, this is going to turn into an annual event, so we’d love to get our name on the trophy early rather than late. If we can add our name to the list, it would just solidify us a little bit more!”
Several track champions from around the region have signed up for the biggest ACT event of the summer. Seven-time WMMP Late Model Champion and current point leader Quinny Welch of Groveton, NH was one of the first Midsummer 250 entries. He’s since been joined on the entry list by defending Thunder Road Late Model Champion and current point leader Scott Dragon of Milton, VT. Dragon is also a multi-time ACT Late Model Tour winner and two-time winner of the Vermont Governor’s Cup, showcasing his skill in long-distance events.
Former Speedway 51 Champion Corey Mason of Groveton, NH has also entered the Midsummer 250. Mason was a top-five points finisher with ACT in 2018 and leads the 2019 Speedway 51 standings. He has multiple top-five finishes at WMMP, making him an instant contender.
Another racer sure to be a factor is Newmarket, NH’s Bryan Kruczek. The veteran won the ACT season opener at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway and has two more top-five finishes since then in a part-time schedule. Kruczek and his Bobby Webber Jr. Racing team have been one of the revelations of the season, and a 250-lap event will be a real test for the pairing.
A number of other weekly competitors are joining Welch, Dragon, and Mason. Lyndonville, VT’s Scott Corey has been a strong runner at WMMP this season and recently picked up a break-through victory. Barre, VT’s Cody Blake, meanwhile, is in the thick of the championship chase at Thunder Road. Blake will pilot Mike Foster’s #7VT Late Model at the track where he finished fourth in last year’s ACT event.
Danville, VT’s Tyler Cahoon has a Memorial Day Classic win at Thunder Road and currently sits in the track’s overall top-10. His father Stacy is a four-time WMMP Champion, giving Tyler an extra base of knowledge. Southern New England will be represented by Warwick, RI’s Mark Jenison, who ranks second in the Late Model standings at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway.
Two former ACT regulars who remain familiar to many local fans have also filed their entries. N. Haverhill, NH’s Ryan Olsen is a former top-10 ACT points finisher and a multi-time WMMP winner. While he has cut back his schedule in recent years, Olsen finished fifth in his only WMMP appearance this season. Franklin, NH’s Matt Anderson has been a full-timer with both ACT and WMMP at different points of his career and hopes that experience will pay dividends.
“It’s pretty cool to have such a diverse field,” Polewarczyk said. “We’ve been around the Late Model racing scene for over 10 years now. We’ve been pretty fortunate to meet not only all the Tour regulars and the guys like Patrick Laperle, but also people like Quinny Welch, the White Mountain regulars, and the Thunder Road guys. It’s great to race with them, and they’re all going to come together for this big race.
“Everyone’s going to be competitive,” Polewarczyk added. “I don’t feel like anyone has a clear advantage. It’s home for the White Mountain guys, and they’re going to try to defend it, and they’ll be quick. But being 250 laps, it kind of plays into the Tour guys a little bit more, because the longer-distance race are what we’re more accustomed to. It’ll be interesting for sure.”
These racers and many more will join the stars of the ACT Late Model Tour for a no-holds-barred affair. Plainfield, NH’s Rich Dubeau is looking to take another step towards his first ACT championship. But Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert and Colchester, VT’s Scott Payea have won the last two ACT events at WMMP, meaning either or both could make a big gain.
Bridgewater, MA’s Ryan Kuhn is trying to put an exclamation point on an impressive rookie season while Milton, VT’s Dylan Payea is on the verge of making the leap. Quebecers Jonathan Bouvrette, Mathieu Kingsbury, and Claude “The Ironman” Leclerc are expected to join Laperle in trying to bring the trophy back to la belle province. Meanwhile, youngsters Christopher Pelkey, Trent Goodrow, Reilly Lanphear, and Peyton Lanphear have all been making progress throughout the year.
Qualifying for the Midsummer 250 begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, August 3. The $10,000-to-win ACT Late Model Tour event at White Mountain Motorsports Park is part of a full card that also includes the track’s Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s, and 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars. The pits open at 11:00am and the front gates open at 2:00pm. Admission is $25 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and $50 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).
-American Canadian Tour Press Release
-Photo credit: Alan Ward