In the world of sports, the word “cup” signifies importance. Whether it’s the Stanley Cup, the World Cup or the Governor’s Cup, athletes in their respective sports want to hoist the cup. That will be the case Saturday evening when a group of New England Late Model racers battle it out in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
This will be the first year that the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 will be held at the North Woodstock quarter-mile oval, following an 11-year run at Lee USA Speedway as an ACT Late Model race. The transition to a new track will give a new crop of drivers — including many of the White Mountain regulars — the opportunity to hoist one of the most coveted prizes in ACT-type Late Model racing.
At an increased distance of 150 laps around the high-banked, quarter-mile oval teams will be able to use Saturday’s race as “paid practice” for the upcoming $10,000-to-win Midsummer Classic 250 on August 3. The race will also serve as a points-counting race for the weekly Late Model racers at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
The overwhelming favorite entering the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup will be seven-time track champion and current Late Model points leader Quinny Welch, who is fresh off a victory one week ago in a regular 50-lap feature. Welch enters the race with four victories in 10 races this season.
Oren Remick, Jeff Marshall, and Scott Corey each have one victory this season and will be looking to score one of the biggest victories of their careers. Vermont racer Mike “Beetle” Bailey is expected to join the field with hopes of taking the “Cup” back to the Green Mountain State. Five-time track champion Stacy Cahoon will also be looking to park his No. 83 Late Model in Victory Lane and add a big win to his resume.
Although an official entry list is not available for the race, a handful of “outsiders” are expected to show up and challenge for the victory.
Previous winners of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 include: Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Brian Hoar, Eddie MacDonald, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Brad Leighton.
Saturday’s race will be streamed live to a worldwide audience on Speed51’s Summer Thunder TV presented by PFC Brakes. Monthly and yearly Speed51 Network subscribers will be able to watch the first ever live broadcast from White Mountain Motorsports Park on Speed51.com.
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For more information on the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup, visit www.whitemountainmotorsports.com.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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