The year 2018 marked a major triumph in the history of White Mountain Motorsports Park, as the fast northern New Hampshire quarter-mile celebrated its 25th anniversary since opening its gates back in 1993. Now, Late Model teams from all across the Northeast are coming together as WMMP finishes this special year with lots and lots of high-dollar racing.
The two-day show begins with the Super Late Models of the Pro All Stars Series going 150 laps under the lights this Saturday night, as they continue their march towards deciding the championship for the 2018 North title.
All this leading into the longest and richest show of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, with the first ever NAPA Blue & Gold 250 for Late Model drivers. This open show for any team with an ACT-type Late Model boasts a massive purse, with $10,000 going to the winner after 250 laps, as well as a guaranteed $1,000 to those who start the race.
With so much money on the table, plus the opportunity to take home the first trophy awarded from this daunting race, notable Late Model stars have already tossed their names into the mix for this weekend.
Among them is former Milk Bowl and Oxford 250 winner Eddie MacDonald, plus 2017 American-Canadian Tour champion and current ACT points leader Scott Payea.
Payea enters the weekend hoping to complete a $20,000 double should he win Sunday and then in two weeks at Vermont’s Thunder Road in the Milk Bowl. There’s also some unfinished business for Payea in 2018 at WMMP after coming up just a little short in the ACT 150-lap event back in July.
“Absolutely (there’s unfinished business), I’ve won at White Mountain a few times and I feel like we had the better long run car last time out,” Payea told Speed51.com “This race hopefully plays into our hands, we run 150 laps there easily, and we just did 200 at Thunder Road. I like the longer races and hopefully we’re there at the end. We’re psyched. I love White Mountain and it should be a great race.”
Sunday is also tapping into the Super Late Model ranks of the Northeast as well, with a pair of pilots reembracing their Late Model roots on Sunday afternoon. Maine’s Dave Farrington, Jr. was one of the first drivers to add his name to the early entries; while former ACT champion and Milk Bowl winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. is one of the latest names to pop up on the latest round of entries.
It is the first time that Joey Pole will run an ACT-spec Late Model since 2017. He is also slated to run the Milk Bowl in two weeks.
“It’s been a while since I’ve driven one, figured why not right? I’m going to be in the car Mike Ziter has been running, which was my old Super Late Model, which I haven’t driven since 2015,” Pole explained. “After Ziter’s last race with us, the car was still together, we did a couple of things. Figure we’re going to the PASS race Saturday, might as well bring one more trailer.”
While tour drivers are bringing in plenty of firepower on their own, they will be entering a fray that has certain stars from each of the Twin States vying for supremacy.
The top of the WMMP home guard will be on hand with Quinny Welch among the top favorites after he just wrapped up his seventh track title. Welch’s closest competitor, Stacy Cahoon is locked and loaded along with fellow home favorites Stephen Donahue, Paul Newcomb, and Scott Corey.
Meanwhile, from Thunder Road, both Cody Blake and Tyler Cahoon ride east to battle in the White Mountains, with both drivers each tasting victory in one of “The Road’s” long-distance events during their careers.
Be sure to check back with Speed51.com Saturday and Sunday for weekend long coverage of NAPA Blue & Gold Weekend at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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