Woodstock, NH — Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet continued his torrid start to the 2020 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season by dominating down the stretch for the win in the Foley Oil & Propane 150 at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Friday, July 3. Sweet got the break over multi-time PASS champion Ben Rowe on a lap-66 restart and was never headed from there on the way to his third win of the year in front of the largest White Mountain crowd of the season.
Sweet started 11th in and steadily worked his way through the field early on. Farmington, ME’s Johnny Clark led the first 27 laps from the pole, but during the first caution for an Austin Teras spin, Clark suddenly headed down pit road. While he returned to the track in time for the restart, Clark would retire from the event during the next caution four laps later with apparent mechanical problems.
The exchange left Ben Rowe as the leader with Sweet and Cassius Clark swapping the second spot multiple times following the lap-31 restart. When the third caution came out on lap 66 after Scott McDaniel slowed with a flat tire, Sweet was in the second spot, putting him alongside Rowe on the restart. Sweet took advantage of the superior outside groove and powered past Rowe for the lead.
From there, it was all Sweet at the front. Although the race would see two more cautions — one when Rowe blew a right front tire on lap 94, and another when Jeremy Davis’s engine expired on lap 120 just after he’d taken the third spot — neither slowed Sweet down as he soared to the holiday win. The triumph also rated Sweet to make some big gains in the season-long point standings as D.J. Shaw, the point leader entering the event, retired before the halfway point due to mechanical issues.
Gabe Brown ran a steady race to finish second while McDaniel recovered from his flat tire to place third. Veteran Kelly Moore, in a car borrowed from his son Ryan, held off Travis Benjamin for fourth. Teras, Evan Hallstrom, Rowe, Alan Tardiff, and Ben Ashline rounded out the top-10.
Gilman, VT’s Jeff Marshall took advantage of a rare miscue by eight-time White Mountain Champion Quinny Welch to steal the victory in the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model 100. Welch had passed polesitter Marshall just after the halfway point and seemingly had the race in hand as the laps started to wind down.
However, on lap 78, Jon Savage went for a solo spin entering turn 2. Savage was able to pull down to the infield and stay rolling as the lead pack approached. Welch slowed anticipating a caution, but the yellow never came, and Marshall along with several others sailed around Welch before he got back up to speed.
From there, Marshall, American-Canadian Tour invader Alby Ovitt, and Joel Hodgdon broke away from the field. Ovitt looked to Marshall’s inside several times over the final laps, but Marshall used the superior grip in the high line to hang on for the win.
Ovitt and Hodgdon completed the podium in second and third. Veteran Oren Remick held off Welch for fourth. Rookie Andy Hill, Stacy Cahoon, Matthew Morrill, Mike Bailey, and Matt Anderson came in sixth through 10th.
Easton, NH’s Jason Wyman was the winner of a thrilling finish to the 25-lap 7-Eleven Dwarf Car feature. Wyman and “Downtown” Bobby Brown, who started seventh and eighth on the grid, sliced through the field together and ran down early leader Dave Gyger just before the halfway point of the caution-free race.
After both dispatched of Gyger, Brown stayed perched on Wyman’s bumper waiting for an opening. As the laps wound down, St. Johnsbury, VT’s Colby Bourgeois broke through the pack and ran both down, swinging to the outside of Brown with two laps to go. As they entered turn one on the final lap, Brown made a bid to the inside of Wyman, but lost control and spun out with Chad Dufour and Derrick Marsan getting caught up in the aftermath. Wyman beat Bourgeois in the dash to the yellow and checkered flags for the victory.
Tommy Smithers benefited from Brown’s misfortune to take the final podium spot in third. Jeff Ainsworth and Paul Marsan completed the top-five.
“Lucky” Luke Shannon of Groveton, NH used some of that luck to snare his second win of the season in the 15-lap Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Truck feature. Shannon was running third behind a battle between Mathew Knowlton and Owen Rogers on lap five when Knowlton lost it in turn four. Knowlton clipped Rogers and went for a spin to bring out the caution while Rogers made a miraculous save to assume the lead.
Shannon was able to avoid the spin as well, and on the restart, he soared past Rogers and went untouched to the victory. Thomas Smithers VI also got past Rogers late for second while Rogers ended up third.
The White Mountain Motorsports Park holiday doubleheader concludes Saturday, July 4 at 6:00pm with the Independence Day 200 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The Wells River Chevrolet Flying Tigers and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s join them along with a fireworks display to cap the night.
Admission is $30 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Race day tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit www.whitemountainmotorsports.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at @WhiteMtnMotorsports.
WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK
FOLEY OIL & PROPANE NIGHT
JULY 3, 2020
PRO ALL STARS SERIES SUPER LATE MODELS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps
1. Nick Sweet ( 40 ) Barre, VT, 150 Laps
- Gabe Brown ( 47B ) Center Conway, NH, 150 Laps
- Scott McDaniel ( 14 ) Livermore, ME, 150 Laps
- Kelly Moore ( 74 ) Scarborough, ME, 150 Laps
- Travis Benjamin ( 7 ) Belfast, ME, 150 Laps
- Austin Teras ( 29T ) Gray, ME, 150 Laps
- Evan Hallstrom ( 1VT ) Northfield, VT, 150 Laps
- Ben Rowe ( 4 ) Turner, ME, 150 Laps
- Alan Tardiff ( 9 ) Lyman, ME, 147 Laps
- Ben Ashline ( 99 ) Pittson, ME, 131 Laps
- Jeremy Davis ( 09 ) Tamworth, NH, 120 Laps
- Cassius Clark ( 39 ) Farmington, ME, 78 Laps
- Kate Re ( 10 ) Lovell, ME, 68 Laps
- D.J. Shaw ( 60 ), Center Conway, NH, 66 Laps
- Trevor Sanborn ( 29S ) E. Parsonfield, ME, 52 Laps
- Johnny Clark ( 54 ) Farmington, ME, 31 Laps
FOLEY OIL & PROPANE LATE MODEL 100
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Jeff Marshall ( 32NH ) Gilman, VT
- Alby Ovitt ( 35NH ) Candia, NH
- Joel Hodgdon ( 36VT ) Craftsbury, VT
- Oren Remick ( 21NH ) Monroe, NH
- Quinten Welch ( 78NH ) Groveton, NH
- #Anthony Hill ( 8VT ) Waterford, VT
- Stacy Cahoon ( 83VT ) St. Johnsbury, VT
- Matthew Morrill ( 9NH ) Moultonborough, NH
- Michael Bailey ( 1ME ) South Barre, VT
- Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) Andover, NH
- Jon Savage ( 18NH ) Whitefield, NH
- David LaBrecque ( 57NH ) Thornton, NH
- John Donahue ( 26VT ) Graniteville, VT
- #Shane Hawthorne ( 5NH ) Franklin, NH
- Allie Menard ( 06NH ) Dorchester, NH
- Mike Benevides ( 50RI ) Westerly, RI
- Christian Laflamme ( 10ME ) Whitefield, NH
- Jason Ryan ( 82NH ) Salem, NH
- Scott Coburn ( 72VT ) Barre, VT
- Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) Graniteville, VT
- Mike Kenison ( 3NH ) Lancaster, NH
7-ELEVEN DWARF CARS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Jason Wyman ( 88 ) Easton, NH
- Colby Bourgeois ( 82 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
- Tommy Smithers ( 60 ) Gilmanton, NH
- Jeff Ainsworth ( 41 ) Bethlehem, NH
- Paul Marsan ( 45 ) Methuen, MA
- Dave Gyger ( 93 ) Campton, NH
- Tom Harwood ( 29 ) Derry, NH
- Bobby Brown ( 27 ) Lincoln, NH
- Chad Dufour ( 52 ) Littleton, NH
- Derrick Marsan ( 40 ) Methuen, MA
- Kevin Wyman ( 02 ) Bath, NH
- Mark Evans ( 4 )
DADS 4 BY TOOL & SUPPLY KIDS TRUCKS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Luke Shannon ( 13 ) Groveton, NH
- Thomas Smithers, VI ( 24 ) Gilmanton, NH
- Damion Sicard ( 23 ) Barton, VT
- Logan Farnsworth ( 22 ) St. Johnsbury, VT
- Kamden Potter ( 55 )
- Matthew Knowlton ( 8 ) Northfield, VT
- Owen Rogers ( 4 ) Glover, VT
-Pro All Stars Series Press Release and Photo