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Johnny Clark Steals 5th Career White Mountain PASS Win on Father’s Day

(John Raper Photo)

N. Woodstock, NH — On a cool Sunday afternoon in the Pemigewasset Valley of New Hampshire, Thunder filled the foothills to the tune of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models. A special Father’s Day edition of racing at White Mountain Motorsports Park proved just the right medicine after a week of unseasonably constant rain in the Granite State. In the end, familiar faces made their way to victory lane, all of them having to fight to make it happen.

With eighteen cars on the premises coming from Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, the Open Street Stocks kicked off the Sunday matinee with the Father’s Day 75. Led to green by Buxton, Maine’s Ryan Phillips in his sharp looking Streeter, it was reigning Flying Tiger standout Brandon Gray who would take over at just five laps in. Leaving Phillips to fight door-to-door with Jason Woodard for second, Gray would begin lapping this unique cast of New England characters at lap 16. Just two cautions slowed the field, the first on lap 34 for the spinning Leslie Keyser in turn four and the second on the restart lap with a flat right-front tire stalling Travis Lovejoy.

On the final restart it would be Jason Woodard getting the jump on Gray from the outside groove and leading the way all the way down to the finish. Jason Woodard returned to White Mountain Motorsports Park victory lane with a $1,000 check waiting for him. Brandon Gray took his first finish outside of first place in 2023 with a runner-up finish followed by Tanner Woodard, who helped to celebrate Father’s Day in true racer’s fashion.

The popular Kennebec Equipment PASS Modifieds were next on the field, led to point by longtime supporters Spencer Morse and Ryan Ripley. Morse would get the early jump before Ripley took over as newcomers Ryan Hewins and Jacob Hethcoat would inherit the remainder of the top three. While Morse and Chandler Harrison took to a physical battle for fifth, point leader Brandon Varney marched into third with his sights set on Hewins and Ripley. The lone caution on lap 22 for the spinning Spencer Vaughn allowed the leaders too much space for Varney and relegated him to a third-place finish. Ryan Ripley would take down the PASS Modified win with Ryan Hewins coming home second.

The headlining PASS Super Late Models were led green by Garrett Hall and D.J. Shaw with Joey Doiron and Mike Rowe in tow from the second row. Hall would take the early lead as Rowe followed on the inside but Shaw battled back to take control on lap 5. Shaw’s reign at the top didn’t last long as Doiron took over on lap 7. After slipping back over multiple green-flag laps, Mike Rowe and Trevor Sanborn had contact at the start/finish line before Sanborn went low and pushed the Maine State Racing Legend up into the backstretch barriers. On two wheels, Rowe came back down to all four and slid sideways down the backstretch collecting Andy Shaw and Shawn Knight among others.

Joey Doiron went loose on the restart entry into turn one to give the edge to Shaw before Sanborn stopped in the infield grass to bring out the yellow on lap 38. Shaw edged out Doiron once again on the restart just as the yellow would fly once again as Jimmy Renfrew Jr. was stopped high in turn four. On the restart it was now the Shaw and Johnny Clark show as the two ran doorhandle-to-doorhandle under multiple laps over several restarts until Clark firmly took over on lap 65.

While battling got the best of Clark and Shaw, a damaged and determined Max Cookson started working his way to the front on the outside groove. The final caution on lap 110 for a spun Brian Whalley set up a final 40-lap sprint to the end. Clark beat and banged against Shaw in every corner as the two worked hard for position. Clark would eventually solidly keep the lead with Shaw falling back on the outside to allow Cookson, Evan Halstrom and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. to chase after Clark, but time ran out. Johnny Clark would take his ___ career White Mountain PASS win at with Max Cookson coming home second and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. rounding out the victory lane podium.

The Ammonoosuc Asphalt Mini Late Models rounded out the afternoon’s program with plenty of fireworks still to be had! While Desmond Skillings would take the early lead, he wasn’t out of the water with the likes of Dustin Jackson, Cody LeBlanc and defending champion Nick Anderson on his heels. The lone caution flag would fly on lap 9 for a stalled Josh Dunn whose car unexpectedly and ferociously caught fire until Speedway Safety Services quelled the blaze. Skillings and Cody LeBlanc dueled under the restart green flag until huge contact between the two on lap 22 in turn two saw Anderson jump up into the lead and take it all the way to the checkers. Nick Anderson would take his first win of the 2023 season followed by Desmond Skillings in second and longtime White Mountain supporter Dustin Jackson in third.

Thunder Returns to the Mountains on Saturday, June 24th with the annual Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini Special! The Strictly Minis go for a special 50-lap extra-distance showdown alongside the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, Fisher Auto Parts Flying Tigers and the Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kid’s Division.

For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit http://www.whitemountainmotorsports.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at @WhiteMtnMotorsports.

 

White Mountain Motorsports Park – N. Woodstock, NH

Sunday, June 18, 2023

PASS Father’s Day Sunday Special

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

 

Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models – (150 Laps)

1.         54        Johnny Clark               Hallowell, ME

2.         39        Max Cookson               Pittsfield, ME

3.         00NH   Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.     Candia, NH

4.         1VT      Evan Hallstrom           Northfield, VT

5.         44        Trevor Sanborn           E. Parsonsfield, ME

6.         94        Garrett Hall                 Scarborough, ME

7.         60        D.J. Shaw                     Center Conway, NH

8.         40RI     Mike Mitchell              Cumberland, RI

9.         73D      Joey Doiron                 Berwick, ME

10.       02        Brian Whalley             Laconia, NH

11.       38        Garrett Lamb              Windham, ME

12.       41        Logan Melcher            Fayette, ME

13.       90K      Derek Kneeland           Scarborough, ME

14.       11B      Matt Beers                  Farmingdale, ME

15.       47B      Gabe Brown                Center Conway, NH

16.       25        Shawn Knight              S. Paris, ME

17.       07        Nick Calvert                Steep Falls, ME

18.       09        Jeremy Davis               Tamworth, NH

19.       12        Dennis Spencer, Jr.     Oxford, ME

20.       24        Mike Rowe                  Turner, ME

21.       50        Andy Shaw                  Center Conway, NH

DNS     90W     Craig Weinstein          E. Walpole, MA

 

PASS Modifieds – (50 Laps)

1.         09        Ryan Ripley                 Thomaston, ME

2.         70        Ryan Hewins               Oxford, ME

3.         1          Brandon Varney          Canton, ME

4.         1x        Kevin Varney               Mechanic Falls, ME

5.         34        Spencer Morse            Naples, ME

6.         85        Chandler Harrison       Freeport, ME

7.         28        Kevin Oliver

8.         21        Zach Nicholson            Ctr. Ossipee, NH

9.         6          Drew Morse                Auburn, ME

10.       7          Spencer Vaughn          Canton, ME

11.       13        Evan Roy                     Turner, ME

12.       9          Alex Ricker                  Tamworth, NH

13.       33        Billy Dixon                   N. Waterboro, ME

 

Father’s Day Street Stock Open – (75 Laps)

1.         68NH   Jason Woodard           Waterbury Ctr., VT

2.         00VT    Brandon Gray              E. Thetford, VT

3.         68VT    Tanner Woodard         Waterbury Ctr., VT

4.         44VT    Justin Prescott             Milton, VT

5.         89        Ryan Phillips                Buxton, ME

6.         22        Austin Erickson           Ashland, NH

7.         47        Brian Caswell              Buxton, ME

8.         46        Aaron Maynard           Lyndonville, VT

9.         2          Travis Lovejoy             Waterboro, ME

10.       27        Leslie Keyser               Ossipee, NH

11.       30CT    Charles Beal                Ledyard, CT

12.       83        Shawn Gilpatrick         W. Newfield, ME

13.       30        Jaysin Beal                  Ledyard, CT

14.       1          Billy Childs Jr.              Leeds, ME

15.       5VN     Scott Vien                    Ashland, NH

16.       60        Dustin Towle               Corinth, VT

DNS     39        Moose Douton            Waterford, CT

DNS     11C      Cam Childs                  Wales, ME

 

Ammonoosuc Asphalt Mini Late Models – (40 Laps)

1.         55        Nick Anderson             Oxford, MA

2.         90        Desmond Skillings       Antrim, NH

3.         37        Dustin Jackson             Bethlehem, NH

4.         7NH     Cody LeBlanc              Berlin, NH

5.         57        Pat Houle                    Vernon, VT

6.         76        Garrett LaBounty        Orleans, VT

7.         31        Brett Jackson               Bethlehem, NH

8.         66        Normand Raymond, Jr.           Sherbrooke, QC

9.         71        Kevin Boucher             Grafton, NH

10.       7MI      Matt LeBlanc              Berlin, NH

11.       5          Eric Banks, Jr.

12.       11NH   Josh Dunn                    Enfield, NH

DNS     18        Dick Lamotte               White River Jct., VT

 

Photo:  John Raper – PASS Super Late Model Victory Lane (L-R) Jimmy Renfrew Jr. (3rd), winner Johnny Clark, Max Cookson (2nd).

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