Traveling Man Welch Wins at White Mountain
ACT Driver Invades Home Track to Win Opening Day LM Feature
By Mike Twist
Late Model racer Quinney Welch has had a busy season so far. He's been running a full slate of ACT Late Model events and last Saturday night, he also showed up to White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) with his #78 and won the season-opening race there.
Welch was one of several touring drivers who entered the 50-lap feature. Joining him on the 22-car starting grid were PASS North standout D.J. Shaw, ACT Rookie Ben Lynch and former ACT regular Dan Colby.
Lynch started on the pole for the feature with a car that looked all but destroyed less than one week before after a heat race wreck in the ACT event at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). Lynch didn't hold the lead for long though as the power steering on his #7NH failed early. He got loose battling for the lead and without the power assist, spun his car through the turn one infield and out of contention.
Meanwhile, Welch the early lead and held it through a number of cautions during the event - the most notable one coming after a wild wreck by Cody Bodwell. [Click Here For More on That Wreck]
When the dust settled and 50 green flag laps had clicked off, it was Welch who crossed the finish line first.
“We've had a pretty good year this year,” said Welch. “We've been racing all over the place, but it's good to be home and get a win.”
Russ Clark finished second and Glenn Martell placed third.
So what did Welch do on the day after his WMMP victory? He raced of course. Using the same car, he headed to the ACT Late Model race at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) and posted a finish of 14th.
And it should come as no surprise that Welch is planning to return to White Mountain for week two of racing this Saturday night. He also sits ninth in the current ACT Late Model point standings.
Ben Lynch put the #7NH out front early on.
Welch in victory lane at WMMP. (Jamie Williams Photo)