NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. – Made the trip over the mountain today and got here to White Mountain Motorsports Park in plenty of time for the start of ACT Late Model Tour practice.
The main event is the ACT 150 later tonight, the only stop of the season for the ACT teams at the scenic quarter-mile. Should be a good one, too. This is one of those facilities that's made for this Late Model package – not unlike Thunder Road and Lee USA Speedway.
It's a great little banked race track, and there are 45 teams entered tonight – including point leader and defending race champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt.
Some early notes for those of you basking in the rays before before heading to the track (which we know you will!...):
Looks like Brent Dragon had some issues in practice today with the brakes on the No. 55. Here's hoping he gets that fixed up – the car is an Avery Motorsports Chevrolet, the same Avery family that owns and operates the speedway. Dragon's been very happy with the way testing has gone in that car, and he finished third last time out at Oxford Plains Speedway.
It's amazing to watch the drop in elevation as the cars enter the turns here. It's a significant drop off the straightaways into the bottom of the turns – something you have to see to believe. For such a small track, it's hard to believe there's that much fall-off. But there is. Trust me.
Just one minor incident in the practice session, with a spinner off of Turn 2 that netted no damage to anybody. No harm, no foul.
Finally, it's true what they say about this place and the locale. Mountains surround the speedway, with impressive views of rock faces and impressive peaks.