Laflamme Wins, Cahoon Is Champion

Christian Laflamme emerges from his car after winning the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model feature on Championship Night. (Mark Alan Sumner photo)

N. WOODSTOCK, N.H. — Stacy Cahoon showed he’s truly the ageless wonder of White Mountain Motorsports Park by capturing the “King of the Mountain” title at WMMP Championship Night on Saturday.

The 62-year-old Cahoon sewed up his sixth Foley Oil & Propane Late Model crown with a fourth-place finish as youngster Christian Laflamme edged Mike “Beetle” Bailey for the victory.

Cahoon entered the 50-lap season finale with a three-point edge over Groveton’s Quinny Welch, who had won the previous five titles. The veteran started ninth and slowly picked his way through the field while Welch struggled to find the handle on his machine.

At the front, the event was a barnburner. Laflamme grabbed the top spot at the initial green flag from polesitter Jon Savage. Bailey quickly got the second spot and went to Laflamme’s inside. But while Bailey appeared to have the faster car, Laflamme held strong on the preferred high side.

The duo went back and forth through a pair of mid-race cautions, unofficially swapping the lead six times at the start-finish line. Behind them, the lead pack reached as many as 10 cars, with Joel Hodgdon, Alby Ovitt, Jeff Marshall, and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. just some of the drivers taking their shots.

All the while, Cahoon methodically moved forward, knowing the title was his if he stayed in front of Welch. Cahoon was up to third when the final caution flew with four laps to go after Renfrew and Joey Laquerre spun in separate incidents. Bailey made one last charge at Laflamme, but Laflamme edged him at the checkered flag by 0.035 seconds for the victory.

Behind them, Marshall got by Cahoon in the final sprint for third. However, Cahoon’s fourth-place finish gave him the title by 13 points over Welch, who could do no better than ninth at the end. It is Cahoon’s sixth “King of the Mountain” but first since 2014. Andy Hill, Ovitt, Hodgdon, Matthew Morrill, and Renfrew also earned top-10 finishes.

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