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Quiet Dominance:  Jeremy Davis Cruises to Victory in Seacoast 100

LEE, NH – Jeremy Davis took the lead on lap 18, and never looked back, on route to a dominant performance in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Lee USA Speedway (NH), in the Seacoast 100.

The Tamworth, NH driver started sixth on the grid, and took little time to work his way into the top three.  Davis shot to the outside of Derek Griffith on lap 17, and was the leader at the stripe.  Davis would hold off Griffith on four different restarts, before taking off on a 60-lap green flag run, putting a full lap between himself and all but the top six drivers.

“We had a great long-car, and it was pretty easy to drive,” stated Davis.  “I learned in the PASS (Pro All-Star Series) race to keep the right sides [tires] in it, and keep the momentum at the top, and it was dynamite up there.”

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Lee USA Speedway: A Closer Look at the Numbers

LEE, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Lee USA Speedway, on July 24, for the Seacoast 100. The Seacoast 100 will be the seventh event of the 12-race season, and will be the second time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since the series’ inception. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Lee USA Speedway.

LEE USA SPEEDWAY NOTES:

– Bob Bonser first opened Lee Raceway in 1964. The track was a 1/3-mile dirt tri-oval, and had two different elevation changes, uphill and downhill.

– In 1965, Bonser paved the dirt track, in hopes of bringing the NESMRA (New England Super Modified Racing Association) to the facility. The NESMRA made their debut in 1965, making Lee Raceway their “home track”. That season also featured the only winter snow race in the history of the facility.

– Due to financial concerns, Lee Raceway was closed in 1979. It reopened in 1984, under a trio of owners (Kenny Smith, Russ Conway, and Charlie Elliott), who had owned Star Speedway, and Hudson International Speedway, as well. The trio renamed the oval “Lee USA Speedway”, running the first oval race on July 4, 1984.

– The first ever Oktoberfest, the track’s marquee event, was held in October of 1984, with Paul Richardson winning the first-ever Super Modified feature during the inaugural event. The event was one of the largest in New England short track racing history, with over 300 entrants, and well over 7,000 fans in attendance.

– Running special events only, the track was sold to the MacDonald family in December of 1986. The MacDonald era began in 1987, as weekly racing at Lee USA Speedway became a staple, and the track has hosted weekly action since.

– Lee has hosted some NASCAR drivers at the facility. A 19-year-old Jeff Gordon, who tested one of Red MacDonald’s Super Modifieds at the track, had an interesting visit to the track, crashing into the front stretch wall. Others were part of the “Budweiser Shootout”, which came to Lee USA Speedway in 1985 and 1986, featuring the stars of the top series in NASCAR at the time, including Terry Labonte, Buddy Baker, Tim Richmond, and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

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Jeremy Davis Declares Victory at Speedway 51

Tamworth, NH Driver Strong in Return to Granite State Pro Stock Series

GROVETON, NH – Jeremy Davis used the outside groove to pass Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and power his way to Victory Lane in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Speedway 51.

Helliwell, Jr. seemed to be the car to beat early, as the two-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) champion shot out to a commanding lead.  Jeremy Davis jumped to the second spot, and began to run Helliwell, Jr. down, before the first of ten cautions brought the field back together on lap 37.  Helliwell, Jr. would fend Davis off on the first restart, but Davis would hold his own on the outside groove after a restart on lap 67.  Barry Gray would slow in turn one and two bringing out the caution, just before Helliwell, Jr. and Davis would tangle, leaving Davis sideways in the infield.  With Gray being the caution car, Davis and Helliwell, Jr. would get their spots back, setting up another battle.

Derek Griffith and Brad Babb were fighting for the third spot, while Davis and Helliwell, Jr. continued their battle for the top spot.  Helliwell, Jr. began to fade, and brought his Bruce Bernhardt-owned Ford down pit road under caution, retiring for the night.  

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Speedway 51: A Closer Look at the Numbers

GROVETON, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Speedway 51, July 4, for the Twisted Tea Firecracker 151. The Twisted Tea Firecracker 151 will be the sixth event of the 12-race season, and will be the second time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Speedway 51.

SPEEDWAY 51 NOTES:
-Speedway 51 was built in 1964.
-Formerly known as “Riverside Speedway”. Nicknames for the track include “Grovetona”, and “Lil’ Darlington”.
-Formerly owned by Mike Beattie, who then sold the track to Curtis Robinson. In October of 2014, Joey Laquerre purchased the facility, and renamed it “Speedway 51”, in honor of his late-grandson, Joey M. Laquerre.

SPEEDWAY 51 RACE INFO:
TWISTED TEA FIRECRACKER 151: Race 6 of 12 on 2015 season
LENGTH: 1/4 mile oval
RACE LENGTH: 151 laps
WINNER’S TAKE: $2000

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Star Speedway:  A Closer Look at the Numbers

EPPING, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Star Speedway, June 27, for the Star 100. The Star 100 will be the fifth event of the 12-race season, and will be the sixth time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Star Speedway.

STAR SPEEDWAY NOTES:
-Star Speedway was built in 1966.
-Formerly known as “All-Star Speedway”.
-Known for the “Star Classic”, this track boasts divisions such as 350 Supermodifieds, Outlaws, Strictly Stocks, and Roadrunners. The speedway has seen such greats as Ollie Silva, “Big Daddy” Don McLaren, Eddie West, Jim Cheney, Bentley Warren, Chris Perley, Russ Wood, and Lou Cicconi take to the track. In the 1970’s, the facility used to host celebrity races, featuring Boston Bruins players.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Team Penalized

Rules Infraction at Hudson International Speedway

WALPOLE, NH – The No. 37ME team that competes in the Granite State Pro Stock Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection, June 14, at Hudson International Speedway. This infraction violates the following Section of the 2015 rule book:

12: Fuel

  1. The “Official Fuel” will be supplied on-site at all GSPSS events and must be used for practice, qualifying and the race exactly as supplied by NERF. You will be fully responsible for any and all fuel purchased in bulk passing a fuel tech inspection.
  2. Any blending and/or mixing of fuels, either of or not of the approved fuels, are not permitted.

INFRACTION: Improper fuel and additive found in test.

As a result of this violation, driver Larry Gelinas have been disqualified from his finishing position. An updated, and official, finish has been attached.

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Griffith Shines in Front of Hometown Crowd in Gate City Classic

HUDSON, NH – Derek Griffith continued his stunning season, as the 18-year-old driver picked up his second victory of his career in the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway.

Griffith led the field to green, with Matt Frahm matched to his outside. Mike Parks and Cory Casagrande made contact before the field completed one lap, with Parks spinning to the infield. One the restart, Griffith began to flex his muscles, jumping out to a quick lead, before series rookie Nick Boivin spun off turn 4, bringing out the second caution. The field would settle in for a long green flag run, until Casagrande and Jeremy Harclerode made contact on lap 41, erasing Griffith’s sizable lead. The final caution of the race occurred on lap 47, when George Helliwell and Mike O’Sullivan tangled off turn 2, subsequently ending O’Sullivan’s night.

On the restart, Griffith lost the lead to veteran Larry Gelinas, resulting in Gelinas leading lap 48. That would turn out to be the only lap the youngster would not lead, as Griffith retook the point on lap 49. Griffith would not be challenged again, as the pilot of the FEP/Tyngsboro Motors/M.O.M. Toyota nabbed the victory, to the cheer of the crowd.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Hudson International Speedway: A Closer Look at the Numbers

HUDSON, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Hudson International Speedway, June 14, for the Gate City Classic. The Gate City Classic will be the fourth event of the 12-race season, and will be the seventh time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012, running twice a season each year. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Hudson International Speedway.

HUDSON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY NOTES:
-Hudson International Speedway was built in 1947.
-Nicknamed “The Original Family Fun Track”.
-This unique track is designed for close, side-by-side racing, running Sunday nights throughout the summer, and features divisions such as Thunder Lights, Roadrunners, and Rookie Stocks.

HUDSON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY RACE INFO:
GATE CITY CLASSIC: Race 4 of 12 on 2015 season
LENGTH: 1/4 mile oval
BANKING: 12 degrees
RACE LENGTH: 100 laps

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Gate City Classic an Important Piece to the Championship Puzzle

HUDSON, NH – With the point battle beginning to take shape early, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to one of the most unique tracks on the circuit, Hudson International Speedway, for the Gate City Classic, June 14.

Young Gun Derek Griffith leads the standings entering the fourth of twelve events on the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) schedule.  Finishing in the top four in each race to begin the season, Griffith holds a slim two-point advantage over Barry Gray, and just eight points back to Larry Gelinas in third, entering the event.  Hudson International Speedway is Derek Griffith’s home-track, but has yet to pick up a victory at the ¼ mile facility with the series, whereas Gelinas visited Victory Lane in 2014.

The driver sitting in fourth place in the championship standings, Josh King, is enjoying the best start to his GSPSS career.  With three consecutive top 10 finishes, including two seventh-place finishes at Claremont Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, the Vernon, VT driver has set himself up for a successful season. 

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Dominance at the Dog: Gray Earns Memorial Day Victory

Belchertown, MA Native Now Tied for All-Time Series Wins

WINCHESTER, NH – Barry Gray continued his dominance at Monadnock Speedway, holding off charges from Matt Frahm, Mike O’Sullivan, and Larry Gelinas, to grab his fourth Granite State Pro Stock Series in the Memorial Day 100.

Gray took the lead at the drop of the green, after beating pole sitter Cory Robert to the line on lap 1.  Robert would be out of contention early, after an incident on lap 4 with Adam Norton, bringing out the first caution of the evening.  Matt Frahm and Tommy O’Sullivan would challenge Gray on three restarts, before settling in for a green flag run.

Nick Boivin brought out the fourth caution on lap 25, as his Ford of North Hampton automobile expired on the entrance of pit lane.  Gray would hold on to the lead on the last two restarts, until Gelinas and Frahm mounted a charge with 25 laps to go.  Gray’s racing line carried him high into turn one, where Gelinas would drop low, but could not make the car stick to draw alongside, as Gray would hold on for the victory.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Monadnock Speedway: A Closer Look at the Numbers

Winchester, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Monadnock Speedway, May 23, for the Memorial Day 100. The Memorial Day 100 will be the third event of the 12-race season, and will be the seventh time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2013, running twice a season each year. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Monadnock Speedway.

MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY NOTES:
-Monadnock Speedway opened on Aug. 13, 1971.
-Nicknamed “Mad Dog”.
-The historic track has seen such drivers as Jimmy Spencer, Beaver Dragon, Ken Bouchard, Mike Stefanik, Reggie Ruggiero, Stub Fadden, Dave Dion, and Robbie Crouch take victories at the Winchester, NH facility.

MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY DATA:
MEMORIAL DAY 100: Race 3 of 12 on 2015 season
LENGTH: .250 mile oval
BANKING: 18 degrees in Turns 1 & 2, 16 degrees in Turns 3 & 4
RACE LENGTH: 100 laps

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Returns to Monadnock Speedway

Gray Looks to Add Fourth Win at Winchester, NH Track

WINCHESTER, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Monadnock Speedway for the third event of the championship series, on May 23.

The Memorial Day 100 will be the seventh time the series has run at the Winchester, NH ¼ mile, and has seen three different winners (Barry Gray, Matt Frahm, Mike O’Sullivan).

One of the three drivers who have experienced Victory Lane at Monadnock Speedway, Barry Gray, has carried the checkered flag three times. On his success, Gray says “I guess I like the bullrings, and driving in traffic.”

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Derek Griffith Dominates Claremont 125

Gray and Parks round out podium

Claremont, NH – Derek Griffith picked up his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series victory in dominating fashion as Claremont Speedway opened up a new chapter.

Griffith, of Hudson, NH became a quick study in his first visit to the tricky quarter-mile oval. His first laps around the speedway were some of the fastest he would turn all night, and the quickest of the 13 cars that arrived. He also led second round practice as well.

Two rounds of qualifying saw Jeremy Davis pick up the first round over Tom O’Sullivan and Cory Robert. Larry Gelinas and Bryon Baker rounded out the top five.

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Claremont Speedway Preview

Claremont to Open Friday Night with Granite State Pro Stocks

Claremont (NH) Speedway will be back in action this season. Four people bought the former Twin State Speedway track during the offseason. New ownership did some remodeling to make it look more presentable for fans. The track’s 4 divisions will be returning: the ACT Late Models, Super Streets, Limited Sportsman, and Wildcats.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will open the season on Friday night with a 125 lap race. Thrillin’ Dillon Moltz won the season opening Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. It will be the first race for the series since 2011, when Chris Wilk claimed the inaugural event. Several touring series will be visiting including the Valenti Modified Racing Series July 10, and the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites on August 21. The track will have the Sunday Karting Series and Mud Bog Series. The track will host four combination car shows and concerts. The acts will be announced.

It is all about nostalgia for the new owners. Phil Hayes, one of the new owners, has been going to the speedway for 35 years. “It was always in the back of my mind ever since I was a kid that I would run a racetrack,” Hayes said.

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Back to Where it all Began: Granite State Pro Stock Series Returns to Claremont Speedway

Walpole, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the place where it all began; Claremont Speedway, April 24.

The series, now in the fourth year of existence, held the inaugural event at Claremont Speedway (formerly Twin State Speedway) in August of 2011, which saw Chris Wilk of Mendon, VT, fend off a late-race charge from Donnie Lashua to pick up the victory.

Former NH State Champion Barry Gray was a contender in the 2011 event, before a spin early in the race sent the Belchertown, MA resident to the rear. Gray battled his way through the field, and challenged Wilk for the lead on lap 64. The two made contact, sending Wilk sliding, and leaving Gray with right-front suspension damage, forcing him to retire from the race.

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Lee USA Speedway Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the postponed Governor’s Cup 150 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model race on Sunday. It will also be the opening event for the North East Mini Stock Tour and Northeast Classic Lites. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. won the season opener at Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway Sunday.

“We start off with the ACT Tour, do the Bullring Bash,” Promoter Joe Bassett said. “Go into our season opener with no specials that night and then the very next week we start off with the (Mr. Rooter) New England Truck Series and then every single week up until our championship night. We have a special every week.”

With all the touring divisions coming into town, they wanted to make it an event every week. Every week the fan would come into Lee and see something new.

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Monadnock Speedway Season Preview

VMRS Season Opener May 2

Winchester, NH — Nine divisions will participate in the Monadnock Speedway season opener on May 2. The 100 lap Valenti Modified Racing Series race is the first time since 2006 that the quarter-mile oval opened their season. Rowan Pennink is the defending race winner. Kirk Alexander, the all-time winningest VMRS driver and a fan favorite, will return full-time to the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

The Valenti Modifieds will visit Monadnock two more times. The series will be back on July 4 for Fireworks night featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and a huge fireworks display. The final appearance is Saturday August 22 for the Victor Johnson Memorial presented by Swanzey Oil.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make their annual appearance on Saturday July 25. Justin Bonsignore led the final 26 laps of last year’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 to score back to back wins. The tour returned since July 2010. The program will begin at 4:00 PM.

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Moltz Sweeps Icebreaker Weekend

Griffith, Gelinas Complete Podium

THOMPSON, CT – Continuing his success at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, “Thrillin” Dillon Moltz completed the weekend sweep of the Icebreaker with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

The Waterford, CT native inherited the top spot after Todd Stone and Brad Babb made contact on the front stretch battling for the lead, leaving Babb with a damaged automobile, and sending Stone careening into turns one and two, ending his day.

Stone had led from the drop of the green flag, and seemed to be on cruise control early in the race. A lap 5 caution for Mike Parks brought the field together, only to see Stone fend off Mike O’Sullivan and build a small gap between the first and second spots. Babb worked his way from the fifth starting position to challenge Stone, before Daryl Stampfl spun off turn four, bringing the second caution of the day. Babb and Stone jockeyed for position after the restart, before the incident took both Babb and Stone out of contention for the win. Moltz capitalized, and never looked back, as the pilot of the Brackett Mechanical/ RB Performance Chevrolet picked up his second win in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

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Coby Starts Title Defense with Icebreaker Win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Preece Wins Sunoco Modified Feature Using Late Race Pass

Thompson, CT — A full house of fans was on hand to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for Icebreaker weekend, and the racing couldn’t have been better. Doug Coby swept the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action by winning the pole and backing it up with a dominating win in the Icebreaker 150. Celebrating victories in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were Ryan Preece in the Sunoco Modified Series, Marc Curtis in the Late Model division, Scott Sundeen in the Limited Sportsman, and Eric Bourgeois in the Mini Stocks. Other winners included Dillon Moltz in the Granite State Pro Stock Series and Scott Quinn in the Vintage Outlaws.

Returning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby earned another notch in his belt when he earned his 11thcareer victory – his second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and his first ever win in the Icebreaker.

Coby, who also set fast time in qualifying the day before, took the early lead and proved from the start he was going to be the man to beat. A few early race cautions stopped him from pulling out to a commanding lead, but after a lap 36 restart, that’s exactly what he did.

Not even a red flag could stop him. Once racing resumed, Coby was back out to a ten car length lead over Bobby Santos and Ted Christopher.

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GSPSS: Lanpher Set for Icebreaker at Thompson

Reid Lanpher wants to make his presence known on Icebreaker weekend at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. He feels he has something to prove to his crew, supporters, and fans. Lanpher loves the speed and change of scenery that the 5/8 mile oval provides.

Lanpher will also run part-time with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) at Beech Ridge, New Hampshire and Oxford Plains. There is a very good chance to run the Oxford 250. PASS will make their first appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 4-5. Lanpher is pumped to run at the Magic Mile.

“My dad has been going to the races there (NHMS) for a very long time and I think it will be very special for him to see me race there,” Lanpher said. “I know there is going to be some good competition, but I am super excited and hoping for a strong finish.”

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2015 Granite State Pro Stock Series Season Preview

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will open their season with the Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park on April 12. The series will head into its fourth full season.

The schedule will consist of 12 races. Claremont (NH) Speedway will host its first race since the inaugural event in 2011 on Friday night April 24. Hudson, Monadnock, and Star will host the series twice. Granite State will visit Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside) and White Mountain Motorsports Park once. For the second consecutive year, the series will support the ISMA Star Classic at Star Speedway on September 12.

The season finale will be the series debut at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl October 24th.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park: A Closer Look at the Numbers

Walpole, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, April 11-12, for the Ice Breaker. The Ice Breaker will be the first event of the 12-race season, and will be the fifth time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2013, including the World Series. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP), and the Ice Breaker.

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK NOTES:
The track first opened in 1940, after a hurricane known as “The Long Island Express” ripped through the land owned by John Hoenig in 1938, who chose to clear his land and build a race track. The 2015 season will be the 75th year in existence.
TSMP’s nickname is “Indianapolis of the East”.
Not only is the 5/8th mile oval in use, but there is a 1.7 mile road course, 1.5 mile road course configuration, 1/10th mile Midget oval, a 4.5 acre autocross area, and 18 hole golf course, all on the facility.

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Gelinas Ready for 2015 Title Run

Sets Sights on Season-Opening Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Walpole, NH-    For “Lightning” Larry Gelinas, racing is almost as important as breathing.

The 30-plus-year veteran gets behind the wheel any chance he can.  This year, he’ll be chasing the 2015 crown in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), as well as throwing his name in the hat in the Late Model division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Gelinas will also run select ACT events, and attempt to qualify for the Oxford 250.

“I love to race, that’s really all I’ve ever done,” comments Gelinas.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Contingency Program Welcomes New/Returning Partners for 2015 Season

Walpole, NH- The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) welcome new and returning partnerships with brands from all over United States, helping to build the Contingency Program to nearly $25,000 in cash and products throughout the season.

The program rewards drivers in multiple different fashions, including heat wins, feature finishes, leader at the halfway-point, random drawings, and a nice package for the Champion, Rookie of the Year, and Most Improved Driver in the 2015 season. 

Powertrain Technology is among the new brands to add their name to the Contingency Program. Powertrain Technology will give a $100 product certificate to the 4th place finisher in each feature event, as well as a 2 disc clutch, Chevy Late Model flywheel, and Hydro-MAX hydraulic release bearing to be given away in a random drawing at the season-ending awards banquet. Seymour Performance Products, VDL Fuel Systems, and Coil-Over Commander also join the ranks, adding generous products to the list for the 2015 season.

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Caruso to Race Late Model at Seekonk

Keith Caruso will be driving a Late Model on Saturday nights at Seekonk (MA) Speedway and a V6 Modified at Hudson (NH) Speedway this season. He will also be racing part-time in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

The Granite State schedule will include Hudson, Lee (NH) USA, Thompson (CT). Two potential races are Star in New Hampshire and the inaugural race and season finale at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl on October 24.

“It’s a definitely a possibility,” Caruso said. “I think Granite State is going to put on a good show there and I would like to be a part of it.”

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Babb Racing ACT for Laquerre

Pro Stock Events Also Scheduled

Brad Babb will make a return to the American Canadian Tour (ACT) full-time for Joey Laquerre. Laquerre bought an old ACT car from Glen Luce. The Windham, ME driver is planning to run some Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models and Granite State Pro Stock Series races. He kicked off the season at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway with three races. While he finished tenth in the initial ACT non-points race, he was eighth and fourth in the next two Governor’s Cup races.

Babb loved the high banked half-mile. “Very fun track, I’d go back in a heartbeat,” Babb said. “It’s got some bumps in places. but I found one of the keys to know the track was knowing how to avoid the bumps.”

ACT and PASS will have their first doubleheader on Saturday April 18 at Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway. Tom Curley from ACT and Tom Mayberry from PASS reached an agreement during the offseason. “Everyone has been asking this for a long time and it’s great not only as a competitor, but as a fan. I might do one or two doubleheaders, but even when I only run one race. It’ll be awesome to get a chance to watch another great race after.”

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Season Title Contenders File Entries

Lanpher Looks for Redemption at Icebreaker

Walpole, NH- Just weeks away from the start of the 2015 season, the title hunt is beginning to take shape for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

A mix of veteran and young drivers have made the commitment to become the fourth champion in series history. Former Oxford 250 winner (1996), “Lightning” Larry Gelinas has announced his intentions of being crowned champion. The Buxton, ME driver set a torrid pace in the first half of the 2014 season, including five (5) top-5 finishes in the first five races, including a win at Hudson International Speedway, but back-to-back finishes outside the top-15 put a damper on Gelinas’ bid on the championship, ending the season with a third-place overall finish in the standings.

Another driver throwing his name in the hat, Barry Gray is a legend at Monadnock Speedway, where he owns three (3) GSPSS wins at the Winchester, NH track. Gray also has racked up many wins at Claremont Speedway, which returns to the tour schedule since the first race of the series in 2011. After an up-and-down season, Gray finished out the year 6th in the point standings, including a win at Monadnock Speedway.

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Winter Returns to Pro Series at Beech Ridge

Dan Winter of Windham, NH will run in the Pro Series at Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway in a former Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Super Late Model. Vulc-Tech Tire and Auto Repair of Hudson, NH will sponsor his full-time effort. Winter felt that finding sponsorship has been extremely difficult. He has sent 70 proposals since August. Winter has sold 25 squares on the back of the car for $20 each.

Depending on how the season goes, Winter may enter a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model or  Granite State Pro Stock Series race.

With the growth of the Pro Series at Beech Ridge, the division has had some great competition. Winter is looking forward to racing with drivers like defending champion Dave Farrington, Jr., Dan McKeage, Kelly Moore, and John Peters. His goals for the season are to win Rookie of the Year and to get top 15 finishes, and maybe top five.

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Alexander Seeking First Wiscasset Pro Stock Win

Ellsworth Teenager to Enter Touring Series Events

Wyatt Alexander of Ellsworth, ME will begin his season at Wiscasset (ME) Speedway’s season opener on Saturday April 18.  Alexander’s goals are to compete for wins at Wiscasset and get a top ten and at least one top five in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) North Super Late Models or the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

“I think our best shot at something like that would be the PASS races at Speedway 95 (in Hermon, ME on June 14). It’s a track I am familiar with and there aren’t as many cars when we go there. But overall we are just learning to learn as much as possible and get some good experience moving forward.”

The No. 96 K&B Automotive team will enter additional races depending on how the season at Wiscasset is going. If Alexander feels ready and is comfortable, he will then run other races.  Granite State Pro Stock Series for Alexander may include Lee, Hudson, Star twice, and White Mountain. Alexander is looking at PASS races at Oxford, Spud Qualifier, the Oxford 250, and NHMS as well.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series to Make Debut at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Event to Decide Championship for 2015 Season

Walpole, NH- In a joint announcement, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will conclude their 2015 season at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS) on October 24.

The newly-formed management team at NLWS, including General Manager Shawn Monahan and Racing Director Scott Tapley, with GSPSS President Mike Parks made the agreement to make NLWS the twelfth stop in the fourth full-season for the young touring series. The Waterford, CT raceway joins Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Claremont Speedway, Star Speedway, Hudson International Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Speedway 51, Monadnock Speedway, and White Mountain Motorsports Park on the schedule.

New London-Waterford Speedbowl was acquired by businessman Bruce Bemer this off-season, after Bemer submitted the winning bid in a foreclosure auction on October 18, 2014. The deal became final February 5.

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