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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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Griffith, Parks Look for Wins in 2015

Improvement in Sight Following 2014 Season

Derek Griffith Walpole, NH — The 2015 season is fast approaching, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) begins their fourth full season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10-12, and two drivers are itching to capture the first wins of their GSPSS careers.

Hudson, New Hampshire young gun Derek Griffith had a respectable season, finishing fourth on the season, with six (6) top-five and ten (10) top-ten finishes in eleven (11) races, but the elusive “W” has evaded the LCM Racing Engines team.  Griffith is trying to change that in 2015.

Griffith states “The 2014 season was definitely an improvement, but not even close to the full potential of the LCM crew.  Our goals this season are wins, and, possibly, a championship.  We will try to keep our consistency.”

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Drivers Looking Ahead to New Season

O’Sullivan, Casagrande Looking to Rebound in 2015

TommyOSullivanMonadnockChipCormie2014Walpole, NH — With the 2015 schedule fast approaching; the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) kicking off the 11-race series on April 10-12, drivers are preparing their rides in hopes of a strong season with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

Tommy “The Shadow” O’Sullivan’s 2014 season did not meet his standards, even though the Wilbraham, MA driver finished in the Top 10 in points (7th) and recorded six (6) Top 10 finishes.  “We made changes that didn’t work out last year, and ended up struggling the whole year, with both cars actually,” O’Sullivan said, speaking of his brother’s car, 2013 champ Mike O’Sullivan.  “This year we are going back to what we know to get back on track.”

With Claremont back on the schedule in 2015, O’Sullivan has that race circled on his list.  “I’ve never been to Claremont, so that will be interesting, but I’m also looking forward to Lee, for sure.  We went backwards, performance-wise, at Monadnock, so we are hoping to turn that around from last year.”

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Cory Casagrande Focused on LM Crown

New Ride for Part-Time Granite State Effort

Former Limited Late Model champion Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT will return to Late Model racing at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway with hopes of another championship. Shark Cycle  and the crew will continue to support both Casagrande Motorsport teams.  His brother Kyle Casagrande won the SPAFCO Rookie of the Year in the team’s No. 7 car.

Despite missing a race, Casagrande finished seventh last year with 6 top fives and 12 top tens in 16 starts.

Casagrande will have a new look in the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Casagrande said his goal was to “be competitive with the Pro Stock,” Casagrande’s first race is the Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. He will race “just a few shows here and there when I can afford it” with an undisclosed team. He made two starts last season for Jeff Connors at Hudson and Monadnock, where he finished 12th.

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Peters Ready for Sophomore Season

John Peters will begin his second season in the Pro Series division at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME.

Last season, Peters got to race against his three favorite drivers David Oliver, Dan McKeage, and Bill Rodgers. “I’ve been fortunate enough in my one season in the Pro Series to have had close-quarters racing with those particular guys, which has already been pretty neat,” Peters said.

Peters would tell you that his rookie year certainly came with its share of tribulations. “We came out of the box pretty solid and were competitive on opening night, especially before we got caught up in a wreck, which happened quite a bit with six DNFs. Fortunately the accidents that took us out of races weren’t of our doing, just products of jam packed short track racing.”

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Entries Arriving for 2015 Season

2013 Series Champ, O’Sullivan, Among First Registered

Mike O'SullivanWalpole, NH — With the Winter Meeting, fast approaching, February 7 at the Racer’s Expo in Marlboro, Massachusetts, entries are beginning to file in for the 2015 season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

After running part-time last year following the birth of his third child, 2013 Champion Mike O’Sullivan is one of the first to register for the new season.

“I’m really disappointed about how we ran and competed last season,” the Springfield, Massachusetts, driver commented. “I’m looking forward to righting the ship.”

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Granite State Pro Stock Series to Hold Meeting at Racer’s Expo

Walpole, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series will hold a general informational meeting, in conjunction with the Racer’s Expo, at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlboro, MA, on Saturday, February 7.

The meeting will take place in the Marlboro Room at 1PM. President Mike Parks, and staff, will cover the upcoming 2015 season, as well as contingency programs and race procedures. There will be registration forms available. All are encouraged to attend.

The Racer’s Expo is the only hardcore racing trade show in the Northeast, and features racing representatives from all disciplines, including circle track, drag racing, road course, and karting. For more information on the Racer’s Expo, visit www.theracersexpo.com.
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Moltz, Granite State Pro Stock Series Celebrate 2014 Season

Manchester, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) held the 2014 Championship Awards Banquet on Saturday night, January 10, at the Best Western Executive Court in Manchester, NH, where drivers received nearly $17,000 in contingency prizes and point fund moneys.

“Thrillin’” Dillon Moltz was the star of the night, as he celebrated his championship season in style, collecting his Championship trophy and point fund, as well as the Rookie of the Year for the 2014 season.  Moltz secured his first GSPSS championship by finishing 6th at the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  The Waterford, Connecticut, driver picked up a win at Star Speedway in the NH Classic, to go along with his 8-top five and 10-top ten finishes out of eleven races. 

Owner of the RB Performance/ Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet, Mark Brackett, received recognition for his Owner’s Championship, as well.  The Jay, Maine, native gave praise to his young driver, stating the drive and determination of Moltz led to such quick success.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Releases 2015 Schedule

Walpole, NH — With the New Year just a few weeks away, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has been hard at work in preparing for the 2015 season. The result is an eleven-race, diverse schedule, with a return to two different speedways, formerly on the young touring series schedule.

The beginning of the 2015 will be under familiar settings, with a return to the Icebreaker at the historic Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) in Thompson, CT. TSMP will be celebrating their seventy-fifth year in existence, and will run the Icebreaker on April 10-12. This will be the third time in four years TSMP has been the opening act for the GSPSS.

The GSPSS will return to Claremont Speedway (formerly Twin State Speedway) on Saturday, April 25. Claremont Speedway was purchased by a group of four individuals, who made the official announcement last week. The GSPSS held their inaugural race in 2011 at the 1/3 mile track, won by Chris Wilk.

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Star Provides 2015 Updates

Star Speedway has posted a number of updates on Facebook pertaining to next year’s schedule.

Notably the historic 1/4 mile oval in Epping, NH will not host the SBM 125. The fourth annual event was part of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series with Lee USA and Seekonk last year. Jon McKennedy won the race and the overall championship.

Open practice will be April 25 from 12 to 5PM. Opening Day on May 2 with the 350 Supermodifieds, Allen’s Outlaws, Woody’s Strictlys, Roadrunners, and 4 and 8 Cylinder Enduros.

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Ramstrom Wins the Battle, Moltz Wins the War at Sunoco World Series

Thompson, CT — Derek Ramstrom took advantage of a late race flat tire on Wayne Helliwell, JR’s Ford to claim his first victory with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) at the Sunoco World Series, presented by Xtramart, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP).

Helliwell, JR and Dillon Moltz led the field at the drop of the green, as Moltz, the Waterford, Connecticut driver, needed a top 10 finish to secure his spot atop the championship standings in the 2014 season. After Josh King hit the turn 1 wall at the start of the race, Helliwell, JR pulled away on the ensuing restart, and was poised to take his third win in the series. Ramstrom, from West Boylston, Massachusetts kept Helliwell, JR in his sights, riding in the second spot. Moltz was passed by Larry Gelinas and Matt Frahm, both with a chance at the title, as the two put pressure on the RB Performance team of Moltz.

Bad luck would strike Helliwell, JR once more at TSMP, as the Dover, New Hampshire driver ran over debris, rendering the right front tire flat with just 4 laps remaining. Ramstrom took advantage and grabbed the victory, but it was Dillon Moltz wearing the crown as the 2014 champion with a 6th place finish.
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Ramstrom Set for Doubleheader at Thompson

Derek Ramstrom has a big day ahead of him this afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will make his Granite State Pro Stock Series debut and make his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start.

“Wicked exciting, we’re starting fourth in the Granite State Pro Stock Series behind Dillon Moltz,” Ramstrom said. “Just going to ride for a while see what happens, 50 lap event. Hopefully we can seal the deal in that and starting 18th in the Whelen Mod Tour just going to be patient and see how it pans out. We’re a little down on horsepower (spec engine), so it kind of effects us here at Thompson, but we should be alright.”

Entering the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Ramstrom has scored recent victories in Super Late Model competition. He won the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 300-lap race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME. Just two weeks ago at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, he recovered from a pair of spins to collect the $5,000 100-lap D. Anthony Venditti Memorial.

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Revised Schedule for Sunoco World Series

Revised schedule for Sunday’s events at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Due to yesterday’s delays, below is an updated schedule of today’s events.

12:00pm – 12:20pm: ISMA Hot Laps
12:25pm – 12:45pm: NEMA Hot Laps
12:45pm: Pre-Race Ceremonies
1:00pm: Late Model Race (25 laps)
To follow: Granite State Pro Stock Series Race (50 laps)
To follow: NEMA Race (25 laps)
To follow: Sunoco Modified Race(30 laps)
To follow: ISMA Race (50 laps)
4:15pm NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150 laps)
To follow: New England Truck Series (19 laps)
To follow: XtraMart Limited Sportsman (20 laps)

Sources: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Gray Dominates JBH 100 at Monadnock

Becomes Sixth Different Winner in Six Races with Granite State Pro Stock Series

Winchester, NH- Barry Gray fought off multiple challenges from Matt Frahm, Tommy O’Sullivan, and Dillon Moltz to pick up his first victory of the season in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway.

Gray’s Meadow’s Motor Cars/Hawley’s Auto Chevrolet shot out to the lead at the drop of the green flag, as the Belchertown, MA native took full advantage of his pole position starting spot after a strong heat race. Gray would face an early challenge from Matt Frahm and Tommy O’Sullivan, but seemed to be cruising before a caution on lap 26 for Fran Colson and Cory Robert bunched the field back together. Gray would pull away from O’Sullivan once more on the restart, and set a blistering pace, putting multiple cars a lap down before the halfway point of the race.

Point leader Larry Gelinas, who hadn’t finished outside the top 4 all season long, suffered a mechanical breakdown on lap 77, setting up a chance for Dillon Moltz to cut into his sizable lead in the standings. Moltz would restart on the outside of Gray on a lap 88 restart, but was involved in a caution on lap 96 with Adam Norton, taking him out of contention for the win. The final caution set up a four lap shootout between Gray and Derek Griffith, who fought his way back up through the field after suffering a flat right front tire. The veteran held off the youngster as Gray grabbed the checkers for the third time at Monadnock Speedway with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS). Griffith would settle for second, his best finish of the season. Frahm would rebound from an incident with Tommy O’Sullivan and fight his way back up to the third spot, with Russ Hersey and Josh King completing the top five.

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GSPSS Releases World Series Entry List

Moltz Leads Gelinas Entering Season Finale; Former Track Champs Entered

The Granite State Pro Stock Series has released its initial entry list for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park October 17-19. Dillon Moltz holds a 16 point lead over former track champion and defending winner Larry Gelinas entering the season finale for the third year series. Seven of the top eight drivers in points are entered including Matt Frahm, Derek Griffith, the series’ most recent winner Brad Babb, series president Mike Parks and Tommy O’Sullivan.

Icebreaker winners George Bessette and Mike O’Sullivan, former track champions Fran Colson, and Derek Ramstrom. Drivers with track experience are also entered include Jeff Connors, Greg Nanigian, Dennis Maxfield, Ron Smith.

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9 for 9: Granite State Pro Stock Series Enjoys Parity in Winners Heading to White Mountain Motorsports Park

Walpole, NH — With only two races remaining, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has seen 9 different winners in 9 races on the 2014 season.  The next stop on the tour, the beautiful North Woodstock, NH facility, White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP), will throw a wild-card in the mix to keep the streak alive, as the GSPSS will race at the ¼ mile track for the first time in the series’ short existence.

The top three drivers in the 2014 championship standings have all recorded a win; Matt Frahm (Monadnock 5/31), Dillon Moltz (Star 9/7), and Larry Gelinas (Hudson 6/15).  However, five of the top 10 drivers in the point standings have not recorded a win (Derek Griffith, Mike Parks, Tommy O’Sullivan, Cory Robert, and Bobby Cabral).  Moltz, who has kept his no. 5, RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet, in the top of the field for the majority of the races this season, finally broke through and picked up the win at the NH Classic at Star Speedway last Sunday, September 7.  The former Waterford Speedbowl champion now sits just 15 points behind point leader, and career wins leader, Matt Frahm.  Gelinas, who led the points earlier in the season, sits only 17 behind Frahm with two races remaining.

For Griffith, it hasn’t been due to lack of effort to put the FEP Insurance/Motorcycles of Manchester Toyota in the winner’s circle.  The 17 year-old Hudson, NH native has finished inside the top 10 a total of 8 times in 9 races, with one 18th place finish at Star Speedway after being involved in multiple incidents during the evening.  The Louie Mechalides-led team has set their target on another strong finish at a track the series has yet to see a green flag fly.  “Louie (Mechalides) knows the place very well, and we all expect the car to be fast,” Griffith spoke.  “I think we just need some luck.”

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Dillon Moltz Picks Up First GSPSS Victory in the Star Classic 100

Epping, NH (September 7, 2014) — Thrillin’ Dillon Moltz of Waterford, CT. became the newest winner for the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Sunday, which has seen 9 different winners in 9 races in the 2014 season, picking up the win at Star Speedway in the NH Classic 100. Moltz started on the pole in the 16 car field and led all 100 laps, en route to his win.

Moltz and Derek Griffith brought the field down and ran one-two until the first of three cautions came out on the second circuit, when Tom Carey Jr spun in the second turn.

Once back under way, point leader Matt Frahm moved underneath Griffith, and after battling for several laps, took over the second position. Griffith settled into third, with Larry Gelinas fourth. The top of the field ran nose to tail, until the second caution came out on lap 36, when Bobby Cabral slid up against the wall in turn two.

Frahm held onto second on the restart, with Griffith and Gelinas in tow, but the driver on the move was Brad Babb, who started thirteenth on the grid. By the half-way point, Babb moved into the top five and settled in, about 6 car lengths behind Gelinas. Using lapped traffic to his advantage, Griffith moved past Frahm for second on lap 73.

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GSPSS: Gray Repeats at Monadnock

WINCHESTER, NH — Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA defended his JBH 100 win at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night. Gray, a former track champion at the banked quarter mile oval, led 99 of the 100 circuits for this first Granite State Pro Stock Series victory of the season over Derek Griffith. Matt Frahm, Russ Hersey and Josh King rounded out the top five.

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Bryon Callen to Take Over Race Director Duties for Granite State Pro Stock Series

Bryan CallenWalpole, NH — Longtime flagman Bryon Callen has taken over the position of Race Director in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), effective immediately.

Callen takes over the position previously held by Josh Vanada, Cynthia Tebbetts, and Jennifer Ready. “We have been looking for a full-time replacement for Josh (Vanada), as his commitments to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) have taken him away this season,” Ready states. “We feel that Bryon is a respected member of our team, dedicated to GSPSS, and will transition into the position with little disruption.”

Callen has been involved in racing for over 15 years, and has been the flagman for GSPSS since 2013. Callen has also worked for Lee USA Speedway, Star Speedway, TSMP, the American-Canadian Tour, and the International Supermodified Association (ISMA). Callen admits “While I love being on the flag stand, I always love a good challenge. I think one of my best attributes, and what has got me to where I am, is consistency. I have learned from some of the best in the business, including Josh Vanada, Scott Tapley, and Tom Curley.”
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Granite State Pro Stock Series to Make Debut at Lee Speedway

Walpole, NH — The famed Lee USA Speedway will host the Granite State Pro Stock Series for the first time ever on Friday, July 25th.

The 3/8 mile, semi-banked oval has always been a favorite with racers, and now the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be a part of the track’s storied history.  The usual suspects have already entered the Seacoast 100, including Derek Griffith, Matt Frahm, Larry Gelinas, the O’Sullivan brothers, Barry Gray, Dillon Moltz, and Brad Babb, and are joined by drivers like George Helliwell, Bobby Cabral, Babe Branscombe, and Joey Squeglia.  Squeglia had set fast time in practice at the Star 100 at Star Speedway just a few weeks ago, but suffered bad luck in the feature, leaving the Derry, NH driver without the results he deserved. 

Buxton, ME’s Larry Gelinas is enjoying a strong lead at the top of the point standings, sitting 33 points ahead of second place point man Frahm after 4 events.  Gelinas has run Lee before, but doesn’t think it gives him any advantage.  Gelinas states “The same fast cars will still be at the front.  Frahm, Griffith, Babb, Moltz, they will all be there.”  Gelinas feels patience and tire management will be key to finishing strong.  “It can be hard to get traction and grip at Lee,” said Gelinas.  “A bad draw could hurt you, but there is enough room and banking that if you save your stuff, you will find yourself there at the end.”

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A Closer Look at the Numbers…

Walpole, NH — With four races into the books on the 2014 season, it’s time for the resident stat-geek to take a look at the numbers for the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

The series has already raced at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Monadnock Speedway, Hudson International Speedway, and Star Speedway all before July. The schedule continues July 25th, as the series heads to Lee for the first time ever, and continues at Monadnock, Star, Hudson, White Mountain Motorsports Park, and concludes at the World Series at Thompson once more. With Lee and WMMP being the wildcards in the chase for the championship, as the series has never visited either facility, each race left is more important than ever.

There have been four different winners in four races to begin 2014. Mike O’Sullivan tied Matt Frahm’s career win total by picking up the win at the Icebreaker at TSMP, but Frahm upped the ante once more by winning the very next race at Monadnock. Larry Gelinas continued his torrid run by picking up the victory at Hudson, while Jeremy Davis returned to the GSPSS in style by grabbing the checkers at Star. This trend is actually the norm with the GSPSS, as there has only been one driver that has picked up more than one victory in a season. That driver? Matt Frahm in 2013.

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Davis Returns to Form, Victorious at Star Speedway

Epping, NH (June 28, 2014) — Jeremy Davis returned to the Granite State Pro Stock Series in fine fashion, picking up the win at the Star 100 at Star Speedway.

A strong field of 31 cars attempted to make the feature for the first of two races at Star Speedway in the 2014 season. After qualifying, 22 cars took the green for the Star 100.

Pole sitter Dillon Moltz had the car to beat early, as the Waterford, CT driver shot out of the gate at every restart, sending his RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet to the point each time. Contact with a car being put a lap down sent Moltz spinning in turn 2. Davis then inherited the lead, and was the cream of the crop from mid-race on. Matt Frahm’s day took a turn in the wrong direction, as he was involved in an incident on lap 40. Davis once again held onto the point, and held Brad Babb off until Babb and Barry Gray made contact on lap 69, sending both drivers to the rear of the field, and ending George “Mad Dog” Bessette’s night, as heavy front end damage knocked Bessette out for the rest of the evening. Davis then had Dillon Moltz breathing back down his neck, as the youngster fought his way back through the field. The two would engage in battle down to the final laps, when Davis proved to be too strong, and pulled away with the victory.

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Drivers Trying to Keep Gelinas in Sights as Granite State Pro Stock Series Heads to Star Speedway

Walpole, NH — Larry Gelinas is firing on all cylinders to begin the 2014 season, and looks to keep the pressure on as the Granite State Pro Stock Series head to Star Speedway June 28.

The Buxton, ME driver has started the new season where he left off in 2013. Gelinas has finished in the top two positions in 5 of his last 6 races, dating back to Riverside Speedway (NH) last year. His second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Monadnock Speedway compliment his win last Sunday at Hudson International Speedway to begin the season quite nicely. Even with his early season success, Gelinas is not ready to engage the cruise control. “You can’t take it for granted,” states Gelinas. “We’ve been lucky to not have mechanical issues so far, but hopefully we can keep doing this!”

Gelinas is being chased by Matt Frahm and young Derek Griffith in the point standings. Both drivers have been a model of consistency, and both have dealt with adversity and prevailed in 2014. Griffith started on the pole at Monadnock Speedway, but found himself at the rear of the field after being involved in an incident before any laps had been completed. Griffith came back through the field to finish 7th. Frahm, a former Nationwide Series driver, had been battling for the lead at the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway, and was also involved in an altercation, but recorded a 7th place finish regardless. These three horses will gallop their way closer to the championship June 28.

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Gate City Classic Marks Third Stop on Granite State Pro Stock Series Tour

Walpole, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make the trip to Hudson, NH, for the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway, June 15.

The 2014 Gate City Classic marks the fifth time the GSPSS has taken the asphalt at Hudson, which is a fan favorite on the tour. Close quarters, fender-rubbing racing is the norm at the bullring, which has seen three different winners in the previous four races. Second-place point man in 2012, Bobby Baillargeon, has two victories under his belt at the Speedway, with the two champions of the series, Bobby Cabral (’12) and Mike O’Sullivan (’13), notching victories as well.

Recent feature winner Matt Frahm boasts the best average at Hudson, finishing 3rd in both events he has entered. Frahm trails leader Larry Gelinas by 9 points entering the event, a track that Gelinas owns a 2nd and 9th place finish. Belchertown, MA driver Barry Gray is a model of consistency at Hudson, never finishing outside of the top 10 in all four events with the series.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Drivers Open their Helmets and Hearts at Monadnock Speedway

GSPSS drivers during the Allen Hinckley helmet collectionWinchester, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series drivers completed 100 laps at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night, but what they did off the track may be more important.

The entire field of drivers in attendance wielded helmets in between local division feature events to raise money for 8 year-old Allen Hinckley, son of veteran Modified racer Les Hinckley. Allen just recently returned from a 17-day stay at Connecticut Children’s Hospital and a recent two-week stay at Boston Children’s Hospital where he underwent his third surgical procedure for a Congenital Arachnoid Cyst.

Arachnoid cysts are rare, and the cause of which are unknown. In Allen’s case, the young boy had surgery to put a shunt and valve system in his head to relieve pressure to his brain. With this unfortunate situation, the family has spent time away from work and a large chunk of time in hospitals, putting a huge strain on the Hinckley family.
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