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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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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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Frahm Survives at Monadnock, Becomes Career Wins Leader in Granite State Pro Stock Series

Monadnock May 31st, Matt Frahm Victory LaneWinchester, NH — Matt Frahm picks up his second series victory at Monadnock Speedway after surviving a caution-marred race Saturday night.

Hudson, NH’s Derek Griffith and Buxton, ME’s Larry Gelinas led the field to the line, but before the field could complete a lap, Griffith and Dillon Moltz made contact, sending both to the rear. The start of the race seemed to be a precursor to what was to come, as a total of 12 cautions flew on the night. Swanzey, NH’s Russ Hersey seemed to have the car to beat early, as the 4-time track champ repeatedly found himself at the point, until the 4-time track champ bobbled coming off turn four, in which Frahm took full advantage, jumping multiple positions to the lead. That would be the last time Hersey would lead in the race, as his engine expired, ending his day early.

Belchertown, MA’s Barry Gray methodically fought his way through the field, and became the car to beat mid-race as he began to walk away from the field. Gray would relinquish the spot on a restart after a contested call sent the two-time GSPSS Monadnock feature winner to the back of the pack. Frahm would fend off charges from Gelinas, who ran consistently in the top 6 all night, and Cory Robert late in the race, to become the career wins leader in the Granite State Pro Stock Series. It is the Lambert Roofing/WDW Machine team’s fourth victory in the series’ short life span.
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Granite State Pro Stock Series Determined to Outsmart Mother Nature

Walpole, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series fell victim to Mother Nature at Monadnock Speedway May 24th, and has rescheduled the event for May 31st as part of a huge night for the race track.

A total of 9 divisions will be on hand at the ¼ mile NASCAR sanctioned oval, including 100 laps scheduled for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Multi-time track champ, and two-time winner at the raceway with the GSPSS, Barry Gray has filed entry, along with defending series champion Mike O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan kicked off the 2014 season where he left off, picking up the win at the historic Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 6th.
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Gelinas, Helliwell File Entries for Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP)

Walpole, NH — As the Icebreaker at TSMP quickly approaches; some big names have filed last minute entries.

Winner of the last race for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) at TSMP, Larry Gelinas has announced his intent to pick up another win at the 5/8 mile oval. The entry with the GSPSS makes for a busy weekend for the Buxton, ME driver, as he is also running for points in the Late Model division at TSMP for the 2014 season. Gelinas races as much as anybody on the tour, entering around 50 races during the 2013 season, including 11 races with the GSPSS en route to a runner-up finish in the championship standings. Even with the experience at the track and with the series, Gelinas isn’t sold on himself being a runaway favorite. Gelinas stated “If Mechalides is there, he will be tough. (Mike and Tommy) O’Sullivan’s are tough. It could be somebody different. By the sounds of it, there are a lot of good drivers entering the race.”

Two-time defending ACT champion “The Punisher” Wayne Helliwell, JR has filed entry with his Bruce Bernhardt Motorsports ride. The duo has turned heads on just about anything they’ve been a part of on the racing scene, and the GSPSS is no exception. Helliwell, JR picked up the win last year at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH in dominating fashion, holding off the aforementioned Gelinas for his first checkers in the series. “We have a brand new car, so we will be shaking the car down at the Icebreaker,” Bernhardt says. “However, we don’t attend a race we don’t think we can win.” Helliwell is more reserved about the first race of the year. He comments, “We want to take it step-by-step. We would like to get a good practice in and work the bugs out.” Helliwell will be running a limited schedule in the GSPSS, as the Dover, NH driver will be turning “Outlaw” in 2014 by running partial schedules with the Pro All-Star Series, ACT, and GSPSS.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Kicks Off 74th Season with Icebreaker, presented by Town Fair Tire

Thompson, CT — The Icebreaker, presented by Town Fair Tire, will mark the beginning of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s 74th season of operation. The 2014 running of the event will mark the 40th time it has been held. The traditional season-opening event will feature nine divisions, headlined by the first championship race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT).

Defending NWMT Champion, Ryan Preece, will begin his title defense behind the wheel of the Eric Sanderson-owned No. 16, but it won’t be without some stiff competition. Doug Coby headlines an impressive list of drivers who will be behind the wheel of another car this season. Coby teamed up with Mike Smeriglio, III to drive the Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair Chevrolet. Another driver on the move this year was nine-time NASCAR regional touring series champion, and defending Icebreaker race winner, Mike Stefanik. The Coventry, RI-native has teamed up with car owner Ed Marceau to drive the No. 1 entry. Tommy Barrett, a standout on the Valenti Modified Racing Series, replaced Stefanik in Chris Our’s No. 22 Chevrolet. The young driver will look to make his third start on the NWMT. Defending TSMP Sunoco Modified Champion, Keith Rocco, has entered the No. 48 car, which he will be driving for John Rufrano.

The New Hampshire-based Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will also begin their season at the Icebreaker. Going into their third season, the GSPSS first visited TSMP for the first time in 2013. George Bessette, who is entered for this year’s event, was the inaugural race winner at Icebreaker 2013. Defending, and two-time American-Canadian Tour Champion, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. has entered, as well as defending GSPSS Champion, Mike O’Sullivan. Young guns Derek Griffith, Brad Babb, and Dillon Moltz also have indicated their intentions to compete in the 50-lap main event. The Icebreaker, presented by Town Fair Tire, will kick off a 10-race campaign for GSPSS, which will end with the championship-crowing event at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtra Mart.

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The Start of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) Right Around the Corner at Thompson’s Icebreaker

Walpole, NH — Excitement is brewing with the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) fast approaching.

Pre-entries have already started pouring in for the April 5-6 show at the nation’s oldest paved oval. The defending race winner, George “Mad Dog” Bessette, has committed to attempt to grab the checkers two years in a row. RB Performance racer Dillon Moltz has sent in his entry form, as well as Windham, ME resident Brad Babb. GSPSS veterans Fran “JR” Colson and Barry Gray have filed entries for the first of the ten events in the 2014 season, as well as youngster Derek Griffith and 2013 champion Mike O’Sullivan.

“I’ve been waiting for it all winter!” Griffith states. “We’re still working hard to get the car done on time, but I’m excited for the season to begin. It’s looking like the best season of my career!” To O’Sullivan, TSMP is a track that is circled as soon as it’s on the schedule. “With the season opener that I’ve been accustomed to for many years, the Icebreaker is now the opening point race for the GSPSS,” commented O’Sullivan. “It’s definitely a good feeling starting out your season at your home track.” O’Sullivan and his brother, Tommy, have a special place for TSMP in their heart, being a facility the two have been around for a long time. Mike picked up a pair of second place finishes in both races last year, and Tommy grabbed third in the final event, the World Series. These drivers and many more are anxious to dust off the cars and engage in battle.

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Contingency Sponsors Turning Heads in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS)

Walpole, NH — A large quantity of contingency awards awaits the drivers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) for the 2014 season.

Many different companies have stepped up and offered some great prizes and products this upcoming season. Not only do heat winners and the series champion receive contingency awards, there are also bonuses spread out through the entire field and random prize winners at the year-end banquet.

Sunoco Race Fuels will present the winner of any qualifying round, including heats and consolation rounds, with 5 gallons of race fuel. MacLellan Metal Finishing of Waltham, MA will also give all heat race winners a $25 check. This equates to approximately $85 added to the heat race winner’s check.

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On-Track Activity Cancelled, but Inspections Still a Go at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, CT – Due to weather constraints compounded by all of the construction taking place at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, the open practice the track had scheduled for this Saturday, March 22nd has been cancelled. The test and tune day will not be rescheduled. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Officials will still be on site from 9am-1pm to perform courtesy inspections and sell NASCAR licenses. Shawn Waddell from Waddell Communications will be on site also to provide communication service for teams.

The Icebreaker, presented by Town Fair Tire, is next on the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park schedule. An optional practice day will be held on Friday, April 4, and the event will officially begin with qualifying and features for four divisions on Saturday, April 5. The highpoint of the event is Sunday, April 6, featuring a Fan Appreciation Party and features for seven divisions, including the Icebreaker 150 presented by Town Fair Tire.

For more information on the Icebreaker or about Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. We can also be connected with on Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube.

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Veteran Staff Members Welcome New Faces to Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS)

Walpole, NH- With the 2014 season lurking, the GSPSS is heading into its third season with some experienced staff members on board, as well as a couple of new faces joining the team.

President Mike Parks is rejoined by core staff Josh Vanada and Jenn Ready. Vanada, the Managing Event Director of the GSPSS, is confident of the staff around him. Vanada states “We are glad to welcome back our talented group of officials, as well as welcome a few new ones. Our staff is the lifeblood of our race day operation, and we are fortunate enough to have a talented and accommodating team.” Ready, the Director of Operations and Race Day Coordinator, is quick to applaud the GSPSS staff as well. “I am personally looking forward to 2014 as we will, quite possibly, have the best touring staff in the Northeast,” declares Ready. The team also welcomes back Handicapper Carrie Kelly, Starter Bryon Callen, and Spotter Official Rich Keator.

Scott Miller and Pete Frappier will be teaming up to oversee the technical staff in the series’ third season. The duo are long time officials in the racing business, and Parks assures they possess the knowledge and drive to keep things running smoothly. Frappier and Miller will be joined by Randy Stefanik, Mike Green, Ken Fowler, and Ray King on the tech pad.
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New Car and New Promise for Young Racer Derek Griffith

Derek Griffith PhotoHudson, NH — Just when most 17 year-olds are gearing up for the prom season and starting to make plans with friends for the upcoming spring and summer, Derek Griffith has one thing on his mind and that is winning.

The young driver has the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) title between his crosshairs. After starting off with a fantastic second-place finish at Monadnock Speedway in the 2012 GSPSS season opening race, it’s been a roller-coaster ride for the New Hampshire driver.

Griffith missed a good portion of the 2013 season due to unforeseen car issues but the young team were able to bounce back and grab a second-place finish at Hudson International Speedway and a season ending third-place finish at Groveton, New Hampshire’s, Riverside Speedway.

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Matt Frahm Prepared for 2014 Season with Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS)

Northfield, VT- What makes the most winningest driver in GSPSS history so successful? Two words: preparation and family.

North Salem, NH’s own Matt Frahm has already enjoyed a storied racing career. Frahm has already competed in the K + N Series and has strapped in for several Nationwide Series races. Returning back to Pro Stocks in 2013, the driver of the Lambert Roofing/ WDW Machine/ Granite Industrial Gases Chevrolet has 3 career wins in the GSPSS in 12 tries, the result of tedious preparation. “I learned so much at the Nationwide level,” comments Frahm. “I learned that every second is valuable, especially in practice.” Frahm takes that to a whole new level. Not only does the Frahm family take advantage of every second at the track, the preparation starts before the car even leaves the shop. He and his father go over every inch of the car, check every nut and bolt, and have their game plan in place before the car makes it to the trailer. “You win races in the shop, not at the track,” Frahm states. Being prepared before getting to the track gives them more time to fine tune their automobile once the tires get bolted on.

The preparation doesn’t stop there. Frahm firmly believes body and mind are a huge part of racing. He spends 6 days a week in the gym, prepping his body for the adrenaline and physical aspect of the sport. The former Nationwide driver knows you have to believe in yourself as well. “You have to be confident,” says Frahm. “If you aren’t confident with yourself or your equipment, you aren’t going anywhere.” Frahm puts in work marketing himself and his team. Public relations, social skills, and presenting yourself and your image can help bring and maintain sponsors, fans, and possibly advancement in the sport. It’s all part of the preparation.

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Racing a Way of Life for Granite State Pro Stock Series Racer Mike Parks

NORTHFIELD, VT- For Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) racer Mike Parks, racing isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life.

Parks drives the #66 Black Rock Steakhouse/360 Design Labs/D + D Amusements Chevrolet for a series he has created, but he takes his love for the sport much further than that. Parks can be seen race directing at Monadnock Speedway on Saturdays when the series is not racing, helping Mike Bruno at Devils Bowl on Fridays when needed, being a crew member for fellow racers, or just grabbing a seat in the stands when nothing else is going on. “I’m still a fan first and foremost,” the Walpole, NH driver admits. “My friend Nathan Kelly and I attended between 70-80 races one year. I have a unique devotion to the sport.”

The 51 year-old racer got his start in racing by working on cars in his Junior year of high school. He built a Street Stock in the mid-eighties, but put his racing career on hold for a bit while his son was growing up. He and Kelly then built a Super Street in the mid-nineties, and finally jumped into the Pro Stock ranks at the turn of the millennium. Parks has worked with dirt track star Brett Hearn since 2001, and has learned a lot from the man who has 76 championships under his belt. “Brett is as good as they come,” Parks exclaims. “He has shown me the mindset and patience for long distance races. He’s a great person to learn from.”

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Star Speedway Releases Schedule

StarSpeedway2014Star Speedway has released its 2014 schedule. Visit the redesigned Star-Speedway.com for more information.

2014 SCHEDULE
MAY 3 NOON – 4 – PRACTICE – ALL DIVISIONS – PITS OPEN AT 11, 6 PM – WOODY’S STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS, 4 CYL. & 8 CYL. ENDUROS
MAY 9 FRI OPEN PRACTICE 5-8 PM – PITS OPEN AT 4
MAY 10 PASS TOUR 150, PASS MODS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS
MAY 17 EKEYS MODS, ALLENS OUTLAWS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNER, N.E. CLASSIC LITES
MAY 24 ALLENS OUTLAWS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS, ENDUROS
MAY 31 EKEYS MODS PLUS LEGENDS, NEMA LITES, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS
JUNE 7 WICKED GOOD VINTAGE PLUS EKEYS MODS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS, NE CLASSIC LITES
JUNE 14 SBM 125 IV PLUS ALLENS OUTLAWS, WOODYS STRICTLYS, ROADRUNNERS
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Blackwater Firearms Returns to Derek Griffith Racing in 2014

Derek Griffith Photo(January 24, 2014) – Blackwater Firearms Co., based in Hudson, NH will once again be the primary sponsor for the No. 12 Derek Griffith Racing Toyota Camry for 2014. Griffith will compete on the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) as well as select races on the Pro All Star Series (PASS)

“We appreciate that Blackwater believes in us enough to work with us again in 2014” Griffith stated. Then Derek went on to say that, we are thrilled that all of our secondary and associate sponsors are back for the full year as well.

Derek also talked about the return of a very key person, with whom he credits his quick learning curve in these high-horsepower machines. “I really need to thank my spotter, Dolly Mechelides, we really click and for her to return this year is just awesome.”

Griffith will be making his debut trek to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the season-opening event for the GSPSS, which takes place on April 5-6, 2014.

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Change is in the Air…

With the 2013 American Canadian Tour Banquet of champions behind them, Wayne Helliwell Jr. and the Bruce Bernhardt Motorsport’s Team are full steam ahead with 2014 plans.

Plans that will look very different than years past for the Pelham NH based Team. First and foremost there will be no three-peat for the 27NH machine atop the ACT standings. Helliwell says they are going outlaw with their schedule for the year and they have no plans to compete full time on the Vermont based tour.

“We’re looking to expand on things”, says Helliwell. “We have no plans to stick with any one series this year. We have a new Pro Stock that is just about complete… We’ll be running all of the [late model and pro stock] traveling series at some point this year.”

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Meeting Complete, Looking Ahead to 2014 and Beyond

Parks SpeechThompson, CT–  The Granite State Pro Stock Series held their first meeting of the new season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Series president Mike Parks spoke to nearly 100 competitors, owners, and crew members, discussing the schedule and options for years beyond the upcoming season. One of the main changes in the off season is the format for the heat races. In previous years, the winner of a heat race would receive 6 points, and would descend according to position by 1 point each. In 2014, each position will receive double the points, giving the winner 12 points, second place earning 10 points, descending each position by 2 points.

“Heat races are so important,” states 2013 champ Mike O’Sullivan. “In heatGSPSS Meeting Crowd    races, you try to gain more positions which will earn more points. With more points being awarded, the heat races are magnified. My brother (Tommy O’Sullivan) and I have circled them as an area of importance.” O’Sullivan credits his success in heat races to helping him win the championship last year. His 4 heat race wins contributed heavily to earning top honors in the series.

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Cory Casagrande Seeks Return to Championship Form at Stafford; Adds Granite State Pro Stock Events

Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT will return for his sophomore season in the Shark Cycle #1 with his sights set on a Stafford Late Model  championship. After claiming the 2012 Limited Late Model championship, Casagrande finished fifth in Late Model points with one victory last season. He was also the 2013 SPAFCO Rookie of the Year.

“First and foremost, to go after a Stafford championship in the Late Model, then get our hands wet in a little Super Late Model racing in the Granite State Tour,” Casagrande said. Team members are Shawn Hosey, James Connors, Rick Casagrande, Troy Luchon, Derek Bebe, Albert Royce, and John Smith.

While sponsorship is still in the works, Casagrande will share the #51 Connors Motorsports entry with veteran Jeff Connors of Ellington, CT.  “I know Jeff Connors will most likely be doing the two Thompson races and I plan on doing two in between,” Casagrande said. “So far it’s looking like Hudson will be one of my races. I liked the track the couple of times I visited it last year. (I’m) waiting for a definite schedule to come out, though.” Casagrande’s first visit to the historic 1/4 mile was to spot for eventual champion Mike O’Sullivan last season.

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