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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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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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Gov. Malloy: Investment in the Iconic Thompson Speedway will Create Jobs

HARTFORD, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the state will provide Thompson International Speedway, LLC with an $800,000 loan to upgrade its existing facility in Thompson. Founded in 1940, the company has 48 employees and plans to hire at least 23 more employees over the next two years.

“This is a terrific story of a new generation bringing their talent, skills and entrepreneurship home to the family business and Connecticut,” Governor Malloy said. “It capitalizes on one of our state’s strengths – our location – and serves a growing regional market for sports entertainment and tourism, employs and create jobs for residents and brings out-of-state spending into the local economy.”

DECD will provide the $800,000 loan at 2 percent interest for a term of 10 years. DECD will forgive $200,000 of the loan principal if the company retains its existing 48 employees and creates 23 positions by 2015.

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Derek Griffith Gears Up for an Exciting 2014

Hudson, NH — Derek Griffith, the talented 16 year-old has his sights set on contending for wins in 2014; coming off a year in which the native of Hudson, New Hampshire competed part-time. Griffith will be upping his race schedule this year to include his first attempt at qualifying for the prestigious Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine in July, 2014.

Griffith will kick off his busy 2014 by competing full-time in pursuit of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) crown and will race select Pro All Star Series (PASS) events, as of right now Derek will start his year off by visiting Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT to compete in the season opening race for the GSPSS during the ‘Ice Breaker’ event slated for April 13, 2014.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Stats

The Granite State Pro Stock Series has been in existence for 2 years. In that time frame, there have been 17 races run at 8 different tracks with 12 different winners. In 2013 alone, there were 65 drivers that attempted to qualify for the 11 races held. Here’s a closer look at the numbers.

-Mike Parks is the driver with the most starts, and the only driver to start all 17 races. Tied for second are Barry Gray and Josh King with 16 starts each.

-Matt Frahm has earned the most wins on the tour with 3. He has done so in 12 races, giving him a 25% winning percentage. Compare that to this NASCAR’s driver with the most wins this year, Matt Kenseth, who won 7 races in 36 attempts, for a 19.4% average.

-The Granite State Pro Stock Series is so competitive that 12 drivers have won in the series, out of 17 races. Only 4 drivers have multiple wins: Frahm (3), Mike O’Sullivan (2), Gray (2), and Bobby Baillargeon (2).

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Tentative 2014 Lee USA Speedway Schedule Posted

LEE, NH – Lee USA Speedway has released a tentative 2014 schedule. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will begin their season on Sunday, April 13 with the traditional Governor’s Cup 150. Support classes are the North East Classic Lite and the NELCAR Legends Tour. ACT heat races start at 2PM.

A new event for the season is the recently announced Modified Bull Ring Bash on Sunday, May 11 at 12PM. The first event of the Tri-Track Open Series, the race will be operated by Jim Schaefer (AKA: Long Island Modified Maniac) and Dick Williams of the Racing Guys. The $5,000 to win open competition Modified race will also join then SBM 125 at Star SpeedwFay in Epping, NH and Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. For more imformation, visit their new web site, TriTrackOpenModifiedSeries.com.

The first of 14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events will take place on Friday, May 30. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will make its first visit to the seacoast 3/8 mile on June 27, with a return for Oktoberfest Weekend October 11-12.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series 2013 Banquet in the Books

Mike O’Sullivan Honors as 2013 Champion

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MANCHESTER, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series celebrated an illustrious 2013 season on December 27th at the Best Western Plus Conference Center in Manchester, NH.

The top 10 in points were honored for their successful seasons as 65 drivers attempted to qualify for the 11 races the GSPSS held in 2013. Springfield, MA’s own Mike O’Sullivan topped the field for the year, claiming the championship in the series’ sophomore season. Larry Gelinas picked up the win on the final race of the year to secure his runner-up spot in the final standings, with Jeremy Davis taking third overall. O’Sullivan credited his success to his family and crew, citing dedication and support as reasons for his consistent success.

Many special awards were handed out on the night. The Hard Luck award was given to Mike Rivard. Receiving the Jack’s Competition Engines/AR Bodies Rookie of the Year award was Tom O’Sullivan, brother to the champion Mike O’Sullivan. The O’Sullivan family also collected another award as Mike received the Ricky’s Real Racer award. The John Hoyt Memorial Award was given to Jack Bateman, as the whole GSPSS awarded the former co-owner of the series with this honor for his dedication. Also, Jake Vanada and Fran Colson picked up gift certificates to AR Bodies, while Carl Eriksson and Erick Sands won gift certificates to Five Star Bodies.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series to Create Thunder in the Mountains

Granite State Pro Stock Series President Mike Parks and White Mountain Motorsports Park owners Donnie and Teri Avery have jointly announced the Granite State Pro Stock Series will make its debut at the North Woodstock, NH track on September 20th during the 2014 season. Parks is excited for the series to visit the high banked, quarter-mile speed plant. “The track is very similar to what 85% of our teams are used to, so our teams will adapt to very quickly,” states Parks. “WMMP is one of New England’s premier racing facilities, and we are proud to be a part of their schedule”.

The entire GSPSS schedule will be released at the 2013 Banquet of Champions. The banquet will honor racer’s accomplishments from the previous season, including Mike O’Sullivan’s championship run. The 2013 banquet is being held on December 27th at the Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn and Conference Center in Manchester, NH.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series can be contacted by calling 1-802-558-8954 or e-mail Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net. Visit the GSPSS website www.gspss.net, like the facebook page, or follow the GSPSS on Twitter @GSProStocks.

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Granite State Pro Stocks Add White Mountain for 2014

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will have its inaugural race at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH on September 20, 2014.

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GSPSS Headed to Lee USA Speedway July 25th

Walpole, NH — In a joint announcement made today between Lee USA Speedway General Manager Bill Callen and GSPSS president Mike Parks, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be making their first appearance ever at the Lee USA Speedway on Friday night July 25th.

“We are thrilled that we were able to make this happen, this is one of the tracks that all our teams have been asking about going to,” stated Parks. “Lee USA Speedway is a perfect fit for our series it’s in the heart of NH where we have a lot of fans and race teams from that area.”

The 2014 schedule is coming together nicely and will be announced in its complete form on Friday Dec. 27th at 2013 GSPSS awards banquet which will be held at the Executive Court in Manchester NH.

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Ownership of Granite State Pro Stock Series Transferred to Mike Parks

Mike Parks and Jack Bateman are pleased to announce that the group accustomed to running under the Granite State Pro Stock Series banner will continue to do so in 2014 and beyond. Following a meeting of the two parties, Bateman has agreed to transfer ownership of the sophomore Series to Parks, who has served as the Series’ President since it’s inception. 

“I’m grateful to Jack for working with me to resolve this issue. He has been a great support to us over the last two years, and I am glad that our agreement is in the best interest of the 69 teams that participated in the Granite State Pro Stock Series this year. We will be fortunate enough to have him around to advise on technical policies and procedures moving forward,” Parks said. 

Bateman, who has served as Series Vice President and owner since 2012, has offered his consulting services and will be counted on for input on technical matters. In addition, Bateman’s company, Jack’s Competition Engines, will serve as the tire vendor for the Series.

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2014 Monadnock Speedway Schedule Announced

NASCAR WMT, VMRS, GSPSS & NEMA Highlight 2014 Season

WINCHESTER, NH — Monadnock Speedway announced its 2014 schedule. Spring Dash 2014 will open the season on April 19th featuring the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Pro 4 Modifieds, the first of 7 races for the Pro 4 Mods. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will also compete on July 5 for Firecracker Night and August 23 for the Victor Johnson Memorial.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make two appearances on May 24 and August 9.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return on July 27.

The Iron Mike Memorial for the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will be on June 21.

Weekly Saturday night racing will have Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks,  Lightning Stocks and Young Guns through September 27.

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Changes Ahead for the Granite State Pro Stock Series

Walpole NH — As the Granite State Pro Stock Series enters its 3rd season of competition in 2014 there are changes ahead. Series President Mike Parks stated today that the afflation with Modified Racing Series will come to a close at the end of 2013. The Race day operations will all remain the same so things will continue as normal. Parks and the entire staff of the GSPSS wish to thank Jack Bateman and the entire group from the Modified Racing Series for their help the last two seasons. As we enter our 3rd season we are ready to stand on our own two feet. We are currently working on the 2014 schedule with a 12 to 14 race schedule. Series officials stated the schedule will be released at the 2013 Awards Banquet on Friday Dec 27th. You can find us on Facebook at Granite State Pro Stock Series or at GSPSS.net.

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Pennink Makes Late Race Pass for World Series NWMT Victory

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Thompson, Conn — The Sunoco World Series of Auto Racing presented by Xtra Mart was highlighted by an exciting NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finish that saw Rowan Pennink drive to victory lane and Ryan Preece earn a solid third place finish to earn the series championship. Other feature winners on the final day of the World Series were Kerry Malone in the Sunoco Modified Series, John Zych, Jr. in NEMA midgets, Ben Seitz in ISMA action, and Larry Gelinas in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

Rowan Pennink used a late-race pass on lap 133 to take the lead and eventual win in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart Sunday afternoon. The victory was Pennink’s second win in the series. Ryan Preece’s third place finish secured the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship for the driver, who becomes the youngest champion in series history at 22 years, 11 months and 25 days old. The championship also marks the second title for Flamingo Motorsports. The team previously won with driver Mike Stefanik in 2006.

Bobby Santos led Justin Bonsignore and Mike Stefanik at the start of the 150-lap event. Doug Coby brought out the first caution on lap four after spinning in the middle of turns one and two. Coby was then penalized a lap for pulling up to pit too soon.

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2013 World Series this Weekend at Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — The weekend that every race fan in the northeast looks forward to is this weekend at the Thompson International Speedway. The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart kicks off this coming Friday and runs through Sunday.

Fifteen different divisions of race cars and trucks will converge on the historic speedway to draw down the curtain on the 2013 racing season. The World Series of Speedway Racing is three days of non-stop activity on the race track and hours of fun and social activities for the fans. The entire weekend is a huge race and party gathering as fans say good bye to another year of auto racing.

The race track is the center of activity with hundreds of race cars and trucks and many race teams with hopes of capturing a championship in their respective divisions. The most talked about championship battle surrounds the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Two drivers are positioned to capture the 2013 title during the last race of the year for the most popular NASCAR touring division in the northeast. Ryan Preece and defending champ, Doug Coby are in a tight points battle for the crown. Preece holds a 26- point advantage over Coby. One of these drivers appears destined to end their weekend as the new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. Should Preece emerge with the title, he will be the youngest driver in the history of the Tour to capture the crown. Race fans will also be treated to an autograph session with the WMT drivers on Sunday afternoon.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series to Crown a New Champion at Thompson World Series

After ten events on the 2013 Granite State Pro Stock schedule, the second year series is gearing up for one of their biggest stages of the season, the annual World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The GSPSS will be part of the 15 division end of season celebration at the 5/8 high banked oval.

On April 14, the season began on the same stretch of asphalt with “Mad Dog” George Bessette taking down the win. As the teams head back on October 19 and 20. Thompson standout Mike O’Sullivan leads the championship standings by a scant six points over Jeremy Davis.

Both drivers have one win on the season, and have been swapping the championship lead back and forth over the past several weeks. Larry Gelinas is still in the hunt, sitting 28 points behind O’Sullivan, with Matt Frahm still having a mathematical chance, 39 points behind. Frahm has 2 wins this season, while Gelinas has been shut out of Victory Lane all year. Thompson brings the former Oxford 250 champ back to his most previous championship grounds, winning the Pro Stock title a couple of seasons ago.

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Thompson Readies for World Series in October

THOMPSON, CT — Thompson Speedway is a busy place these days as preparations are in full swing for the October 18th, 19th and 20th running of the annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. This three-day racing spectacular is unlike anything else in the country. It attracts hundreds of race cars spread over fifteen different racing divisions.

Fans and competitors alike look forward to this annual fall tradition of three days of non-stop racing featuring an amazing variety of race cars. The incredible winged Super Modifieds of ISMA and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour top the list. However, when you add the Midgets of NEMA, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, all five of Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, Granite State Pro Stocks, Pro 4 Modifieds, New England Race Trucks and outlaw Limited Sportsman, outlaw Street Stocks and outlaw Mini Stocks, fans have the most incredible lineup of racing action found anywhere.

Fans travel from far and wide to be part of this annual racing weekend. In spite of the construction of the brand new road course, camping for the World Series will go on as it always has. Hundreds of campers converge on the Thompson facility for a weekend of great racing, great food and drink and some truly great parties all of which have become as much of the World Series tradition as the racing itself. The Raceway Restaurant and Lounge will be the center of social activities including breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday, a full Lounge menu all weekend, a D J on both Friday and Saturday nights and the traditional dinner and party on Saturday night as well.

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Polewarczyk, Baldwin, Dunn, Meservey, & Tarbell Win in Canaan’s Farewell

From Pole to Pole- Joey Wins the Last Canaan Feature

The Granite State Pro Stock Series had the privilege to run the last race ever on the Canaan Fair Speedway asphalt last Saturday night, September 14, 2013. You would have thought it was Friday the 13th or a full moon night with all the trouble that occurred while running the 100-lap race.

In the end, Joey Polewarczyk drove a nearly flawless race, leading from the drop of Bryon Callen’s green flag, and holding off a full field of potent Pro Stocks. Sixteen caution flags slowed the on track action and kept the field tightly packed throughout the event. Pole, from Hudson, NH, leading from the start, could never get very far ahead as Jeremy Davis applied pressure until a lap 4 restart, when Davis wrestled the lead away from Pole, but Joey wasn’t going to give up and dogged Davis until a lap 40 restart saw the lead swap again. Pole would not relinquish that lead and he would run like he was on a rail, crossing under the checkers with a win for his first GSPSS appearance. This was also the first time Joey Pole had raced on the Canaan Fair Speedway asphalt.

In victory lane, Joey said “The Granite State Series is a tough division with a lot of great drivers. I’m really happy to win in the first time out in the series and also happy to win the last one at Canaan.”

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Joey Polewarczyk Wins Granite State Pro Stock Canaan 100 Finale

CANAAN, NH — Joey Pole made history on September 14, adding name to the impressive list of winners for the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Saturday, and also by winning the final race at the 1/3 mile banked oval. 28 cars attempted to qualify for this historic event, with 22 taking the green flag.

2012 Canaan Pro Stock Champion Jeremy Davis, winner of the May 4th event, led the field down to the green, but the caution came out before the first lap could be completed, setting a tone for the event. By the time the race was 10 laps in, four cars had already retired from the event. Pole and Davis took time leading the race with Davis leading all but the opening two cirsuits.

At the lap 25 mark, Davis continued to hold on with Pole second, Matt Frahm third, Bobby Baillargeon fourth and Larry Gelinas fifth. The seventh caution of the affair came out on the 34th lap for Wayne Heliwell Sr. Another handful of cautions slowed up the event by the halfway point. By this time, Pole had re-taken the lead over Davis, Gelinas, Davis and Frahm.

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