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The Return Home:  Granite State Pro Stock Series and Derek Griffith Return to Hudson International Speedway

HUDSON, NH – Derek Griffith continues his breakout year, racking up solid finishes on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, including his first four wins on the tour.  In June, Griffith won in front of his hometown crowd at Hudson International Speedway, and is hopeful for another good run on August 23.

Griffith has lead the championship standings since the second race of the season, only finishing outside the top 6 once, at Speedway 51 after expiring a motor.  The young star has had a season like no other driver in the tour’s history, and with only three races left, the 2015 championship is lurking in the back Griffith’s mind.

“I’m hoping were going to maintain the lead [at Hudson International Speedway],” said Griffith.  “I try not to think about points, but we sort of have to now.”

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Team Penalized

Rules Infraction at Hudson International Speedway

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

12: Fuel

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

INFRACTION: Improper fuel and additive found in test.

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

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Griffith Shines in Front of Hometown Crowd in Gate City Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gate City Classic an Important Piece to the Championship Puzzle

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

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

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

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MRNETS Part of Icebreaker Weekend

The Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series will have its season opener during Icebreaker weekend at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. The series will visit seven other venues in a 16 race season: Bethel, Hudson, Lee USA, Monadnock, New-London Waterford, Stafford, and Star.

The New England Truck Series announced during the banquet in January that Mr. Rooter would become the title sponsor for the series. Mr. Rooter owner Vin Beedle jumped at the opportunity when the series needed some help. He has a passion for the sport and feels it’s important to support it.“I’ve always been a fan of the truck series,” Beedle said. “I actually owned a truck out west. When I saw the opportunity, they needed some help. It’s all going to be nothing but good coming out of this. I think we’re going to have fun.”

“I’ve always been a fan of the truck series,” Beedle said. “I actually owned a truck out west. When I saw the opportunity, they needed some help. It’s all going to be nothing but good coming out of this. I think we’re going to have fun.”

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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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McCarthys to Compete in NEMST, Hudson-Star Circuit

Billy and Melinda McCarthy will have a very busy season. Billy will run five races on the North East Mini Stock Tour, and a limited schedule in the Roadrunner division at Star Speedway and Hudson Speedway in New Hampshire. Melinda will run a full-time schedule at Star and Hudson to get a championship at both race tracks. Billy is looking forward to running at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, and the oval and road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Both brother and sister are looking forward to trading paint on the track. Billy believes it will be fun and also interesting. Melinda feels it will be really bad or really good. Both are very excited.

Their mother, the backbone of the McCarthy race team, lost her battle with cancer last year. She loved being at the track. “She was the first person in your window net at the trailer to tell you how you looked whether we did good or bad,” Billy said. “She was way more than just supportive. She was the backbone of the team.”

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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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MRNETS Releases 2015 Race Schedule

MRTS-LOGOThe Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series has finalized its 2015 Schedule with the addition of three race events at the New London – Waterford Speedbowl.   The series will be part of both opening and closing weekends at the Speedbowl, as well as a special 4th of July show.

“All of our competitors are very happy to be back at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl,” said Series Director Lorraine Pard.  “That is the home track for nearly all our teams, and I can’t express how excited everyone is for the opportunity to put on a great show.  Mr. Bemer and Mr. Monahan have done a great job putting a schedule together, and we’re honored to be part of this great speedway’s next chapter.”

The fastest growing series in the northeast will expand to 16 events at 8 Speedways in 2015.  MRNETS will continue to begin and end the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  New additions in 2015 include stops at Stafford Motor Speedway,  Bethel Motor Speedway, and the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Road Course.  The series will also make New Hampshire stops at Monadnock, Lee USA, Star, and Hudson Speedways.  

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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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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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Lee Allard Passes Away at 76

August 6, 1938 – November 8, 2014

Lee Allard, 76, formerly of Hudson, New Hampshire took his last checkered flag when he lost his battle to cancer on November 8th 2014 surrounded by his wife and children at his home in Satellite Beach, Florida.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, what Lee accomplished in his lifetime would fill a book. He served in the United States Air Force, captained commercial charter and fishing boats, held an instrument-rated private pilot’s license, flew his own airplanes and maintained a lasting interest in all things aviation but it was auto racing, specifically Supermodifieds, that was his continuing passion. As a driver, Lee raced to many feature wins during the Class A, cut-down era and later was a successful car owner, campaigning NASCAR Modifieds and Supermodifieds across the northeast. Whether it was driving, owning, or managing, racing provided lifelong enjoyment and friendships that endured until his passing.

Lee was a successful general contractor in New Hampshire and at its peak, Lee Allard Paving employed over one hundred people; many of those employees and others in the construction community became lifetime friends.

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Ryan Robbins Breaks Out at Hudson Scores First PASS Mod Win

200-norm mod-13  HUDSON, NH — Hudson International Speedway in Hudson, New Hampshire hosted the PASS Modified Tour for the first time, and race fans were treated to a very exciting race which featured some tight racing, and a wild flip on the backstretch.

200-norm mod-6Ryan Robbins and Evan Armington brought the field to green for the forty lap main event, and the pair raced side by side until the race came to an abrupt halt on lap number five as Ryan Phillips and Mark Lucas got together on the backstretch sending Phillips up and over two times coming to rest on his wheels. After a couple anxious moments, Phillips emerged from his badly damaged racer and was diagnosed with bumps and bruises and was released from medical attention. Lucas also would be done for the night. As the red flag flew, Travis Buzzell and Scott Alexander locked bumpers, and after a lengthy caution trying to separate them, the field went back to green.

Once back racing, several teams did their best to come from the back of the pack, but the blistering pace set by Robbins, Armington and Ron Henry, did not give not give them much opportunity to crack the top five. Late in the race Armington closed to within a couple car lengths of Robbins but that was as close as he could get. The rookie driver claimed his first career, PASS win. Armington raced home second ahead of Ron Henry, Scott McDaniel and Doug McClure. Sixth through tenth were J.R. Baril, Andy Shaw, Travis Buzzell, Billy Dixon and Scott Alexander. Heat checkers flew for Robbins and McDaniel.

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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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Reino Tulonen Passes

NEAR Hall of Famer was 89

FITCHBURG — Reino Kalervo Tulonen, 89, of Fitchburg, died Jan. 26th at HealthAlliance Leominster Hospital, after an illness.

He leaves his wife of 69 years, Anna Mae (Deery) Tulonen; one son, Rodney Arthur Tulonen and his wife, Patricia Magrosky, of Springfield, VT; two daughters, Joanne Tulonen of Seattle, WA. and Elaine T. Pierce and her partner, Joel Slutsky, of Alstead, NH; six grandchildren, Gregory Tulonen, Sarah Pritchett, Melissa O’Dell, Michael O’Dell, Lucie Pierce and Jeremie Pierce and four great-grandchildren, Simone Parker, Connor and Riley Tulonen and Alina O’Dell; and many nieces and nephews, including Nancy, Ronald and David Riikonen, who became part of the family. He also leaves a close family friend, Claude Caswell, who was considered another son. He was predeceased by a daughter, Betty Tulonen, a sister, Elvi Berkio and two brothers, Urho and Toivo Riikonen.

Mr. Tulonen was born in Lunenburg, on August 20, 1924, a son of the late Emil Kaarle and Alina (Bjorbacka) Riikonen Tulonen. He was raised in Lunenburg and attended schools there. When he was young he worked for the Crocker-Burbank Company, and then moved to Custom Auto Body where he worked until starting his own business as a front end alignment specialist until he retired. But his real love was racing cars.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series 2013 Banquet in the Books

Mike O’Sullivan Honors as 2013 Champion

Mike O'Sullivan

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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New England Truck Series Announces 2014 Schedule

The New England Truck Series has announced it’s 2014 schedule, expanding to three new tracks that were not part of the 2013 schedule. The series will start and end the season at Thompson International Speedway bookends for a 13 date tour which includes multiple visits to Waterford Speedbowl and Monadnock Speedway as well. Twin State Speedway has a June event on the NETS schedule after being absent from last year’s tour. Star Speedway and Hudson International Speedway will make up an exciting new doubleheader weekend for the series in July. The schedule also includes two race weekends reserved for events that have not yet been confirmed.

“We’re excited to be expanding our schedule this season,” said series director Lorrraine Pard. “We know racers love to race anywhere they can, and it’s very exciting for us to be able to offer our teams the opportunity to compete at different facilities around the northeast. Bringing the series to Star and Hudson, and back to Twin State is great for our series and I know they’re excited to have us.”

Before the 2014 season kicks off, The New England Truck Series will celebrate it’s 2013 season on Saturday Jan 18th at the NETS Awards Banquet at the Imperial Room in Danielson, CT. Duane Noll will accept his second consecutive series title. Banquet tickets are $40 and available by contacting lorraine@newenglandtruckseries.com.

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PASS North Series Set to Embark on Ambitious 2014 Schedule

Pro All Stars Series President, Tom Mayberry has announced and released his 2014 PASS North schedule for the PASS Super Late Models as well as the PASS Mods, and PASS Sportsman. The series will kick off in April, and end in late September.

Oxford Plains Speedway will be the home track of the Series and the season opener on Saturday, April 12, with a rain date of Sunday, April 13th. The event will feature PASS Super Late Models, Mods, and Sportsman. A date of April 26th has been reserved in case of bad weather or wet grounds for the opener. Beech Ridge Speedway will be the next event on the card scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd. This night will feature PASS Super Late Models as well as PASS Mods and Sportsman. Star Speedway is set to return to the PASS schedule in 2014 on Saturday, May 10th with the Pass Super Late Models and PASS Mods on the card.

The PASS North Series heads across the border to Chardiere, Quebec for Round #1 of the Triple Crown Series for Super Late Models on Saturday, May 17th. The following week, May 24th, the Super Late Models head to White Mountain Motorsports Park for a 150 lap main event. The Tour will sit idle until Saturday, June 14th where there will be an event on the schedule, but track and divisions have yet to be posted.

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NEAR Introduces “Class Of 2013” At 16th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

South Windsor, CT — On Sunday November 10, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 16th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Manelley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT., the HOF celebrates literally hundreds of feature victories, championships, and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing within the New England region.

Instituted in 1998, the HOF now boasts membership of well-over 100 deserving individuals.

Opening comments by NEAR President Al Feeney along with a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by past NEAR President Bob Seller and his wife began the day. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies.

Inducted this year were drivers Ralph Nason, Stan Meserve, Drew Fornoro, Bill Eldridge, Bob Sharp, Brian Ross, the late Bob Stefanik, and longtime car owner Ron Berndt.

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Milt Blood Passes at 74

Milton Estes Blood-lifelong resident of Pepperell; 74

PEPPERELL — Milton Estes Blood, 74, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2013 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Brighton, MA. surrounded by his loving family.

Milton was born on November 12, 1938, son of Lester E. and Lillian D. (Bouchard) Blood of Pepperell, both of whom predeceased him. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Raymond L. Blood and Gerry H. Blood.

Milt was a lifelong Pepperell resident and attended the Pepperell schools. Following high school, he served two years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He made a career as a longhaul truck driver, driving for several large companies such as Bemis Bag Co. of Pepperell, Subler Trucking of Maine, and Pepsi (EPIC Enterprises) of Ayer, MA. He also drove for several smaller private companies and owned his own trucks during his career. Milt also had a great passion for auto racing and was a very accomplished driver in the New England Super Modified racing circuits, driving his own cars and also for several other car owners.

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Impressive Cast Set for NEAR Fame Fete

An all-star cast will induct an equally impressive group of inductees at the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday Nov. 10 at the Lodge at Manelleys in South Windsor, CT. It is the 16th NEAR Hall of Fame class.

Steve Pellerin and Bruce Elder will be inducting fellow Maine natives Ralph Nason and Stan Meserve respectively. Open cockpit racing is well represented by Chris Romano and Dick Monahan who will honor multi-time Northeastern Midget Association champions Drew Fornoro and Billy Eldridge respectively.

Lew Boyd will bring forth Bob Sharp, arguably New England’s greatest road racer.

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Bobby Baillargeon Picks Up Hudson Hugger 100 victory

HUDSON, NH — Kingston NH’s Bobby Baillargeon led all but lap 2 on his way to his second consecutive Hudson Hugger win. Hudson’s Derek Griffith and Baillargeon brought the 21 field car down to the green, and the pair raced wheel to wheel for the first few laps, swapping the lead back and forth, before Bobby was able to close the door for the top spot. Barry Gray, Jimmy Renfrew and Mike O’Sullivan rounded out the top five on the opening laps.

The first caution came out on the 21st circuit when Eric Sands spun in the fourth corner. Austin Brehio made slight contact, but went to the pits for repairs. It was three laps later when the second yellow flew when the points leader Jeremy Davis, Jake Vanada and Mike O’Sullivan got together in turn three.

Once back under way, Baillargeon set sail at the top of the field, opening up a few car length advantage over Griffith, but the action behind the leaders was hot. Barry Gray continued to run third until just shy of the halfway point before starting to lose the handles. Frahm and Renfrew slid by on the 42nd lap.

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Mike O’Sullivan Takes Gate City Classic 100

HUDSON, NH — The always exciting Granite State Pro Stock Series traveled to Hudson Speedway for event number five of their 2013 tour. A sweltering day and a packed grand stand welcomed 19 of the finest. After heat races the first six redrew for starting positions, with Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA pulling the #1 out of the hat. Veteran Phil Meany of Gardner, MA would start outside pole. Popular Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH, Mighty Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, Mike Parks of Walpole,NH and newcomer Craig Weinstein of Walpole, MA rounded out the top six starters.

At the drop of the green Barry Gray soared to the front followed by Jeremy Davies, Mike O’Sulllivan and Tommy O’Sullivan. A lap 7 yellow flag for a spin by Meany in turn 2 slowed the track action briefly. When racing resumed Davis outran Gray putting the #09 in clean air with the lead, while Frahm picked his way past competitors from his fifth row starting spot to gain fourth place. While Davis went out to a five car length lead, the heavy hitters were stacking up behind Gray, whom had just enough to hold them off. On lap 18 a suspension part broke on the #82 of John-Michael Shenette, causing him to slide off turn 1 and into the sand.

Now things tightened up behind Davis and when the green flag flew Gray couldn’t come up to racing speed quick enough, so Mike O’Sullivan, Matt Frahm and Larry Gelinas all drove by Gray on the inside dropping the #29 back to fifth. A lap later Gray lost another spot to Tommy O’Sullivan. On lap 24 Frahm worked over then sailed by Mike O’Sullivan for second, setting his sights on the black #09 of Davis. Weinstein and the local hot shoe Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH teamed up on Gray, moving themselves into sixth and seventh, respectively.

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O’Sullivan Nabs Hudson Gate City Classic

Hudson, NH — Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, made his first ever visit to Hudson (NH) Speedway a memorable one as he won the Granite State Pro Stock Series sanctioned ‘Gate City Classic 100’ Sunday night, July 7.

O’Sullivan started fourth in an 18-car field and moved to the front at the beginning of lap 44 when he passed Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH.

Davis set a torrid pace after passing early leader Barry Gray on lap seven. For a period, Davis looked like the car to beat leading for 35 laps until O’Sullivan made his race-winning pass.

Buxton, ME, veteran Larry Gelinas, making his first ever start at the famed Hudson oval, drove a steady race and tried to use a lapped car to his advantage on the final lap when he almost pulled alongside O’Sullivan in a race to the checkered flag.

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Hudson’s Gate City Classic Moved to Sunday July 7th

The Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway that was scheduled for Sunday June 23rd has been moved to Sunday July 7th. Track owner Bob Webber and GSPSS President Mike Parks felt with the Huge national event being held at the New England Dragway on the 23rd of June it just made sense to juggle the schedule a little. Post time will be 6:03pm.

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NEAR Hall of Famer Charlie Elliott Passes at 96

Charles Leroy Elliott

New England Racing Hall-of-Famer had a creative 75 year career.

He built three new speedways with his own hands and refurbished three more. Some of the greatest drivers in auto racing history thrilled hundreds of thousands of fans on those race tracks, leaving decades of lasting memories.

New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall-of-Famer “Charlie” Elliott, 96, passed away in his sleep today, March 20, at his home in Hernando, FL.

Self-educated, his common sense approach, quiet vice-grip handshake and humor matched by a determined work ethic were his characteristics, building a legendary career from New England to Florida.

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Joe Cast Passes Away at 80

Joseph Castellucci

Joe Cast of Somerville, MA began his career in stock cars at the old Medford Bowl in the mid-1950s. He competed at a number of tracks including Hudson, Manchester, Norwood and West Peabody. He drove the #72, 46, 15 and the Falconi #10 cars.

He was as driver with the Atlantic Auto Racing Association circuit at Brookline, NH and Westboro, MA. A regular winner at both facilities in the Class A cars, Cast won an incredible 9 in a row at Brookline in 1964.

After his retirement from driving, he served as the flagman at Westboro Speedway.

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Here is my interview with Cast from the 2010 Westboro Speedway reunion.

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2012 New England Auto Racing Hall Of Fame Pioneer Inductees Announced

Twenty racing pioneers considered central to the success of the sport in New England during its formative era will be inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday, November 18 at the Speedway Clubhouse located on the grounds of the Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut.

Just completed, the selection follows a lengthy voting process administered by a committee of the region’s foremost auto racing historians.

Slated for induction are stock car drivers Tony Mordino, Sparky Belmont, Hank Stevens, Ed Patnode, Johnny Georgiades, Wally Silva, and Ray Brown.

Midget racing standouts Eddie Casterline, George Rice, Al Pillion, Billy Tibbert, Frank Simonetti, Charlie Ethier, and George Monson round-out the open-wheel inductees.

Completing the list of those entering the Hall of Fame are car owners Anthony “Beebe” Zalenski, Ed Stone, Wen Kelley, Bob Oliver, Gordon Ross, and owner & promoter of Connecticut’s former Plainville Stadium, Joe Tinty.

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Baillargeon Rules in Granite State Pro Stock Series Hudson Hugger 100

Veteran racer scores first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win

HUDSON, NH — Bobby Baillargeon was virtually untouchable as the veteran stock car racer led all 100 laps and claimed his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win at Hudson Speedway in Hudson, NH in the Hudson Hugger 100.

The Kingston, NH driver drew the pole position in the top-eight redraw and set up his winning effort. Baillargeon was able to pull out to sizeable leads, but a late race restart on lap 94 put Granite State Pro Stock Series point leader Bobby Cabral to his outside.

Baillargeon prevailed on the final restart at Cabral got shuffled back on the outside and cruised to his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win.

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