SQUEGLIA CAPTURES THIRD GSPSS WIN OF 2017

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O’SULLIVAN WRAPS UP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

 WATERFORD, Conn. – Joe Squeglia used a late pass of Angelo Belsito to capture his third Granite State Pro Stock Series victory of the season on Saturday night at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

In the 25-car field that was filled with talent, Squeglia had to start ninth in the 100-lap main event, but it didn’t take him long to work his way up through the pack. He fought for second spot for most of the first half of the race, but when he finally got clear, he set his sights on Belsito looking for the top spot.

He was able to drive around Belsito in lapped traffic with just over 20 laps to go. A caution set the stage for a wild finish, but it was Squeglia who would get the jump and pull away from the rest of the field, capturing his third victory on the season. Squeglia ends the season as the only driver to win multiple feature events on the series in 2017.

“It was a tough one,” Squeglia said in Victory Lane. “It’s been a great year for us with the Granite State (Pro Stock) Series, this is our third win in four races this year. It’s always fun to come down to Waterford, I really enjoy this track every year, I always circle it on the schedule.”

Although 25 cars took the green flag, it didn’t take long for some of them to be in the pit area with damage. A caution on just lap one saw points contender Scott MacMichael go spinning in turn four, right in front of the entire field. The first 30 laps of the race saw cautions slow the action multiple times.

Drivers like Kevin Folan, Nick Lascuola, Bobby Pelland and others all sustained damage during the crashes inside the first 30 laps. However, once the race got going under a green flag stretch, it was Belsito who found himself dominating out in front of the pack.

Belsito was cutting through lapped traffic when he approached the No. 48 of Larry Gelinas. In his attempt to put him a lap down, Squeglia came from behind and made a move to slide by Belsito and take over the top spot.

He never looked back.

When the checkered flag went in the air, Corey Bubar crossed second after getting around Belsito in the final laps. Belsito was third, followed by Ray Christian III and Nick Jenkins.

Positions six through 10 went to Derek Ramstrom, Mike O’Sullivan, Ron Silk, Scott MacMichael and Tommy O’Sullivan.

With his seventh place finish, Mike O’Sullivan locked up the 2017 Granite State Pro Stock Series championship – which was his second career. He knew he had to just finish the race in front of MacMichael if he wanted to be champion.

“We really had a good car, I was just trying to be smart about where I put the car out there tonight,” O’Sullivan said. “I really appreciate these guys racing me really clean and being careful around me. I’d really just like to say thank you to everyone who helps out and comes here.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will have more on the title run for O’Sullivan in the coming week.

For more information, fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net, or follow the series on social media.

RESULTS: Joe Squeglia, Corey Bubar, Angelo Belsito, Ray Christian III, Nick Jenkins, Derek Ramstrom, Mike O’Sullivan, Ron Silk, Scott MacMichael, Tommy O’Sullivan, Craig Weinstein, Barry Gray, Larry Gelinas, Anthony Flannery, Bobby Timmons, Cory Casagrande, Mike Scorzelli, Nick Lascuola, Chris Turbush, Rusty Poland, Brian Doyle, Devin O’Connell, Jimmy Renfew, Bobby Pelland, Kevin Folan

BLEWETT WINS WALL’S SPOOKY MOD 75 SATURDAY

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ 2017 Freehold Ford Modified stock car driving champion Jimmy Blewett of Howell pocketed $3,000 Saturday evening by winning the 75-lap main event at Wall Stadium Speedway’s annual “Spooky Spectacular” stock car event. The post season victory was Blewett’s seventh Modified feature race win of 2017 and his first since clinching his third track driving title in September.
Blewett started eighth on the grid and slowly bean to work his way to the front from the initial green flag. Zack Alspach of Willingboro jumped to the lead at the outset and raced in close formation with Howell’s Eric Mauriello who ran second. By the 20 lap mark Holmdel’s Andrew Krause and Blewett advanced to third and fourth before ducking to the pit area for new right rear tires on lap 44. Both Alspach and Mauriello elected not to stop for tires and continued to lead the way.
As the race wore on Blewett put his new tire to good use and charged to the front. On lap 54 Blewett raced past Mauriello for second before diving to the inside lane on lap 63 to take the lead from Alspach. Blewett then cruised for the final 12 laps to take the win over Mauriello. Krause drove home third with Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and Jackson’s Blake Barney fourth and fifth. Due to his worn tire and the resulting ill handling Alspach slipped to sixth in the closing laps.
“I owe this win to my grandfather,” Blewett said after the race. “We lost a little speed in the final weeks of the regular season and he gave me a little time off to work on the car. He also gave me a lot of advice like when to stop for tires. I owe a lot to him.”
The post season race meet was obviously good to newly crowned champions as Tyler Truex of Mayetta raced to victory in the companion 25-lapper for the Snap On Sportsman cars. It was his fourth win on the year. Truex led the entire way while Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson slipped into second in the closing laps to challenge. Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor, Tuckerton’s Robby Walton and Howell’s Kevin Davison were third through fifth.
The theme of race winning newly crowned champions continued in the second 25-lapper for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks as Manchester’s Scott Riggleman won just a few weeks after winning the crown. Following the six-time winner across the line were Elliott Wohl of Beachwood, Union’s Joey Helberg, Mike Montano of Fort Myers, Fla., and Brian Brown of Long Island. Wohl won the first Factory Stock 25-lapper over Riggleman, Wall’s Bob Haberstick, Montano and Helberg.
Christian LaCicero of Lavalette won by a bumper in a photo finish over Wall’s TJ Graves who came charging in the closing lap in the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stock 25 lap main. Former champ Todd Pilla of Beachwood, Jackson’s Darren Burdge and Dan Birdsall completed the top five.
Mike Alcaro of West Milford made it eight wins in as many starts in the 25-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars. Richie Davidowitz, Kevin Nowak, Matt Maring and Rob Silver wrapped up the top five.
The 2017 post season will conclude on FridaySaturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend with the annual running of Turkey Derby XLIV. Details and event schedules will be announced soon.
More information on Wall Stadium can be obtained by visiting the website at wallspeedwayracing.com.
Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
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RACE RESULTS
MODIFIED FEATURE – 75 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Derek Hopkinson, 5. Blake Barney, 6. Zack Alspach, 7. Shanon Mongeau, 8. Anthony Sesely, 9. Adam LaCicero, 10. Joey Merlino, 11. Chris Reynolds, 12. Trevor Alspach, 13. Steven Reed, 14. Shawna Ingraham
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. TYLER TRUEX, MAYETTA, 2. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 3. Jonathan Laureigh, 4. Robby Walton, 5. Kevin Davison, 6. Kyle Scisco, 7. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 8. Jake Nelke, 9. Robert Vassilatos, 10. Dom Fattarusso, 11. Howie Conk, 12. Nick Shaw, 13. Dave Bailey, 14. Louie Keraitis, 15. Todd Dige, 16. Joe Cocca, 17. Larry Thompson, 18. John Blewett IV, 19. Mike Rising
1ST FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ELLIOTT WOHL, BEACHWOOD, 2. Scott Riggleman, 3. Bob Haberstick, 4. Mike Montano, 5. Joey Helberg, 6. Joe Mongeau, 7. Steve West, 8. Jerry Stanzione, 9. Tim Majek, 10. Brian Brown, 11. Matt Badessa, 12. Whitey Miller, 13. Bill Stockert, 14. Bryan O’Shea, 15. Tom Rajkowski, 16. Tim O’Shea, 17. Nancy Riggleman, 18. Marty Van Druten, 19. Neil Rutt, 20. Robert Ptaszynski, 21. Waylon Speer, 22. Richie Byrne, 23. Ray Fattarusso
2ND FATORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SCOTT RIGGLEMAN, 2. Wohl, 3. Helberg, 4. Montano, 5. Brown, 6. Byrne, 7. Stanzione, 8. West, 9. Miller, 10. Rajkowski, 11. Majek, 12. Van Druten, 13. Ptaszynski, 14. Speer, 15. Rutt, 16. Tim O’Shea, 17. Nancy Riggleman, 18. Bryan O’Shea, 19. Haberstick, 20. Mongeau, 21. Stockert
4 CYLINDER STOCKS – 25 Laps – 1. CHRISTAIN LACICERO, LAVALLETTE, 2. TJ Graves, 3. Todd Pilla, 4. Darren Burdge, 5. Dan Birdsall, 6. Jason lane, 7. Chris Silvestri, 8. Nicole Razzano, 9. Mike Lavery, 10. Randy Hart, 11. Jennifer Schultz, 12. Mike Mee, 13. Brian DeSarno, 14. Matt Malachatka, 15. Stan Patterson, 16. Jeff Loesch, 17. Darianne McLaren, 18. Brian Osborn
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Richie Davidowitz, 3. Kevin Nowak, 4. Matt Maring, 5. Rob Silver, 6. Vinny Delaney, 7. Jon Parsons, 8. Ed Cheslak, 9. Dennis Kurras, 10. Kevin Anderson, 11. Jeff Otto

DANNY BOHN GETS CAREER FIRST WIN, JEREMY GERSTNER IS 2017 SOUTHERN MODIFIED RACING SERIES CHAMP

OUGEMONT, N.C. –  Danny Bohn of Freehold, N.J. earned his career-first victory in the 75-lap Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Saturday night at Orange County Speedway.  While Bohn celebrated the win, Jeremy Gerstner of Wesley Chapel, Fla. was celebrating the series championship after a third-place finish.
 
                Gerstner entered the race with a mere five-point advantage over Brandon Ward of Winston Salem, the duo traded the lead and even traded paint early in the event racing for the top spot.  Ward led the most laps early, but on lap 53 sixth-starting Danny Bohn rolled into the lead. 
 
                Bohn, who earlier in the evening won the Precision Built Spindles pole award, swept the night with the victory.   He becomes the sixth-different winner this season on the SMRS and the ninth overall winner in the two-year history of the tour.
 
                Gerstner and Ward battled early not only for the lead but with the championship in hand.  Gerstner and Ward both gained bonus points for leading laps and as the early laps unfolded Ward lead the most laps bringing the drivers to even with bonus points. 
 
                However, the late laps proved to be the end of a great run for Ward this season as he faded to a 10th-place finish while Gerstner maintained third – securing the championship.  Gerstner won once this year – July 1st at Hickory.   Ward won four times this year end ended second in the season-long standings.
 
                In winning the championship Gerstner also earned a guaranteed starting spot in the 15th Annual North South Shootout.  That 125-lap, $10,000-to-win race is November 4 at Concord Speedway.
 
Southern Modified Racing Series 75-Lap Feature:
1.       Danny Bohn, Freehold, N.J.
2.       Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C.
3.       Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
4.       Jason Myers, Walnut Cover, N.C.
5.       Tim Brown, Tobaccoville, N.C.
6.       George Brunnhoelzl III, North Babylon, N.Y.
7.       Josh Nichols, Cleveland, N.C.
8.       Gary Putnam, Concord, N.C.
9.       Tom Buzze, Maiden, N.C.
10.   Brandon Ward, Winston-Salem, N.C.

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