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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

Granite State Pro Stock Series Two Races Left In 2017 For GSPSS

Thompson World Series Up Next

WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will roll into Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday afternoon for race 11 of the 2017 season. The Sunoco World Series 60 lap main event is the second-to-last race of the season for the New England based Pro Stock touring series.

Heading to Thompson, Mike O’Sullivan holds a 14-point lead in the championship standings as he seeks another title on the series. The Springfield, Mass. driver hasn’t won yet this season, but his runs inside the top five during the year have placed him at the front of the pack among those regulars.

Behind O’Sullivan, Scott MacMichael sits second, just 14 points back in his Rookie of the Year campaign. MacMichael will obviously lock up the Rookie title, but will also be looking to pull off a championship in just his first season driving Pro Stocks. The former Late Model competitor has taken the jump to Pro Stocks extremely well.

PLACE: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Conn.

DATE: Friday, Oct. 14, 2017

TIME: 5 p.m. post-time for heat races; 7 p.m. feature (times are approx.)

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Entries for Friday’s 60-lap main event around the 0.625-mile oval include NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Woody Pitkat, who will make his series debut. A pair of Derek’s return to the series as well. Former series champion Derek Griffith is back, along with Derek Ramstrom, who has run well on the series before and visited Victory Lane in his No. 35.

Other entries include Rusty Poland and 2017 Star Speedway Small Block Super Champion Brad Babb have also entered. Series regulars Nick Lascuola, Barry Gray and Cory Casagrande, who are all still fighting for points, will also compete.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner Eddie MacDonald also returns to the series behind the wheel of his EXIT Realty No. 17. Kyle Soper, Larry Gelinas and Tommy O’Sullivan also join the impressive list.

This race is scheduled for a one-day show, with practice, qualifying and the 60 lap feature all taking place on Friday night. Practice is scheduled from 1-1:25 p.m., while the second and final session will take place from 2-2:25 p.m.

Qualifying heats take the green at 5 p.m. and the Granite State Pro Stock Series is third in the qualifying order. The 60-lap feature will take the green flag at approximately 7 p.m.

The cost for the grandstands for fans is $55, but that ticket will get you access to FridaySaturday and Sunday racing. Sunday includes the season-finale for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Entry to the pit area is $75.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, fans are encouraged to visit the Facebook page or the website, www.gspss.net.

O’SULLIVAN & MACMICHAEL HEADING FOR THOMPSON ON TOP

Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews 

BY: Kyle Souza, Granite State Pro Stock Series

 WALPOLE, N.H – With 10 races down and two races to go, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is heading for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to be part of the Sunoco World Series. Heading to the high-banks of Thompson, there are two drivers at the top of the championship standings looking to capture the title.

The top of the points has Springfield, Mass. driver Mike O’Sullivan holding a 14-point advantage behind the wheel of his No. 08 Tom O’Sullivan Welding Super Late Model. In the first 10 races of the season, O’Sullivan has yet to visit Victory Lane. But the former series champion is not giving in.

“After the first race of the season at Lee it didn’t look so good,” O’Sullivan said. “We came out with the outlook that we were going to try and run for points and the championship. Crashing out on lap one of the first race and then going to Riverhead, — we were leading the race there and broke. We started out zero for two.”

The first 10 races have seen a bumpy road for O’Sullivan. He started with those finishes outside the top 10, but then turned it on, finishing three straight races inside the top seven at Claremont, Seekonk and New Hampshire.

“We had speed so I wasn’t really that worried about it to be honest,” O’Sullivan said. “We weren’t really looking at the points. When we went to Claremont, both my brothers car and my car were really good, my brother won and we finished third. Seekonk was the first time we were there, it didn’t end up too bad.”

In the five races since a fourth at NHMS, O’Sullivan has a two finishes of 13th, a 10th, fourth and second. He mentioned that he struggled at Lee and Star this season, but felt the team had great speed at all of the other tracks. His second place finish at White Mt. Motorsports Park was his best run of the year to date.

Although O’Sullivan has plenty of experience at Thompson, he doesn’t have as much experience at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. He is hoping to finish the final two races strong and mentions that you won’t necessarily have to win a race to win the title. But he is hunting that checkered flag.

“When you start the season, you have a goal (to win the championship) with your guys and you’re trying to accomplish a goal with them,” O’Sullivan said. “To see that goal through is a really good feeling; I want to see a smile on their faces. It’d be a good feeling to know that over the course of the year, you collected the most points of anyone.”

For second-place Scott MacMichael, this season has been everything he was looking for as he hopes to win his first series championship. He came into this season as a Rookie of the Year contender and has excelled behind the wheel of his No. 72.

“I didn’t know what to expect because I hadn’t driven one of these cars, so we had Dale Shaw go through the car for us. I didn’t really even know how to drive this car at the beginning of the year,” MacMichael said. “I had driven modifieds and had to save my tires, but in these cars, the tires can go hard for 100 laps. If I didn’t have a good car at the start of the race my only option was to hang out and try to stay out of the wrecks. I took it easy trying to learn the car and it has put me in position for the points. If I didn’t blow up at Loudon, we’d be in a really good position.”

The finishes for MacMichael pretty much mirror those of O’Sullivan. Both drivers have had some nights at the front of the field and both have definitely had some misfortune as well. MacMichael finished 11th in the season-opener at Lee, then fourth and sixth in the next two races. Two finishes outside the top 10 at Seekonk and NHMS pushed him back in the standings.

However, he followed it up with a fifth at Lee, a 13th at White Mt., then his best run of the year, a second place finish in the JBH 100 at Monadnock, where he says he probably should have won the race. A fifth at Star last time out bested a finish of 17th at Oxford the race before.

Much like O’Sullivan, MacMichael isn’t sure he will need to win a race in the final two in order to lock up the title. But he is going to give it everything he has to take a checkered flag.

“Bob (the car owner) and the guys have worked hard, I definitely want to win the championship in my rookie year,” MacMichael said. “It’d be great to get the championship, I kind of thought we would be a little bit better speed-wise. I’m 35-years-old, I don’t just want to win the Rookie of the Year. I want to win the championship. I’ve had such a good time doing this. To win the championship, it would mean a ton.”

O’Sullivan has sponsors like the family company, Tom O’Sullivan Welding and Flamingo Motorsports, a group that has been with him for more than a decade. Tom Rosati, among others, also help O’Sullivan get to the track.

MacMichael wishes to thank his entire team, which he says works extremely hard to get him the car he needs to race up front, along with Dale Shaw from Dale Shaw Race Cars, who has been a huge help to his team.

Both O’Sullivan and MacMichael will return to the track when the Granite State Pro Stock Series visits Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as part of the Sunoco World Series on Friday, Oct. 13. The series will practice, qualify and race all in the same day, with a 60 lap feature on tap.

Following Thompson, the only race left on the schedule is the 2017 season finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Oct. 21.

For more information on the series, fans are encouraged to visit the website, www.gspss.net, or keep up with the lastest on Facebook.