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Granite State Pro Stock Series Announces 2017 Awards Banquet

            Celebration To Be Held At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Clubhouse

 By: Kyle Souza, Granite State Pro Stock Series

 WALPOLE, N.H. – Even though the calendar has switched over to 2018, the Granite State Pro Stock Series still has some unfinished business from the last calendar year. But not for long.

The series is proud to announce the 2017 championship awards banquet and celebration. It will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Restaurant and Clubhouse in Thompson, Connecticut.

The event will begin with social hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., with the awards ceremony to immediately follow. The ceremony will honor the 2017 series champion, Mike O’Sullivan, along with some of the other top challengers from the season, including runner-up Scott MacMichael.

Teams are reminded that you must be present at the banquet in order to be eligible for the awards. All of the 2017 point fund money is based off of the owner standings.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Granite State Pro Stock Series website, or clicking here, but must be purchased by February 24, 2018

Below, the 2017 final top 10 in both the driver and the owner point standings are listed.

2017 FINAL DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Mike O’Sullivan – 390 points
  2. Scott MacMichael – 382 points
  3. Barry Gray – 339 points
  4. Nick Lascuola – 312 points
  5. Cory Casagrande – 302 points
  6. Josh King – 268 points
  7. Tommy O’Sullivan – 258 points
  8. Devin O’Connell – 247 points
  9. Mike Mitchell – 206 points
  10. Joe Squeglia – 194 points.

2017 FINAL OWNER POINTS:

  1. Tom O’Sullivan – 690 points
  2. Bob Labine – 682 points
  3. Barry Gray – 639 points
  4. Nick Lascuola – 612 points
  5. Rick Casagrande – 552 points
  6. Devin O’Connell – 547 points
  7. Josh King – 518 points
  8. Tommy O’Sullivan – 483 points
  9. Michael Scorzelli – 359 points

10. Mike Mitchell – 318 points

2018 Schedule Announced For Granite State Pro Stock Series

By: Kyle Souza, GSPSS

WALPOLE, N.H. – Returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Hudson International Speedway headline a tentative 13-race schedule for the Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2018.

The season will begin with a test and tune session on April 28, before drivers take the first green flag at Claremont Speedway on May 4, with a 100-lap main event. The season will conclude and the champion will once again be crowned at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“The goal of the series has always been a 14-race schedule,” GSPSS president Mike Parks said. “That seems to be the number that works. We are still working on one more addition that would bring it to 14 races and we should know if that is going to happen just after the holidays.”

On Saturday May 26, the series will visit New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the first of two events in 2018. A new twist to the schedule will include a race format of time trials instead of heats, followed by three, 35 lap features in the same night.

Teams will have just about a month off following the Speedbowl to prepare for the Second Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 23 & 24. In 2017, Eddie MacDonald dominated the second half of the 50-lap feature en route to the victory on the ‘Magic Mile’.

“Last year it was really unexpected and it went very well for everyone,” Parks said. “Other than some mechanical issues which caused a wreck in turn one, the race was clean and the teams seemed to have been able to race the track. We fully expect some additional entries and another amazing event.”

After the first of two stops at Lee USA Speedway on July 6, the series will return to Hudson International Speedway after a year hiatus on Sunday, July 15 with the running of the Gate City Classic 100.

“What can we say about Hudson, it’s like going back in time,” Parks said. “It’s an old race track, it’s rough, worn-out and just such a racer’s race track. Our teams asked about Hudson all last year and we just want to thank the Webber family for making it happen once again. We will have some other announcements about that event going forward.”

On July 28, a stop at White Mt. Motorsports Park will close out the month of July before the series returns to Monadnock Speedway on August 11. The annual JBH 100 will take place on the high-banks of the New Hampshire bullring.

“Monadnock Speedway has been a staple of the series since we started, and to be able to bring the JBH 100 back in 2018 is awesome,” Parks said. “The race is starting to build a tradition and will only get better moving forward.”

As of now, Sept. 2 and 15 are both dates with a track to be announced. On Saturday Sept. 8, the series will return to Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. with the annual Star Classic.

The final three races of the season will cover three different tracks and two different states. A second stop at Lee USA will be part of the annual Octoberfest weekend on Oct. 7 before the series visits the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson on Friday, Oct. 12.

The champion will be crowned on Saturday night Oct. 20 with the second stop at the Speedbowl, with 100 laps scheduled.

As of now, the schedule for the 2018 season is tentative and subject to change. Additional dates could be added going forward following the holiday season.

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

2018 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule:

 

Date                           Track                      City/State                Lap Distance

April 28

Claremont Speedway

Claremont, N.H.

TEST & TUNE

May 4

Claremont Speedway

Claremont, N.H.

100 laps

May 26

New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford, Conn.

Triple 35 lap features

June 23 & 24

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

50 laps

July 6

Lee USA Speedway

Lee, N.H.

100 laps

July 15

Hudson International Speedway

Hudson, N.H.

100 laps

July 28

White Mt. Motorsports Park

North Woodstock, N.H.

100 laps

August 11

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, N.H.

100 laps

Sept. 2

TBA

TBA

TBA

Sept. 8

Star Speedway

Epping, N.H.

100 laps

Sept. 15

TBA

TBA

TBA

Oct. 7

Lee USA Speedway

Lee, N.H.

100 laps

Oct. 12

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

50 laps

Oct. 20

New London Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford, Conn.

100 laps

Granite State Pro Stocks 2017 Season in Review

By Kyle Souza

Photo Troy Bregy

WALPOLE, N.H. – The 2017 Granite State Pro Stock Series season saw one driver work himself back into championship form. Springfield, Mass. native Mike O’Sullivan never visited Victory Lane, but that didn’t matter much when it came to the fight for the title. O’Sullivan finished seventh in the finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and that was enough to clinch him his second career championship on the Granite State Pro Stock touring series.

Below are some of the top highlights from the 2017 season:

O’Sullivan Returns To Title Form: Mike O’Sullivan had been a champion before on the Granite State Pro Stock Series. The Springfield, Mass. driver entered this season hoping to return back to his prime form – and in the end – he completed his goals. A long summer and a lot of hard work ended with O’Sullivan celebrating the championship come the finale at the Speedbowl on Oct. 21. He crashed out of the Thompson World Series race and went into the season-finale at Waterford needing a ride. His bother, Tommy, gave up his car and Mike finished the season and the championship driving his brother’s machine. It was a true family effort.

MacMichael Takes Rookie of the Year Title: The 2017 season saw Scott MacMichael sit behind the wheel of a Pro Stock for the first time in his career. Even though he had competed in Late Models and Modifieds in the past, this marked a new venture for the Newbury, N.H. driver. Even though he didn’t have much experience — the season ended up going well. He finished as the Rookie of the Year in the series, which was one of his goals at the outset. However, much to his surprise, MacMichael found himself entering the final race of the season with a shot at the championship. He entered the finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl just four points from the lead, but obviously, things didn’t go his way. Even still, a second-place finish in points in your rookie season isn’t half bad. If he returns for 2018, he will immediately be one of the drivers who will be a threat for the title.

Gray Remains Winless: The 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series champion Barry Gray gave up his crown in 2017 and still didn’t visit Victory Lane. The Belchertown, Mass. driver had won the title in 2016 without winning a race and it looked as though he might be on a path to do that once again this year. However, a rough summer stretch that included multiple finishes outside the top five ended up forcing Gray to try to gain ground in the season’s final two races. He wasn’t able to accomplish his goal of winning a second straight title, but he did end the season third in the standings.

FIRST-TIME VISIT TO NHMS: When the announcement was made over the offseason that the series would visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway, drivers were ready to tackle the one-mile oval. In the First Annual New England Short Track Showdown, 26 cars showed up to Loudon and in the end, it was Eddie MacDonald picking up the victory. MacDonald struggled in the first half of the race, but came on strong after a break at halfway and was unbeatable in the final circuits. DJ Shaw finished second, while NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Matt Swanson invaded the series and finished third. The event was a success and will return for the 2018 season – more details on that will follow over the offseason.

WINNING: Only one driver was able to visit Victory Lane on multiple occasions this season. Joe Squeglia scored three victories behind the wheel of his No. 03 – winning at Lee USA Speedway, Star Speedway and New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Other than him – there was a mix of first-time winners and veterans returning to the winner’s circle. Jeremy Davis started the season with a victory at Lee, while Mike Mitchell rolled into Riverhead and captured his first career win in race two of the season. After that, Tommy O’Sullivan and David Darling went to Victory Lane at Claremont and Seekonk. In the First Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Eddie MacDonald added to his impressive NHMS resume once again with a victory in the 50-lap feature.  Squeglia won his first race of the season at Lee and then Todd Stone rolled into the winner’s circle. In the annual JBH 100 at Monadnock, Josh King won his first GSPSS feature and then Garrett Hall scored the win on the night before the Oxford 250. In the final three races – Squeglia won twice – while Derek Ramstrom took a home-track victory in the Sunoco World Series at Thompson.

 A LOOK BACK AND FORWARD:

 Granite State Pro Stock Series president Mike Parks weighed in with comments looking back at the 2017 season, as well as looking ahead to 2018.

On 2017:

 “We have to be thrilled that we had 103 different drivers compete with us this year,” Parks said. “That’s just truly amazing. We had the most competitive season in our history and going into the finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, there were only four points separating Mike O’Sullivan and Scott MacMichael. As a series, you can’t ask for anything better than that.”

On 2018:

“The future is bright for our series, for sure,” Parks said. “Our phone is ringing off the hook with people inquiring about our series. We are hard at work looking at the schedule for next year. We hope to have it ready in early December. Of course, heading back to New Hampshire for the second New England Short Track Showdown. We will be looking at a 14-race schedule.”

On Running The Series From President Role:

“As far as the series as a whole goes, I really feel we are in good shape. As much as I want to get behind the wheel, I have finally come to the conclusion that I have to run the series from behind the scenes. This year, we made huge strides in the right direction from the teams, to the officials and everyone else – we had a fantastic season.”

Keep updated with the latest news from the Granite State Pro Stock Series over the offseason by following the series on social media or visiting www.gspss.net.