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GSPSS To Celebrate Independence Day on Saturday at Speedway 51

WALPOLE, N.H. —

Speedway 51, a quarter-mile asphalt oval in Groveton, New Hampshire, will place host to the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) this coming Saturday night, July 2. It will be the fifth of 11 races on the 2016 schedule for the GSPSS.

The 100 lap special, which has $2,000 up for grabs to the winner, is expected to be a hotly contested battle between those at the top of the points standings as they close in on the halfway point of the season. The race will also be part of the Speedway 51 Independence Day celebration, with fireworks capping off the evening racing card.

Coming into the 100 lap event, Belchertown, Massachusetts driver Barry Gray leads the point standings behind the wheel of his No. 29 Meadows Motor Car Chevrolet. Gray, who finished sixth at Speedway 51 in 2015, is hoping he will unload off the truck with a setup that just takes a few tweaks to make perfect, since he has the experience at the track before.

“I like consistent finishes, but I’m going to Speedway 51 to win it,” Gray said. “It’s a great place to run a race, they are doing a great job with the facility with all the changes they have made. We are going to the different places with the GSPSS all the time and that’s what makes it so exciting for both the drivers and the fans.”

The defending winner of the event is Jeremy Davis. He outdueled the best of the GSPSS in 2015, beating out Wayne Helliwell Jr. from the outside lane to take the lead. He held off Brad Babb and multi-time Speedway 51 track champion Derek Ming in the final laps.

This season, new drivers hope to carry the checkered flag at the end of the 100 lap distance. Series Rookie of the Year contenders Mike Mitchell and Glenn Martel have been off to fast starts and hope to continue them this weekend. Veteran Mike Parks has quietly kept himself at the front of the pack in the point standings and hopes to break out and grab a victory.

Other entries for the feature include names like Cory Casagrande, Mike O’Sullivan, John Salemi and many other competitors, all in search of victory. Drivers will have some time off following this event — since the next race is scheduled for Riverhead Raceway. The series inaugural trip to the oval in Long Island is slated for July 30.

Admission to the front gate Saturday is $20 for adults and just $5 for those between the ages of 13-16. Children 12 and under will enter the front gate at no charge. The paddock fee for the night will be $40 for those who are not licensed at Speedway 51.

For more information on the GSPSS, visit www.gspss.net, or email series president Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net.

QUICK FACTS: GSPSS 100 at Speedway 51

Track Facts:

1    1/4 mile facility located in Groveton, New Hampshire

2    Runs weekly racing on Saturday nights

Race Facts:

1    Blind draw for heat starting spots

2    12 lap heat races

3    100 lap feature

4    $2,000 to the winner

Event Schedule:

1    Pits open at 11:30 am

2    GSPSS Practice 2:00 to 2:20, 3:00 to 3:20, 4:00 to 4:20

3  Heat racing begins at 5:30 p.m.

News and Notes from the Granite State Pro Stock Series – Gray Leads Points, Salemi Off To Impressive Start

WALPOLE, N.H. __

Through four races of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) slate in 2016, four different winners have carried the checkered flag and there has been some top-notch racing in each event.

It was Jacob Dore winning a thrilling battle to open the season at White Mt. Motorsports Park and he was followed by Mike O’Sullvain, who took the checkers at Monadnock Speedway.

O’Sullivan picked up a crucial win in a guaranteed qualifier event for the Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock 200 coming up on July 13. He will be just one of the names representing the GSPSS at Seekonk that Wednesday night.

Veteran Pro All Star Series driver DJ Shaw scored the victory at Lee USA and most recently, Jeremy Davis outdueled Derek Griffith and Shaw in the final laps to win the feature event at Claremont Speedway.

Gray Off To Consistent Start; Leads Updated Point Standings

Barry Gray comes out of the first four races of the season with the points lead behind the wheel of his No. 29 Meadows Motor Car Super Late Model.

Gray, who has finished inside the top-10 in all four of the races, finished a best of second at the opener at White Mt. Motorsports Park. He followed that up with a seventh at Monadnock, but then drove right back into the top five, grabbing a fourth place finish at Lee USA Speedway. Most recently, Gray crossed the stripe in sixth at Claremont.

His average finish thus far is a strong 4.75 and Gray thinks his success so far in 2016 could propel him into the remainder of the season and hopefully the 2016 GSPSS championship.

“We started out okay, but the last couple races we struggled just a little bit,” Gray said. “We ended up finding out that we had a bad shock on the car and that’s why we were struggling. I want consistent finishes, but we want to win it. I sent it up to Distance Racing Chassis and Jeff Taylor and those guys found out what was wrong with it and we have it fixed now. I’m hoping to go and have some strong runs, especially next weekend at Speedway 51.”

Jeremy Davis Back in Victory Lane

In the most recent GSPSS race at Claremont Speedway, Jeremy Davis drove his No. 09 back into victory lane. Davis battled defending series champion Derek Griffith and veteran DJ Shaw over the final laps in a thrilling finish. When contact between Shaw and Griffith sent Shaw spinning, it left Griffith at the point with Davis challenging right behind him.

He pounced when it mattered most — jumping alongside Griffith and edging him at the stripe by a mere few inches. It was one of the most exciting races the series has seen in the past few seasons and Davis able to come away with the checkered flag, his first since the 2015 season at Lee USA Speedway last July.

Salemi Impressive Thus Far

Veteran driver John Salemi is off to a solid start to the 2016 season through the first four races. He has finished inside the top-10 three times, including a best of fourth place last time out at Claremont Speedway.

He started the season with a seventh at White Mt., then a sixth place run at Monadnock — two solid efforts. He struggled with a racing deal at Lee USA Speedway and was forced to a 20th place finish, but at Claremont, he got things back straight and rolled up inside the top-five.

Salemi did not compete in the 2015 race at Speedway 51, but moves into the track with momentum hoping for a solid run.

Speedway 51 Up Next for GSPSS

A prize of $2,000 is up for grabs on July 2, when the Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to Speedway 51 for an Independence Day weekend special. Davis is the defending winner of the race — one that normally draws outsiders who join the series from tracks across the Northeast.

Last season, Seekonk Speedway driver Kevin Casper made the trip to Speedway 51 and finished inside the top-five. He is expected to make the return and compete against series regulars like Barry Gray, Mike Parks and Mike Mitchell.

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The Granite State Pro Stock Series has posted entry forms for the next two events at Speedway 51 on July 2 and then the inaugural event at Riverhead Raceway on July 30.

Drivers can find those forms on the series website.

For more information on the GSPSS, visit www.gspss.net, or email series president Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net

Barry Gray sits atop the point chase after 4 events. (Lin Mat Photo

Davis, Griffith & Shaw Thrill Claremont fans in a Classic Twin State 100 finish!!

The Twin State 100 saw some new drivers on the roster adding to the variety seen in all of the GSPSS races started this year.  George Bessette of Danbury, CT., Tommy O’Sullivan, of Wilbraham, MA., and local racer Jimmy Zullo of Claremont, NH all added their names to the list of already competitive list of drivers running.

Last years winner Derek Griffith and newcomer to Claremont, DJ Shaw set the pace early in the day, both attaining 13.9 lap times in practice. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. and Bill Ahern of Bellerica, MA. started on the front row. Guy Caron of Lempster, NH took an early lead, showing his knowledge of the track.  Griffith, Shaw, and Davis quickly made their way through the pack to the top five in the early laps of the race. Caron led for twenty-five laps until the first caution flew for Glenn Martel as he spun in turn two

On the restart, Shaw took advantage of his position near the front, and captured the lead which he would hold for a total of sixty-six laps of the race. On lap forty-seven, hometown racer Jimmy Zullo found himself in the pit for the first time in the feature after he hit the front stretch wall in practice.  He continued to battle the car throughout the night. On lap fifty-five Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT and George Bessette of Danbury, CT made contact in turn four.

Griffith took the lead on lap fifty-seven, but Shaw promptly stole it back, leading until lap ninety-four. Contact between Mike Parks of Walpole, NH and Tommy O’Sullivan in turn four stet up a six-lap shootout between Shaw, Griffith, and Davis.  The last four laps saw four different lead changes and heated restarts among the top three contenders for the win.

On lap ninety-eight Griffith and Shaw made contact on the backstretch, which led to both drivers coming out of turn four sideways and Griffith triumphed as Shaw spun.  In the final laps Griffith and Davis battled to the finish line, Davis crossing first, to become the fourth different driver to win on the series this season.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing July 2, 2016 at Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH.

 

 

Unofficial Finish

1          09        Jeremy Davis

2          12        Derek Griffith

3          08        Mike O’Sullivan

4          63        John Salemi

5          42        Guy Caron

6          29        Barry Gray

7          66        Mike Parks

8          4          Tommy O’Sullivan

9          15        George Bassette

10        51        Bill Ahern

11        1          Cory Casagrande

12        40        Mike Mitchell

13        23        Glenn Martel

14        18        Michael Scorzelli

15        68        Craig Wwinstein

16        60        DJ Shaw

17        10        Jimmy Zullo

 

Contingency Winner

Car #

Name

 

AR Bodies (Hard Luck) $100.00 10 Jimmy Zullo

 

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place) $100.00 12 Derek Griffith

 

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap) $100.00 1 Cory Casagrande

 

Coilover (Feature winner) $300.00 09 Jeremy Davis

 

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place) $50.00 08 Mike O’Sullivan

 

Five Star Bodies (5th Place) $50.00 42 Guy Caron

 

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) $25.00 12 Derek Griffith

 

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) $25.00 09 Jeremy Davis

 

Magnus Racing (2nd Place) $100.00 12 Derek Griffith

 

Powertrain (4th Place) $100.00 63 John Salemi

 

RB Performance  (3rd Place) $50.00 08 Mike O’Sullivan

 

RB Performance (7th Place) $50.00 66 Mike Parks

 

Seymour Performance (Random Draw) $50.00 51 Bill Ahern

 

Sherwood Wheels (Most Laps Lead) 60 DJ Shaw

 

Sunoco (Heat Winner) 5 Gals Race Fuel 12 Derek Griffith

 

Sunoco (Heat Winner) 5 gal Race Fuel  09  Jeremy Davis

 

VDL Fuel (5th Place) $100.00 42 Guy Caron

 

Track—Claremont Speedway, 1/3 mile Claremont NH.

Race—Twin State 100

Time of Race—50:25.9

Cautions—(6)—laps 26-56-60-94-97-98

Margin of Victory—.024

Best Lap Time—Derek Griffith

Best Lap By—13.955

Lap Leaders—(Lap 1, M. O’Sullivan)-(2-26, Caron) (27-57, Shaw)(58-60, Griffith) (61-94, Shaw) (95-97, Griffith) (98, Shaw) (99, Griffith) (100, Davis)

Photo Credits Chip Cormie