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Granite State Pro Stocks Headed For Inaugural Visit at Riverhead Raceway

 

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — This Saturday, July 30, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) visits Riverhead Raceway in Long Island, New York for the inaugural Riverhead 100.

The $2,000 to win feature event is set to be a battle between the stars of the GSPSS who run with the tour regularly up against those who compete in the Late Model class at Riverhead as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Series points leader Barry Gray leads the way into the 1/4 mile bullring — but he is closely followed by Cory Casagrande — who has come on strong of late. Casagrande says he may be at an advantage over some of the rest of the field when they roll onto the track on Saturday, since he has been at the track and watched racing action before.

“We are going to a new track for basically everyone in Riverhead,” Casagrande said. “I’m probably one of the few people that run the tour that has even been there to watch a race, so I am looking forward to being there.”

The sixth race of the 11-event schedule already has an impressive list of drivers slated to compete. GSPSS regulars Mike Parks, Mike Mitchell, Glenn Martel and others have filed entry paperwork.

Mike and Tommy O’Sullivan, brothers out of Massachusetts, will also compete along with D.J. Shaw. Some of the Riverhead regulars who will search the glory include Jarrod Hayes, Roger Oxee, Chris Turbush and John Baker.

Series president and founder Mike Parks, who enters the race third in GSPSS points, is happy to invade the 1/4 mile bulling in the inaugural visit and hopes that the series racing puts the fans on the edge of their seat.

“We are all looking forward to going to Riverhead,” Parks said. “With some of the local teams racing, it’s going to be great for the fans. It will be interesting to see how the local racers fair against the tour racers — they will definitely have a home track advantage.”

On Saturday, the front spectator gates open at 4 p.m. and qualifying racing begins at 6 p.m. The track regular NASCAR Modifieds, Figure 8’s, Super Pro Trucks, Blunderbusts and the 4/6 Cylinder Enduro will also compete on Saturday along with the GSPSS.

For more information on the series, drivers, teams and fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net 

QUICK FACTS: Inaugural GSPSS 100 at Riverhead Raceway

RACE FACTS: 

  1. 100 lap feature
  2. 12 lap heat races
  3. Blind draw for heat starting positions
  4. $2,000 up for grabs to the winner

Event Schedule:

  1. Front gates open at 4:00 p.m.
  2. Racing starts at 6:00 p.m.

Casagrande Sitting Second In Points Through Five GSPSS Races

Photo Credit (Chip Cormie)

After five races in the 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series campaign, Cory Casagrande sits second in the points standings.

Casagrande is a native of Stafford Springs, Connecticut and drives the No. 1 Shark Cycles, Casagrande Builders Chevrolet at each of the races on the GSPSS schedule. So far in 2016, the season has had its ups and downs, but Casagrande sits second in the point standings going into the second half of the season.

“I think from last year to this year, we are 100% better,” Casagrande said. “I’ve been pretty happy with this season so far, we have had a couple of tough races but we’ve also had some top-fives and those are good to have. We’re going to a new track for basically everyone next in Riverhead, I’m probably one of the few people that run the tour that has even been there to watch a race, so I’m looking forward to going back there.

His season started with a part failure at White Mt. Motorsports Park, which forced him to finish at the tail end of the field — not the start to the season he had hoped for. However, Casagrande rebounded quickly, jumping to third at the finish at one of his favorite tracks, Monadnock Speedway.

From there, Casagrande finished 11th at both Lee USA Speedway and Claremont, but the Claremont finish did not show how strong the Casagrande Builders car was. He was running up towards the front before being collected in a crash that sent him to the tail and he could only rebound to 11th. The setup and knowledge that he gained at Claremont has him excited for when the series returns on August 5.

“I’m looking to going back to Claremont,” Casagrande said. “We had a good run going there last time until we got caught up in a wreck late and I just wasn’t able to get back anything I lost. I also seem to always run pretty decent at Monadnock and Waterford as well.”

Though he is sitting second in the points and there are only six races left on the 2016 calendar, Casagrande isn’t looking at the point standings just yet. He currently trails GSPSS former winner Barry Gray by 14 points and leads Mike Parks by two points and Mike Mitchell by just four points.

He is hoping to continue his hot streak by doing nothing different in the final few races.

“I try not to look at the points because it messes with you, so I am going to just continue what I am doing and pretend that I am not racing for points,” Casagrande said. “If we are there at the end, we will worry about it then. That would be great.”

As with every team on the GSPSS roster and every team involved in racing, without his sponsors, supporters and family and friends, Casagrande wouldn’t be able to do what he enjoys doing each week.

“I have to thank Bob Charland, Casagrande Builders, my mom and dad and everyone that helps out in the crew. It’s a true team effort every week, they travel with me and it’s a lot of work both at the shop and at the track.”

The GSPSS returns to action on July 30, with the inaugural appearance at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, New York.

For more information on the series, drivers, teams and fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net 

Davis Dominates at Speedway 51

The Granite State Pro Stock Series made the long haul to Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH this Fourth of July weekend. Although DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH looked like the driver to beat with lap times of 12.7 in practice and the heats, it was Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH who walked away with a first place trophy Saturday night.

Mike Parks of Walpole, NH started on the pole, and was fast all afternoon posting the second fastest lap time behind Shaw.  Last weeks winner Jeremy Davis started on the outside pole. Davis secured the lead immediately. Lap four saw the one and only caution of the night when area racer Ben Belanger of Whitefield, NH spun in turn two.

Brandon lambert, Tracy Gordon & Brad Babb in feature action at Speedway 51 (Smokin Shutters Photo)After the restart, the race belonged to Davis. Shaw fought early on to capture the lead, however, Davis seemed to be in his own zip code all night.  On lap 33 Parks came out of turn four loose and looked like he was going to spin but managed to save it on the front stretch, the other cars managing to get around him without incident.

By the halfway mark Davis and Shaw had lapped half of the field. The race saw the most movement in the middle of the pack with the biggest coming from Tracy Gordon of Strong, ME. Gordon started the race 11th and finished 3rd making an impressive debut in the series this year. Mike Mitchell who came all the way from Cumberland, RI was moved up two positions finishing 6th for the night.

Points leader Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA struggled all night, cutting a tire in his heat and falling off the pace in the feature. Cory Casagrande finished a strong fourth place, moving him up to second in points. At the close of the race Davis won with a strait away lead on Shaw, and Gordon followed in third.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing July 30, 2016 at Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead LI.

Unofficial Finish

1          09        Jeremy Davis

2          60        DJ Shaw

3          14        Tracy Gordon

4          1          Cory Casagrande

5          4ME     Brad Babb

6          40        Mike Mitchell

7          51NH   Jeremy Harclerode

8          49        Craig Weinstein

9          77        Brandon Lambert

10        66        Mike Parks

11        23        Glenn Martel

12        29        Barry Gray

13        99        Ben Belanger

14        63        John Salemi

 

Contingency Winner

Car #

Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck) $100.00 63 John Salemi

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place) $100.00 60 DJ Shaw

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap) $100.00 14 Tracy Gordon

Coilover (Feature winner)$300.00 09 Jeremy Davis

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place)$50.00 14 Tracy Gordon

Five Star Bodies (5th Place)$50.00 4ME Brad Babb

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)$25.00 60 DJ Shaw

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

Magnus Raing (2nd Place)$100.00 60 DJ Shaw

Powertrain (4th Place)$100.00 1 Cory Casagrande

RB Performance  (3rd Place)$50.00 14 Tracy Gordon

RB Performance (7th Place)$50.00 51NH Jeremy Harclerode

Seymour Performance (Random Draw) $50.00 49 Craig Weinstein

Sherwood Wheels (Most Laps Lead) 09 Jeremy Davis

Sunoco (Heat Winner) 5 gals Sunoco Race Fuel 60 DJ Shaw

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

VDL Fuel (5th Place) $100.00 4ME Brad Babb

Track—Speedway 51,      0.25 mile    Groveton, NH.

Race—100 at Speedway 51

Time of Race— 24:46.4

Cautions—(1)—laps

Margin of Victory— 8.142

Best Lap Time— 12.861

Best Lap By—Jeremy Davis

Lap Leaders—(1-100 Davis)

Photo Credits (Smokin Shutters Photos)