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Points Leader Gray and Recent Winner Shaw Lead The Way Into Star Classic 100

WALPOLE, N.H. –

 The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is headed to Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire this Saturday night Sept. 10 for the running of the Star Classic 100.

The 51st annual classic will take place on Saturday, as the GSPSS helps headline the night of action alongside the International SuperModified Association (ISMA) and their 150-lap feature race.

The 100-lap feature event for the GSPSS is expected to be a hotly contested battle, especially since the championship chase is coming down to the stretch of the season and is close at the top. Following the Star Classic, just two races remain on the 2016 schedule.

The series will visit Monadnock Speedway next Saturday August 17, then visit New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Bemer’s Big Show weekend, Oct. 22-23.

During the Star stop in 2015, current second place points driver D.J. Shaw captured the victory behind the wheel of his No. 60 in just his second start of the season.

Shaw is also the most recent winner on the series, capturing the win in the inaugural stop at Wiscasset Speedway last Sunday afternoon and is hoping to continue his success on Saturday.

Coming into the event, Shaw trails Belchertown, Massachusetts driver Barry Gray by just four points in the championship battle. Gray struggled some at Wiscasset Speedway last weekend, coming home with a finish outside the top-10 and allowing Shaw to close the gap.

Gray finished eighth at Star last season while Shaw was able to capture the big trophy. In 2014, former series champion Dillon Moltz took down the win in the Classic 100.

Expected entries for Saturday’s race include point contenders Mike Mitchell, Cory Casagrande and Mike Parks, along with reigning series champion Derek Griffith, who has had his own success at Star in the past. Griffith captured a victory on the series at Star in June of 2015 and finished second in last year’s event.

Adding onto the already impressive list of bonus awards for drivers that the series has compiled, well-known auto racing newspaper Area Auto Racing News — based in New Jersey — will award the top three finishers in the Star 100 with a 20-week subscription to their weekly edition newspaper.

On Saturday, pit gates will open at 10:00 a.m. GSPSS teams will practice from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m., along with a final practice session from 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Heat racing begins at 4:15 p.m., with the 12 lap qualifying rounds for the GSPSS up first. Feature racing begins at 5 p.m. and the GSPSS is scheduled for the second to last feature race of the night.

For more information on the GSPSS, fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net

QUICK FACTS: Star Classic 100 at Star Speedway

TRACK FACTS:

  1. 1/4 mile oval located in Epping, New Hampshire
  2. Holds weekly racing card on Saturday nights
  3. Will hold the 51st annual Star Classic this weekend

RACE FACTS:

  1. Star Classic 100 lap feature event
  2. 12 lap heat races
  3. 24 guaranteed starters

EVENT SCHEDULE:

  1. Pit gates open at 10 a.m.
  2. Practice from 1:30-2, then 2:45-3
  3. Heat races at 4:15
  4. Features begin at 5 p.m., GSPSS is second to last in the order

Chip Cormie Photo

Shaw Sails to Victory in Inaugural GSPSS Race at Wiscasset

The Granite State Pro Stock Series inaugural race at Wiscasset Speedway started Saturday afternoon with two practice sessions and autographs in the evening. The practice sessions on Saturday saw series regulars Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH, and Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA clocking laps at 15.1 seconds.  However, on Sunday this changed with Maine drivers Andy Saunders of Elsworth, ME, Jacob Dore of Sanford ME, and Scott Chubbuck of Bowdoin, ME achieving those times. The mix of experienced versus inexperienced drivers made for some interesting racing.Sept 4 Gray,Cusack & Moltz battle at Wiscasset

The first two heats of the afternoon were relatively clean and had some good racing.  Heat three however saw some action as Mike O’Sullivan, Brandon Sprague of Edgecomb, ME, and John Rideout of Washington, ME went three wide into turn one and Rideout made contact with the wall, bringing out the red flag.  The ensuing laps saw a battle in the front between DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH and Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH.  On the last lap Davis was sideways and managed to save it to hold off Shaw for the heat win.

The feature saw Griffith and Saunders pace the 27 car field.  Saunders pulled out to an early lead and held that lead for the first 16 laps of the race until Shaw took the lead for the first time in the feature. Lap 25 saw the first caution of the night when Travis Dunbar of Auburn, ME spun in turn two.  The restart saw Shaw retake the lead from Saunders until the caution flag waved again on lap 27 for Dillon Moltz of Waterford, CT.  After the restart Mike O’Sullivan fell off the pace and pulled into the pit on lap 33.Sept 4 Shaw, Griffith & Saunders

Shaw kept the lead until lap 50 when Griffith took the lead after chasing Shaw down amongst lap cars.  Shaw took the lead again seven laps later and held it for the remainder of the race. Glenn Martel brought the final caution on lap 73 as he went into the turn four tire barrier.  This left 25 laps for Tracy Gordon of Strong, ME to chase down Shaw to catch the win.  Unfortunately for Gordon by the end of the race Shaw had a strong lead and lap cars protecting him as he crossed the finish line. Derek Griffith crossed the line third rounding out the top three.

Saturday, September 10th the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be at Star Speedway in Epping, NH for the NH Star Classic. For more information follow the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook or at www.gspss.net

Unofficial Finish

1          60        DJ Shaw

2          41        Tracy Gordon

3          12        Derek Griffith

4          01        Andy Saunders

5          05D     Jacob Dore

6          51        John Peters

7          15H      Nick Hinkley

8          29        Barry Gray

9          09        Jeremy Davis

10        2          Nicholas Cusack

11        5          Dillon Moltz

12        4          Tommy O’Sullivan

13        35        Bobby Nadeau

14        34        Jeff Burgess

15        05J      James Ormond

16        63        John Salemi

17        2R        Chris Ryan

18        13        Nathan Tribett

19        12ME   Thomas True

20        1          Cory Casagrande

21        23W     Brandon Sprague

22        40        Mike Mitchell

23        15C     Scott Chubbuck

24        66        Mike Parks

25        23        Glenn Martel

26        6          Travis Dunbar

27        08        Mike O’Sullivan

 

Contingency Winner           Car #  Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck)                                23        Glenn Martell

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place)                                   41        Tracy Gordon

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap) 5          Dillon Moltz

Coilover (Feature winner)                          60        DJ Shaw

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place)                        12        Derek Griffith

Five Star Bodies (5th Place)                        05D     Jacob Dore

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)            01        Andy Saunders

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)            12        Derek Griffith

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)            09        Jeremy Davis

Magnus Racing (2nd Place)                                    41        Tracy Gordon

Powertrain (4th Place)                                             01        Andy Saunders

RB Performance  (3rd Place)                                  12        Derek Griffith

RB Performance (7th Place)                                   15H      Nick Hinkley

Seymour Performance (Random Draw) 4          Tommy O’Sullivan

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                01        Andy Saunders

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                12        Derek Griffith

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                09        Jeremy Davis

VDL Fuel (5th Place)                                     05D     Jacob Dore

Track—Wiscasset Speedway,      0.375  mile   Wiscasset, ME.

Race—Wiscasset 100

Time of Race— 46:10

Cautions—(3 )—laps 25, 27, 73

Margin of Victory— 1.98

Lap Leaders—(3 ) Saunders 16, Shaw 76, Derek Griffith 8

PHOTO CREDITS  Troy Bregy

GSPSS To Honor Hoyt With JBH 100 at Monadnock Saturday

WALPOLE, N.H. –

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will honor the late John Hoyt this Saturday night, with the running of the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.

The race has been dedicated to Hoyt as it has in years past and drivers will seek glory in his name. Hoyt was the co-founder of the GSPSS before he unexpectedly passed away in July 2011.

Since then, series president Mike Parks has continued to lead the way for the New England based Super Late Model series and is excited to continue this race in memory of his friend. Parks also drives his No. 66 Black Rock Steakhouse Pro Stock at each series event and is excited to try and capture the checkered flag.

“This is the date I circle on the schedule each and every year,” Parks said. “I’ve finished second twice and also third. We have come close a few times. Hopefully we can win this one for JBH.”

At the most recent appearance at Monadnock for the GSPSS this past May, Mike O’Sullivan beat DJ Shaw to the finish to win the Rydemore 100. This time, many cars are expected to appear including 2015 GSPSS champion Derek Griffith, who will make his return to competition after missing the last few races.

The points championship battle will also continue to heat up with just four races remaining before a champion is crowned.

Barry Gray comes into the event with a 20 point advantage over Shaw, who scored the most recent series checkered flag last weekend at Claremont Speedway.

Rookie of the Year contender Mike Mitchell comes into the race third in the standings, just 22 points from the top. Cory Casagrande and Parks round out the top five. Others expected to compete include John Salemi, Glenn Martel and others.

The GSPSS will be joined by the Young Guns, Lightning Stocks, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Super Stocks and Sportsman Mods for a full night of racing action.

The paddock fee will be $40, with the front gate admission fee for adults set at $20.

Those fans 65+ or in college will enter for $15, while those students from 12-18 will enter for $5. Any young fans under the age of 12 will be admitted free of charge for the nights racing card.

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

QUICK FACTS: GSPSS JBH 100 at Monadnock

Track Facts:

1   High banked, 1/4 mile track under the NASCAR Home Tracks sanction

2   Runs weekly on Saturday night with six division

Race Facts:

1   In memory of John Hoyt (JBH 100)

2   12 lap heat races

3   24 guaranteed starters

4   100 lap feature

Event Schedule:

1   Practice starts at 3:00 p.m. (One 45 minute session and one 15 minute session)

2   Heat racing starts at 6 p.m. (GSPSS is last in the heat rotation)

Feature racing starts at 7 p.m. (GSPSS is last in the feature rotation)