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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 #



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

Granite State Pro Stocks Set For Return To Claremont Speedway

 Chip Cormie Photo

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will return to the place where the series ran the inaugural race this Friday night, June 17.

The 1/3 mile Claremont Speedway located in Claremont, New Hampshire will be the site for the fourth GSPSS race of the season — the Twin State 100 — one that will pay $2,000 to the winner.

The first three of the season saw three different winners — Jacob Dore, Mike O’Sullivan & DJ Shaw — and there is no reason why a fourth different driver couldn’t sit in victory lane this Friday night.

Coming into the event, Belchertown, Mass. driver Barry Gray leads the series point standings over veteran Mike Parks and newcomer Mike Mitchell. Gray was a front-runner in both former GSPSS appearances at Claremont, finishing second in 2015 and leading laps in 2011 before being involved in a crash.

Reigning series champion Derek Griffith is the defending winner of the Claremont 100. In 2015, Griffith picked up his first career series victory in dominating fashion behind the wheel of his No. 12 — a win that propelled him to a championship season.

“I think last year at Claremont we were on the ball, Louie Mechalides (crew chief) sets up a rocket everywhere we go and I have full faith in him and his skills,” Griffith said. “I am looking forward to racing with Jeremy Davis and DJ Shaw again, those guys race you hard, but they race you clean, it’s great door-to-door racing. I really liked Claremont the last time, I hope we are as strong as we were when we won.”

Other entries for the 100 lap feature include Cory Casagrande, Glenn Martel, Mike O’Sullivan and many more competitors. All drivers who compete in the event will by vying for the $2,000 prize.

The pit gates open on Friday at 3:00 p.m., with practice to follow at 4:30 p.m. There will be a rotating practice session which was also include the regular Claremont divisions. Heat racing will go green at 7 p.m.

For more information on the GSPSS, visit, or email series president Mike Parks at

QUICK FACTS: GSPSS 100 at Claremont Speedway

Track Facts:

1    Claremont Speedway is located in Claremont, New Hampshire

2   Runs weekly racing card on Friday nights

Race Facts:

1    100 lap feature event

2   12 lap qualifying heats

3   Blind draw for heat starting positions

4   $2,000 to win feature race


Event Schedule:

1    Pit area opens at 3:00 p.m.

2   Track Practice begins at 4:30 p.m.

3   GSPSS Driver’s Meeting 5:10 p. m.

4   GSPSS Practice 5;30 p.m.

5 Heat racing begins at 7 p.m.

Mike Mitchell, Glenn Martel Off To Strong Starts on Granite State Pro Stock Series


Though the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) may have a field filled with veterans in 2016, two rookies have been tearing it up with some of the best Super Late Model talent so far.

Rookie of the Year contenders Mike Mitchell and Glenn Martel have had solid runs and their finishes thus far show they will be a threat to sit in victory lane before the season comes to a close.

Mitchell, who comes to the series as a former Street Stock champion and Pro Stock driver at Seekonk Speedway, has finished inside the top-10 in two of the three series events. He finished sixth at the opener at White Mt. Motorsports Park, then followed that up with a fourth place run at Monadnock Speedway.

He struggled some to get the handling of his No. 40 Rhodes Tree Service Chevrolet at Lee USA Speedway, but was able to come away with a 12th place finish in his first visit to the track with a Pro Stock.

“The biggest challenge for me right now is that 98 percent of these tracks we are going to I haven’t even seen yet,” Mitchell said. “I have to be pretty good right off the trailer — because if not — it’s going to be a long day. At Lee, everyone worked together and by the time the race came around I was comfortable with the car, the circumstances during the race just didn’t allow us to get the finish we wanted.”

He currently sits tied for third in the updated driver points standings, trailing leader Barry Gray by 18 points and tied with series veteran Mike Parks. One of the things Mitchell has learned about going from the 40 lap features he was used to at Seekonk up to the extra-distance, 100 lap races, is that he must wait on the car and let it come around.

Once the tires start to wear, he must have the setup right for the long haul, not just the first part of the race.

“You’ve gotta be patient, so if the cars not on the money right away, you can’t get frustrated,” Mitchell said. “We work as a team to try and get the car to get the car to be competitive. It’s just an honor to be a part of this series and run with these drivers. I’m able to be on the road with all of my family every race and we have an awesome time. I’m able to compete against some of the guys who have run PASS and other series up here and some even down in the South. It’s some of the best talent from across the Northeast.”

Glenn Glenn Martel (Chip Cormie Photo)Martel, who comes to the series hoping for success in 2016, has had a solid start. He had trouble early and was involved in a crash at Lee USA Speedway that ended up forcing him to a 21st place finish behind the wheel of his Glenn’s Truck Service No. 23.

However, before the struggles at the 3/8 mile Lee, Martel finished third to open the season at White Mt. then followed that up with a fifth place run at the high-banks of Monadnock.

“I wanted to do a little touring this year and I’m really enjoying it a lot so far,” Martel said. “I’m still working on getting the car back together after the Lee crash and getting it ready for Claremont.”

Martel is a former runner on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) in the past, but he says a lot of the tracks the series currently goes to he has never visited before, so it has been a learning curve thus far for him.

“I’m also enjoying going to some of these places I’ve never been, it’s a bit of a challenge,” Martel said. “Ten or 15 years ago when I ran ACT, we visited a lot of tracks in Maine and this series allows me to roll into some new places and see how I do.”

Mitchell, Martel and the rest of the Granite State Pro Stock Series drivers will return to racing action next at Claremont Speedway on Friday, June 17.

Chip Cormie Photos