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

WALPOLE, N.H. ___

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

Shaw out battles Griffith & Kruzcek for Seacoast 100 Victory

Rich Hayes Photos

Lee, NH – The showers predicted by the weather forecast on Friday never came to Lee as drivers suited up for the Seacoast 100. DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH started on the pole with Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH on the outside of the 21-car field.  This week saw the addition of new competitors adding to the already tough competition in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

Dore & Squeglia Lee USA (Rich hayes Photo)Shaw took the lead early, however throughout the night he had competition from Hudson native Derek Griffith, Davis, and Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, NH. The caution flag flew early in the evening on lap nine for Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT.  Then shortly after, the pack checked up and Mike Parks of Walpole, NH ruined his newly replaced nose, creating an uphill battle for him the rest of the night.

Jacob Dore, winner at White Mountain Motorsports Park started ninth and started his charge for the front early on in the race.  By lap 72 he was running with the top five. When on lap 78 Jeremy Davis saw the end of his night as his motor blew in turn two. This put Dore in position with the top four of Shaw, Griffith, and Kruczek.  Unfortunately his luck ran out on lap 84 when Dore and Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH made contact in the turn one wall ending his night.

Seacoast 100 top 3 from L to R 3rd Btyan Kruczek 1st DJ Shaw 3rd Derek Griffith (Rich hayes Photo)The final restart saw Shaw pull away, as Griffith and Kruczek battled for second. Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA started ninth and made his way up fourth. Bobby Baillargeon did well finishing fifth to round out the top five.   Jeremy Harclerode who started fifth was strong all night, only slid one spot finishing sixth. Bobby Cabral of Kingston, NH started the race in 16th and worked hard gaining position throughout the race finishing seventh.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing Friday June 17 at Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH.

Unofficial Finish

1          60        DJ Shaw

2          12        Derek Griffith

3          00        Bryan Kruczek

4          29        Barry Gray

5          82        Bobby Baillargeon

6          51 NH  Jeremy Harclerode

7          14        Bobby Cabral

8          66        Mike Parks

9          01        Bill Helliwell

10        53        Tyler Fiscus

11        1          Cory Casagrande

12        40        Mike Mitchell

13        32        Steven Murphy

14        05        Jacob Dore

15        03        Joe Squeglia

16        09        Jeremy Davis

17        42        Guy Caron

18        51        Bill Ahern

19        08        Mike O’Sullivan

20        63        John Selemi

21        23        Glenn Martel

Contingency Winner

Car #

Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck $100.00) 05 Jacob Dore

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

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap $100.00) 40 Mike Mitchell

Coilover (Feature winner $300.00) 60 DJ Shaw

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place $ 50.00) 00 Bryan Kruczek

Five Star Bodies (5th Place $50.00) 82 Bobby Baillargeon

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

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

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

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

Powertrain (4th Place $100.00) 29 Barry Gray

RB Performance  (3rd Place $50.00) 00 Bryan Kruczek

RB Performance (7th Place $50.00) 14 Bobby Cabral

Seymour Performance (Random Draw $50.00) 51 NH Jeremy Harclerode

Sherwood Wheels (Most Laps Lead) 12 Derek Griffith

Sunoco (Heat Winner 5 Gal Sunoco Fuel) 09 Jeremy Davis

Sunoco (Heat Winner 5 Gal Sunoco Fuel)) 60 DJ Shaw

Sunoco (Heat Winner 5 Gal Sunoco Fuel) 12 Derek Griffith

VDL Fuel (5th Place $100.00) 82 Bobby Baillargeon

Mike O’Sullivan outduels DJ Shaw to win the Rydemore 100

Winchester, N.H. – The Rydemore 100 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. started as a steamy one, with temperatures reaching the mid ninety’s. Guy Caron of Lempster, N.H. found himself on the pole with Mike Mitchell of Cumberland, R.I. on the outside. Barry Gray who finished second last week was looking to get his first win of the year starting in the sixth position.  Ultimately, it was Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. in victory lane.

08,71,29 & Monadnock(1)Caron took the lead early in the race and led until lap 61 when he and Gray made contact on the backstretch, and Caron, spun bringing out the first caution of the night.  This put O’Sullivan and DJ Shaw of Center Conway, N.H. up front. Glenn Martel of Belmont, NH was the Lucky Dog, winning his lap back and putting him on the road to a fifth place finish.

By lap 65 Mike Parks of Walpole, N.H. had worked his way up to third after starting 12th. The 71 NH of Cory Robert in sixth place, fended off the Caron and Gray for over a dozen laps, until lap 89 when contact was made with Gray.

This started a few restarts on lap 89 with multiple cars ending their night in the pits.  The 71NH did not make it back onto the track due to a flat tire. After charging all the way to third from his 12th starting spot, Mike Parks was involved in a wreck on the backstretch with Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT, ending a good run for Parks.  This also saw the end of Guy Caron’s night as he left on the Hook. Both the Barry Gray and Adam Norton machines wMonadnock top 3 from L to R 3rd Cory Casagrande 1st Mike O'Sullivan 2nd DJ Shaw (Chip Cormie Photo)ere able to return to the track after making visits to the pits.

The final laps of the race were clean and saw Mike O’Sullivan take the win without incident.  DJ Shaw and Cory Casagrande making up the remaining top three.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing again on Friday, June 3rd at Lee Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire.

Unofficial Finish

1          08        Mike O’Sullivan

2          60        DJ Shaw

3          1          Cory Casagrande

4          40        Mike Mitchell

5          23        Glenn Martel

6          63        John Salemi

7          29        Barry Gray

8          87        Adam Norton

9          66        Mike Parks

10        42        Guy Caron

11        71NH   Cory Robert

12        18        Michael Scorzelli

13        96        Wyatt Alexander

Contingency Winner

Car #

Name

 

AR Bodies (Hard Luck) $100.00 18 Michael Scorzelli

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

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap) $100.00 87 Adam Norton

Coilover Commander (Feature winner) $300.00 08 Mike O’Sullivan

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place) $50.00 1 Cory Casagrande

Five Star Bodies (5th Place) $50.00 23 Glenn Martel

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

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) $25.00 40 Mike Mitchell

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

Powertrain (4th Place) $100.00 40 Mike Mitchell

RB Performance (3rd Place) $50.00 1 Cory Casagrande

RB Performance (7th Place) $50.00 29 Barry Gray

Seymour Performance (Random Draw) $50.00 60 DJ Shaw

Sherwood Wheels (Most Laps Lead) Guy Caron

Sunoco (Heat Winner) $25.00 60 DJ Shaw

Sunoco (Heat Winner) $25.00 40 Mike Mitchell

VDL Fuel (5th Place) $25.00 23 Glenn Martel