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MacDonald Scores At The ‘Magic Mile’

Captures GSPSS Victory In First Annual Short Track Showdown

 WALPOLE, N.H. – Heading into Saturday’s First Annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Eddie MacDonald was listed as one of the favorites to capture the checkered flag.

17 MacDonald leads the field to green (Chip Cormie Photo)

Behind the wheel of his No. 17, MacDonald showed why he was one of the favorites. He scored the victory in his heat race and then went on and scored the win in the 50-lap feature event as part of the inaugural stop for the series on the 1.058-mile oval. DJ Shaw and Matt Swanson joined MacDonald as podium finishers.

Although MacDonald got out front early and seemed to be the race dominator, he faded just before the halfway point and Shaw was able to slide by and take the lead at lap 19. MacDonald mentioned post-race that he had a right-rear tire blistering and also had the deck lid of the car come off while on the track which slowed his efforts.

However, during a halfway break with 22 laps to go, MacDonald’s team went to work and fixed the body and gave him two new right side tires to attempt to work his way back to the front. On the restart, MacDonald slid to the inside of Shaw and took over the advantage, pulling away into glory and capturing another NHMS victory.

Going into Saturday’s main event, MacDonald had already won races on the ‘Magic Mile’ in multiple different touring series and he was able to use the experience to his advantage and capture the inaugural Granite State Pro Stock Series stop at NHMS.

Shaw finished second behind the wheel of his No. 90, just a little bit short of capturing the checkered flag. Shaw’s team car, driven by NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Matt Swanson, finished in third and rounded out the podium finishers.

Mike O’Sullivan finished in fourth, while brother Tommy O’Sullivan rounded out the top five at the finish. Six through 10 were Nick Lascuola, Mike Scorzelli, Barry Gray, Josh King and Wyatt Alexander.

Early cautions plagued the race, including an incident on the backstretch that took out Travis Fisher and Kevin Casper. Shortly after, a major crash in turn one started when Scott MacMichael blew a motor in front of the field. Ben Rowe, Derek Griffith and Billy Brady, along with others, were involved and the crash ended their day as well.

The series wishes to thank all of the teams, drivers, fans and supporters of the First Annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies.

Next up for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the second of two stops at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The event will be held on Friday, July 7, with a post time of 7 p.m.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net, or follow the series on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Official Finish

  1. 17ma  Eddie MacDaonald
  2. 90         D.J. Shaw
  3. 49         Matt Swanson
  4. 08         Mike O’Sullivan
  5. 4            Tommy O’Syullivan
  6. 39         Nick Lascuola
  7. 18         Mike Scorzelli
  8. 29         Barry Gray
  9. 21         Josh King
  10. 96         Wyatt Alexander
  11. 01         Joe Decker
  12. 17         Heywood Herriot

13.2 8ma  Greg Nanigian

  1. 7            Cory Casagrande
  2. 51         Eddie Fatsher
  3. 57         Zig Geno
  4. 72         Scott MacMichael
  5. 12         Derek Griffith
  6. 12j        Joe Graff
  7. 4r          Ben Rowe
  8. 05         Phil Richardson
  9. 43         Devin O’Connell
  10. 92         Billy Brady
  11. 76         Zane Zeiner
  12. 8f          Travis Fisher
  13. 88         Kevin Casper

First Annual Short Track Showdown Bringing Out Top Names


WALPOLE, N.H. – The first annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies, which is set for this Saturday July 1, will bring out some of the top names that New England racing has to offer.

Of those names is young and upcoming modified star Matt Swanson, who is just 17-years-old and has just one full-time Whelen Modified Tour season under his belt to this point. Swanson will be making his Granite State Pro Stock Series debut on Saturday behind the wheel of the Starrett Racing machine.

“This will be my first start and I’m looking forward to going back to NHMS with the Starrett Racing car,” Swanson said. “We had a good test day (in May) and we look forward to finding more speed this Friday and we also look forward to the race on Saturday.”

In his career at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Swanson has been able to capture one top-five run on the Whelen Modified Tour. He finished fourth in the September event last season and is hoping to use some of the experience he has in his three modified starts on the ‘Magic Mile’.

“We finished fourth last year in the tour show and hopefully my experience I have up there will help me,” Swanson said. “Although I’ve only run three career Super Late Model races, we keep getting better each time out. Loudon is really tough, you need to make sure your car is good in traffic as well as out front.”

As a rookie contender on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Swanson is hoping that he can combine his first Super Late Model win with the prestigious trophy at Loudon.

“Everyone wants to win at New Hampshire,” Swanson said. “It’s our largest track in New England and it would be a very proud moment for me and all of our partners.”

Although Swanson joins the list of first-time series competitors, the 2015 series champion Derek Griffith will make his return on Saturday — hoping to steal the glory and capture a win on the flat oval.

“I’m super excited to be back with the Granite State Pro Stock Series,” Griffith said. “I have a lot of friends on the tour. Loudon is nothing like anything I have been too.”

Like all the other drivers, Griffith is preparing for action on the 1.058-mile oval and knows there will be some challenges that come along with it if he wants to run well.

“I think the biggest thing people will face will be getting comfortable,” Griffith said. “It’s a big, fast track. Not a lot of people will be used to being pushed around by the air off another car.”

Much like Swanson, Griffith is looking to add the prestigious New Hampshire hardware to his collection. Although he is a former champion of the series, the win at Loudon would be a career booster for him.

“It would be huge for me to win,” Griffith said. “I’ve watched races at Loudon for almost my whole life. The big names that drive around that track have won and I’d like to get my name on the winner’s list at Loudon.”

These two young drivers will be joined by a list of both Rookie of the Year and veteran contenders on Saturday in the 50-lap feature event. Series regulars like Nick Lascuola, Cory Casagrande and Scott MacMichael have filed an entry, but there are also plenty of outsiders.

Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock regular Kevin Casper will return to the series, while modified driver Zane Ziener and Pro All Star Series regular Ben Rowe are also set to compete.

The first annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies includes four divisions of racing action on the 1.058-mile. The GSPSS will be joined by the Valenti Modified Racing Series, NorthEast Mini Stock Tour and the Street Stock Showdown Series.

Tickets to get into the grandstands on Saturday are just $20 for adults, with kids general admission tickets set at just $12. A pass into the pit area on Saturday will cost $75.

For more information, fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net, or follow the series updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Darling Dominates at Seekonk Scores First Career GSPSS Victory in Seekonk 100

SEEKONK, Mass. – Seekonk Speedway regular David Darling captured his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win on Saturday night. At his home track of Seekonk, Darling dominated the inaugural 100 lap main event on the third-mile oval and wheeled the Bristol Toyota No. 52 into Victory Lane. The victory was his third of the season at Seekonk overall — he had won two of the weekly shows before invading on the GSPSS Saturday night.

“It’s huge,” Darling said. “I have to thank Mike Parks and the whole Granite State crew, they have a neat series here. It’s pretty cool to be able to travel around and still save some money. Thanks to Seekonk Speedway and all the fans for coming out.”

He started fifth in the 21-car field, but quickly worked his way around some of the top contenders. On lap seven, Darling slid to the bottom of polesitter Bobby Pelland and took over the lead for the first and only time. Darling would never relinquish the point in route to the victory, but had some hard chargers attempting to give him a run.

Defending Seekonk Pro Stock champion Tom Scully Jr. was the fastest challenger Darling faced all night, keeping him on his toes on most of the restarts. Although Scully Jr. could keep with Darling for a few laps on a restart, he ultimately had to settle for second at the 100-lap mark

“We weren’t that great tonight on the long runs, just a bit tight” Scully Jr. said following the race. “Hats off to David and those guys, they were stout all day. I’m happy with a second place finish.”

Darling knew over the final few restarts that his path to victory wasn’t exactly going to be easy. He knows how hard that No. 2 of Scully Jr. is to beat.

“We’ve raced year after year here since I came back to race Pro Stocks,” Darling said. “He was the champion here last year and that says a lot. We have a good group of competitive guys here.”

Former Oxford 250 champion Travis Benjamin sat behind the wheel of the No. 14 and came home with a third place finish after starting back outside the top-10.

“We have to be a little bit better,” Benjamin said. “We had a flat tire on the way here tonight, so we showed up at least an hour late and everyone kind of scrambled to get things going. I can’t thank these guys enough.”

Angelo Belsito and Rookie of the Year contender Devin O’Connell rounded out the top five. Regulars Cory Casagrande and Mike O’Sullivan were scored sixth and seventh at the end, with Wyatt Alexander, Larry Gelinas and Rick Martin rounding out the top-10.

Bobby Pelland, Cory Casagrande and Angelo Belsito were victorious in the three, 12-lap heat races on Saturday night.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will return to the track next Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The 50-lap feature event will be part of the First Annual New England Short Track Showdown.

For more information, fans are encouraged to visit the series website, www.gspss.net, or visit www.seekonkspeedway.com.