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Second Annual New England Short Track Showdown set for June 24th, 2018

WALPOLE, N.H.

Two months in advance, the Granite State Pro Stock Series entry list for the New England Short Track Showdown is already 23 strong. The talent of the teams that are coming to challenge for $5,000 to win and the chance to stand in NHMS victory lane is shaking down to be absolutely fantastic.

2017 GSPSS Champion Mike O’Sullivan looks to best his fourth place finish last year against the likes of two time 2018 PASS event winner Derek Griffith, 2017 Oxford 250 runner-up and defending NASCAR Pro Series Champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Reid Lanpher to name a few.

But don’t rest on the GSPSS regulars of Cory Casagrande, 2017 ARBodies rookie of the year Scott MacMichael, and 2016 GSPSS Champion Barry Gray with his brand new Davis Chassis Works #29. “This is like our Daytona 500” series President Mike Parks said, “I know all our teams will have this event circled on the calendar.”

Racing will be better then ever with the new McCreary Race Tire provided by American Racer & Dave Lind Race Tires as after testing, GSPSS officials found this combination to be 30 degrees cooler with significantly better wear as well.

Drivers entered as of 4/17/2018

#08     Mike O’Sullivan

#05     Jacob Dore

#39     Nick Lascoula

#18     Mike Scorzelli

#29     Barry Gray

#00     Jimmy Renfrew Jr

#93     Ray Christian III

#21     Josh King

#72     Scott MacMichael

#43     Devin O’Connell

#7       Cory Casagrande

#59     Reid Lanpher

#57     Scott “Zig” Geno

#12G  Derek Griffith

#60     DJ Shaw

#05M  Phil Richardson

#42     TBA

#8       Guy Caron

#17     Haywood Herriot

#4       Tommy O’Sullivan

#14     TBA

#4M   Ben Rowe

For more information, to sponsor laps for the GSPSS feature, and more visit www.gspss.net

Photo Credit John Miller

GSPSS Gears up for 2018!

CLAREMONT, N.H.

With opening day of the 2018 Granite State Pro Stock Series fast approaching, officials are preparing for May 4th at Claremont Speedway earnestly.

The season will again be headlined by a 50 lap feature event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of the New England Short Track Showdown June 24th. Hudson International Speedway and Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway will be joining the series along with others from the New England region.

“A few time trial events, a triple 35 lap show, and a 150 lap $3500 to win marquee feature at Claremont Speedway gives us our most diverse schedule to date.” series president Mike Parks said. “Our car counts will be the best to date, with twelve drivers committed to the entire 13 race schedule.”

GSPSS’ largest schedule set: The 2018 season will see 13 races across 10 venues in the New England region.

O’ Sullivan sees defending 2017 title “tougher then ever”: Sixteen Acres, Mass. driver Mike O’ Sullivan is looking forward to the start of the season with a new car. “We’ve built a new car over the winter and I believe we’ve done everything we could to step our game up this season,” O’Sullivan said. “I think defending the title will be tough but, I’m excited to see if it all pays off.”

MacMichael looking to challenge in sophomore season: “After coming so close in 2017 we are ready to go after the championship again,” Newbury, N.H. driver [2017 Rookie of the Year] Scott MacMichael said. “Bob [Labine] has provided me with a freshened Dale Shaw chassis and I can’t thank him enough for it.”

Doiron joins GSPSS full time: Berwick, ME driver Joey Doiron, a multi-time PASS winner and 2016 Speedway 660 SpeedWeekend 250 champion is “excited to race on tracks he hasn’t visited in a while,” Doiron said. “Hopefully we will be able to have a little fun, win a couple races, and spend time with family.”

Driver roster blooming: Twelve drivers have made the full season commitment including new comers, Jimmy Renfew Jr, Jacob Dore, and Ray Christian III. Returning drivers include 2016 champion Barry Gray, Nick Lascoula, Mike Scorzelli, Josh King, Devin O’ Connell, and Cory Casagrande. Look for select entires from Derek Griffith, Nick Jenkins, Phil Richardson, and Jeremy Davis as well.

O’Sullivan Crowned 2017 GSPSS Champion

The Granite State Pro stock Series officially brought its season to a close on Saturday March 3 at the Thompson Motor Sports Park clubhouse. The season ending banquet of champions was a chance for the teams of the GSPSS to get together one last time as part of the 2017 season and honor their champions.

Tom and Mike O’Sullivan were officially crowned owner and driver champions making them the first multi-time champions in series history. The duo also took down the 2012 series championship and have been competitors with the series virtually since day one. They received a pair of championship trophies, point fund money as well as a pair of championship jackets from American Racer Tires.

In addition to crowning the champions, a number of specialty awards were given out. Scott MacMicheal was crowned rookie of the year as he and his Bob Labine owned team had a successful first season together. The pair also finished the season second in the season ending point standings after a spirited battle with eventual champion O’Sullivan.

Also given out was the annual “John Boy Hoyt memorial dedication to motor sports award”. This award is given to someone who goes above and beyond for the sport of auto racing. For 2017 the staff of the GSPSS chose to honor series president and race director Mike Parks. Parks not only founded the series with John Hoyt, but for 2017 Mike chose to get out of the driver’s seat and focus more on the operation of the series.

There were a number of contingency awards given out including five star bodies gift certificates, an O’Reilly auto parts gift certificate, AR Bodies gift certificates and a brand new VDL Carburetor that went to team 39 and driver Nick Lascoula

The final group to be honored were the top ten in points, eight of whom were in attendance to receive their trophys, point fund money and be honored by their fellow competitors. O’Sullivan, Macmicheal, Lascoula and Cory Casagrande were all in the top five in points and picked up hardware Saturday night. Josh King, Tommy O’Sullivan, Devin O’Connell and Mike Mitchell finished six through nine in the standings and were also in attendance. Mike Scorzelli wound up tenth in the owners standings and picked up a point fund check for his efforts in 2017.

With the 2017 Banquet in the books it is on to the 2018 GSPSS season. On tap for 2018 is a twelve race schedule highlighted by a return to NHMS for the second annual short track showdown, a three segment race, the annual JBH memorial race and a soon to be announced event that could become an annual highlight on the GSPSS schedule. The season kicks off with a test and tune date April 28 at Claremont Speedway and the opener the following Friday night.

The complete 2017 point standings as well as the 2018 schedule and more can be found at gspss.net.