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GSPSS To Celebrate 2017 On Saturday Night

Annual Awards Banquet To Be Held In Connecticut

WALPOLE, N.H. – Even though the 2018 racing season is quickly approaching, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is going to turn back the calendar to last year on Saturday night.

The series will hold the annual awards banquet and 2017 celebration at the Raceway Restaurant at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Clubhouse in Thompson, Connecticut.

Series champion Mike O’Sullivan, who captured his second career title on the Pro Stock Touring Series in 2017, will be honored Saturday night. He captured the crown by eight points over Scott MacMichael after finishing seventh in the season-finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

“They are all different, the first championship at Thompson was really cool, we weren’t really expecting to do that,” O’Sullivan said of his past titles in his career , following the Speedbowl finale. “To come here on a touring series, we had the Icebreaker and the World Series on the schedule, and we decided we wanted to run all the races. This is a testament to my guys.”

Second-place MacMichael will also be honored, along with the rest of the top 10 contenders in the point standings. Barry Gray, who was the 2016 series champion, finished third in the standings last season. Nick Lascuola and Cory Casagrande rounded out the top five.

Six through 10 in the points went to Josh King, Tommy O’Sullivan, Devin O’Connell, Mike Mitchell and Joe Squeglia.

The top 10 in the owner’s point standings will also be honored. Anyone with questions regarding the standings or the awards can contact series president Mike Parks.

The night will start at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The awards and celebration will follow dinner

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

Granite State Pro Stock Series Announces 2017 Awards Banquet

            Celebration To Be Held At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Clubhouse

 By: Kyle Souza, Granite State Pro Stock Series

 WALPOLE, N.H. – Even though the calendar has switched over to 2018, the Granite State Pro Stock Series still has some unfinished business from the last calendar year. But not for long.

The series is proud to announce the 2017 championship awards banquet and celebration. It will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Restaurant and Clubhouse in Thompson, Connecticut.

The event will begin with social hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., with the awards ceremony to immediately follow. The ceremony will honor the 2017 series champion, Mike O’Sullivan, along with some of the other top challengers from the season, including runner-up Scott MacMichael.

Teams are reminded that you must be present at the banquet in order to be eligible for the awards. All of the 2017 point fund money is based off of the owner standings.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Granite State Pro Stock Series website, or clicking here, but must be purchased by February 24, 2018

Below, the 2017 final top 10 in both the driver and the owner point standings are listed.

2017 FINAL DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Mike O’Sullivan – 390 points
  2. Scott MacMichael – 382 points
  3. Barry Gray – 339 points
  4. Nick Lascuola – 312 points
  5. Cory Casagrande – 302 points
  6. Josh King – 268 points
  7. Tommy O’Sullivan – 258 points
  8. Devin O’Connell – 247 points
  9. Mike Mitchell – 206 points
  10. Joe Squeglia – 194 points.

2017 FINAL OWNER POINTS:

  1. Tom O’Sullivan – 690 points
  2. Bob Labine – 682 points
  3. Barry Gray – 639 points
  4. Nick Lascuola – 612 points
  5. Rick Casagrande – 552 points
  6. Devin O’Connell – 547 points
  7. Josh King – 518 points
  8. Tommy O’Sullivan – 483 points
  9. Michael Scorzelli – 359 points

10. Mike Mitchell – 318 points

2018 Schedule Announced For Granite State Pro Stock Series

By: Kyle Souza, GSPSS

WALPOLE, N.H. – Returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Hudson International Speedway headline a tentative 13-race schedule for the Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2018.

The season will begin with a test and tune session on April 28, before drivers take the first green flag at Claremont Speedway on May 4, with a 100-lap main event. The season will conclude and the champion will once again be crowned at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“The goal of the series has always been a 14-race schedule,” GSPSS president Mike Parks said. “That seems to be the number that works. We are still working on one more addition that would bring it to 14 races and we should know if that is going to happen just after the holidays.”

On Saturday May 26, the series will visit New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the first of two events in 2018. A new twist to the schedule will include a race format of time trials instead of heats, followed by three, 35 lap features in the same night.

Teams will have just about a month off following the Speedbowl to prepare for the Second Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 23 & 24. In 2017, Eddie MacDonald dominated the second half of the 50-lap feature en route to the victory on the ‘Magic Mile’.

“Last year it was really unexpected and it went very well for everyone,” Parks said. “Other than some mechanical issues which caused a wreck in turn one, the race was clean and the teams seemed to have been able to race the track. We fully expect some additional entries and another amazing event.”

After the first of two stops at Lee USA Speedway on July 6, the series will return to Hudson International Speedway after a year hiatus on Sunday, July 15 with the running of the Gate City Classic 100.

“What can we say about Hudson, it’s like going back in time,” Parks said. “It’s an old race track, it’s rough, worn-out and just such a racer’s race track. Our teams asked about Hudson all last year and we just want to thank the Webber family for making it happen once again. We will have some other announcements about that event going forward.”

On July 28, a stop at White Mt. Motorsports Park will close out the month of July before the series returns to Monadnock Speedway on August 11. The annual JBH 100 will take place on the high-banks of the New Hampshire bullring.

“Monadnock Speedway has been a staple of the series since we started, and to be able to bring the JBH 100 back in 2018 is awesome,” Parks said. “The race is starting to build a tradition and will only get better moving forward.”

As of now, Sept. 2 and 15 are both dates with a track to be announced. On Saturday Sept. 8, the series will return to Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. with the annual Star Classic.

The final three races of the season will cover three different tracks and two different states. A second stop at Lee USA will be part of the annual Octoberfest weekend on Oct. 7 before the series visits the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson on Friday, Oct. 12.

The champion will be crowned on Saturday night Oct. 20 with the second stop at the Speedbowl, with 100 laps scheduled.

As of now, the schedule for the 2018 season is tentative and subject to change. Additional dates could be added going forward following the holiday season.

For the latest information, fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net and follow the series on social media.

2018 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule:

 

Date                           Track                      City/State                Lap Distance

April 28

Claremont Speedway

Claremont, N.H.

TEST & TUNE

May 4

Claremont Speedway

Claremont, N.H.

100 laps

May 26

New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford, Conn.

Triple 35 lap features

June 23 & 24

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

50 laps

July 6

Lee USA Speedway

Lee, N.H.

100 laps

July 15

Hudson International Speedway

Hudson, N.H.

100 laps

July 28

White Mt. Motorsports Park

North Woodstock, N.H.

100 laps

August 11

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, N.H.

100 laps

Sept. 2

TBA

TBA

TBA

Sept. 8

Star Speedway

Epping, N.H.

100 laps

Sept. 15

TBA

TBA

TBA

Oct. 7

Lee USA Speedway

Lee, N.H.

100 laps

Oct. 12

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

50 laps

Oct. 20

New London Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford, Conn.

100 laps