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Granite State Pro Stocks To Finish 2016 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

WALPOLE, N.H. –

After an enduring season of racing across the New England region, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is set to crown the 2016 champion this Saturday, Oct. 22., at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

The 3/8 mile Shoreline oval will play host to the Super Late Model Series in a 75 lap main event that will decide a championship battle that currently has two veterans at the top.

Belchertown, Mass. driver Barry Gray holds a 26 point advantage over Conway, N.H. native D.J. Shaw, who was also recently crowned the PASS champion for 2016. Gray has little experience at the Speedbowl, but is hoping to seal the deal in his No. 29. Though he is not a GSPSS champion, Gray has won championships in racing before.

“The past championship experience helps, but I’ve really only run Waterford a few times,” Gray said. “I can’t tell you how many times D.J. has run there but I know everywhere they go they are fast. My hat goes off to them. I just have to have some patience, but I’ve won a race for a long time every year and I haven’t won yet this year. I’m going there to win.”

On the other side, Shaw knows he will have to do everything he can and hope that Gray stumbles if he is going to win the title. But, he has the confidence in his team. They missed two races on the 2016 campaign and they are still in the fight.

“We need to stay out of trouble, last year we didn’t finish because we had a mechanical issue,” Shaw said. “Whether it be getting caught up in someone else’s mess or some bad luck, we need to finish and we need to finish towards the front to have a chance.”

The entry list for the event include multiple outsiders who will hope to capture the trophy. Brandon Turbush of Manorville, N.Y. has entered, along with names like defending race winner Derek Ramstrom, Corey Bubar, Jeff Pearl and former multiple time Seekonk Speedway Super Late Model champion David Darling.

Series regulars Cory Casagrande, Mike Parks, Mike Mitchell and reigning series champion going into the weekend Derek Griffith have also entered.

As an added bonus for drivers, The Racing Guys — Dick Williams and the supporters of the Tri Track Open Modified Series — have put up some bonus money for the event. The winner will receive an extra $125, while second place will pocket an extra $100.

Third place will also collect an added $75. There will also be two random selections of drivers from positions four through 24. Each of the two drivers will receive $75.

The GSPSS wishes to thank The Racing Guys for coming on board for the second straight season and providing some extra cash for drivers to chase.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will have just a one day show on Saturday. Teams may not practice as part of the Friday afternoon practice session.

Saturday, grandstand gates open at 12 p.m., just in time for the only GSPSS practice of the weekend from 12-12:45 p.m. Heat racing begins at 1 p.m. and will be followed by the feature racing.

All grandstand tickets are $40 and will be accepted both for Saturday’s racing and Sunday’s Tri Track Open Modified Series show.

For more information, fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net.

QUICK FACTS: GSPSS 100 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Track Facts:

1   3/8 mile asphalt oval located in Waterford, Conn.

2   Runs weekly on Saturday night as part of NASCAR sanction

3   Owned by Bruce Bemer

Race Facts:

1   $2,000 to win feature

2   75 lap main event

3   12 lap heat races

4   24 guaranteed starters

Event Schedule:

1   GSPSS practice from 12-12:45 p.m.

2   Heats begin at 1 p.m. — GSPSS is last in the order

3   GSPSS is 14th in the feature order (Feature racing begins approx. 3:30 p.m.)

Barry Gray and D.J. Shaw To Decide GSPSS Championship at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

WALPOLE, N.H. –

 Heading into the final Granite State Pro Stock Series race of the 2016 season at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Oct. 22, the championship fight has come down to two drivers.

Belchertown, Massachusetts native Barry Gray currently holds a 26 point advantage over Conway, New Hampshire driver D.J. Shaw.  Both are veterans of Super Late Model racing in New England and both have won championships before.

Gray, who knows all he will need to do is have a solid finish at the Speedbowl next weekend to clinch the crown, still isn’t extremely happy with the way his season has gone.

“Obviously I am happy to be in this position, but the only reason we are is because of luck,” Gray said. “We had kind of a bad season. We started off and the car wasn’t going that great and we got in a wreck recently at Star. However, I have been down this road before and I really hope we can get it done.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Shaw knows he will need to do everything he can to capture the big trophy next weekend. He sits 26 points behind, mostly because he has missed two races this season. He didn’t make the season opener at White Mt. Motorsports Park and also missed the most recent race at Monadnock Speedway. The reason is because Shaw has been running both the GSPSS and the Pro All Star Series this season and has been in the championship fight for both.

“It was a fun run there when we started off the season with no conflicts and we thought we would have a shot,” Shaw said. “There were a few rain dates that conflicted and it just didn’t work in our favor. The way the points system works with PASS, if you miss a race, it kills you. So we had to pick the one that would still give us a chance at winning both championships. That put us behind just a little bit with the GSPSS. We still have a shot, that’s about all we can ask for.”

Last year, both drivers competed in the season finale at the Bemer’s Big Show. Shaw was running in the front of the pack when he had a mechanical failure that cost him a shot at a solid finish. Gray finished third in the race, but said he isn’t sure what the experience will do for him this time around.

“The past experience helps, but I’ve really only run Waterford a few times,” Gray said. “I can’t tell you how many times D.J. has run there but I know everywhere they go they are fast. My hat goes off to them. I just have to have some patience, but I’ve won a race for a long time every year and I haven’t won yet this year. I’m going there to win.”

Shaw is hoping to have some better luck than last year.

“We need to stay out of trouble, last year we didn’t finish because we had a mechanical issue,” Shaw said. “Whether it be getting caught up in someone else’s mess or some bad luck, we need to finish and we need to finish towards the front to have a chance.”

Though Gray goes into the event with a 26 point lead, Shaw is not giving up. As Gray mentions, Shaw has one of the best pieces anywhere the GSPSS goes and he is happy to be headed to the Speedbowl with a shot.

“I’m excited and I’m optimistic,” Shaw said. “I think if we do our job we will have a shot at the win and the rest will be up to Barry. There is nothing I can do about him, he has a pretty big lead and the fact that we still have a shot is something I am happy about. I want to end the year on a solid note.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will wrap up the 2016 season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl next weekend on Saturday Oct. 22. Though the track is holding a two-day show, the GSPSS will have all the practice, qualifying and feature racing on Saturday.

For more information, visit www.gspss.net.

Parks Celebrates JBH 100 Victory

John Boy must have been smiling down on good friend Mike Parks, as he paraded across the finish line in first in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night.  In practice Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, Craig Weinstein of East Walpole, MA, and Mike Parks of Walpole, NH all posted the fast times.  All three drivers did well in their heats Weinstein winning his, putting them in good positions to start the feature.

jbh-100-parks-osullivan-battle-for-the-lead-chip-cormie-photo After the redraw Parks started on the poll with Mike O’Sullivan on the outside. Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA who was second in points started seventh. Parks and O’Sullivan raced hard all night, making Parks work hard for his win, even from the poll. The first caution came out on lap 27 for Chris McGuire of Wading River, NY.  Another caution brought out when Adam Norton of Ludlow, MA spun entering turn 3 on the back stretch. Parks and O’Sullivan battled for the lead in each restart with Parks coming out on top each time.

By the half way mark the field had strung out with Parks in the lead and O’Sullivan following. Gray worked his way through the field until lap 86 when Ryan Bell of Acworth, NH brought out the caution when his motor blew, taking him into the turn 4 wall. Gray had worked himself up to third at this point, which would give him the chance he needed to take second away from O’Sullivan.

Lap 97 saw Craig Weinstein spin coming out of turn four bringing out a caution that pitted Parks and Gray against each other for the restart.   Parks came out on top and won on a checkered yellow as John Selemi spun on the back stretch as they came across the finish line.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will race their final race of the season at Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT on October 22, 1016. For more information follow the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook or at www.gspss.net

 Unofficial Finish

1          66        Mike Parks

2          29        Barry Gray

3          08        Mike O’Sullivan

4          71        Scott MacMichael

5          15        George Bassette

6          21        Josh King

7          40        Mike Mitchell

8          60        Craig Weinstein

9          4          Tommy O’Sullivan

10        1          Cory Casagrande

11        63        John Salemi

12        8          Ryan Bell

13        89        Chris McGuire

14        87        Adam Norton

15        61        Cole Littlewood

DNS     42        Guy Caron

 

Contingency Winner           Car #  Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck)                                            8          Ryan Bell

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place)                                   29        Barry Gray

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap)             1          Cory Casagrande

Coilover (Feature winner)                                      66        Mike Parks

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place)                                    08        Mike O’Sullivan

Five Star Bodies (5th Place)                                    15        George Bassette

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)                        60        Craig Weinstein

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)                        4          Tommy O’Sullivan

Magnus Racing (2nd Place)                                                29        Barry Gray

Powertrain (4th Place)                                             71        Scott MacMichael

RB Performance  (3rd Place)                                  08        Mike O’Sullivan

RB Performance (7th Place)                                               40        Mike Mitchell

Seymour Performance (Random Draw)             40        Mike Mitchell

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                            60        Craig Weinstein

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                            4          Tommy O’Sullivan

VDL Fuel (5th Place)                                                 15        George Bassette

Track—Monadnock Speedway,      0.25 mile   Winchester, NH.

Race—JBH 100

Time of Race— 48.23.7

Cautions—(6)— laps 27, 33, 86, 95, 97, 99

Best Lap Time— 13.332

Best Lap By—Barry Gray

Lap Leaders—(1) Parks