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Shaw Sails to Victory in Inaugural GSPSS Race at Wiscasset

The Granite State Pro Stock Series inaugural race at Wiscasset Speedway started Saturday afternoon with two practice sessions and autographs in the evening. The practice sessions on Saturday saw series regulars Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH, and Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA clocking laps at 15.1 seconds.  However, on Sunday this changed with Maine drivers Andy Saunders of Elsworth, ME, Jacob Dore of Sanford ME, and Scott Chubbuck of Bowdoin, ME achieving those times. The mix of experienced versus inexperienced drivers made for some interesting racing.Sept 4 Gray,Cusack & Moltz battle at Wiscasset

The first two heats of the afternoon were relatively clean and had some good racing.  Heat three however saw some action as Mike O’Sullivan, Brandon Sprague of Edgecomb, ME, and John Rideout of Washington, ME went three wide into turn one and Rideout made contact with the wall, bringing out the red flag.  The ensuing laps saw a battle in the front between DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH and Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH.  On the last lap Davis was sideways and managed to save it to hold off Shaw for the heat win.

The feature saw Griffith and Saunders pace the 27 car field.  Saunders pulled out to an early lead and held that lead for the first 16 laps of the race until Shaw took the lead for the first time in the feature. Lap 25 saw the first caution of the night when Travis Dunbar of Auburn, ME spun in turn two.  The restart saw Shaw retake the lead from Saunders until the caution flag waved again on lap 27 for Dillon Moltz of Waterford, CT.  After the restart Mike O’Sullivan fell off the pace and pulled into the pit on lap 33.Sept 4 Shaw, Griffith & Saunders

Shaw kept the lead until lap 50 when Griffith took the lead after chasing Shaw down amongst lap cars.  Shaw took the lead again seven laps later and held it for the remainder of the race. Glenn Martel brought the final caution on lap 73 as he went into the turn four tire barrier.  This left 25 laps for Tracy Gordon of Strong, ME to chase down Shaw to catch the win.  Unfortunately for Gordon by the end of the race Shaw had a strong lead and lap cars protecting him as he crossed the finish line. Derek Griffith crossed the line third rounding out the top three.

Saturday, September 10th the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be at Star Speedway in Epping, NH for the NH Star Classic. For more information follow the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook or at www.gspss.net

Unofficial Finish

1          60        DJ Shaw

2          41        Tracy Gordon

3          12        Derek Griffith

4          01        Andy Saunders

5          05D     Jacob Dore

6          51        John Peters

7          15H      Nick Hinkley

8          29        Barry Gray

9          09        Jeremy Davis

10        2          Nicholas Cusack

11        5          Dillon Moltz

12        4          Tommy O’Sullivan

13        35        Bobby Nadeau

14        34        Jeff Burgess

15        05J      James Ormond

16        63        John Salemi

17        2R        Chris Ryan

18        13        Nathan Tribett

19        12ME   Thomas True

20        1          Cory Casagrande

21        23W     Brandon Sprague

22        40        Mike Mitchell

23        15C     Scott Chubbuck

24        66        Mike Parks

25        23        Glenn Martel

26        6          Travis Dunbar

27        08        Mike O’Sullivan

 

Contingency Winner           Car #  Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck)                                23        Glenn Martell

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place)                                   41        Tracy Gordon

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap) 5          Dillon Moltz

Coilover (Feature winner)                          60        DJ Shaw

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place)                        12        Derek Griffith

Five Star Bodies (5th Place)                        05D     Jacob Dore

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)            01        Andy Saunders

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)            12        Derek Griffith

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)            09        Jeremy Davis

Magnus Racing (2nd Place)                                    41        Tracy Gordon

Powertrain (4th Place)                                             01        Andy Saunders

RB Performance  (3rd Place)                                  12        Derek Griffith

RB Performance (7th Place)                                   15H      Nick Hinkley

Seymour Performance (Random Draw) 4          Tommy O’Sullivan

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                01        Andy Saunders

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                12        Derek Griffith

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                09        Jeremy Davis

VDL Fuel (5th Place)                                     05D     Jacob Dore

Track—Wiscasset Speedway,      0.375  mile   Wiscasset, ME.

Race—Wiscasset 100

Time of Race— 46:10

Cautions—(3 )—laps 25, 27, 73

Margin of Victory— 1.98

Lap Leaders—(3 ) Saunders 16, Shaw 76, Derek Griffith 8

PHOTO CREDITS  Troy Bregy

GSPSS To Honor Hoyt With JBH 100 at Monadnock Saturday

WALPOLE, N.H. –

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will honor the late John Hoyt this Saturday night, with the running of the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.

The race has been dedicated to Hoyt as it has in years past and drivers will seek glory in his name. Hoyt was the co-founder of the GSPSS before he unexpectedly passed away in July 2011.

Since then, series president Mike Parks has continued to lead the way for the New England based Super Late Model series and is excited to continue this race in memory of his friend. Parks also drives his No. 66 Black Rock Steakhouse Pro Stock at each series event and is excited to try and capture the checkered flag.

“This is the date I circle on the schedule each and every year,” Parks said. “I’ve finished second twice and also third. We have come close a few times. Hopefully we can win this one for JBH.”

At the most recent appearance at Monadnock for the GSPSS this past May, Mike O’Sullivan beat DJ Shaw to the finish to win the Rydemore 100. This time, many cars are expected to appear including 2015 GSPSS champion Derek Griffith, who will make his return to competition after missing the last few races.

The points championship battle will also continue to heat up with just four races remaining before a champion is crowned.

Barry Gray comes into the event with a 20 point advantage over Shaw, who scored the most recent series checkered flag last weekend at Claremont Speedway.

Rookie of the Year contender Mike Mitchell comes into the race third in the standings, just 22 points from the top. Cory Casagrande and Parks round out the top five. Others expected to compete include John Salemi, Glenn Martel and others.

The GSPSS will be joined by the Young Guns, Lightning Stocks, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Super Stocks and Sportsman Mods for a full night of racing action.

The paddock fee will be $40, with the front gate admission fee for adults set at $20.

Those fans 65+ or in college will enter for $15, while those students from 12-18 will enter for $5. Any young fans under the age of 12 will be admitted free of charge for the nights racing card.

For more information on the GSPSS, fans can visit www.gspss.net or email series president Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net.

QUICK FACTS: GSPSS JBH 100 at Monadnock

Track Facts:

1   High banked, 1/4 mile track under the NASCAR Home Tracks sanction

2   Runs weekly on Saturday night with six division

Race Facts:

1   In memory of John Hoyt (JBH 100)

2   12 lap heat races

3   24 guaranteed starters

4   100 lap feature

Event Schedule:

1   Practice starts at 3:00 p.m. (One 45 minute session and one 15 minute session)

2   Heat racing starts at 6 p.m. (GSPSS is last in the heat rotation)

Feature racing starts at 7 p.m. (GSPSS is last in the feature rotation)

Shaw Takes his Second Checker of the Season at Bond Auto 100!

After a rainout at Riverhead Speedway last Saturday night, Mother Nature brought the sun to the Bond Auto 100 at Claremont Speedway.  Early in the day DJ Shaw of Center Conway, was the man to beat, posting a lap of 13.862 in practice. John Salemi of Nashua, NH, Mike Parks of Walpole, NH and Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA also posted competitive laps in the low 14’s.  Bill Ahern of Billerica, MA had his night end early, after his throttle hung in the heat and he hit the turn two wall

This race saw the return of some past Pro Stock racers, as Walt Hammond Jr. of Canaan, NH started seventh and Zig Geno of Canterbury, NH started 17 in the feature. New drivers starting the race included Ryan Bell of Acworth, NH started 14th and Travis Dunbar of Auburn, ME started 16th.

Local racer, Guy Caron of Goshen, NH found himself on the pole with DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH on the outside. Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH, and the winner of the Twin State 100 started in fifth position. Caron took an early lead in the race until lap 19 when Bell spun in turn two bringing out the first caution of the night.  After a couple of restarts Caron and Shaw made contact in turn four collecting Mike O’Sullivan in the process, setting up Davis to lead 44 Aug 15 Weinstein battles O'Sullivan (Photo by Natasha)laps of the race.

A caution on lap 43 led to Hammond and Geno pulling out of the race.  As Shaw and Caron worked their way back to the front the battle for the lead started between Davis and Shaw. By lap 67 Shaw regained the lead and held it the remainder of the race. By lap 70, Mike Parks had worked his way up to third after starting tenth, when his right front tire went flat ending his top 5 run.

Caron raced hard up to third until taking second from Davis on lap 74.  Points leader Barry Gray worked hard all night, in the final laps he made a run on Davis for third, but ran out of laps and finished fourth for the night.  Mike O’Sullivan who had to work his way back from the rear of the pack finished fifth rounding out the top five.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing August 13, 2016 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.

Unofficial Finish

1          60        DJ Shaw

2          42        Guy Caron

3          09        Jeremy Davis

4          29        Barry Gray

5          08        Mike O’Sullivan

6          40        Mike Mitchell

7          18        Michael Scorzelli

8          66        Mike Parks

9          1          Cory Casagrande

10        63        John Salemi

11        6          Travis Dunbar

12        98        Walt Hammond Jr.

13        57z       Zig Geno

14        4          Tommy O’Sullivan

15        49        Craig Weinstein

16        71        Bob Labine

17        8          Ryan Bell

18        51        Bill Ahern DNS

 

Contingency Winner

Car #

Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck) 63 John Salemi

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place) 42 Guy Caron

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap) 18 Michael Scorzelli

Coilover (Feature winner) 60 DJ Shaw

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place) 09 Jeremy Davis

Five Star Bodies (5th Place) 08 Mike O’Sullivan

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) 63 John Salemi

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) 60 DJ Shaw

Magnus Racing (2nd Place) 42 Guy Caron

Powertrain (4th Place) 29 Barry Gray

RB Performance  (3rd Place) 09 Jeremy Davis

RB Performance (7th Place) 18 Michael Scorzelli

Seymour Performance (Random Draw) 08 Mike O’Sullivan

Sunoco (Heat Winner) 63 John Salemi

Sunoco (Heat Winner) 60 DJ Shaw

VDL Fuel (5th Place) 08 Mike O’Sullivan

Track—Claremont Speedway,      0.3  mile   Claremont, NH.

Race—Bond Auto 100

Time of Race— 1:06:18

Cautions—(11)—laps 19 20 21 24 49 43 66 70 71 83 87

Margin of Victory— 1.421

Best Lap Time— 14.098

Best Lap By—DJ Shaw

Lap Leaders—(44 Davis, 36 Shaw, 19 Caron, 1 Parks)

Photo Credits Natasha Captured Moments