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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.

TTOMS GEARED UP FOR SEASON OPENER AT CLAREMONT

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Seekonk, Mass. (March 6, 2018):  For a host of Claremont Speedway regulars the countdown to the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) season opener has already begun. The Series’ 2018 season opens with the running of the inaugural Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 at Claremont Speedway presented by SPAFCO and Jerico on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

The 1/3 mile asphalt oval located in Claremont, NH, runs Friday nights weekly during the season and features tour-type Modifieds; giving a potential home track advantage to a group of very talented racers. Already filing entries include the likes of Russ Hersey, Todd Patnode, Chris Bolton, Brian Robbie and Mike Willis.

“This place has an old school racing feel,” said Hersey of N. Swanzey, NH. “Lots of local people are excited about Modified racing and the track has great owners who really care about the racers and the health of short track racing.”

The event, scheduled for Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, is the first- ever Saturday night special event for Claremont Speedway. Featuring the $6k to win 100-green flag lap main event for the tour-type Modifieds, the night’s race card also includes Super Streets, Street Stocks and the  4-cylinder Wildcats.

With the Bouchard family being long-time sponsors and one-time racers at Claremont Speedway, the recent announcement of title sponsorship by Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores makes this Memorial Day special event even more special.

Grandstand Admission for the Saturday, May 26 event is only $25. Kids ages 6-12 are admitted for $10 and ages 5 and under are free. Pit gates open at 1PM. Practice gets underway at 3PM when the grandstands open. Feature racing is slated for 6PM.

For complete information on Claremont Speedway, visit claremontspeedway.net.

In addition to the locals, standouts filing early entries for the 2018 season include defending champion Matt Hirschman along with Mod Tour favorites Rowan Pennink and Calvin Carroll. Long-time supporters of the Tri-Track Series Richard Savary, Les Hinckley and Mike Holdridge have committed their support in 2018. The likes of early entrants Derek Ramstrom, Jon Kievman and Andy Jankowiak continue to showcase the Series’ ability to draw a variety of driving talents.

Look for further updates on registered drivers and other information as the date approaches.

The Ron Bouchard Auto Parts 100, presented by SPAFCO and Jerico, is also made possible with the help of a strong list of associate sponsors with a ton of racing heritage including Broad Brook Heating & Cooling, Fred Wilcox, Bruce Brennenstuhl, Fuller RV Rentals and Sales, Fuller’s Car Laundry, Ballard Trucks, Metcalf Paving, Pat’s Auto Center, George Summers Trucking, Ashaway Cement Products, Mad River Construction, Bradford Motors, Dunn’s Corner Repair, Twin Cedars and Ed French & Son Paving.

The four race TTOMS schedule includes the Ron Bouchard Auto Parts 100 at Claremont Speedway, the prestigious Open Wheel Wednesday 100 at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, June 27, the traditional SBM 125 at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 28 and the Haunted Hundred, also at Seekonk on Saturday, October 27.

To learn more about the Tri-Track Modified Series, visit tritrackmods.com.

The Tri Track Open Modified Series 2018 Schedule

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Seekonk, Mass. (December 28, 2017): Officials have announced the 2018 schedule for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS). Featuring some traditional race events, the 2018 event will also feature a series first. The four race schedule will commence on Memorial Day weekend and conclude with the fun and festive “Haunted Hundred” with plenty of action over the summer months.

“We are really proud of the schedule that we have been able to put together,” said Managing Partner Wayne Darling. “It will feature some of the traditional events that we know will be action-packed, another that will build momentum after last year’s success and a whole new event to create even more excitement.”

The 2018 Tri-Track Open Modified Series season will open with the running of the inaugural Memorial Day 100 at Claremont Speedway on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The 1/3 mile asphalt oval located in Claremont, NH, runs Friday nights weekly and features Tour-Type Modifieds as their headline division.

“We have had strong car counts and we are hoping that the Tri-Track Open Modified Series event will help us build up our fan base as well,” said Claremont Owner & Promoter James Ambrose.

“There is not a bad seat in the house,” added Ambrose, of the aluminum grandstands that are built into the bank. Ambrose and his partners including former competitor Phil Hayes have rehabbed much of the facility since purchasing the race track.

Notable Claremont competitors to make starts with TTOMS in 2017 included track champion Dana Smith, Russ Hersey, Dwight Jarvis, Mike Douglas, Jeffrey Gallup, Nick Salva, Brandee Tree, Brian Robie and emerging talents Sammy Rameau,  Dylan Rock, Cameron Sontag, and TJ Bleau. A strong field will be expected on Memorial Day Weekend.

The prestigious Open Wheel Wednesday 100 at Seekonk Speedway is set for Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Each year this event, with a $10,000 winner’s share on the line, draws the best-of-the-best in Modified racing. Returning to join the Tri Track Open Modified series is the equally as prestigious Boston Louie Seymour Memorial for the Northeast Midget Association (NEMA).

“Seekonk Speedway is excited to have the Tri-Track series be a part of the 15th annual open Wheel Wednesday and to continue the tradition of exciting, big dollar mid-week racing,” said Seekonk Speedway’s Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development.

Another notable event on the 2018 Tri-Track Open Modified Series schedule is the annual SBM 125 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH, on Saturday, July 28. Strong car counts featuring talent from all over New England including some of the best northern competitors, make for a night of tight racing action at the bullring at Star.

“The status of this race is really what makes weekly short track racing great,” said Star Speedway owner and promoter Bobby Webber, Jr. “It is the commitment from men like my Dad and the dedication of guys like Kevin Rice, Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams. And all the teams that come out and race hard to support an event like this and the people who built it.”

Star Speedway will also hold a practice day on Friday July 27 for all competitors.

The 2018 season will culminate with the fun and excitement of the Halloween –themed Haunted Hundred on Saturday, October 27 at Seekonk Speedway.  No trick, all treats are expected for this event following last year’s success where a strong crowd witnessed one of the best races of the season under picture-perfect conditions.

“We are looking forward to the second annual Haunted Hundred,” added St. Germain. “The management of the Tri-Track Series has been great to work with and their format works great at Seekonk.”

Now that the schedule has been finalized, the big question for the 2018 season will be – can anyone dethrone Matt Hirschman? There will be four great opportunities for competitors to make that happen. With a solid race schedule and the expectation for continued strong fields, the 2018 season will undoubtedly be hotly contested.

“On behalf of Mark Pennink and myself, we want to thank Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams for their unwavering commitment to the series and the sport and to the track promoters for their continued belief in our competitors and the product that we produce,” conclude Darling.

2018 TRI-TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Inaugural Memorial Day 100

Claremont Speedway

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

15th Annual Open Wheel Wednesday

Seekonk Speedway

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Annual SBM 125

Star Speedway

Saturday, October 27, 2018

2nd Annual Haunted Hundred

Seekonk Speedway