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Griffith Seals Championship in Breakout Season

gspssRamstrom Victorious in Bemer’s Super Bowl

Ramstrom Victory LaneWATERFORD, CT – Derek Griffith puts the exclamation point on his breakout season, becoming the fourth different champion of the Granite State Pro Stock Series, as Derek Ramstrom grabs the win in the Bemer’s Super Bowl 150 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Barry Gray and Mike O’Sullivan led the field to the green, with Gray needing a win to have a shot at knocking off Derek Griffith for the 2015 season crown.  Gray would lead until lap 4, when the first of twelve cautions came out for an incident between Billy Joerres and Roger Oxee.  D.J. Shaw would eventually overtake the lead, and set a blistering pace, as Griffith and Ramstrom kept within striking distance.

While Shaw continuously kept Griffith at bay on restarts, Ramstrom took notes, and overtook Shaw the first chance he had on the front row of a restart.  Shaw would continue to pressure Ramstrom, until breaking a rear end on lap 81, ending his day early.  Griffith would get the chance to attack Ramstrom again, but could not finish the job, as Ramstrom powered away for the victory.

After the race, Ramstrom spoke about the facility, saying “This is an awesome place to run a Pro Stock.  I hope to come back here next year.”

Ramstrom continued, “It’s a shame D.J. [Shaw] broke, I think he was definitely a contender for the lead.  Derek Griffith had a great year.  He had a great year, and has a lot of talent.”

Griffith would settle for the second spot, which secured the championship for the Hudson, NH resident.  Griffith exclaimed, “I’m in shock still.  I’m really happy with my Derek Championship Phototeam.  Louie [Mechalides] set up a stout car all year.  My whole team is excellent.  At this point, I don’t think there’s a lot of teams better than our team.  Everyone is so supportive, it’s huge, how into racing they are, and how much they believe in me.”

Gray would fight back through the field to take the third spot, and second in the overall standings.  Nick Cusack battled adversity all day, including changing a clutch after practice, to finish fourth, with Tommy O’Sullivan surviving to claim the fifth spot.  Former modified driver Jeff Pearl nabbed the sixth spot, Zig Geno climbed to seventh, with Scott Kulesa finishing eighth.  Dillon Moltz, who was involved in an incident on lap 82, and pitting late for fuel, would salvage a ninth place finish, with Mike Parks rounding out the top ten.  Cory Casagrande and Moltz would pick up qualifying heat wins.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will hold an informational meeting on Saturday, November 28, at the Clubhouse at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, at 11AM.  For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit



New London-Waterford Speedbowl



Pos (Start)           Driver                                   Hometown

  1. (13) Derek Ramstrom        West Boylston, MA
  2. (7) Derek Griffith              Hudson, NH
  3. (1) Barry Gray                 Belchertown, MA
  4. (8) Nick Cusack                Scarborough, ME
  5. (14) Tommy O’Sullivan       Wilbraham, MA
  6. (18) Jeff Pearl                    Salem, CT
  7. (17) Zig Geno                    Canterbury, NH
  8. (20) Scott Kulesa               Georgetown, MA
  9. (6) Dillon Moltz              Waterford, CT
  10. (11) Mike Parks Walpole, NH
  11. (2) Mike O’Sullivan                            Springfield, MA
  12. (9) Larry Gelinas               Buxton, ME
  13. (12) Joe Squeglia, Jr. Derry, NH
  14. (4) D.J. Shaw                   Center Conway, NH
  15. (16) Jake Vanada Berkley, MA
  16. (22) Mike Mitchell Cumberland, RI
  17. (5) Cory Casagrande          Stafford Springs, CT
  18. (19) Ray Christian III Groton, CT
  19. (15) Josh King Vernon, VT
  20. (10) Jason Palmer Berlin, CT
  21. (23) Roger Oxee Carmel, NY
  22. (21) Billy Joerres Somerset, MA
  23. (3) Jarrod Hayes             Calverton, NY




AR BODIES (Hard Luck)                                                  60 – D.J. Shaw

BOND AUTO PARTS (Last Car on Lead Lap)            57 – Zig Geno

BOND AUTO PARTS (Halfway Leader)                     35 – Derek Ramstrom

DRACO SPRINGS (Most Positions Gained)            35 – Derek Ramstrom

FIVE STAR AUTO BODIES (5th Place)                        16 – Tommy O’Sullivan

MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 1 Winner) 5 – Dillon Moltz

MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 2 Winner) 1 – Cory Casagrande

SEYMOUR PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS (Random)               17 – Jason Palmer

RB PERFORMANCE (3rd Place)                                   29 – Barry Gray

RB PERFORMANCE (7th Place)                                   57 – Zig Geno

SHERWOOD WHEELS (Most Laps Led)                     35 – Derek Ramstrom

SUNOCO RACE FUELS (Heat 1 Winner)                    5 – Dillon Moltz

SUNOCO RACE FUELS (Heat 2 Winner)                    1 – Cory Casagrande

VDL FUEL SYSTEMS (5th Place)                                   16 – Tommy O’Sullivan

POWERTRAIN TECHNOLOGY (4th Place)                2 – Nick Cusack

COIL-OVER COMMANDER (Feature Winner)        35 – Derek Ramstrom

PRINZICISION RACING (Feature Winner)                              35 – Derek Ramstrom

Its Race Day at The New London Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD – More than 100 drivers pulled into the New London Waterford Speedbowl Friday for an open practice session prior to this weekend’s Bemer’s Super Bowl of Auto Racing.Included in the crowded paddock area is the new Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year. Chase Dowling, however, won’t be competing in a Modified this weekend. He’ll be returning to his Legends roots.Dowling, a former Legends champ, will be competing in a car owned by Mike Molleur in the $2,000 to win Battle of the Sound. And Dowling just isn’t making a token appearance. He had the fastest car in practice.
More than 50 Legends cars are expected for qualifying today, including drivers from all over the East Coast. The field includes Devin O’Connell of Madison, who recently won the World Championship in the Legends Semipro Road Course division. Another fast car in practice was driven by Connor Pyle of Scottsdale, Arizona, who is now living in North Carolina. He has competed in events in South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Las Vegas and California and has won eight races.
Another big story is taking place in the Granite State Pro Stock Division, which is making its first appearance at the Speedbowl. Jason Palmer, Waterford’s 2015 Late Model champ, has converted his car into a Pro Stock and will be trying to make the field for Saturday’s 150-lap race.
There still is plenty of talent in the Late Models. Gerald DeGasperre, who has won seven Late Model titles at Seekonk Speedway, will be competing at the Speedbowl for the first time. Also in action will be Ernie Larose, who has purchased the car driven to victory in the final Speedbowl race of the season by three-time champ Bruce Thomas.
“We made the deal as soon as the race was over,” Larose said, “and now this is going to be my car for next year.”
Among the SK Modified newcomers taking advantage of Friday’s practice session were Matt Hirschman, who will be trying to win the $5,000 first-place purse in the Sunday’s Modified Nationals. Ryan Preece, Ronnie Williams, Tommy Membrino, Kyle Trainer and Matt Galko were also on hand.
The action stars Saturday with qualifying at 1:30 p.m.Features are scheduled to get under way at 4:30.
The first feature will be a 20-lap Bandelros race, followed by the a 40-lap Mini Stock feature, paying $1,000 to the winner. Next will be a 35-lap feature for the New England Race Trucks feature, followed by the 150-lap Granite State Pro Stock feature. The X Cars and Super X Cars will be involved in 20-lap features, followed by a 40-lap Limited Sportsman feature with $1,000 going to the winner.
Sunday the drivers in the Tri Track Open Modified will arrive at the Speedbowl. The field will be divided into two 35-lap qualifying races. Each race will pay $3,000 to the winners. The top finishers will advance to the 65-lap main event, worth $5,000 to the winners.
Other features Sunday include the Legends 35-lap Battle of the Sound, a 25-lap SK Light race, a 30-lap Late Model race and the 75-lap Modified Nationals.
Contingency sponsor for the entire weekend is David Prinz of Prinzcision Racing, will be awarding two $50 bonuses for each of the 12 feature divisions.

Granite State Pro Stock Series at New London-Waterford Speedbowl: A Closer Look at the Numbers

gspssWATERFORD, CT – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the final event of the tour’s schedule, and crown the 2015 series champion, on October 24.  The following is a closer look at the notes and numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) and the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS).


The New London-Waterford Speedbowl opened on April 15, 1951.  It began as a 1/3 mile crushed blue stone oval race track, but was quickly paved due to excessive dust.  The initial owners were actually 6 local businessmen, and called themselves The New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Inc.  The original headlining division were called Sportsmen Stocks, which are now considered Modifieds.

Several people have owned the facility after it was sold by the original owners in 1974, including Harvey Tattersall Jr, Dick Williams, Jack Arute, the Korteweg family and Terry Eames.  Current owner Bruce Bemer bought the track prior to the 2015 season, and appointed former track champion Shawn Monahan as the General Manager.

On the track, the Speedbowl has been home to NEAR Hall of Famers Dave Humphrey, Moe Gherzi, Fred Luchesi, Don Collins and Bob Potter. It’s also home to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champions like Keith Rocco (2010-Division I) & Ken Cassidy Jr (2012-Division IV) and INEX Legend Car National Champions like Dave Garbo Jr & Matt Pappa (both in 2012).

There have been four previous Pro Stock races at the facility, won by:  Dick Houlihan (1988), Tom Rosati and Tony Papale (1989), and Jim McCallum (1995).


NLWS EVENT:  Race 11 of the 2015 season

TRACK LENGTH:  .375 mile oval

RACE LENGTH:  150 laps



#60 D.J. Shaw

–              Has two wins, three top 3s, and three top 10 finishes in three attempts on the GSPSS.

–              Most recent winner on the GSPSS (Star).

–              Has not finished any worse than second on the tour.

#12 Derek Griffith

–              Has four wins, fifteen top 3s, and twenty-three top 10 finishes in thirty total races with the GSPSS.

–              Finished second at Star Speedway in the most recent race with the GSPSS.

–              Owns an average feature finish of 6.23 in his GSPSS career.

#66 Mike Parks

–              Has earned six top 3s, and twenty-two top 10 finishes in thirty-eight career GSPSS events.

–              Finished a career-best 2nd three times (Hudson 2012, Monadnock 2013, Monadnock 2015).

–              Picked up a sixth place finish at Star, the most recent GSPSS race.

#29 Barry Gray 

–              Has recorded four wins, eight top 3s, and thirty top 10 finishes in thirty-seven career GSPSS events.

–              His four wins have come in each GSPSS season (2012-15), and all at Monadnock Speedway.

–              Grabbed seventh in the last GSPSS race.

#37ME Larry Gelinas 

–              Has tallied two wins, twelve top 3s, and twenty-four top 10 finishes in thirty races with the GSPSS.

–              His two victories were at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (2013) and Hudson International Speedway (2014).

–              Finished eleventh in the most recent GSPSS race.

#14M Matt Frahm

–              The series’ leader in wins, Frahm has five victories, fourteen top 3s, and twenty-one top 10s in twenty-nine career GSPSS starts.

–              Of his five victories, three have occurred at Monadnock (Star Speedway, Devil’s Bowl Speedway).

–              Finished fourth in the most recent GSPSS event.

#5 Dillon Moltz

–              Has picked up two wins, five top 3s, and fourteen top 10s in sixteen career starts in the GSPSS.

–              Of his two wins, one occurred at Star Speedway, at the NH Classic in 2014, the other at the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2015.

–              Finished eighth at Star Speedway.

 #08 Mike O’Sullivan

–              Has carried the checkered flag three times in the GSPSS, adding eight top 3s, and eighteen top 10s in twenty-eight career starts.

–              Has picked up a win at Hudson International Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

–              Settled in to a sixteenth-place finish in the last GSPSS race.

#16 Tommy O’Sullivan

              In twenty-five races with the GSPSS, O’Sullivan has picked up a third place finish, and fourteen top 10s.

–              Finished fifteenth at Star Speedway.

#21 Josh King

–              Has fourteen top 10 finishes in thirty-one career starts with the GSPSS.

–              Finished twentieth in the most recent GSPSS race.

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