GSPSS To Celebrate Independence Day on Saturday at Speedway 51

WALPOLE, N.H. —

Speedway 51, a quarter-mile asphalt oval in Groveton, New Hampshire, will place host to the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) this coming Saturday night, July 2. It will be the fifth of 11 races on the 2016 schedule for the GSPSS.

The 100 lap special, which has $2,000 up for grabs to the winner, is expected to be a hotly contested battle between those at the top of the points standings as they close in on the halfway point of the season. The race will also be part of the Speedway 51 Independence Day celebration, with fireworks capping off the evening racing card.

Coming into the 100 lap event, Belchertown, Massachusetts driver Barry Gray leads the point standings behind the wheel of his No. 29 Meadows Motor Car Chevrolet. Gray, who finished sixth at Speedway 51 in 2015, is hoping he will unload off the truck with a setup that just takes a few tweaks to make perfect, since he has the experience at the track before.

“I like consistent finishes, but I’m going to Speedway 51 to win it,” Gray said. “It’s a great place to run a race, they are doing a great job with the facility with all the changes they have made. We are going to the different places with the GSPSS all the time and that’s what makes it so exciting for both the drivers and the fans.”

The defending winner of the event is Jeremy Davis. He outdueled the best of the GSPSS in 2015, beating out Wayne Helliwell Jr. from the outside lane to take the lead. He held off Brad Babb and multi-time Speedway 51 track champion Derek Ming in the final laps.

This season, new drivers hope to carry the checkered flag at the end of the 100 lap distance. Series Rookie of the Year contenders Mike Mitchell and Glenn Martel have been off to fast starts and hope to continue them this weekend. Veteran Mike Parks has quietly kept himself at the front of the pack in the point standings and hopes to break out and grab a victory.

Other entries for the feature include names like Cory Casagrande, Mike O’Sullivan, John Salemi and many other competitors, all in search of victory. Drivers will have some time off following this event — since the next race is scheduled for Riverhead Raceway. The series inaugural trip to the oval in Long Island is slated for July 30.

Admission to the front gate Saturday is $20 for adults and just $5 for those between the ages of 13-16. Children 12 and under will enter the front gate at no charge. The paddock fee for the night will be $40 for those who are not licensed at Speedway 51.

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

QUICK FACTS: GSPSS 100 at Speedway 51

Track Facts:

1    1/4 mile facility located in Groveton, New Hampshire

2    Runs weekly racing on Saturday nights

Race Facts:

1    Blind draw for heat starting spots

2    12 lap heat races

3    100 lap feature

4    $2,000 to the winner

Event Schedule:

1    Pits open at 11:30 am

2    GSPSS Practice 2:00 to 2:20, 3:00 to 3:20, 4:00 to 4:20

3  Heat racing begins at 5:30 p.m.

BK Racing and Shriners Hospitals for Children Unveil Daytona Paint Scheme

16-Year-Old Patient from Minnesota Designs Car, Will Be Guest of Team at Daytona
 
STATESVILLE, N.C. (June 28, 2016) – With a little help from a special friend, BK Racing, David Ragan and Shriners Hospitals for Children® unveiled their paint scheme today for this weekend’s Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. Hailey Randall, 16, is a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and assisted in the unveiling of the No. 23 BK Racing Toyota Camry that she designed as part of the Healing Power of Love design contest. The contest was open to patients at all 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children locations.
Randall, as well as representatives from BK Racing and Shriners Hospitals for Children, was on-hand at the NASCAR Hall of Fame with Ragan to unveil the car in front of family, media and others from Shriners International and the NASCAR community.
The paint scheme features metallic-silver paint that will reflect brightly under the lights at the Daytona International Speedway this Saturday night. Hailey’s design incorporates the Healing Power of Love theme with a red ribbon that wraps around the entire car, as well as an abundance of hearts which, reflects the love that patients feel at Shriners Hospitals. The Shriners Hospitals for Children logo, a “Good Luck!” message from the hospitals’ mascot, Fezzy, and motifs unique to the 22 hospital system are prominently featured in the design.
 The car design expands upon the relationship that Ragan has with the hospital system, serving as an official Love to the rescue® ambassador. Ragan is also a member of Shriners International.
“David has been a loyal friend of Shriners Hospitals for many years. This design contest gave a unique opportunity for our patients to illustrate what Shriners Hospitals for Children and Love to the rescue mean to them,” said Jerry Gantt, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “We are so proud of our relationship with David and are excited to see Hailey’s design on the track in Daytona.”
With the help of supporters like Ragan and BK Racing, Shriners Hospitals for Children has provided life-changing care to more than 1.3 million children for nearly 95 years. Shriners Hospitals provides all aspects of treatment, including surgery, rehabilitation, and psychological support to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Randall has been a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children since she was a small child, and has been treated for clubfoot, bilateral hip dysplasia and leg length discrepancy. Randall will join the BK Racing team this weekend in Daytona.
“I designed the car that I would want to drive so it is a dream come true to see it in real life and on the race track” said Hailey. “I am so happy that my design was selected to represent how Shriners Hospitals sends Love to the rescue every day to kids just like me.”
Ragan was excited to see Randall’s ideas come to life and is honored to have her design featured on his car during the race this weekend.
“I think Hailey and all the patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children are an inspiration,” said Ragan. “Hailey did an amazing job capturing the spirit and strength of the patients, employees and everyone associated with Shriners Hospitals in this paint scheme. I am grateful to be able to drive a car featuring Hailey’s design and represent Shriners Hospitals for Children this weekend.”
Saturday’s race will be televised nationally on NBC at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Tim Jedrzejek, Davey Hamilton Jr. Among Expected First Time Entrants at Oswego’s Independence Grand Prix

(Bill Taylor Photo)

OSWEGO, NY (June 28, 2016) – Oswego Speedway’s Independence Weekend Grand Prix 75-lap special has long been a popular mid-season landing spot for out of town or first time season competitors and that looks to again be the case this Saturday as Ohio racers Tim Jedrzejek and Gene Lee Gibson as well as Idaho rookie Davey Hamilton Jr. are expected to make their first starts of 2016 in Novelis Supermodified action.
‘Timmy J’ will pilot one of the independent front end Novelis Supermodifieds for Graham Racing this weekend, driven as No. 91.  Jedrzejek, who had planned to attend Oswego’s season opener in the same car, was unable to compete as another Graham entry was not yet finalized for full-time team members.  As a result, Jedrzejek was forced to sit out until this Saturday.
As of now Jedrzejek is set to pilot the car in this weekend’s 75-lapper as well as in the 30th annual $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified special on Saturday, July 23, according to team owner Ray Graham.

This Saturday will mark the first time this season that all five Graham Racing machines will be in action including Jedrzejek, Ray Graham, Kody Graham, Pat Lavery, and Aric Iosue.

Another driver that had planned to be in action at Oswego’s opener was Hamilton Jr., driving for Mike Muldoon in the No. 14.  Unfortunately a late change in plans back in May forced the postponement of his Supermodified debut, now set for this Saturday.
Since that time Hamilton has remained active in pavement winged sprint car racing, most recently finishing second at Winchester Speedway over the weekend.

Hamilton will fill the seat held to this point of the season by Kreig Heroth.  While Heroth has essentially been a start and park entry, Hamilton will put the machine into action this holiday weekend.
Gibson, the winner of the inaugural Mr. Novelis Supermodified in 1987, has also stated his intentions to be at the Speedway for Fast Friday testing this Friday, July 1.  If all goes as planned, look for Gibson to join Jedrzejek and Hamilton in the Supermodified lineup for the annual Grand Prix.
Oswego Speedway is ready to return to action on Saturday, July 2 for the Speedway’s Grand Prix night featuring extra distance features and the annual Christmas in July Toy Drive.
All those who bring a new and unwrapped toy, which will be donated to the Hannibal Central School Christmas Bureau in association with Toys for Tots of Oswego County, will receive a free hot dog combo meal.

Pit gates will open on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 4:30 p.m. with the start of hot laps.  Santa Claus will arrive in the Tiki Bar for kids at 6 p.m. and the night’s racing action, which will be capped with a 75-lap Novelis Supermodified main and a 35-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature, will go green at 6:30 p.m.

To celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend – an exciting fireworks display will end the evening, post-race.
Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016, including the rear grandstand this weekend, with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.
For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

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