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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.

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

 

Hersey Scores Claremont Win

Claremont Speedway, Claremont NH 7.7.2017

    Sometimes they say it’s better to be lucky than good. In Russ Hersey’s  case sometimes its good to be both. The Swanzey NH pilot started with an ill running race car early in the day and after the crew did their magic, Hersey turned it into a Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at the 1/3 mile speedway.
   An electrical problem that plagued the team relegated Hersey to a last place starting position after missing his qualifying round. Even after repairs were made and Hersey was granted hot laps, more adjustments were needed and Hersey was on his way to his first VMRS win of 2017. Racing his way into third place by lap 36 Hersey trailed race leader young Dylan Rock of Enfield NH and younger Sammy Rameau of Westminster MA. Rock and Rameau waged war for the lead for thirty laps until Rameau dove hard into the third turn and tapped Rock’s rear bumper. That’s all it took for Rock to spin from the lead. Under yellow Rock had to restart in the rear and Rameau was put back for causing the altercation. Now Hersey became the new race leader and had nothing but clean air in front of him.
   “I cant thank the guys enough, it’s been a hell of a week, they put in a lot of hours and we really weren’t that good early. We chased a wiring issue that kept us out of the heat race and didn’t get much practice. Just to get the twelve laps in to get the tires on equal footing with everyone else I could tell the car was not to my liking. When we came in and made a few adjustments it really started to rock and roll and I tried to be easy on the gas and made big circles. It seemed like the easier I went the bigger lead I got. The car was great.” Hersey added, “I have a ton of laps here and some wins so it was like the home track advantage, plus everybody gave me plenty of room. I couldn’t be any happier for the.first time out of the box, so now I hope we can carry some momentum forward.”
   Hersey wasn’t the only one starting deep in the field. Dana Smith of Sunapee NH missed his schedule weigh in at the scales because of a steering issue and had to start dead last on the grid, which turned out to be to his liking. Smith did an impressive job working his way to the front finding himself in 4th place by the halfway mark, then with three laps to go he caught and passed a fading Anthony Nocella of Woburn MA. By that time Hersey had checked out on the field and was leading by a 1/4 lap. Smith was jubilant with runner up position.
   “I had a lot of fun . I had to start from the back because we found something wrong with the steering and while working on it I missed my time to go across the scales and it was more important to get the car right. Actually it was fun starting from the back, we got to pass some cars. I was trying to follow Russ (Hersey) and (Anthony) Nocella up through, I figured they’re good people to follow, they know how to save their tires. I got hung up on the outside and loss sight of them so I had to make up a bunch of ground. By the time I got back to them I used up my right rear tire. Everybody ran me real clean, whenever I stuck my nose in they gave me plenty of room. It was great.”
   It seemed to be a hard days work for all the top runners and Nocella was no different. In his heat race as he started to heat his tires he broke a pinion shaft in the rear of his racer and after a loaner rear end from Mike Willis and some quick work by the Nocella and Willis crews, Nocella joined the feature at the back of the pack and in Nocella fashion drove his way forward working his way to race leader Hersey’s rear bumper by lap 60. But with a handful of laps left Nocella lost a cylinder and faded back to third place where he finished the 100 lap grind.
   Heat winners were #83 Mike Willis Jr.and #25 Brian Robie
Summary
Track–Claremont Speedway, Claremont,N.H. 1/3/ mile
Entries–15
Cautions–(4)–Laps 29/38/60/73
Lap Leaders–(3)–#83–laps 1–7, #47–8–38, #88–39–100
Unofficial Finish
1—88-Russ Hersey
2—14-Dana Smith
3—92-Anthony Nocella
4—83-Mike Willis Jr.
5—6-Sammy Rameau
6—17-Donnie Lashua
7—20-Tony Ricci
8—77-Matt Mead
9—25-Brian Robie
10–4-Jeff Gallup
11–50-Carl Medeiros
12–12-Rob Richardi
13–47-Dylan Rock
14–16-Colbey Fournier
15–23-Mike Douglas
Next VMRS event- Lee USA Speedway, Lee,N.H. July 21,2017
by James Snape
photos by Crystal Snape