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First Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Headlines 11-Race Schedule For Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2017

WALPOLE, N.H. — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) announced an exciting 11-race schedule for the 2017 season on Saturday. The schedule includes events in four different states across a total of 10 different race tracks, giving plenty of variety for both drivers and fans.

Headlining the schedule will be the first annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

The season will begin with a stop at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday April 30, a three-eighths mile flat track in Lee, N.H. In 2016, championship runner-up D.J. Shaw scored the victory at Lee, holding off Derek Griffith and Bryan Kruzcek in the final stages to take the checkered flag.

The GSPSS will attempt the inaugural event at the quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway for a second time in 2017, this time on Saturday night May 20. In 2016, drivers practiced for the event but rain forced the cancellation and there was no reschedule date.

Claremont Speedway’s first stop is slated for Friday June 2, followed by the inaugural event at the third-mile Seekonk Speedway on Saturday June 24. The Seekonk event will see a combination of the regulars of the GSPSS going up against some of the top weekly Pro Stock talent in a thrilling battle.

On Saturday July 1, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will invade “The Magic Mile”, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, for the first time in history. The one-mile oval will see the drivers compete in a 50 lap feature race. There will be a practice session on Friday for drivers to begin tuning in their cars for action and there will also be a practice session sometime in May, to be announced at a later date.

“The NHMS event just came together this week, so to say I am thrilled is an understatement,” series president Mike Parks said. “NHMS is kind of a dream for all of the Saturday night racers in New England and this will give a bunch of guys the race to race at the Magic Mile that more than likely would have never had that chance.”

Lee USA Speedway will have a second series race on Friday July 7, before a race at White Mt. Motorsports Park on Saturday July 22. Last year, White Mt. kicked-off the season for the GSPSS and Jacob Dore took down the victory.

The annual JBH 100 will take place at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday Aug. 12, a race won by Mike Parks in 2016. The JBH 100 is in honor of former series co-founder John Hoyt, who passed away suddenly back in 2011.

The month of September will include one race, the annual stop at the Star Classic at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. The main event will be contested on Sept. 8-9.

GSPSS will return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the annual Sunoco World Series weekend in 2017 — with all of the qualifying and feature racing taking place on Friday Oct. 13. The GSPSS will compete in a 60 lap feature event on Friday night.

The campaign will once again conclude at the three-eighths mile New London-Waterford Speedbowl as part of the Bemer’s Big Show weekend on Saturday Oct. 21, where the 2017 series champion will be crowned.

“We are excited for the schedule we have put together for 2017. Our goal has always been a 10 to 14 event schedule,” Parks said. “We worked very hard to try not to have multiple back to back weekends, and in 2017 we were able to make that happen. The 11 event schedule we have released is what we have at this point but there still could be one or two additions.”

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net, or contact series president Mike Parks.

2017 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule

 April 30 — Lee USA Speedway — 100 laps

May 20 —  Riverhead Raceway — 100 laps

June 2 —    Claremont Speedway — 100 laps

June 24 —  Seekonk Speedway — 100 laps

July 1 –     New Hampshire Motor Speedway – 50 laps

July 7 —    Lee USA Speedway — 100 laps

July 22 — White Mt. Motorsports Park — 100 laps

Aug. 12 — Monadnock Speedway — 100 laps

Sept. 8-9 — Star Speedway — 100 laps

Oct. 13 —  Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park — 100 laps

Oct. 21 —   New London-Waterford Speedbowl — 100 laps

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

Granite State Pro Stock Series Set For Bond Auto 100 at Claremont

WALPOLE, N.H. –

For the second time in 2016, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is headed for Claremont Speedway.

This Friday, the GSPSS kicks-off the month of August at the 1/3 mile Claremont oval with the running of the Bond Auto 100 under the lights in New Hampshire.

Back in June, fans were left on the edge of their seats when Jeremy Davis, DJ Shaw and Derek Griffith battled hard in the final laps of the 100-lap feature, making the race itself worth the price of admission. In the end, Davis drove by Griffith on the final lap and rolled into victory lane behind the wheel of his No. 09.

This time, Belchertown, Massachusetts native Barry Gray, who leads the series point standings, is hoping to have better luck compared to June and challenge those up front. Gray struggled with the setup under the hood of his No. 29 and finished sixth at the first visit. He hopes this time will result in a better finish.

“The last time we were there we were absolutely terrible,” Gray said. “Since then, I sent the car out and had it worked on and setup by Jeremy Davis. We had a few tests and at Riverhead practice we were the fastest car in the third round. I have a car that I have some confidence in and I know I can drive. I’m very excited to be going back to Claremont.”

Coming into the event, Gray leads the series points standings by 14 points over Cory Casagrande. Mike Parks sits third 16 points back, with Mike Mitchell fourth, just 18 points from the top. The tough competition so far has closed the championship battle up and it will be exciting going down the stretch of the season.

Friday, the pit area opens for team to roll in and get prepared at 3:30 p.m., with practice starting promptly at 4:30 p.m. Heat racing, including the GSPSS 12 lap heat events, will begin at 7 p.m.

Admission to the paddock area is $35 for all ages and for fans to enter the track and sit in the grandstands, the cost is $20 for adults. Those ages 13-16 are $5 and any children under 12 are free.

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

QUICK FACTS: Bond Auto 100 at Claremont Speedway

Track Facts:

1   Claremont Speedway is located in Claremont, New Hampshire

2   Runs weekly racing card on Friday nights

 

Race Facts:

1   100 lap feature event

2   12 lap qualifying heats

3   Blind draw for heat starting positions

4   $2,000 to win feature race

 

Event Schedule:

1   Pit area opens at 3:00 p.m.

2   Practice begins at 4:30 p.m.

3   Rotating practice rounds including regular track divisions

4 Heat racing begins at 7 p.m.

Chip Cormie Photo