Claremont Speedway, Claremont NH 7.7.2017
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
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 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.
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
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