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Drivers Chasing More Than $26,000 in Contingency Awards During 2016 Season

WALPOLE, N.H. __

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is proud to announce the contingency awards and bonuses for the 2016 season of racing, which begins this Saturday, May 21, at White Mt. Motorsports Park in New Hampshire.

More than 13 different businesses have come on board to award drivers on the GSPSS for their accomplishments this upcoming season. Some of them return from 2015, but others are welcomed to the series this season with many thanks. Drivers have the chance to win awards in heat races, the feature races and also at the annual awards banquet at the conclusion of the racing season.

Drivers will compete in heat races for points and feature starting spot, but also for multiple different bonus awards. Sunoco Race Fuels will present each heat race winner five gallons of Sunoco Fuel for the duration of the season and MacLellan Metal Finishing will present all the heat race winners with a check for $25. MacLellan will also present a check for $300 to the driver who scores the most heat race wins during the entire season.

In the feature racing, drivers have lots of extra bonus incentives to chase.

AR Bodies will present a $100 “Hard Luck Award,” at each event for the driver who has the worst luck in the feature, which will be decided on by the GSPSS officials. Bond Auto Parts will present a $100 gift certificate to both the second place finisher and the driver that finishes the last car on the lead lap in each event.

RB Performance will present the third and fifth place finisher in each feature race with a $50 gift certificate. The fifth place finisher will also be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Five Star Stock Car Bodies and a $100 gift certificate to VDL Fuel Systems for the “Coming Alive With A Top-Five Award.”

Powertrain Technology will award the fourth place finisher a $100 gift certificate, Magnus Racing Products will award a $100 gift certificate to the second place finisher in each race. Sherwood Wheels will give one wheel to the driver who leads the most laps during each feature race in 2016 and Coilover Commander will present each feature winner with a $300 gift certificate towards the purchase of a Coil-Over Commander.

The series champion in 2016 will be given the championship helmet from Seymour Racing Products, but that will not be the only special award given away at the banquet. AR Bodies will present a $1,000 gift certificate to the Rookie of the Year, VDL Fuel Systems will give away a carburetor at a random draw and Powertrain Technology will do a random draw for a 5.5″ 2-disc clutch with Chevy Late Model button flywheel and Hydro-Max hydraullic release bearing.

Embroidery Expertee’s will present the third place finisher in each feature race with $50 towards the purchase of Team Apparel, as well as giving away a team pack, including five sweatshirts and five polo t-shirts to a driver that finished in the top 10 in the point standings at the annual awards banquet. The driver that wins the team pack will be selected by a random draw.

The series is also proud to welcome back Waddell Communications and Racing Electronics as the official race radio provider for the 2016 season. Contact them for all your radio needs.

The GSPSS is thankful to be partnered with each and every one of the contingency sponsors and appreciates their support. The first event on the schedule is at White Mt. Motorsports Park on Sat. May 21, with heat racing getting underway just after 5 p.m. and the 100 lap feature event to follow.

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

The following is a list of contingency awards/bonuses for drivers during the 2016 season:

Sunoco Race Fuels: Will present each heat race and consolation race winner with five free gallons of Sunoco Race Fuels.

MacLellan Metal Finishing: MacLellan Metal Finishing will present all heat race winners with a check for $25. They will also present $300 to the driver who wins the most heat races during the 2016 season. (In case of a tie, the driver who finishes higher in the point standings will be awarded the prize).

AR Bodies: Will present a $1,000 gift certificate to the 2016 Rookie of the Year, two $500 gift certificates to be given away in a random draw at the season-ending banquet and a $100 gift certificate at each event. The $100 certificate will be a “Hard-Luck Award,” to be picked by the GSPSS officials.

Bond Auto Parts: Will present a $100 gift certificate to the 2nd place finisher in each feature event as well as $100 gift certificate to the last car on the lead lap in all feature events.

RB Performance: Will present a $50 gift certificate to the 3rd and 7th place feature finisher at each event.

Five Star Stock Car Bodies: Will present one $900.00 and one $500.00 gift certificate at the 2016 GSPSS banquet. Will also present a $50 gift certificate for the Five Star “Fifth-Place Finisher” award at each event.

Racing Electronics: Waddell Communications and Racing Electronics will be the official radio provider of the GSPSS for 2016.

Seymour Performance Products: Will present a $100.00 gift certificate for the sixth place finisher  at all 2016 GSPSS events, as well as the championship helmet to the champion at the 2016 banquet.

VDL Fuel Systems: Will present the “Coming Alive With A Top-Five” award by presenting the 5th place finisher with a $100.00 gift certificate. Will also present a HP650 carburetor via a random draw at the 2016 GSPSS awards banquet.

Powertrain Technology: Will award a $100.00 product certificate in the GSPSS to the 4th place finisher of each race. The season-ending banquet drawing will be for a 5.5″ 2-disc clutch with Chevy Late Model button flywheel and Hydro-Max hydraullic release bearing.

Coilover Commander: Will present each feature winner with a $300.00 gift certificate towards the purchase of the Coil-Over Commander.

Magnus Racing Products: Will present a $100.00 gift certificate to the 2nd place finisher in each feature event.

Sherwood Wheels: Will present one Gift Certificate to the driver that leads the most laps during each feature event of the 2016 season.

Embroidery Expertee’s: Will present the third place finisher in each feature event with $50 towards the purchase of Team Apparel, as well as giving away a team pack, including five sweatshirts and five polo t-shirts to a driver that finished in the top 10 in the point standings. The driver will be selected by a random draw.

GSPSS Heads To White Mt. Motorsports Park On May 21

WALPOLE, N.H.__

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will kick-off their 2016 season on Saturday May 21, with a 100 lap feature at New Hampshire’s White Mt. Motorsports Park. It will be the first of 11 events on the calendar in what should be a season with lots of returning veterans and some new rookie challengers battling it out for victories.

It will be the third appearance by the New England based Pro Stock tour at White Mt., a track that opened for the first time in 1994, under operation from Donnie and Teri Avery. Brad Babb won the inaugural series race there in 2014 and defending series champion Derek Griffith scored the victory in the 100 lap feature in August of 2015.

The entry list for the event is already loading up with top-notch Super Late Model talent. Former Pro All Star Series North champion D.J. Shaw has entered, behind the wheel of his No. 60. The list also includes names like Barry Gray and Jeremy Davis, who are both former series winners — as well as series veteran Mike Parks. Brothers Tommy and Mike O’Sullivan also join the list with Cory Casagrande, Jacob Dore and many more.

There may be lots of returning veterans, but there are also some invading drivers chasing the Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. One of those is former Seekonk Speedway Street Stock champion and full-time SLM driver Mike Mitchell, who has sprinkled in races with the GSPSS before. He plans for a full-time campaign in his No. 40 Rhodes Tree Service Chevrolet and hopes to start well at the 1/4 mile White Mt.

“I am extremely excited to be traveling to different race tracks and trying to make myself a better race car driver,” Mitchell said. “I’m excited to have to adapt to the different tracks, all the way from the 3/8 flat mile to the 1/4 mile high-banks. I will be racing with some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the Northeast and I know competition will be fierce, but from the help of Dave Berghman and my crew I think we have a great shot week in and week out.”

The GSPSS will hit the track for practice at 1 p.m., followed by qualifying action at 5 p.m. Feature action will immediately follow the qualifying.

For information about the series rules, or just for information, fans can visit www.gspss.net or email series president Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net.

 

QUICK RACE FACTS: WMMP 100 at White Mt. Motorsports Park

Track Facts:

  1. Opened in 1994
  2. 1/4 mile in distance
  3. Runs weekly on Saturday nights with five divisions

Race Facts:

  1. Draw for starting positions in heats
  2. 12 lap heat races
  3. 100 lap feature
  4. 24 guaranteed starters

Event Schedule:

  1. Pit gates open at 10 a.m.
  2. GSPSS Practice at 1 p.m.
  3. Racing starts at 5 p.m

Griffith Seeks second straight Championship

WALPOLE, N.H. — official GSPSS release —

Winning a second consecutive championship in any sport is a tough task, but that’s exactly what 19-year-old Derek Griffith is aiming to do this upcoming season.

Griffith will be chasing back-to-back titles on the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) at the wheel of his No. 12 LCM Racing Chevrolet.

“Last year was huge for us, we kinda proved ourselves,” Griffith said. “We’ve always been fast, but never had the luck aspect and even me as a driver, I wasn’t all there. But last year, we finally got those couple of wins and hopefully we can carry momentum into this year.”

Griffith has been racing since 2009 and is approaching his fourth year behind the wheel in the full-fendered Pro Stock class. His career started when he ran 4 Cylinder cars at Hudson Speedway, but it wasn’t long before he got a chance to make a step up, with the help of his now life-long friend Louie Mechalidies.

“Louie has always been a great friend of my father and he gave us the basic knowledge of a 4 cylinder car right from the start,” Griffith said. “I blew up a motor racing and Louie ended up putting it back together and from then on we just have been working together. He helped me build an outlaw car and at the time I was only 14. After we raced that outlaw, he thought I had done well and asked me to hop into his Pro Stock and I took the chance and ran with it.”

Mechalides has been someone Griffith has become extremely close with. He feels comfortable and trusts every wrench is turned properly and every adjustment he makes is going to help the car.

“We’ve won a lot more with Louie and we are connected on a friend basis, which isn’t always the case in racing. I don’t really consider him my crew chief, but instead a good friend and that makes it a ton easier for us to work together in the shop and at the track.”

Griffith recalls his first Pro Stock race as one of the most important races he has ever run. He immediately made his name known, finishing inside the top-five and gaining respect of his fellow competitors right from the start.

“Monadnock was my first ever Pro Stock race and we finished inside the top-three in my first ever race. That really meant a lot to me then and now, it means even more.”

Speaking of his competitors, Griffith said the drivers he races against are some of the best in the region. For him, working together on the track with them to put on a good show for the fans is easy, since they all give each other respect.

“Two years ago, a lot of us couldn’t make it a full race without ripping off a fender and now we run a lot of the races with minimal caution flags,” Griffith said. “We become to know each other and we know how each of us driver so it makes it easier.”

Entering the 2016 season, Griffith will be tested even more than before, as will all the competitors on the GSPSS. The series will make their first ever visits to Riverhead Raceway (July 30) and Wiscasset Speedway (Sept. 3-4), two tracks that Griffith is looking forward to touring in his Pro Stock.

“I think the new tracks will spice it up for all of us because a lot of the guys that we end up racing are track champions at that specific track. These tracks in general are going to be hard for me to show up to with little experience, but I also love experiencing some new tracks. We unloaded at a couple of the new tracks last year and we were a bullet. I trust Louie and I think we’ll end up being perfect at them.”

Griffith and his team are still mourning the loss of two team members that have supported him for years, but he knows he will have them riding with him for all 11 races this year.

“We just lost one of my biggest supporters, Louie’s mother just passed away and she was easily one of the biggest supporters of mine for a long time. I will have some co-pilots with me from now on and I know they will be riding right along with me.”

As Griffith rolls into the 2016 season hoping to grab a second straight championship and gain more experience behind the wheel of his Pro Stock, he has many people he has to thank — because without them, he wouldn’t be where he is today.

“I’ve gotta thank LCM Racing, and I’d also like to thank my spotter, Dolly Mechalides. The first time without her for me was down in Florida recently and it was awkward not having her and I look forward to having her back for the year,” Griffith said. “It’s a pleasure to go racing with all these guys and I can’t wait to get the season going.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will start their 11 race schedule at White Mountain Motorsports Park on May 21.

For more information, including the entire 2016 schedule and current registered list of drivers, fans can visit www.gspss.net.