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Griffith Seals Championship in Breakout Season

gspssRamstrom Victorious in Bemer’s Super Bowl

Ramstrom Victory LaneWATERFORD, CT – Derek Griffith puts the exclamation point on his breakout season, becoming the fourth different champion of the Granite State Pro Stock Series, as Derek Ramstrom grabs the win in the Bemer’s Super Bowl 150 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Barry Gray and Mike O’Sullivan led the field to the green, with Gray needing a win to have a shot at knocking off Derek Griffith for the 2015 season crown.  Gray would lead until lap 4, when the first of twelve cautions came out for an incident between Billy Joerres and Roger Oxee.  D.J. Shaw would eventually overtake the lead, and set a blistering pace, as Griffith and Ramstrom kept within striking distance.

While Shaw continuously kept Griffith at bay on restarts, Ramstrom took notes, and overtook Shaw the first chance he had on the front row of a restart.  Shaw would continue to pressure Ramstrom, until breaking a rear end on lap 81, ending his day early.  Griffith would get the chance to attack Ramstrom again, but could not finish the job, as Ramstrom powered away for the victory.

After the race, Ramstrom spoke about the facility, saying “This is an awesome place to run a Pro Stock.  I hope to come back here next year.”

Ramstrom continued, “It’s a shame D.J. [Shaw] broke, I think he was definitely a contender for the lead.  Derek Griffith had a great year.  He had a great year, and has a lot of talent.”

Griffith would settle for the second spot, which secured the championship for the Hudson, NH resident.  Griffith exclaimed, “I’m in shock still.  I’m really happy with my Derek Championship Phototeam.  Louie [Mechalides] set up a stout car all year.  My whole team is excellent.  At this point, I don’t think there’s a lot of teams better than our team.  Everyone is so supportive, it’s huge, how into racing they are, and how much they believe in me.”

Gray would fight back through the field to take the third spot, and second in the overall standings.  Nick Cusack battled adversity all day, including changing a clutch after practice, to finish fourth, with Tommy O’Sullivan surviving to claim the fifth spot.  Former modified driver Jeff Pearl nabbed the sixth spot, Zig Geno climbed to seventh, with Scott Kulesa finishing eighth.  Dillon Moltz, who was involved in an incident on lap 82, and pitting late for fuel, would salvage a ninth place finish, with Mike Parks rounding out the top ten.  Cory Casagrande and Moltz would pick up qualifying heat wins.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will hold an informational meeting on Saturday, November 28, at the Clubhouse at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, at 11AM.  For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net.



New London-Waterford Speedbowl



Pos (Start)           Driver                                   Hometown

  1. (13) Derek Ramstrom        West Boylston, MA
  2. (7) Derek Griffith              Hudson, NH
  3. (1) Barry Gray                 Belchertown, MA
  4. (8) Nick Cusack                Scarborough, ME
  5. (14) Tommy O’Sullivan       Wilbraham, MA
  6. (18) Jeff Pearl                    Salem, CT
  7. (17) Zig Geno                    Canterbury, NH
  8. (20) Scott Kulesa               Georgetown, MA
  9. (6) Dillon Moltz              Waterford, CT
  10. (11) Mike Parks Walpole, NH
  11. (2) Mike O’Sullivan                            Springfield, MA
  12. (9) Larry Gelinas               Buxton, ME
  13. (12) Joe Squeglia, Jr. Derry, NH
  14. (4) D.J. Shaw                   Center Conway, NH
  15. (16) Jake Vanada Berkley, MA
  16. (22) Mike Mitchell Cumberland, RI
  17. (5) Cory Casagrande          Stafford Springs, CT
  18. (19) Ray Christian III Groton, CT
  19. (15) Josh King Vernon, VT
  20. (10) Jason Palmer Berlin, CT
  21. (23) Roger Oxee Carmel, NY
  22. (21) Billy Joerres Somerset, MA
  23. (3) Jarrod Hayes             Calverton, NY




AR BODIES (Hard Luck)                                                  60 – D.J. Shaw

BOND AUTO PARTS (Last Car on Lead Lap)            57 – Zig Geno

BOND AUTO PARTS (Halfway Leader)                     35 – Derek Ramstrom

DRACO SPRINGS (Most Positions Gained)            35 – Derek Ramstrom

FIVE STAR AUTO BODIES (5th Place)                        16 – Tommy O’Sullivan

MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 1 Winner) 5 – Dillon Moltz

MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 2 Winner) 1 – Cory Casagrande

SEYMOUR PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS (Random)               17 – Jason Palmer

RB PERFORMANCE (3rd Place)                                   29 – Barry Gray

RB PERFORMANCE (7th Place)                                   57 – Zig Geno

SHERWOOD WHEELS (Most Laps Led)                     35 – Derek Ramstrom

SUNOCO RACE FUELS (Heat 1 Winner)                    5 – Dillon Moltz

SUNOCO RACE FUELS (Heat 2 Winner)                    1 – Cory Casagrande

VDL FUEL SYSTEMS (5th Place)                                   16 – Tommy O’Sullivan

POWERTRAIN TECHNOLOGY (4th Place)                2 – Nick Cusack

COIL-OVER COMMANDER (Feature Winner)        35 – Derek Ramstrom

PRINZICISION RACING (Feature Winner)                              35 – Derek Ramstrom

The Tri-Track Open Modified New London Waterford Speedbowl Entry List

11225596_828914080491207_608941447_nHere is the current list of cars officially entered for this Sundays October 25th season ending Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified race at the New London Waterford Speedbowl .  The series has a unique race schedule. (2) 35 lap semi features paying $3,000.00 to win each and a 65 lap feature paying $5,000.00 to win. There are no points only big money on the line. If any driver can win a Semi-feature and the feature they will leave the track with a cool $8,000.00. The Tri-Track race is part of the big Bemers Superbowl of Racing this weekend. In addition to the Tri-Track Open Modifieds there will be a $5,000.00 to win SK Modified race, a $2,222.00 to win Bridgewater Raynham Overhead Door Battle of the Sound Legends race, the GSPSS, SK Lites and many more.

Here is the the full list of events and the schedule for this weekends events.

Speedbowl SuperBowl Event Schedule 2015

Official Entry list as of (10/19/2015)

0 Mike Holdridge
03 Ken Darch
04 Branden Dion
4 Jeff Gallup
5 Chris Pasteryak
6 Ryan Preece
6 Dennis Perry
7 Kurt Vigeant
7 Rich Parker
9 Chase Dowling
11 John Beatty
12 Todd Annarummo
13 Steve Masse
14 Max Zachem
16 Eric Berndt
19 Dave Schnedier
25 Rowan Pennink
27 Andy Jankowiak
29 Brendon Bock
29 Jon McKennedy
33 Rob Richardi
35 Derek Ramstrom
36 Dave Sapienza
40 Eddie LeClerc
41 Karl Fredrickson
42 Woody Pitkat
43 Kirk Alexander
45 Dan Meservey
46 Jon Kievman
50 Ron Silk
50 Carl Mederios
52 Les Hinckley
53 Norman Wrenn
55 Joe Doucette
59 Matt Hirschman

68 Keith Rocco
69 Jimmy Dolan
76 Zane Zeiner
76 Jeff Rocco
79 Garrison Grubissa
80 Dick Houlihan
85 Michael Benevides
92 Anthony Nocella
93 George Sherman
99 Richard Savary
99 Jamie Tomaino


Granite State Pro Stock Series to Crown Champion at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

GSPSSPro Stocks Return to Facility for Bemer’s Big Show 150

 WATERFORD, CT – The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ inaugural trip to New London-Waterford Speedbowl will be a race to remember for at least one driver, as the series’ champion will be crowned at the Bemer’s Big Show 150, on October 24.

Derek Griffith, who has enjoyed a breakout season, leads Barry Gray by 40 points entering the event.  Griffith has picked up a total of four wins in this campaign, the most this season by any driver, after earning his first career win in April, at Claremont Speedway.

Griffith is treating the Bemer’s Big Show 150 like any other race, however, saying, “I want to go out there and compete for the win, and if we do well, then we will clinch that championship.”

The Hudson, NH resident is taken back by his team’s success this year, continuing, “Just to be a contender for a championship is huge for me and my whole crew.  Two years ago we had struggled to finish a race without body damage, heck we struggled to finish the race.  If we do go get the championship, it’s just proof that when you put your mind, and put a lot of effort into something, and you have some good people behind, you anything can happen.”

Gray has had a successful season as well.  The Belchertown, MA driver has not finished worse than ninth all season, and has added a win at Monadnock Speedway in May.  Gray also owns four career Granite State Pro Stock Series victories, and needs one more to tie Matt Frahm for the overall lead with five.

As an added bonus to the Bemer’s Big Show 150, James Schaefer and Dick Williams have added a total of $1100 to the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ purse.  The winner of the race will receive an extra $200, while the remaining $900 will be divided between the top five Riverhead Raceway and Seekonk Speedway regulars in the field.

Riverhead Raceway driver Jarrod Hayes is eyeing the extra cash, and has been preparing his ride for New London-Waterford Speedbowl, including turning practice laps recently at the facility.  Hayes, who has run with the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, is confident in his debut at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, commenting, “I’ve never raced there, but I adapt quickly to other tracks.  If I didn’t think I have some kind of chance, I’d stay home.  I don’t show up for 4th place.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will conclude the season at New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the Bemer’s Big Show 150, on October 24.  The series will crown the fourth champion in the tour’s history, as Pro Stocks make their second appearance in the tracks’ storied history.  For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, contact Mike Parks via email, mparks@gspss.net.