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GSPSS Champion To Be Crowned at Speedbowl

O’Sullivan, MacMichael Show The Way Heading For Shoreline Oval

 WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series season will end in style on Saturday evening at Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl. With one of the largest car counts of the season expected, the 2017 series champion will be crowned in the season-finale.

The 2017 season has seen 10 different drivers visit Victory Lane in the first 11 races, including Derek Ramstrom, who stormed onto the scene in the second half of last week’s race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park en route to the victory. The only driver who has two victories in GSPSS competition so far this season is Joe Squeglia, who will be back at the Speedbowl.

Heading into the season-finale, the championship chase is tight at the top. Former series champion Mike O’Sullivan holds a scant four-point edge on Rookie of the Year contender Scott MacMichael. Both drivers were involved in a crash at Thompson, but MacMichael was able to finish on the lead lap. By finishing ahead of O’Sullivan, MacMichael closed the gap from 14 points down to just four entering the finale.

PLACE: New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, Conn.

DATE: Saturday Oct. 21st

TIME: 2 p.m. post-time for heat races; feature to follow

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Oddly enough, both of the top contenders in the championship have little experience at New London-Waterford, which could create a close battle right to the finish. Barry Gray enters the race third in the standings — 41 points out — as his hopes of becoming a champion for the second straight year start to slip away. Nick Lascuola and Cory Casagrande are currently fourth and fifth in the standings.

Although all eyes will be on the battle for the 2017 championship, the season-finale will surely produce one of the highest car counts of the season as well. Multiple outsiders will join the series regulars for the 100-lap main event.

Names like Bobby Pelland, Bobby Timmons, Tommy O’Sullivan, Angelo Belsito and Corey Bubar are part of the stout entry list.

Defending New London-Waterford winner Dave Farrington is also entered, along with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Ronnie Silk. Other entries include Rusty Poland, Kevin Folan, Devin O’Connell, Nick Lascuola, Jimmy Renfrew and Chris Turbush and many more.

This event to close the season is a one-day show for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. The pit gates open on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for the haulers to enter the track. The series will have a 45-minute practice session at 11 a.m., followed by a 15-minute scuff session later in the day.

Heat racing begins at 2 p.m., with the GSPSS one of the final divisions to hit the track for qualifying. The feature is the eighth in the order on Saturday and those features are scheduled to get underway around 5 p.m.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, including the latest updates, fans are encouraged to visit the Facebook page or follow the series on Twitter, @GSProStocks.

You can also visit us on the web at www.gspss.net.

O’SULLIVAN & MACMICHAEL HEADING FOR THOMPSON ON TOP

Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews 

BY: Kyle Souza, Granite State Pro Stock Series

 WALPOLE, N.H – With 10 races down and two races to go, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is heading for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to be part of the Sunoco World Series. Heading to the high-banks of Thompson, there are two drivers at the top of the championship standings looking to capture the title.

The top of the points has Springfield, Mass. driver Mike O’Sullivan holding a 14-point advantage behind the wheel of his No. 08 Tom O’Sullivan Welding Super Late Model. In the first 10 races of the season, O’Sullivan has yet to visit Victory Lane. But the former series champion is not giving in.

“After the first race of the season at Lee it didn’t look so good,” O’Sullivan said. “We came out with the outlook that we were going to try and run for points and the championship. Crashing out on lap one of the first race and then going to Riverhead, — we were leading the race there and broke. We started out zero for two.”

The first 10 races have seen a bumpy road for O’Sullivan. He started with those finishes outside the top 10, but then turned it on, finishing three straight races inside the top seven at Claremont, Seekonk and New Hampshire.

“We had speed so I wasn’t really that worried about it to be honest,” O’Sullivan said. “We weren’t really looking at the points. When we went to Claremont, both my brothers car and my car were really good, my brother won and we finished third. Seekonk was the first time we were there, it didn’t end up too bad.”

In the five races since a fourth at NHMS, O’Sullivan has a two finishes of 13th, a 10th, fourth and second. He mentioned that he struggled at Lee and Star this season, but felt the team had great speed at all of the other tracks. His second place finish at White Mt. Motorsports Park was his best run of the year to date.

Although O’Sullivan has plenty of experience at Thompson, he doesn’t have as much experience at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. He is hoping to finish the final two races strong and mentions that you won’t necessarily have to win a race to win the title. But he is hunting that checkered flag.

“When you start the season, you have a goal (to win the championship) with your guys and you’re trying to accomplish a goal with them,” O’Sullivan said. “To see that goal through is a really good feeling; I want to see a smile on their faces. It’d be a good feeling to know that over the course of the year, you collected the most points of anyone.”

For second-place Scott MacMichael, this season has been everything he was looking for as he hopes to win his first series championship. He came into this season as a Rookie of the Year contender and has excelled behind the wheel of his No. 72.

“I didn’t know what to expect because I hadn’t driven one of these cars, so we had Dale Shaw go through the car for us. I didn’t really even know how to drive this car at the beginning of the year,” MacMichael said. “I had driven modifieds and had to save my tires, but in these cars, the tires can go hard for 100 laps. If I didn’t have a good car at the start of the race my only option was to hang out and try to stay out of the wrecks. I took it easy trying to learn the car and it has put me in position for the points. If I didn’t blow up at Loudon, we’d be in a really good position.”

The finishes for MacMichael pretty much mirror those of O’Sullivan. Both drivers have had some nights at the front of the field and both have definitely had some misfortune as well. MacMichael finished 11th in the season-opener at Lee, then fourth and sixth in the next two races. Two finishes outside the top 10 at Seekonk and NHMS pushed him back in the standings.

However, he followed it up with a fifth at Lee, a 13th at White Mt., then his best run of the year, a second place finish in the JBH 100 at Monadnock, where he says he probably should have won the race. A fifth at Star last time out bested a finish of 17th at Oxford the race before.

Much like O’Sullivan, MacMichael isn’t sure he will need to win a race in the final two in order to lock up the title. But he is going to give it everything he has to take a checkered flag.

“Bob (the car owner) and the guys have worked hard, I definitely want to win the championship in my rookie year,” MacMichael said. “It’d be great to get the championship, I kind of thought we would be a little bit better speed-wise. I’m 35-years-old, I don’t just want to win the Rookie of the Year. I want to win the championship. I’ve had such a good time doing this. To win the championship, it would mean a ton.”

O’Sullivan has sponsors like the family company, Tom O’Sullivan Welding and Flamingo Motorsports, a group that has been with him for more than a decade. Tom Rosati, among others, also help O’Sullivan get to the track.

MacMichael wishes to thank his entire team, which he says works extremely hard to get him the car he needs to race up front, along with Dale Shaw from Dale Shaw Race Cars, who has been a huge help to his team.

Both O’Sullivan and MacMichael will return to the track when the Granite State Pro Stock Series visits Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as part of the Sunoco World Series on Friday, Oct. 13. The series will practice, qualify and race all in the same day, with a 60 lap feature on tap.

Following Thompson, the only race left on the schedule is the 2017 season finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Oct. 21.

For more information on the series, fans are encouraged to visit the website, www.gspss.net, or keep up with the lastest on Facebook.

Squeglia Wins his Second Star Classic!

Epping, NH-

Last years winner of the Star Classic Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH dominated at Star all weekend, taking the win for the second year in a row. Squeglia and 2016 winner Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH both had fast practice times and won their respective heats on Friday.

John Peters of Westbrook, ME started on the pole with Griffith on the outside. Squeglia started third.  Points leader Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA started deep in the field in the 17th position. Nipping at O’Sullivan’s heals in the points chase, Scott MacMichael of New London, NH started fifth and Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA who is third in points started fourth in the field.

Griffith took an early lead and held until lap 19 when Squeglia passed him to keep it the remainder of the race. Peters kept Squeglia on his toes much of the race trying to capture the lead.  MacMichael ran a good race consistently running in the top five and made several bids for the top three. Gray also raced hard throughout the race, until he was involved in a caution on lap 87 pushing him out of the top ten.

Newcomer, fourteen-year-old Jimmy Renfrew Jr. of Candia, NH also made a good show of his abilities starting 18th and finishing 10th earning himself the Hard Charger Award. Mike Mitchell of Cumberland, RI started 11th in a car leant to him by Jeremy Davis and finished fourth for the night. In the final twenty laps of the race Squeglia and Peters pulled away from the rest of the pack, racing hard for the win. Griffith finished third, Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT finished fourth. MacMichael finished fifth rounding out the top five, closing in on O’Sullivan in the point standings.

Friday, October 13, The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing 60 laps, at Thompson Speedway, in Thompson, CT. for their World Series event, which boasts 18 divisions running over the weekend. For more information, follow The Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook or at www.gspss.net

Unofficial Finish

1          03 Joe Squeglia

2          51 John Peters

3          12 Derek Griffith

4          1X Todd Stone

5          72 Scott MacMichael

6          09 M Mike Mitchell

7          39 Nick Lascuola

8          00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

9          21 Josh King

10        7 Cory Casagrande

11       44 Rusty Poland

12        29 Barry Gray

13       08 Mike O’Sullivan

14       43 Devin O’Connell

15       46 Jake Venada

16       1 Jeff Jolly

17        18 Michael Scorzelli

18        32 Nick Jenkins

19        4 Tommy O’Sullivan

20        M32 Stephen Murphy

21        42 Brad Babb

 

Contingency Winner

Car #

Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck)

4 Tommy O’Sullivan

O’Reilly Auto Parts (3rd Place)

12 Derek Griffith

O’Reilly Auto Parts (Last Car on the Lead Lap)

43 Devin O’Connell

Five Star Bodies 5th Place

72 Scott MacMichael

Sunoco Heat Winner

03 Joe Squeglia

Sunoco Heat Winner

12 Derek Griffith

VDL Fuel 4th Place

1X Todd Stone

Race Parts NH Hard Charger

00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

 

Track: Star Speedway.

.25 mile Epping, NH

Race- Star Classic

Time of Race- 48:01.4

Best Lap Time- 13.294

Best Lap By- 51 John Peters

Cautions- (6) 15, 54, 57, 87, 88

Margin of Victory- 0.231

Lap Leaders- (2) Derek Griffith 10, Joe Squeglia 81

Troy Bregy Photos