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Eddie MacDonald Set To Defend New England Short Track Showdown Crown

Defending New England Short Track Showdown champion Eddie MacDonald has been preparing for the 50 lap event coming up on Sunday, June 24th. “We’ve prepared the car to have our crate motor in it, and it should be interesting to see how the field plays out” MacDonald said. “I believe this rules package will put on a great show for the fans.” A multi-time winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, this will be MacDonalds only appearance at the Magic Mile in 2018. “This race with the Granite State Pro Stock Series presented by Springfield Buick GMC will be the only chance we’ll have to run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this year so, we are really looking forward to it.”

Second in points and a championship contender, Jacob Dore has been busy repairing a rear trailing arm bracket failure from the previous event at Waterford Speedbowl. “When the bracket broke, it rotated on the rear end housing and caused a serious tire rub” Dore said. Dore set the pace taking the pole in time trials that day and will be ready to back up his speed come June 24th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I’ve been there twice with the Nascar Whelen Modified Tour with a best finish of 12th but,  the experience of full body aerodynamics will be different and I’m quite interested to find out what it’s like.”

Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT currently third in points is “Excited to go back for sure.” “We didn’t quite have the result we wanted last year but, we felt we had a top five or six car and the notes we acquired will help significantly” Casagrande said. “With everyone having similar motors, the racing is going to be great.” “It really leaves it into the hands of the drivers and teams with their skill and knowledge of the track.”

Defending series champion Mike O’Sullivan is looking to over come early season challenges by returning to the Magic Mile strong with his new Hamke chassis. “We’ve been there so many times throughout the years, it’s a special place for our family” O’Sullivan said.

The New England Short Track Showdown will be Sunday, June 24th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For more information visit our website www.gspss.net and follow our social media channels via Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

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Series Largest Purse On New Englands Biggest Stage Brings Top Names



Series Largest Purse On New Englands Biggest Stage Brings Top Names

With the New England Short Track Showdown just weeks away. Schedules are being set, driver rosters are filling up, and staff behind the scenes are preparing for one of the biggest events of the year on the largest stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“This is our largest purse to date with $5,000 going to the winner of the 50 lap feature.” series president Mike Parks said. “Our driver roster is booming with talent and garage space is becoming limited.” Officials will be having a five minute break at the halfway point on pit road for a two tire change if desired and minor adjustments to the cars. “If we can do that in three minutes or less we will send the guys back out as soon as possible” Parks said. The winner of this event also earns a provisional starting spot in the US Pro-Stock Nationals at Seekonk Speedway later this summer on July 18th.

Two drivers looking for redemption this year are multi-time PASS North and National Champion Ben Rowe and Kulwicki Driver Development Program semi-finalist Derek Griffith. Last year Rowe ended up with his nose cone in the window net of Griffith’s car during an early incident in turn one. Both drivers are set to return with a strong long track package from Richard Moody Racing for Rowe and Louie Mechalides Motorsports North supporting Griffith.

Hotshoe Reid Lanpher of Manchester, ME will be making his first appearance on the full one mile circuit of New Hampshire Motor Speedway June 24th. With previous success on the PASS North tour and recent stints in the K&N East/West series, Lanpher and crew chief Jason Ricker look to unload strong against the field and fellow PASS North competitor and podium finisher DJ Shaw of North Conway, NH.

An experience of a lifetime is in store for young rookies Jimmy Renfrew Jr of Candia, NH and Ray Christian III of Uscasville, CT. The youth movement is strong in the Granite State Pro Stock Series as Devin O’Connell of Madison, CT looks to carry his segment win momentum from The New London Waterford Speedbowl to the New England Short Track Showdown.

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Dore kicks off 2018 GSPSS season with Claremont 100 Victory!


Jacob Dore driving the #05 overcomes an incredibly stout field to take home his first victory in a full bodied car at Claremont Speedway this past Saturday night. #14 Matt Frahm of Salem, N.H. Pressured Dore in the closing laps but spun out with just a few laps to go. “I was getting nervous with Matt but, I trust him a lot, we’ve raced together before, I didn’t think we were as fast as he was.” Dore said.

23 cars began the 100 lap feature presented by Springfield Buick GMC. The competition was close as after final practice, the top 12 cars were within one tenth of a second. But, by lap 3 a few cars had been retired after a melee where the #93 of Ryan Greene of Berick, M.E. ended up on top of the #9H driven by Kyle Welch of Newport, N.H. Which drew out the red flag.

His entire ride side body work removed #73 Joey Doiron finished second. “I would like to have a little less damage and hopefully things will settle down after everyone got this one under their belt.” Doiron said. “We’ll be ready for Waterford and I think it will be a track we will run really good at.

Drivers Jimmy Renfrew Jr, Kyle Welch, Jeff Jolly, Devin O’Connell, Josh King, and Ryan Greene had significant damage early on in the feature.

2017 ARBodies Rookie of the Year Scott MacMichael of Newbury, N.H. finished third, “It was awesome! I probably should have been fifth but with Frahm spinning later in the race things just worked out.” MacMichael said.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series presented by Springfield Buick GMC will be returning to the Waterford Speedbowl Saturday, May 26th for a unique race format. Triple 35 lap features with time trials setting the field.

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RESULTS: Jacob Dore, Joey Doiron, Scott MacMichael, Barry Gray, Jeremy Davis, Cory Casagrande, Luke Hinkley, Ray Christian III, Matt Frahm, Nick Lascuola, Mike Scorzelli, William Wall, Byron Baker, Ryan Greene, Jimmy Zullo, Mike O’Sullivan, Tommy O’Sullivan, Devin O’Connell, Josh King,

Photo Credit (John Miller)