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Riverhead, NY July 30th.

Rain showers moved in on the NASCAR Whelen All American Series action Saturday evening at Riverhead Raceway after two Super Pro Truck qualifying heat races were completed forcing Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz to cancel the rest of the race card. Track crews tried to keep the historic quarter mile dry as a light rain fell after the two heats but radar showed the rain was not going to subside anytime soon.

A healthy field of Granite State Pro Stock Series machines graced the pit area with many of the teams traveling to Long Island from New England for a scheduled 100 lap race. GSPSS director Mike Parks and officials of Riverhead Raceway as of press time are working to find a suitable return date for the series with an announcement expected early Tuesday morning August 2nd.

Note: On Tuesday morning Riverhead Raceway and the GSPSS announced the 100 lap race will not be made up.

It was announced Saturday that all teams should keep their wristbands from Saturday night which can be used for any other Riverhead Raceway program in 2016 with the exception of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour date August 27th. Fans were also presented with rain checks after the decision to cancel Saturday night’s show as made those rain checks too can be used for any other show at Riverhead Raceway in 2016 with the exception of August 27th.

This coming Saturday night August 6th indeed is a busy one featuring the season’s second School Bus Demolition Derby for the huge 13-ton machines. The third Big Wheel Race for the children will also take place prior to the NASCAR racing. Six divisions of racing will be in action headed up by the NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates, Figure Eights, Blundebusts and INEX Legend Race Cars. A Gut & Go Enduro will also be contested.

Feature event racing will commence at 7:00 pm with qualifying set to start at 6:00 pm and spectator gates open at 4:00 pm For a full schedule of events please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or phone 631-842-RACE.

Granite State Pro Stocks Headed For Inaugural Visit at Riverhead Raceway


RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — This Saturday, July 30, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) visits Riverhead Raceway in Long Island, New York for the inaugural Riverhead 100.

The $2,000 to win feature event is set to be a battle between the stars of the GSPSS who run with the tour regularly up against those who compete in the Late Model class at Riverhead as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Series points leader Barry Gray leads the way into the 1/4 mile bullring — but he is closely followed by Cory Casagrande — who has come on strong of late. Casagrande says he may be at an advantage over some of the rest of the field when they roll onto the track on Saturday, since he has been at the track and watched racing action before.

“We are going to a new track for basically everyone in Riverhead,” Casagrande said. “I’m probably one of the few people that run the tour that has even been there to watch a race, so I am looking forward to being there.”

The sixth race of the 11-event schedule already has an impressive list of drivers slated to compete. GSPSS regulars Mike Parks, Mike Mitchell, Glenn Martel and others have filed entry paperwork.

Mike and Tommy O’Sullivan, brothers out of Massachusetts, will also compete along with D.J. Shaw. Some of the Riverhead regulars who will search the glory include Jarrod Hayes, Roger Oxee, Chris Turbush and John Baker.

Series president and founder Mike Parks, who enters the race third in GSPSS points, is happy to invade the 1/4 mile bulling in the inaugural visit and hopes that the series racing puts the fans on the edge of their seat.

“We are all looking forward to going to Riverhead,” Parks said. “With some of the local teams racing, it’s going to be great for the fans. It will be interesting to see how the local racers fair against the tour racers — they will definitely have a home track advantage.”

On Saturday, the front spectator gates open at 4 p.m. and qualifying racing begins at 6 p.m. The track regular NASCAR Modifieds, Figure 8’s, Super Pro Trucks, Blunderbusts and the 4/6 Cylinder Enduro will also compete on Saturday along with the GSPSS.

For more information on the series, drivers, teams and fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net 

QUICK FACTS: Inaugural GSPSS 100 at Riverhead Raceway


  1. 100 lap feature
  2. 12 lap heat races
  3. Blind draw for heat starting positions
  4. $2,000 up for grabs to the winner

Event Schedule:

  1. Front gates open at 4:00 p.m.
  2. Racing starts at 6:00 p.m.

Casagrande Sitting Second In Points Through Five GSPSS Races

Photo Credit (Chip Cormie)

After five races in the 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series campaign, Cory Casagrande sits second in the points standings.

Casagrande is a native of Stafford Springs, Connecticut and drives the No. 1 Shark Cycles, Casagrande Builders Chevrolet at each of the races on the GSPSS schedule. So far in 2016, the season has had its ups and downs, but Casagrande sits second in the point standings going into the second half of the season.

“I think from last year to this year, we are 100% better,” Casagrande said. “I’ve been pretty happy with this season so far, we have had a couple of tough races but we’ve also had some top-fives and those are good to have. We’re going to a new track for basically everyone next in Riverhead, I’m probably one of the few people that run the tour that has even been there to watch a race, so I’m looking forward to going back there.

His season started with a part failure at White Mt. Motorsports Park, which forced him to finish at the tail end of the field — not the start to the season he had hoped for. However, Casagrande rebounded quickly, jumping to third at the finish at one of his favorite tracks, Monadnock Speedway.

From there, Casagrande finished 11th at both Lee USA Speedway and Claremont, but the Claremont finish did not show how strong the Casagrande Builders car was. He was running up towards the front before being collected in a crash that sent him to the tail and he could only rebound to 11th. The setup and knowledge that he gained at Claremont has him excited for when the series returns on August 5.

“I’m looking to going back to Claremont,” Casagrande said. “We had a good run going there last time until we got caught up in a wreck late and I just wasn’t able to get back anything I lost. I also seem to always run pretty decent at Monadnock and Waterford as well.”

Though he is sitting second in the points and there are only six races left on the 2016 calendar, Casagrande isn’t looking at the point standings just yet. He currently trails GSPSS former winner Barry Gray by 14 points and leads Mike Parks by two points and Mike Mitchell by just four points.

He is hoping to continue his hot streak by doing nothing different in the final few races.

“I try not to look at the points because it messes with you, so I am going to just continue what I am doing and pretend that I am not racing for points,” Casagrande said. “If we are there at the end, we will worry about it then. That would be great.”

As with every team on the GSPSS roster and every team involved in racing, without his sponsors, supporters and family and friends, Casagrande wouldn’t be able to do what he enjoys doing each week.

“I have to thank Bob Charland, Casagrande Builders, my mom and dad and everyone that helps out in the crew. It’s a true team effort every week, they travel with me and it’s a lot of work both at the shop and at the track.”

The GSPSS returns to action on July 30, with the inaugural appearance at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, New York.

For more information on the series, drivers, teams and fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net