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Parks Celebrates JBH 100 Victory

John Boy must have been smiling down on good friend Mike Parks, as he paraded across the finish line in first in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night.  In practice Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, Craig Weinstein of East Walpole, MA, and Mike Parks of Walpole, NH all posted the fast times.  All three drivers did well in their heats Weinstein winning his, putting them in good positions to start the feature.

jbh-100-parks-osullivan-battle-for-the-lead-chip-cormie-photo After the redraw Parks started on the poll with Mike O’Sullivan on the outside. Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA who was second in points started seventh. Parks and O’Sullivan raced hard all night, making Parks work hard for his win, even from the poll. The first caution came out on lap 27 for Chris McGuire of Wading River, NY.  Another caution brought out when Adam Norton of Ludlow, MA spun entering turn 3 on the back stretch. Parks and O’Sullivan battled for the lead in each restart with Parks coming out on top each time.

By the half way mark the field had strung out with Parks in the lead and O’Sullivan following. Gray worked his way through the field until lap 86 when Ryan Bell of Acworth, NH brought out the caution when his motor blew, taking him into the turn 4 wall. Gray had worked himself up to third at this point, which would give him the chance he needed to take second away from O’Sullivan.

Lap 97 saw Craig Weinstein spin coming out of turn four bringing out a caution that pitted Parks and Gray against each other for the restart.   Parks came out on top and won on a checkered yellow as John Selemi spun on the back stretch as they came across the finish line.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will race their final race of the season at Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT on October 22, 1016. For more information follow the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook or at www.gspss.net

 Unofficial Finish

1          66        Mike Parks

2          29        Barry Gray

3          08        Mike O’Sullivan

4          71        Scott MacMichael

5          15        George Bassette

6          21        Josh King

7          40        Mike Mitchell

8          60        Craig Weinstein

9          4          Tommy O’Sullivan

10        1          Cory Casagrande

11        63        John Salemi

12        8          Ryan Bell

13        89        Chris McGuire

14        87        Adam Norton

15        61        Cole Littlewood

DNS     42        Guy Caron

 

Contingency Winner           Car #  Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck)                                            8          Ryan Bell

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place)                                   29        Barry Gray

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap)             1          Cory Casagrande

Coilover (Feature winner)                                      66        Mike Parks

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place)                                    08        Mike O’Sullivan

Five Star Bodies (5th Place)                                    15        George Bassette

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)                        60        Craig Weinstein

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner)                        4          Tommy O’Sullivan

Magnus Racing (2nd Place)                                                29        Barry Gray

Powertrain (4th Place)                                             71        Scott MacMichael

RB Performance  (3rd Place)                                  08        Mike O’Sullivan

RB Performance (7th Place)                                               40        Mike Mitchell

Seymour Performance (Random Draw)             40        Mike Mitchell

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                            60        Craig Weinstein

Sunoco (Heat Winner)                                            4          Tommy O’Sullivan

VDL Fuel (5th Place)                                                 15        George Bassette

Track—Monadnock Speedway,      0.25 mile   Winchester, NH.

Race—JBH 100

Time of Race— 48.23.7

Cautions—(6)— laps 27, 33, 86, 95, 97, 99

Best Lap Time— 13.332

Best Lap By—Barry Gray

Lap Leaders—(1) Parks

GSPSS To Celebrate John Hoyt With Rescheduled JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway

 

Even though it’s a month late, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is set to celebrate the life of John Hoyt this Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.

The 100 lap main event will honor Hoyt, the co-founder of the series, who unexpectedly passed away in 2011. The race was originally scheduled for August 13, but rain forced the race to be rescheduled and it now it is the final event in September for the GSPSS.

Since the race was originally scheduled to run, the GSPSS has run a race at Wiscasset Speedway, won by DJ Shaw, and Star Speedway, won by Joey Squeglia. Shaw has been on a roll of late and currently leads the point standings by 20 points with just two races to go in the 2016 campaign.

Trailing Shaw is Belchertown, Massachusetts driver Barry Gray, who is a former winner with the series at Monadnock and was a former regular there.  Gray has struggled of late, finishing eighth at Wiscasset but then 14th in the series stop at Star last weekend after being involved in a wreck.

He is hoping a visit to a track he is familiar with will help him get back in the championship chase.

“I feel confident with what we are doing with our own car as of late,” Gray said.

“Circumstances are going to fall the way they fall. I don’t put any added pressure on myself going to Monadnock. DJ (Shaw) has been fast, you have to give him credit. He missed the first race and is still 20 points ahead. He’s been the guy.”

Gray will be hoping to chase down Shaw, while others will be hoping to close the gap in front of them to the top two. Cory Casagrande comes into the race 58 points from the top, with Mike Mitchell sitting 66 out. Jeremy Davis currently rounds out the top five in his No. 09.

The star-studded field of the GSPSS will be joined by the Young Guns, Classic Lites, Lightning Stocks, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds and Super Stocks.

Pit gates open at noon, with the GSPSS kicking off practice at 2 p.m., with a 45-minute session. The series will also have a final 15-minute practice session at 4:20 p.m.

GSPSS is last in the heat racing order and last in the feature racing order for the 100 lap main event.

For more information, fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net

QUICK FACTS: JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway

TRACK FACTS:

  1. High banked, ¼ mile oval in Winchester, New Hampshire
  2. Runs weekly Saturday night races under the NASCAR sanction

RACE FACTS:

  1. Race is in memory of series co-founder John Hoyt
  2. 12 lap heat races
  3. 20 guaranteed starters
  4. 100 lap feature event

 EVENT SCHEDULE:

  1. Pit gates open at 12 p.m.
  2. Practice at 2 p.m. (45 minutes)
  3. Practice at 4:20 p.m. (10 minutes)
  4. GSPSS is last in the heat racing order
  5. GSPSS is last in the feature racing order

Monadnock Hosting VMRS / Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Saturday

Canaan, NH. — The Valenti Modified Racing Series and Monadnock Speedway remembers one of its own Saturday night, August 20, with the running of the annual ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100,’ in honor of the former modified racer who lost his life in a house fire five years ago.

The race, the third of three at Monadnock this season and sponsored by Swanzey Oil, of West Swanzey, NH, marks the final appearance of the year for the VMRS at the Winchester, NH, oval.

Top point men Jon McKennedy, Mike Willis Jr, Chris Pasteryak, Todd Patnode, and David Schneider, in that order, are expected entries.

Reigning champion Woody Pitkat, Russ Hersey, Rob Richardi, Richard Savary, Geoff Gerhard, and Branden Dion, are also expected at Monadnock.

Last month, McKennedy electrified the Monadnock crowd when he passed Hersey on the last lap, racing to the checkered flag, to secure the win.

McKennedy, coming off his fifth victory of the year two weeks ago at Waterford, CT, has a 120-point lead over Willis Jr, with five races left on the schedule after the Monadnock event.

Heat races begin at 6:00 PM.with feature races rolling off at approximately 7:00 PM.