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SQUEGLIA CAPTURES THIRD GSPSS WIN OF 2017

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O’SULLIVAN WRAPS UP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

 WATERFORD, Conn. – Joe Squeglia used a late pass of Angelo Belsito to capture his third Granite State Pro Stock Series victory of the season on Saturday night at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

In the 25-car field that was filled with talent, Squeglia had to start ninth in the 100-lap main event, but it didn’t take him long to work his way up through the pack. He fought for second spot for most of the first half of the race, but when he finally got clear, he set his sights on Belsito looking for the top spot.

He was able to drive around Belsito in lapped traffic with just over 20 laps to go. A caution set the stage for a wild finish, but it was Squeglia who would get the jump and pull away from the rest of the field, capturing his third victory on the season. Squeglia ends the season as the only driver to win multiple feature events on the series in 2017.

“It was a tough one,” Squeglia said in Victory Lane. “It’s been a great year for us with the Granite State (Pro Stock) Series, this is our third win in four races this year. It’s always fun to come down to Waterford, I really enjoy this track every year, I always circle it on the schedule.”

Although 25 cars took the green flag, it didn’t take long for some of them to be in the pit area with damage. A caution on just lap one saw points contender Scott MacMichael go spinning in turn four, right in front of the entire field. The first 30 laps of the race saw cautions slow the action multiple times.

Drivers like Kevin Folan, Nick Lascuola, Bobby Pelland and others all sustained damage during the crashes inside the first 30 laps. However, once the race got going under a green flag stretch, it was Belsito who found himself dominating out in front of the pack.

Belsito was cutting through lapped traffic when he approached the No. 48 of Larry Gelinas. In his attempt to put him a lap down, Squeglia came from behind and made a move to slide by Belsito and take over the top spot.

He never looked back.

When the checkered flag went in the air, Corey Bubar crossed second after getting around Belsito in the final laps. Belsito was third, followed by Ray Christian III and Nick Jenkins.

Positions six through 10 went to Derek Ramstrom, Mike O’Sullivan, Ron Silk, Scott MacMichael and Tommy O’Sullivan.

With his seventh place finish, Mike O’Sullivan locked up the 2017 Granite State Pro Stock Series championship – which was his second career. He knew he had to just finish the race in front of MacMichael if he wanted to be champion.

“We really had a good car, I was just trying to be smart about where I put the car out there tonight,” O’Sullivan said. “I really appreciate these guys racing me really clean and being careful around me. I’d really just like to say thank you to everyone who helps out and comes here.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will have more on the title run for O’Sullivan in the coming week.

For more information, fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net, or follow the series on social media.

RESULTS: Joe Squeglia, Corey Bubar, Angelo Belsito, Ray Christian III, Nick Jenkins, Derek Ramstrom, Mike O’Sullivan, Ron Silk, Scott MacMichael, Tommy O’Sullivan, Craig Weinstein, Barry Gray, Larry Gelinas, Anthony Flannery, Bobby Timmons, Cory Casagrande, Mike Scorzelli, Nick Lascuola, Chris Turbush, Rusty Poland, Brian Doyle, Devin O’Connell, Jimmy Renfew, Bobby Pelland, Kevin Folan

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.

ROCCO SEALS DEAL IN LATE MODELS, WINS NINTH SK FEATURE

-POINT BATTLES GOING INTO FINAL WEEKEND-

 WATERFORD, CT (October 7,2017): Keith Rocco not only doubled up in the win column on Saturday, but claimed the Late Model Championship. It was the eleventh Speedbowl Championship of his career. Rocco didn’t even give the field a chance in the 30-lap Late Model event as he shot to the lead from his outside pole starting spot and never looked back. The Propane Plus sponsored #88MA was on rails as Jason Palmer in the Manafort Brothers #17 sponsored machine finished in the runner up spot and really had nothing for the Rocco machine. Round out the top-5 behind Palmer were Bruce Thomas JR, Anthony Flannery and Ryan Morgan.

Rocco who has been battling Ashway, RI’s Kyle James for the SK Modified Championship all season claimed his ninth victory of the 2017 season. There was a twist for Rocco tonight in victory lane. Rocco was behind the wheel od Mike and Mark Pane’s M&M Stone sponsored #57 modified which he usually runs at the Thompson Speedway. In the nine wins this year, Rocco used three different cars to secure the victory’s. Twenty-One Modifieds took to the grid for the 35-lap affair and the biggest incident of the night came on lap-5. As a group of cars sat scrambled between turns one and two, the #78 Broadbrook Heating and Cooling sponsored machine of Diego Monahan sat on the backstretch in flames. Monahan was able to get out of his modified unhurt and was through for the night. Once the field was set to resume only twelve cars sat on the grid, one being for Ronnie Williams. Williams was making his first start of the 2017 season at The Speedbowl. Once the green flag waved both Rocco and Williams was able to move through the field and sat one and two on the field. The two would battle lap after lap as Williams just couldn’t find a way around Rocco and had to settle for the runner up spot. Round out positions three to fifth were Kyle James, Tyler Chadwick and Dylan Izzo. Izzo will fill out the season in the Doug DiPisa owned #13, formally driven by Ted Christopher. With the Rocco win and James’s third place finish, Rocco has a slim 12-point lead going into The Finale in two weeks.

In the 25-lap SK Lite Modifieds is was Bryan Narducci taking down his third win of the season. Narducci who has six-starts in the 2017 season has Two-wins, a third and one runner up finish. The only event he was even out of the top three was his maiden Speedbowl race which ended up with a thirteenth-place finish. Going into the event young Andrew Molleur and Cory DiMatteo were only separated by a mere three points. On lap- 24 things took a turn in the points battle. Molleur was penalized and sent to the rear after making contact with the #51 of John O’Sullivan, sending him spinning down the backstretch. DiMatteo scratched his way to a third-place finish giving himself a four-point lead over Molleur going into The Finale. Rounding out the top-5 was Wayne Burroughs, DiMatteo, Dennis Charette and Geoff Nooney. For Burroughs it was his best SK Lite finish of the year.

The Coates family dominated Victory Lane in the Mr. Rooter / Waterford Trucks 35-lap feature event. Earlier in the year Allen Coates dominated his son Corey and grabbed the win but tonight there was a different outcome. The younger Coates, Corey grabbed the lead on lap-14 in the Maguire’s Oil sponsored #81and took down his first Mr. Rooter Truck Series win. His Dad, Allen was able to catch Corey down the stretch but was unable to get around the younger Coates and settled for the runner up position. Rounding out positions three to fifth were Andy Lindeman, Dave Koenig and Duane Noll. Koenig’s fourth place finish gave him the wildcard position in the Battle for the Championship being held this weekend at the World Series at Thompson. The Trucks will be part of the Finale running a non-point event.

Pawcatuck, CT’s Jacob Perry showed who had the strongest Mini-Stock on this night.  Perry started sixth and powered to the lead after grabbing the lead from Sean Caron on lap-4. Perry found himself battling lapped cars which allowed “Air Time” Jordan Hadley to slip into the runner-up spot. Hadley tried numerous occasions to maneuver around Perry but Perry was just too strong on this night. Point leader Wayne Burroughs wound up third, his second podium finish of the night now leads by two points over Charles Canfield and with the win Perry now sits five points behind. Canfield and Dave Trudeau rounded out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Limited Sportsman feature point leader Chris Meyer helped his cause in the Championship by grabbing the win. Now all Meyer needs to do is take the green flag in the Thirty-Two Signs sponsored #87 and the Championship is his. Knowing what was a stake, Meyer was able to get under the #55 of Monte Gibbs on lap-22 and raced side by side until Meyer pulled away. Rounding out the top-five were Meyer, Gibbs, Al Stone, Allen Coates and Ryan Waterman.

It was Ellington, CT’s Steven Chapman taking his first career Legends win. It wasn’t till the closing laps of the 25-lap feature that Chapman was able to get around the #57 of Jon Puleo and picked up to his first win. Rookie Peter Bennett was able to slide by Puleo to finish in the second spot. Finishing third through fifth Puleo, Corey Caddick and Alex McCollum.

The 2017 season will conclude with The Finale on October 20th – 22nd. The MTS will also crown their Championship this weekend.

Feature Finishes

SK Modifieds (35-laps) Keith Rocco, Ronnie Williams, Kyle James, Tyler Chadwick, Dylan Izzo, Todd Owen, Matthew Galko. Rob Janovic Jr, Paul Buzel. Brent Sweet, Bill McNeil, Joshua Zentek, Diego Monahan, John Montessanto, DJ Burnham, Jeff Fialkovich, Cory DiMatteo, Dominic Capuano JR, Joey Mucciacciaro, Rob Goulet, Andrew Molleur (DNS)

SK Lite Modifieds (25-laps) Ryan Narducci, Wayne Burroughs Jr, Dana DiMatteo, Dennis Charette, Geoff Nooney, Chris Gombos, Victoria Bergenty, Norm Sears, John O’Sullivan, Andrew Molleur, Peter Lupuch, Taylor Jake, William Benoit, Alan Gombos, Larry Goss, Ethan Durocher

Late Models (30-laps) Keith Rocco, Jason Palmer, Bruce Thomas JR, Anthony Flannery IV, Ryan Morgan, Tyler Chapman, Mike Benevides, Vin Esposito, Dylan Cabral, Tom Macrino, Mike Sweeney JR, Keith Chapman

Mr. Rooter Truck Series (35-laps) Corey Coates, Allen Coates, Andy Lindeman, Dave Koenig, Duane Noll, Jim Boyle, Joshua Stringer, Todd Taylor, Frank Dumicich JR, Rick Ashlaw, Shanye Young, Keith Scalia, Gerald Giordano JR, Dan Butler, Jeff Karns

Mini-Stocks (25-laps) Jacob Perry, Jordan Hadley, Wayne Burroughs JR, Charles Canfield, Dave Trudeau, Shawn Monahan, Sean Caron, Douglas Curry, Nicholas Pappacoda, Ken Cassidy JR, Matthew Guertin, Evan Bourgerois, Dale Sherman, Ian Brew, Matt Brown, Soup Civardi, Mitch Bombard, Dave Trudeau JR, Bob Gada SR, Tommy Silva, Bill Sylvia

Limited Sportsman (30-laps) Chris Meyer, Monte Gibbs, Al Stone III, Allen Coates, Norm Root JR, Ryan Waterman, Adrien Paradis III, Ritt Shawn, Bo Norman, Brandon Fisher, Jack Aquilina, Jordan Hadley, Brandon Plemons, Daniel Meyer, Pete Cayer, Michael Malbaurn, Darrell Carlson, Jon Porter, Jason Chicolas

Legends (25-laps) Steven Chapman, Peter Bennett, Jon Puleo, Corey Caddick, Alex McCollum, John O’Sullivan III, Brandon Remson, Mason Levesque, Kyle Rogers, Anthony Colandro, Jonathan Parsons, Tyler Chapman, Brian Zimowski, Abe Romanik, Tyler Palmer, Connor Holderbach, Brett Crowther, Scott Limkemann, David Shindler, Anthony Marvin, Anthony Bello (DNS)