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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.

Todd Stone Takes the Checkers at White Mountain!

Woodstock, NH – Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT. took the checkers at the White Mountain 100 on Saturday night. In practice and the scuff sessions, veteran to the track, DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH posted the fastest times. Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH who has run well in the ACT Series posted some of the fastest times as well. 

The feature saw Helliwell Jr. on the poll, and Luke Hinkley of Claremont, NH started on the outside to start the race. The early part of the race saw Helliwell take an early lead for the first twenty laps of the race. Eventually Shaw would take the lead and hold it until lap 40 when the caution flew. Shaw and Hinkley made contact on the backstretch sending the 31NH car up the pit road in a wild ride with the car ending up on thp of the pit wall, ending his night early.

 On the restart Stone took the lead followed by Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. Shaw managed to fix his car and make his way back up the field, by lap 50 he was back in the top five. Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA the 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series also managed to stay in the top five.

 In the ensuing laps O’Sullivan stayed close to Stone, however Helliwell was close behind, and passed O’Sullivan on lap 81 taking second. Helliwell made several bids to take the lead from Stone unsuccessfully as they crossed the finish line.   

Saturday, August 12th The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing at Monadnock Speedway, in Winchester, NH for the Monadnock 100. For more information, follow The Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook or at www.gspss.net 

Unofficial Finish

1          1X Todd Stone       

2          08 Mike O’Sullivan

3          60 DJ Shaw

4          29 Barry Gray

5          7 Cory Casagrande

6          39 Nick Lascuola

7          96 Wyatt Alexander

8          01 Sammy Gooden

9          1VT Jeremy Davis

10        7oz Grant Aither

11        40 Mike Mitchell

12        4 Tommy O’Sullivan

13        72 Scott MacMichael

14        10 Jimmy Zullo

15        23 Glenn Martel

16        1NH Luke Hinkley

17        43 Devin O’Connell

18        93 Ryan Green

19        27 Wayne Helliwell *

 * Disqualified to Unapproved Changes in a Pit Stop

 Contingency Winner

Car #

Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck)

31NH Luke Hinkley

O’Reilly Auto Parts (3rd Place)

60 DJ Shaw

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

39 Nick Lascuola

Five Star Bodies 5th Place

7 Cory Casagrande

Sunoco Heat Winner

29 Barry Gray

Sunoco Heat Winner

60 DJ Shaw

VDL Fuel 4th Place

29 Barry Gray

Race Parts NH Hard Charger

7 Cory Casagrande

Track: White Mountain Motorsports Park .25 mile Woodstock, NH

Race- White Mountain 100

Time of Race- 58:09.9

Best Lap Time- 12.285

Best Lap By- DJ Shaw

Cautions- (11) 21, 38, 40, 43, 45

Margin of Victory- 0.353

Lap Leaders- (3) Wayne Helliwell 20, DJ Shaw 20, Todd Stone 60

Lin Mat Photo