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Darling Triumphant inGSPSS R eturn to Speedbowl

The Granite State Pro Stock Series made a triumphant return to the New London Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday evening and it was Seekonk Massachusettes Dave Darling coming out on top of a stacked field.

Under race day perfect skies, the GSPSS kicked off the show with The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge. Twenty two cars took time and it was Angelo Belsito setting the GSPSS Speedbowl track record with a time of 14.681 seconds. Jake Matheson and Dave Darling would complete the top three in time trials with Belsito and Matheson leading a pair of heat races to the green flag.

In both heats it would be the outside pole sitter who would get the jump and lead all the laps. Darling in heat one and point leader Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk in heat two would take convincing wins and head to the redraw with the rest of the top four out of each heat.

In The Granite State Pro Stock Series redraw the ping pong balls would favor Ray Christain III putting him on the pole position at his home race track, just a couple of miles from where he lives. The Crazy Horse racing team had high hopes and a large guest list as family, friends and sponsors flocked to see the home town boy race.

Early in the going the race looked like it would be a battle between “Pole” and DJ Shaw, making a rare 2020 appearance with the series. A rash of early cautions would slow the action repeatedly and keep the field bunched tightly together.

The ugliest incident of the day would include Second place point man Christain III and Cory Bubar. Contact with the front stretch wall would send Bubar into Christain with both cars hitting the wall head on in turn one. Both drivers would walk away but their race and possibly Christain’s championship aspirations would be over.

As the race reached the one third mark Angelo Belsito, third in the point standings, had moved forward to challenge for the top spot. He and “Pole” battled for a number of laps but a rare mistake on the part of the point leader would send Belsito spinning, drawing the caution and relegating both drivers to the rear of the field.

This would move Seekonk Champion Dave Darling to the point and he would never look back. Leading by as much as three seconds, Darling would lead to the finish.

Ryan Kuhn, Fresh off a third place finish at star would mount a late race charge to finish second with  Gabe Brown in third. Brown would battle back after contact with a lapped car sent him to the rear of the field early in the event.

Two time series champion Mike O’Sullivan would battle all night, bringing home a solid top five finish in fourth and rookie Casey Call would complete the top five. Call would run second for much of the race but run out of tires late and fall back at the finish.

Sixth would go to Tom Scully Jr in his first 2020 start. He would lead “Pole” and Belsito across the line with Shaw struggling home to a ninth place finish and Craig Weinstein completing the top ten.

Up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is Russ Conways Oktoberfest at The Lee USA Speedway in Lee NH. The series will run the entirety of its program on Sunday October fourth. The series will return to The New London Waterford Speedbowl to crown its champion on Saturday October 24th.

For more information visit the series at www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Results:

1 – 52 Dave Darling

2 – 72 Ryan Kuhn

3 – 47 Gabe Brown

4 – 08 Mike O’Sullivan

5 – 90nh Casey Call

6 – 2 Tom Scully Jr

7 – 97 Joey Polewarczyk

8 – 8b Angelo Belsito

9 – 60 DJ Shaw

10 – 90 Craig Weinstein

11 – 40 Mike Mitchell

12 – 31nh Luke Hinkley

13 – 76ri Tyler Tomassi

14 – 12p Bobby Pelland

15 – 87 Alexander Pearl

16 – 16 Kevin Folan

17 – 16 Kyle Harvell

18 – 12b Cory Bubar

19 – 93ct Ray Christian III

20 – 29Adam Gray

21 – 52nh Jake Matheson

22 – 16ma Austin Blais

Contingency Awards :

Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – 52 Dave Darling, 97 Joey Polewarczyk

AR Bodies hard luck award – $100 product certificate – 52nh Jake Matheson

Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – 1st $125 – 8b Angelo Belsito – 2nd $75 – 52nh Jake Matheson – 3rd $50 – 52 Dave Darling

Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 97 Joey Polewarczyk

Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 52 Dave Darling – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event

     American Racer Hard Charger – one free tire – 72 Ryan Kuhn

Speed 51 leader at lap 51 – $51 – 97 Joey Polewarczyk

FELLOWS, SKILLINGS CHAMPIONS WITH FRIDAY WINS AT CLAREMONT

By Gary Dutton

            CLAREMONT, N.H.- Both Aaron Fellows and Desmond Skillings wrapped up their 2020 Claremont Motorsports Park championship seasons with feature wins on September 25.

            And while neither Kodi Sabins or Dustin Thibodeau earned a Championship Night victory lap, each left the third-mile oval Friday as the champion of his division. Dave Greenslit, on the other hand, came into Friday’s Street Stock feature already a back-to-back champion, having clinched the title on September 11.

            Sunapee speedster Ricky Bly, himself a former track champion at the Thrasher Road speedplant, had a night to remember too, topping the Street Stock thriller and then quickly ducking pitside to strap into his LMS entry, in which he finished second on the night.

            Bly was one of two first-of-season feature winners Friday. On the 15th event of the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 season, Josh Rondeau also earned his first victory lap this year.

            Aaron Fellows, with nine wins and a runner-up finish in ten Late Model Sportsman runs this summer still could have lost the championship Friday. A slim chance, perhaps, but his 13th track championship was not a done deal.

            Confusing? Consider Friday’s Late Model Sportsman starting grid:  three number eights, a pair of twenty-nines, and two drivers both answering to Craig Smith. But there was only one Aaron Fellows.

            Coming from row four, Fellows pulled alongside race leader Joe Brown on lap 14, with Brown then coming down-track and spinning, moving Ben Poland up to the deuce and bringing Ricky Bly along with him.

            After a friendly nudge, Bly was up for second on lap 27, but had nothing for Fellows, whose tenth win of the season ran his two-season, two-championship stat line to 27-1. Poland completed his strong 2020 campaign in third.

            Dave Greenslit, his second championship in a row all wrapped up, had nothing to prove Friday. Ricky Bly, a late-season entry into the Street Stocks, could imagine nothing better than winning the Championship Night main event. Together, they staged the best battle of the night.

            Bly took the lead from Robbie Streeter on a lap ten restart, with Greenslit moving to his bumper two circuits later. Never more than inches apart, they raced tooth-and-nail over the final 18 laps, with Bly prevailing. Greenslit smoke-showed his championship year in second, and Kyle Buck was strong in third.

Antrim’s Desmond Skillings took the lead from his son Cale on lap 13 of the Mini Stock feature and never looked back, en route to his fourth win of the season and, with it, the 2020 championship.

Hometown hot shoe Hayden Grenier, victorious September 11, entered Friday’s Championship Night go-round only eight points behind Skillings but finished deep in the field after being bounced about twice. Nick Skillings, Desmond’s younger brother, claimed runner-up honors, with Baltimore, VT teen Camdyn Curtis strong in third.

            It was a huge night for the Rocketman team in the Pure Stock feature. Josh Rondeau won his first event of the summer, while Kodi Sabins locked up the championship farther back in the top ten, and Joey Jarvis, aboard a Rondeau ride, came home second.

            Dylan Adams, competing in his first full season, was tied for the title lead two weeks ago, only to fall to mechanical failure. Friday, he was strong in third but unable to overtake Sabins.

            Race leader Chris Colburn floated high in turn two with one lap to go in the Six Shooter feature, then watching three cars quickly sail past him. Paul Colburn inherited the top spot and, with it, his fifth win of the summer. Colburn, though, could gain only two points on race runner-up Dustin Thibodeau, who won his first career championship.

            Friday’s Championship Night event concluded the regular weekly racing series 2020 season at Claremont Motorsports Park. The storied oval will, however, host one more event this season, the two-day Fall Challenge on October 17 and 18. For more information, please visit www.claremontsmotorsportspark.com.

CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK SEPTEMBER 25 TOP TENS:

LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: Aaron Fellows, Ricky Bly, Ben Poland, Chris Riendeau, Allen Fellows, Bucky Demers, Joe Brown, Craig Smith, Tyler Lescord, Cole Littlewood.

STREET STOCK: Ricky Bly, Dave Greenslit, Kyle Buck, Trevor Rocke, Jimmy Zullo, Chris Lindquist, Ronnie Carman, Erik Smith, Robbie Streeter, Robert Hagar.

MINI STOCK: Desmond Skillings, Nick Skillings, Camdyn Curtis, Dave Pratt III, Aaron Thompson, Dave Thibodeau, Ray King, Richard Stockwell, Hayden Grenier, Erin Aiken.

PURE STOCK (unofficial): Josh Rondeau, Joey Jarvis, Dylan Adams, Robert Shaw, Nolan McClay, Bruce Adams, Jim Carley, Kodi Sabins, Zach Richardson, Andrew Brousseau.

SIX SHOOTER: Paul Colburn, Dustin Thibodeau, Ryan Carman, Chris Colburn, Jeremy Blood, Dakota Lanou, Ray Luce, Todd Maguira, Chooch Snide, Scott Wade.

Hirschman wins Lake Erie Speedway Modified Tilt!

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Northeast, PA (September 27, 2020): Under a bright, blue, beautiful sky, the pristine Lake Erie Speedway capped off its 2020 season with a 250-lap grind for 31 fire-breathing, ground-pounding asphalt modified race-cars, descended from the original moonshine-hauling chariots that legend says began stock car racing in the 1940s, depicted by Hollywood in “The Last American Hero”, from Tom Wolfe’s classic essay. The race, the 70th annual “Race of Champions”, headlined the four-event program. Joining the Modifieds were the TQ Midgets, racing in the Harry Macy Classic, the Street Stocks in the 37-lap “Butch Palmer Classic” and the Asphalt 4-Cylinder cars in their feature for the Fred Rounds Cup. Rounds was a two time Mini Stock Champion at Lancaster Speedway who was paralyzed from the waist down due to a highway accident. Rounds used all hand controls on his car and dominated his class in the early 1970s. Later he owned Les Hare’s championship Modifieds.

The first event of the afternoon was the 29-lap Harry Macy Classic. Macy ran the Indoor racing programs at Niagara Falls and was respected by all competitors. He is fondly remembered by all who knew him and competed in his promotions. He had been involved in the NASCAR midget programs of the 50s and 60s and owned TQ Midgets, including entires for Stewart Friesen and Jared Turnbull.

Lockport, NY’s Bobby Holmes, the winner of the second heat, led the Harry Macy Classic from the drop of the green flag with Tyler Wagner in hot pursuit. Caution flew at lap seven when Tim Ruggerio spun on the main straight. Andrew Nye wound up second in the event with Tyler Wagner, Ronnie Flaim, and Kyle Hutchinson filling out the top five. Flaim and Holmes won the heats.

The Asphalt 4-cylinder cars started their $532.70 to win feature with 31 entries performing the four wide pace lap, then racing for the Fred Rounds Cup. David Milbrand and D J Shaw were on the front row for the start with Milbrand leading Shaw over the first lap. Fourth-starting Jason Anasiewicz came to second at lap two. Milbrand was the leader at lap four over Anasiewicz, Shaw, Charles Palmer, and Corey Copeland. Copeland was third at seven laps with Anasiewicz challenging Milbrand for the lead at eight laps. The leaders began lapping the backmarkers at lap nine. Yellow flew at lap twelve for a bumper cover on the racing surface on the front straight. At this point it was Milbrand leading Shaw, Copeland, and Palmer. Lap fifteen saw a tight race for the lead as Milbrand and Shaw were side by side at the line. At sixteen Anasiewicz went by both, taking the lead just prior to the halfway point. Yellow flew at the halfway point as a racer was stopped in turn four with the top of the order now Anasiewicz, Milbrand, Copeland, Bob Palmer, and Charles Palmer. Bob Palmer was third at lap twenty, Briar Dils fifth at lap 21, with Bob Palmer taking second at lap 22. Yellow was again over the speedway at lap 23 for a car spun in turn two. Copeland went to the lead at the green with Anasiewicz challenging for the spot at lap 27, gaining it at lap 28. Another caution period slowed the event at lap thirty when two cars spun at turn two. The rest of the event was without incident. The order at the finish was Anasiewicz, Dils, Copeland, Nicholas Robinson, and Milbrand.

The Street Stocks started their Butch Palmer Classic, $532 to win feature with Tim Welshans leading Brian Hoffman, and Rich Sharpe through lap one with a yellow coming out at lap two when Frank Prell spun in turn four. Another yellow came a lap later when Chris Powers spun from fifth in turn one. Sharpe then started extending his lead over Tim Welshans, Brian Hoffman, Ken Maltby, and Nik Welshans to approximately six car-lengths by lap seven. Scott Chaplin spun his car at turn one on lap ten but kept going, preventing another caution period. When the checkers fell for the Butch Palmer Classic it was Sharpe taking the win over Hoffman, Tim Welshans, Nik Welshans, and Powers.

The 250-lap, $12,000 to win Race of Champions had 31 starters boasting over 25,000 aggregate horsepower that all came to life, in a blinding display of short-track speed. Kirk Totten and Patrick Emerling were side by side for the lead over lap one with Matt Hirshman and Tommy Catalano also side by side, battling for third. Totten was the leader at lap two but Catalano took over at lap six. Yellow was shown at twelve laps for a spin in turns three and four. The top five were now Catalano, Emerling, Hirschman, John McKennedy, and Totten. McKennedy was up to second at lap 23 with Hirschman now third, Emerling fourth, and Austin Beers fifth. Caution again appeared at lap 24 with some competitors pitting early in the event. McKennedy was the leader at lap 31 but Catalano was back in front at lap 32. At 34 laps yellow appeared for an accident on the back straight involving third starting Hirshman, second starting Emerling, and 26th starting Jody Buckley.

Green was again over the speedway at lap 46 after the lengthy cleanup with Tommy Catalano and Austin Beers side by side for the lead while McKennedy and Carroll were side by side racing for third. At lap fifty it was Tommy Catalano leading Beers, Carroll, Totten, and Knoll. At 56 laps yellow flew again when Skora banged the turn three and four wall. He pitted with the right front suffering heavy damage. Emerling pitted at this time as well. After green the battles continued with 27 cars left running after 75 laps. Knoll and Carroll were in a heated battle for fifth  at 76 laps with the leaders again catching the rear of the field at 82 laps as Catalano was stretching his lead to half a straight at 85 laps. Yellow erased his advantage at 96 laps when Daryl Lewis Jr slapped the turn two wall. He was able to refire the engine and leave the scene under his own power. The order at 100 laps under yellow was Catalano, Beers, Totten, Knoll, and Carroll.

On this green Knoll scraped the front straight wall but it did not slow his progress. Totten got up to second at lap 106. Third starting Matt Hirschman was at the front of the pack at lap 117. One lap before halfway  yellow was out for Totten, spinning from fourth on the backstretch.

A “competition yellow” was thrown at lap 132. Under the yellow, debris on turn three was discovered and removed. Green flag racing was resumed at lap 134 with the top five Hirschman, Emerling, Tommy Catalano, McKennedy, and Carroll. McKennedy came to third at 135. At 138 Tyler Catalano came to a halt trying to enter the pits and yellow was again necessary. At 141 most of the leaders pitted under yellow. After pit stops the leaders were Hirschman, Jankowiak, Timmy Catalano, Carroll, and Potrzebowski. Carroll was was second at 150 with Owen Bednasz third, then Emerling and Jankowiak. Ebersole replaced Jankowiak for fifth at lap 151 with Emerling third at 155. The next yellow appeared at 159 for two cars spun in turns one and two. Most of the leaders pitted at 163, including Emerling, atom the Catalano, Hirschman, Carroll, and Knoll. Action for some of the top spots was again heavy laps 169-170 with Ebersole and Carroll side by side for second and the Beers and Carroll for third.

Yet another yellow slowed the action at At 184 for a backstretch spin by Jack Ely. Several cars again took advantage of the opportunity to pit and make more adjustments. Nearing the 200 lap mark Beers and McKennedy we’re battling side by side for the lead, with neither having a clear advantage with fifty laps remaining. At 201 Austin Kochenash spun, eventually involving Potrzebowski, Ely, and Jimmy Zacharias. Kochenash continued but the other three stopped. For the green it was Tommy Catalano leading Knoll, Emerling, Hirschman, and Totten. At 227 Potrzebowski spun while entering the pit. At this point yellow flag laps were no longer being scored. With ten laps left it was Hirschman now leading Emerling, Beers, Tommy Catalano, and Kochenash. Kochenash and Beers were even at laps 242 through 245 when Bednasz spun for the final caution in turn in turn four and another racer came to a stop on the front straight. The finish was Hirschman, Emerling, Beers, Kochenash, and McKennedy. 22 of the original 31 starters were still running at the end of the event.

Asphalt Small Block Modifieds-70th Annual Race of Champions 250-laps
Fastest qualifier was Kirk Totten with a lap time of 14.922 seconds.

Heat 1: Calvin Carroll, Chris Finocchario, George Skora III, Timmy Catalano, Tommy Rought, Jody Buckley, Kyle Ebersole

Heat 2: Daryl Lewis Jr, Austin Kochenash, Mike Leaty, Jimmy Zacharias, Jack Ely, Andy Jankowiak, Tyler Catalano

Heat 3: Scott Wylie, Jeremy Haudricourt, Daren Scherer, Ricky Knapp Jr, (rest unavailable)

Heat 4: Danny Knoll Jr, T J Potrzebowski, Owen Bednasz, Dan Majchrzak, Amy Catalano, Jeff Szafreniec, Randall Richard

Feature: Matt Hirschman, Patrick Emerling, Austin Beers, Austin Kochenash, John McKennedy, Tommy Catalano, Calvin Carroll, Chris Finocchario, Andy Jankowiak, Timmy Catalano, Darren Scherer, Kyle Ebersole, Danny Knoll Jr, Jack Ely, Jeremy Haudricourt, Jimmy Zacharias, Scott Wylie, Kirk Totten, Tommy Rought, Ricky Knapp Jr, Jeff Szafreniec, Dan Majchrzak, Mike Leaty, Owen Bednasz, T J Potrzebowski, Daryl Lewis Jr, Tyler Catalano, Amy Catalano, George Skora III, Jody Buckley, Randall Richard

T Q Midgets 29 laps Harry Macy Classic
Heat 1: Ronnie Flaim, Tyler Wagner, D J Sassong, Brandon Savarella, Cameron Ruggerio, Kevin Wilson
Heat 2: Bobby Holmes, Andrew Nye, Kyle Hutchison, Patrick Smith, Tim Ruggerio, Chester Haywood
Feature: Bobby Holmes, Andrew Nye, Tyler Wagner, Ronnie Flaim, Kyle Hutchinson, Brandon Zavarella, Cameron Ruggerio, Patrick Smith, Tim Ruggerio, Kevin Wilson, D J Sossong, Chester Haywood

Street Stocks 37 lap Butch Palmer Classic
Heat 1: Tim Welshans, Chris Powers, Justin Myers,Chase Williams, Edward Culliton, Tom Wentland, Kory Rider, Jim Dauer

Heat 2: Ken Maltby, Timothy Garlock, Max Northerm, Frank Prell, Lou Carbone, Kenny Hejna, Russ Bulger Jr, Wesley LaBar

Heat 3: Rich Sharp, Brian Hoffman, Nik Welshans, Bob Palmer, Scott Chaplin, Kyle Schosek, Martin Hughes

Feature: Rich Sharpe, Brian Hoffman, Tim Welshans, Nik Welshans, Chris Powers, Justin Myers, Ken Maltby, Timothy Garlock, Chase Williams, Max Northerm, Jim Dauer, Kenny Hejna, Frank Prell, Tom Wentland, Russ Bulger Jr, Edward Culliton, Kyle Schosek, Lou Carbone, Kory Rider, Martin Hughes, Scott Chaplin, Bob Palmer, Wesley LaBar

Asphalt 4-Cylinders 35 laps $532 to win
Heat 1: Bryce Bailey, Nick Galusha, Travis Murphy, Dan Dressel, Christopher Deyoe Jr, Dave Rieber, Joe Pettinelli, Jonathan Klamut, Darren Piechowicz

Heat 2: Charles Palmer, Joey Bevacqua, John Byrd, Jeff Szafreniec, Megan Schoelles, Andrew Cook, Chuck Rush

Heat 3: Briar Dils, David Brunka, Nicholas Robinson, David Hermès, Michael Piccirilli, Paul Flye, Allison Montgomery, Kyle Casper, Casey Pew, Allen Jablonski, Mason Offhaus

Heat 4: David Milbrand, Jason Anasiewicz, Corey Copeland, Bob Palmer, Kenny Hejna, Andy Danielwicz, Donald Byrd, Tyler Harbst, Evan Reardon

Heat 5: Bobby Woch, D J Shaw, Justin Vallone, Benjamin Russo, Matt Hornquist, Tyler Pastorius, Russ Bulger Jr, Jay Withy, Amanda Orr, Mike Ferris

B Feature 1: Andy Danielwicz, Dave Rieber, Paul Flye, Allison Montgomery, Kyle Casper, Casey Pew, Andrew Cook, Tyler Pastorius, Allen Jablonski, Tyler Harbst, Mason Offhaus, Jonathan Klamut, Darren Piechowicz, Jay Withey, Chuck Rush, Donald Byrd, Matt Hornquist, Amanda Orr, Joe Pettinelli, Evan Reardon, Benjamin Russo

Feature: Jason Anasiewicz, Briar Dils, Corey Copeland, Nicholas Robinson, David Milbrand, Bryce Bailey, Bob Palmer, Kenny Hejna, Joey Bevacqua, Bobby Woch, Dan Dressel, D J Shaw, Benjamin Russo, Andy Danielwicz, Justin Vallone, Travis Murphy, Jeff Szafreniec, Michael Piccirilli, Paul Flye, David Brunka, Kyle Casper, Casey Pew, Allison Montgomery, Mega Schoelles, John Byrd, Andrew Cook, Nick Galusha, Matt Hornquist, David Hermes, Dave Rieber, Christopher Deyoe Jr, Charles Palmer