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Claremont Motorsports Park & the Granite State Pro Stock Series to host Super Late Model Event Without Fans

For the first time in 2020, a Super Late Model race will be held in the Northeast on Friday, June 5.  Claremont Motorsports Park in Claremont, New Hampshire announced Saturday that the track will hold a Granite State Pro Stock Series event without fans in attendance.  The event will be streamed via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.

The announcement comes following the postponement of many Northeast Late Model racing events due to government restrictions that have been placed on large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Following discussions with state and local officials, Claremont has received approval to contest the “Let’s Go Racing 100,” the season opener for the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

“We’re just glad we were able to work with the city of Claremont and the state of New Hampshire to make this possible,” said Mike Parks, Promoter of Claremont Motorsports Park and the Granite State Pro Stock Series.  “An event with no fans is a huge risk for our facility but with help from Crazy Horse Racing, R.E. Hinkley Oil Company and R&R Public Wholesalers we’re able to put this package together for our racers and fans. Of course, we want our fans at the race track but unfortunately that is not the hand we have been dealt.  However, with Speed51 offering the event on a pay-per-view basis, it’s a win-win for all.”

Joining the Granite State Pro Stock Series on the event schedule will be Street Stocks, Six Shooters and Pure Stocks.  All racing events during the evening will be shown on the Speed51 live pay-per-view broadcast.

Revenue generated from the pay-per-view broadcast will help pay the purse and other expenses associated with hosting an event without fans. Pay-per-view tickets for the event will go on sale next week.

“As a resident of the Northeast region, I’m excited to finally watch Late Model racing for the first time this year,” said Speed51 Editor-In-Chief Brandon Paul.  “We’re happy to team up with Claremont Motorsports Park and the Granite State Pro Stock Series to feed some of the hunger that Northeast race fans have during this time.”

The format for the Granite State Pro Stock Series race will include time trials, heat races and the Let’s Go Racing 100 main event.  Time trials are set to begin at 7 p.m. ET prior to heat races for all divisions.  The main event for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is scheduled to fire off at 9 p.m. ET.

Strict safety guidelines will be in place for the event, including a limit on the number of pit passes sold, as well as spacing in the pit area and hand sanitization areas throughout the facility. More information about the safety guidelines will be released by event officials in the coming days. 

From Speed 51.com

Claremont Motorsports Park May Schedule on Hold.

Claremont NH – The Month of May is usually the first full month of the race season in New England, unfortunately that will not be the case in 2020. As the country battles the Covid 19 pandemic, The Claremont Motorsports Park season, unfortunately is on hold. “The health and safety of our fans and race teams is our number one priority”, stated track operator Mike Parks. “As much as we want to be at the track every Friday night we will respect the directives of our Governor”.

The Tri Track Modified Series event scheduled for Sunday May 24th is also on hold for the foreseeable future. Several conversations have taken place between series owner Wayne Darling and Parks and once a solid time line is established every attempt will be made to reschedule.


“We are in a situation where we have more questions than answers. We want to get the gates open just as soon as we can whether that is for practice or competition” said Parks. “If we can come up with a way to work with the state and get open for practice we will do that”.       

At this time the posted schedule has been put on hold with the intention of picking it up on the date permitted.  If for any reason something changes track officials will adjust accordingly.

During a break in recent track preparations Parks lamented, “this is not how we envisioned our first venture in season long track promotions. Hopefully the racers and fans will continue to stay positive and be ready to come back when the situation allows.”

For more information and updates stay tuned to Claremont Motorsports Parks social media outlets as well as www.claremontmotorsportspark.com

Walt Hammond & SK Bean to chase Claremont NHSTRA Modified Championship!

Claremont NH – Walt Hammond from Enfield NH will find a new home on Friday nights in 2020, Walt along with Stuart bean will bring the #77 Modified to Claremont Motorsports Park for the 2020 season. Hammond has been racing a DIRT Modified over the last few seasons but is not a stranger to the pavement formally competing in an ACT style Late Model in the past. “I grew up at Claremont watching my Dad, Donnie Lashua, Dwight Jarvis & Punky Caron race at Claremont. It’s kind of cool to get a chance to race at the same track as they all did”   

Car owner SK Bean feels the timing is right, “After fielding Dirt Modifieds and Late Models for the past 48years we feel the time is right, the 604 motor package they have come up with fits our budget to race this type of car, I believe with Mike Parks and his newly assembled staff is leading Claremont speedway into a new era and were excited to be a part of it!! The SK Bean 77 team is also thinking of some events at the sister tracks of the NHSTRA as well during 2020. You can catch the 77 at Claremont Speedway for the Modified opener on Friday night May 1st.