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Belsito Victorious in GSPSS Gate City Classic at Hudson

Photo : Tom Morris

Angelo Belsito finally sealed the deal in the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway Sunday afternoon. The Auburn MA driver had lead many laps and contended for the win in both of the first two Granite State Pro Stock Series races of 2020, only to watch victory slip away.

   Belsito was good in practice, good in his heat race and dominant over the last two thirds of the feature event but victory was not easy. The Crazy Horse Racing fast time challange was removed from the schedule as time was tight due to local regulations so Cory Casagrande’s track record survives for another year. As a result heat races would be lined up based on each drivers fast lap in the second practice session.

   Belsito would start second in his heat race and finish in the same position after a spirited battle with defending series champion Joey Doiron. Doiron would end up victorious and the top three from each heat would go to the redraw. For the second race in a row the redraw would be where Belsito would struggle as he pulled the worst number possible, nine.

   Winner of the last three series events, Ray Christian III, and local hot shoe Wayne Helliwell Jr would join Doiron as heat race winners. Christian’s crew chief Mickey Green would pull starting position number one while Helliwell would do just one spot better than Belsito starting in eighth and Doiron would pull five.

   Early in the going Chrisian III and Joey “Pole” seemed to be the drivers to beat as they battled through several restarts and traded the lead back and forth until Belsito arrived on the scene. He would take the lead on a restart and never truly be challenged.

   “The team gave me a great car,” Said Belsito in victory lane. “I was really just pacing myself once I got the lead and trying to save the car”. He went on to say, “We’ve had a couple of things cost us the win in the first two races but today we were able to put it all together.”

   Christian III would wind up in second, his worst finish of the year,. “Its a good day when we can be disappointed in second” said Christian III. “The car was really good we just didn’t have quite enough for Angelo.”

   Polewarczyk would hold on to finish third tying his best series finish of the season. “Thats sort of the story of our season”, said the Hudson NH native. “It was a good day we just didn’t have what we needed for the front two”.

   Wayne Helliwell Jr would finish the day in the fourth spot while 2018 champion Devin O’Connell would round out the top five.

   Gabe Brown would race on the tight quarter mile track for the first time and finish a solid sixth right in front of another youngster, Jake Matheson and Nick Lascuola would come home eighth in his return to the series. Another local driver, Jimmy Renfrew Jr would end the day in ninth with Casagrande finishing out the top ten.

   The next event has the series returning to the Claremont Motorsports Park for a final tune up before the $10,000 dollar to win event, labor day weekend. Teams who want to be prepared for the biggest event in the history of the series are encouraged to enter this event on July 24th and try to figure out the tricky NH oval.

   To follow the series go to www.gspss.net or follow the series on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Results:

1 – 8b Angelo Belsito

2 – 93ct Ray Christian III

3 – 97 Joey Polewarcyk

4 – 27nh Wayne Helliwell Jr

5 – 43 Devin O’Connell

6 – 47 Gabe Brown

7 – 52nh Jake Matheson

8 – 39 Nick Lascuola

9 – 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

10 – 7ct Cory Casagrande

11 – 40 Mike Mitchell

12 – 12p Bobby Pelland

13 – 48 Ryan Linham

14 – 87 Alexander Pearl

15 – 17 Kevin Folan

16 – 21 Josh King

17 – 90nh Casey Call

18 – 29 Adam Gray

19 – 88 Kevin Casper

20 -73 Joey Doiron

21 – 08 Mike O’Sullivan

22 – 55 Cody LeBlanc

23 – 60 DJ Shaw

    Contingency Awards :

    Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – 73 Joey Doiron, 93ct Ray Christain III, 27nh Wayne Helliwell Jr

    AR Bodies hard luck award – $100 product certificate – 55 Cody LeBlanc

    Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – fastest times in second Practice 1st $125 -73 Joey Doiron – 2nd $75 – 93ct Ray Christian III – 3rd $50 – 27nh Wayne Helliwell Jr

    Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 52nh Jake Matheson

    Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 8b Angelo Belsito – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event

Hudson’s Gate City Classic up next for GSPSS

The Granite State Pro Stock Series is headed for Hudson Speedway for its third event of 2020 as NH continues to allow race tracks to operate.

   After two successful events at Claremont Motorsports Park the series heads south to the tight quarter mile bullring in Hudson NH. The track has quickly become a favorite of series teams and they look forward to racing at a different venue in 2020.

   Ray Christian III heads to Hudson with all the momentum in the world. The Uncasville CT driver has won the last three series events going back to last season and looks to continue the hot streak. “We’ve run pretty well there and we’ve run not so well there,” said Christain immediately following his most recent win at Claremont. “The guys have been giving me a great car and I just hope we can continue that on Sunday”.

   A stacked field of drivers has already entered and as of this writing entries are still coming in. “Everybody loves Hudson”, Said series president Mike Parks. “We have had a ton of interest in this event and the entries just keep coming.”

   Defending series Champion Joey Doiron has filed his entry for the Gate City Classic. He comes off a third place finish at Claremont and looks to up his game. In 2020 Doiron brought his older car and at the end of the day regretted it. “We thought this race was going to be much rougher,” said Doiron after the 2019 event. “We didn’t bring our best car and it hurt us.”

   Joey Polewarczyk won the 2019 Gate City Classic to go three for three in series competition. He and his team will return to the track that is less than a mile from his home having finished second and fifth in the two series races held so far in 2020.

   Another local driver who has entered is Wayne Helliwell Jr. He and his Bruce Bernhardt lead team are looking to pick up a win at a track that Helliwell is very familiar with. They will also join Joey Pole as teams to run the ford motor package.

   Both races in 2020 have seen strong performances by this years rookie of the year contenders. Both Cody LeBlanc and Casey Call have had solid runs and finishes in the top ten. Both have entered the Hudson event and look to continue to improve as they continue to familiarize themselves with their new rides.

   Gabe Brown will rejoin the series at Hudson. He had his strongest GSPSS race to date at the opener and looks to build on that. Brown credited a good race car to his early success in 2020 but has improved as a driver and looks to take down his first touring win in a pro stock.

   Other entries include former champions Mike O’Sullivan and Barry Gray as well as first time competitor Alexander Pearl. Kevin Folan has also filed an entry joining former series winner Mike Mitchell.

   Angelo Belsito, Kevin Casper, Ryan Lineham and Bobby Pelland are all former Seekonk Speedway regulars who will try their luck at Hudson. All have competed with the series in the past and look forward to heading to Hudson.

   Jimmy Renfrew Jr is also expected to contest the Gate City Classic and should be counted as one of the favorites and Josh King is making last minute preparations to his brand new car as he intends to make Hudson his first race of 2020. Also Making his first 2020 start with the GSPSS is Nick Lascuola who will take a break from his busy Legends car business to try to win his first series race.

   The Hudson Speedway Grandstands will open at 4pm with racing scheduled to start at 5pm. General admission will be $15 with kids 10 and under free.

   For more information go to www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also find the track at www.hudsonspeedwaynh.com or on social media.

Hudson’s Own Joey “Pole” goes to GSPSS Victory Lane At Hudson Speedway

 Home town hot shoe Joey Polewarcyk lead the majority of the 2019 Gate City Classic to take down the win. Cory Casagrande returned to the series and established the track record and the point leader continued his string of consistency in 2019.

   It was a picture perfect day for racing as the Granite State Pro Stock Series took to the family fun track for an awesome night of racing. Ben Bosowski and his team had the facility fixed up and ready to go with a brand new back stretch wall, new track lighting and a newly paved pit area. On track just before the feature Bosowski was thanked for his efforts and responded “I always love it when the Granite State Pro Stock series comes here. The racing is always great and the fans love it.” After a little prodding Bosowski added “I’d love to have the series here again this year… maybe we can make that happen”.

   The night kicked off with the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole and It was Cory Casagrande establishing the track record with a time of 13.267 seconds. Being that electronic scoring was just added this spring there was no record to beat so Casagrande is the “Original” track record holder in the pro stock division. After time trials Casagrande was asked about the lap. “I didn’t think that was a pole lap” said the driver if the Chalew Performance number seven. “It felt good but not that good. Now we just need to stay up there all night long”.

   Heat races where up next and they became the Joey and Joey show. Heat one went to Joey Doiron in a battle that was hotly contested to the end, while Joey “Pole” won the second heat with relative ease.

   After the GSPSS redraw Joey Doiron would find himself on the pole with a shot at the NHSTRA back of the pack challenge. Doiron, Who had earned the extra $1000 for starting at the back at Claremont Motorsports Park earlier in the year, chose to keep his pole position. When asked about the decision during driver intros Doiron said “no way… not at this track. We’re going to stay right here”.

   As the 100 lap main event went green it was a tale of two races for the eventual race winner. The redraw saw Polewarcyk on the outside of row four with some work to do if he was to go three for three with the GSPSS. For the first forty laps the Hudson Hero slowly, methodically and patiently worked his way to the front, finally taking the lead on a restart and from there he would never look back. “Pole” never got to more than an eight or ten car length lead but also was never seriously challenged. “The car was really really good all day” said “Pole” in victory lane “My guys busted their butts all day to give me the feel I needed and it paid off.”

   Devin O’Connell fought hard for everything he got on the track but in the end the defending series champion could only muster enough for second. “I really wanted to go back to back” said the driver of the 43 car in victory lane. “It’s an honor to race against someone like Joey and second is nothing to be bummed about but I really wanted to beat him”.

   Joe Doiron fought hard to stay within sight of the leaders all day and when asked what he needed to beat them he said “my other car”. He went on to say “I didn’t expect such a clean race so I brought my older car and it just isn’t as good”.

   Jimmy Renfrew JR fought hard for a fourth place finish at one of his home race tracks while Mike O’Sullivan came back from missing a race due to a concussion to complete the top five.

   Cory Casagrande came back from an early pit stop to finish sixth ahead of Jacob Dore in seventh, Mike Mitchell in eighth, Todd Stone in ninth and Angelo Belsito who rounded out the top ten.

   Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond GSPSS control, the event scheduled for August third at The New London – Waterford Speedbowl has had to be removed from the schedule. The next event for the series will be the JBH 150 at Monadnock Speedway on Sat. Aug. 17th. This will be the first time the series has gone 150 laps at the high banked quarter mile bull ring and should be a wild affair that honors one of the series founders, John “Boy” Hoyt.

   For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series go to www.gspss.net of check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Granite State Pro Stock Series contingency awards:

AR Bodies Hard Luck Award $100 : 93 Ray Christian

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap $75: 17 Kevin Folan

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher $75: 05 Jacob Dore

American Racer N.E Hard Charger One free tire: 97 Joey Polewarczyk

Sunoco Heat Race Winners 5 Gallons fuel: #1 73Joey Doiron, #2 97 Joey Polewarczyk

VDL 5th Place $100: 08 Mike O’Sullivan

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time$125: 7 Cory Casagrande, 2nd 27 Wayne Helliwell $75.00 3rd 73 Joey Doiron $50.00

Gate City Classic Official Finish

1- 97 Joey Polewarczyk

2- 43 Devin O’Connell

3- 73 Joey Doiron

4- Jimmy Renfrew JR

5- 08 Mike O’Sullivan

6- 7 Cory Casagrande

7- 05 Jacob Dore

8- 40 Mike Mitchell

9- 1x Todd Stone

10- 8 Angelo Belsito

11- 27 Wayne Helliwell

12- 16 Tommy Rosati

13- 12 Bobby Pelland

14- 17 Kevin Folan

15- 21 Josh King

16- 14 Matt Frahm

17- 93 Ray Christian III

Photo Credit Tom Morris