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Anticipation Building for Granite State Pro Stock Series $10,000 Race at Lee USA in July

NASCAR Cup Series Regulars Tyler Reddick, Corey LaJoie to Compete in Special Event

By Jeff Brown, for Granite State Pro Stock Series

PHOTO: Rob Branning/Granite State Pro Stock Series

The Granite State Pro Stock Series has one more race date on the schedule before July’s Keen Parts 150 at Lee USA Speedway, but the mid-summer spectacular is already on the minds of both drivers and fans.

Fifty extra laps, the biggest purse of the year, and some notable names on the entry list have drivers and teams alike gearing up for the marquee event of GSPSS’ eleventh full season of competition.

The Keen Parts 150 is the sixth round of the nine-race GSPSS schedule and the second visit of the year to Lee USA Speedway. While the biggest event on the GSPSS calendar has been held closer to the series’ home base in recent years, Lee brings with it a new level of grandeur.

The $10,000-to-win main event is part of the lead-in to the Granite State’s biggest race weekend of the year, the annual return of national-level NASCAR racing to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Opened in 1964 and running in its current configuration since the 1980s, Lee is a challenging track that favors the driver who best manages their tires from green to checkers. The outcome of the Keen Parts 150 will again come down to strategy.

But with a long-distance race and an extra set of tires, the winning play will come down to far more than conservation. Pit too early, and others may have an advantage on fresh tires at the end. Plan to pit late, and a driver may be left waiting for an opportunity that never comes.

The introduction of pit strategy may hand a slight advantage to veteran drivers like Joey Doiron or Dave Farrington, Jr., both of whom are on the early entry list and have plenty of wins in long-distance features. Doiron, the 2019 GSPSS champion and the current point leader, won May’s Granite State Derby at Lee and has a few other wins at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed,” making him a favorite among the series regulars.

Farrington, who won in his first-ever GSPSS start in 2016, will be one of many looking to steal glory from Doiron and the other series stars. Richard Moody Racing is planning to field two entries for Maine legend-in-the-making Ben Rowe and 2020 GSPSS champ Joey Polewarczyk.

Derek Kneeland will take advantage of big-league racing’s presence to make his second GSPSS start at Lee. Kneeland, a NASCAR spotter, has been adding more short track events to his extracurricular schedule and will look forward to getting behind the wheel of “Miss Cheyenne.”

But all eyes will be on two NASCAR Cup Series stars throwing their hats into the ring. Corey LaJoie and Tyler Reddick will make their GSPSS debuts in the Keen Parts 150, hearkening back to a tradition of NASCAR stars racing against the locals at Lee.

LaJoie grew up in North Carolina, but his father Randy cut his racing teeth on the bullrings of New England. Reddick is the first driver from California to attempt a GSPSS event. Both will be trying to make their own mark in the region in their first trip to Lee.

Making the big night possible is support from Keen Parts, one of the country’s top suppliers of Corvette parts. Owners Tom and TJ Keen have been dedicated this year to supporting short track racing through the Keen Cup Series, a series of high-profile regional features.

“We are pleased to be involved in the Keen Parts 150 at Lee USA Speedway on July 15,” said Tom Keen, owner of Keen Parts. “TJ and I really wanted to help grassroots racing in 2022, and making this the seventh race of the Keen Cup Series in 2022 is a great addition to our race schedule, along with having Tyler Reddick and Corey LaJoie joining us for the race. The Keen Cup will be up for grabs once again for some of the best Late Model talent in the Northeast.”

“Be sure to check out all of our products online at corvetteparts.net, while restoring your vintage Corvette. Corvette parts is all we do.”

The GSPSS Keen Parts 150 anchors a full night of weekly competition at Lee USA Speedway, also featuring the New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association’s Whitcomb 5 Series race. Lee’s Street Stocks, Six Shooters, Ridge Runners and Pure Stocks will round out an action-packed card to kick off New Hampshire’s biggest weekend of motorsports. Tickets will be available at the gate.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

DOIRON OUTLASTS KRUCZEK FOR GRANITE STATE DERBY GOLD

By Jeff Brown, for Granite State Pro Stock Series

PHOTO: Rob Branning/Granite State Pro Stock Series

LEE, N.H. – In the early stages of Saturday afternoon’s Granite State Derby at Lee USA Speedway, Joey Doiron seemed more likely to place than to win. But the first horse across the finish line is not always the fastest horse out of the gate.

Doiron outdueled early leader Bryan Kruczek on a late restart, then held off Kruczek to post his first Granite State Pro Stock Series win of 2022 and the fifth of his career.

“That was cool, you know, playing cat-and-mouse,” Doiron said, crediting Kruczek for a clean battle on his winning pass.

The Berwick, Maine, veteran started third and was content to ride in the early laps, pacing himself behind Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. as Kruczek showed the way. Doiron slipped past Renfrew for second on lap 24, but Kruczek had already built a formidable lead from the pole position.

A winner at Star Speedway two weeks ago, Kruczek and his team were late additions to the entry list. But Kruczek looked like nothing of the sort early on, backing up his speed in time trials with a fast race pace as the laps clicked by.

With half the race in the books and Kruczek working lapped traffic, Doiron chipped away at Kruczek’s advantage, catching the leader as a spin brought out the first caution flag of the day at lap 69.

On the restart, Doiron held firm on the outside, keeping Kruczek from getting away with the lead. Doiron nosed ahead and finally cleared Kruczek for the top spot a couple laps later. Kruczek settled back into second, with Brandon Barker getting past Renfrew for third.

In the final stages, Corey Bubar spun while battling for fourth, handing Kruczek an opportunity to make it two-for-two in his GSPSS appearances this year. But Doiron was quick off the restart, distancing himself instantly from the battle for second place.

Already a GSPSS winner at Lee in 2019, Doiron led the final 15-lap sprint to become the fifth driver with two series wins at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed.”

Kruczek held on for second, unable to find anything in the closing laps to run down Doiron. Barker, a two-time GSPSS Lee winner in 2018 and 2019, was third at the stripe in Archie St. Hilaire’s No. 32 entry.

Jimmy Renfrew Jr. finished fourth, his fourth GSPSS top-five finish at Lee. Nick Cusack was the best-finishing series rookie in fifth.

Shaking off two bad races to open the season, Jeremy Sorel matched his best series performance with a strong sixth-place run. Ryan Green was seventh ahead of Dylan Estrella. Luke Hinkley, the point leader entering the evening, ended his streak of second-place performances by finishing ninth. And in his GSPSS debut, Isaac Bevin ended the afternoon in tenth, driving back from a late-race spin.

Doiron’s win moves him to the top of the point standings only three races into the season. The 2019 GSPSS champion is poised to become only the second driver to win multiple championships in the series’ twelve-year history.

The next race on the GSPSS calendar is at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. on June 18, where the series will pair for a second consecutive event with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Details on tickets and scheduling for the Duel At The Dog 200 weekend are available at JDVProductions.com.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS, Granite State Derby, May 21, 2022:

1. (73) Joey Doiron

2. (19) Bryan Kruczek

3. (32) Brandon Barker

4. (00) Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.

5. (2) Nick Cusack

6. (77) Jeremy Sorel

7. (93) Ryan Green

8. (46) Dylan Estrella

9. (31NH) Luke Hinkley

10. (7) Isaac Bevin

11. (N40) Dan McKeage, Jr.

12. (99) Charlie Buxton

13. (17) Kevin Folan

14. (01) Sammy Gooden

15. (05F) Bobby Frappier

16. (12) Corey Bubar

17. (82) Bobby Baillargeon

18. (90NH) Casey Call

Doug Coby Rockets To Inaugural Granite State Derby Win at Lee USA Speedway 

Doiron, Coutu, Rose & Farnum Also Score Checkered Flags

Photo Tom Morris Racing Photography

LEE, N.H. – For the second straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, Doug Coby was on top Saturday. Coby rocketed to Victory Lane in the inaugural Granite State Derby presented by USA Insulation at Lee USA Speedway – taking the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7NY into Lee’s winner’s circle in the first Tour appearance at the track in over two decades.

Coby led 78 of the 181 total laps in the race that moved into NASCAR Overtime, capturing his 33rd career victory on the Whelen Modified Tour. Two weeks ago, Coby wasn’t planning on competing in Tour races at Riverhead Raceway, or Lee. After a phone call from Tommy Baldwin, the six-time series champion now has two trophies in his corner.

The win came in the first of three races in the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup, giving Coby the early edge in those point standings, and the first of four JDV Productions events during the 2022 season. 

“Tommy Baldwin gave me a good car for two races in a row,” Coby said. “This is a tough track, you can spin your tires real easily. Jon (McKennedy) is a clean driver, Matt (Hirschman) is a clean driver, but I didn’t want to worry too much about Jon and open the door for Matt to be the hero. They’re both so good. To be able to race with those guys is a great feat for this 7NY team and the Baldwin family.” 

While Coby captured the victory, the horses behind him in the derby were some of the best in the game. Jon McKennedy finished second, while Matt Hirschman, who led 100 laps, finished third. Known as one of the best in the game in tire strategy, Hirschman admitted post-race he would like to replay the day.

“Good start, just ended up a little bit off on strategy,” Hirschman said. “Sometimes you live or die by some of the decisions you make, and some of them start earlier in the day. What you do with your tires and how you plan on using them. I think we just ended up a little bit off. I’d like to re-do a couple things, but still a good run.”

Ron Silk took the Whelen Modified Tour championship lead finishing fourth, while after winning the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award, Rookie of the Year contender Jake Johnson finished fifth. Kyle Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Austin Beers, JB Fortin, Eric Goodale and three-time series champion Justin Bonsignore.

Former Granite State Pro Stock Series champion Joey Doiron passed Bryan Kruczek inside the final 30 laps to win their 100-lap feature. Les Rose, returning to racing action for the first time in a while, took down the victory in the 25-lap Pro 4 Modified feature win. Dylan Coutu rocketed to the NEMA Lite victory, taking his 53 to Victory Lane, while in the NHSTRA Mini Stocks, Gordon Farnum won the Battle for the Belt race, capturing the checkered flag.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour inaugural Granite State Derby will be shown on USA Network on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m.

JDV Productions will continue to promote the next two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races on the 2022 schedule, including at Jennerstown Speedway, on Saturday, May 28. The Jennerstown Salutes 150 is just one part of a full card of racing in Pennsylvania. Advance tickets are available today at JDVProductions.com. The JDV Productions schedule will also continue at Monadnock Speedway on June 18 and Claremont Motorsports Park on July 29.

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