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Doiron Celebrates 4th of July in Lee Victory Lane

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Joey Doiron celebrated the fourth of July in Lee USA Speedways Victory lane on Friday Night. The EKeyes4Cars 100 and fireworks display was a huge hit with the great crowd that came out to watch.

   The night started out with series point’s leader Joey Doiron setting fast time in The Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole. Doiron’s lap of 15.094 seconds was less than a tenth of a second off Ray Christian’s track record, a remarkable feat considering the extreme heat during time trials.

   Next up were heat races, both of which were won by familiar faces. The first heat was won by Doiron, who has been a qualifying machine in 2019 taking down four fast time awards and numerous heat races. Brandon Barker, winner of the last two events at the Lee NH Speed plant, won the second heat race with relative ease.

   After the GSPSS redraw it was Ryan Green who was the pole sitter and had the option to take the NHSTRA back of the pack challenge. Even the offer of $1000.00 if he could win from the back couldn’t entice Green to give up his number one starting spot. “We are going to stay right here” said Green when asked what he would do. “Joey (Doiron) and Brandon (Barker) are way too fast to try going to the back”.

   The first half of the EKeyes4Cars 100 went off uneventfully with only a few minor incidents. Just after halfway a bracket on the rear end of Todd Stones Ford failed, causing all of the fluid to spill out onto the race track going into turn one. Several cars got into it and spun around but it was race leader Green who suffered the most damage. He got into the fluid and slid up the track hitting the outside wall extremely hard. Greens badly damaged machine then came back down the race track and hit the driver’s side of Jake Matheson’s car ending his day as well.

   Fortunately, Green was unhurt but his car not so much. When asked about the aftermath Green said “it’s real bad, it will need a front clip and every bolt on piece on the front end.” He then added “I’ll be sore in the morning but mostly my feelings are hurt”.

   Josh King’s machine was also involved, suffering damage to both ends of his race car while Ben Rowe found himself out of the race as well.

   The other car involved was the Brandon Barkers sixteen. Barker was trying to win his third straight GSPSS event at Lee but contact in the turn one incident left him with front end damage effectively ending his chances at the three peat. “It messed up the nose and hood a little which didn’t help but the biggest thing was it knocked the toe out which screwed up the handling” said barker.

   After an extensive cleanup the field went back to racing and it was clear that Joey Doiron had the best car. As the laps wore down defending series champion Devin O’Connell and Jeremy Davis battled for the second spot in what turned out to be a thirty lap duel for the ages. Davis, time and time again, drove to the inside of the champ but just couldn’t get clear.

   In the end it was Doiron running away with the victory while O’Connell was able to hold off Davis for third. Joe Squeglia pushed to the end for a fourth place finish while Mike Mitchell battled back from two spins to complete the top five. It was a case of mixed emotions for Doiron who in victory lane said “I feel really bad for Ryan and Brandon. It was going to be a really good race to the finish.” he then added “I just wanted a chance to race them heads up and beat them on the race track”.

   Barker came up short in his bid to win his third in a row but came home in a solid sixth position. Jimmy Renfrew held on after a late race spin to finish seventh while Bobby Pelland had his best run of the season in eighth. Ray Christian III suffered overheating issues after an off track excursion but battled back for a ninth place run and Kevin Foland came back from a flat tire to complete the top ten.

   Next up for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is a visit to Hudson Speedway in Hudson NH. The newly improved and renovated facility which has become a favorite of the series competitors will host the series for 100 laps of green flag action on Sunday July 14.

   For more, follow the GSPSS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as at www.gspss.net.

Granite State Pro Stock Series contingency awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: 93 Ryan Green $100.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: 12 Bobby Pelland $75.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher: 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr $75.00

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: 09 Jeremy Davis One Tire at the nest event

Sunoco Heat Race Winners :

#1 73 Joey Doiron 5 Gal Sunoco Race Fuel

#2 16 Brandon Barker 5Gal Sunoco Race Fuel

VDL 5th Place: 40 Mike Mitchell $100.00

Crazy Horse Racing Race for the Pole

1st 73 Joey Doiron $125.00

2nd 16 Brandon Barker $75.00

3rd 14 Matt Frahm $50.00

EKeyes4Cars Official Finish

1- 73 Joey Doiron

2- 43 Devin O’Connell

3- 09 Jeremy Davis

4- 03 Joe Squeglia

5- 40 Mike Mitchell

6- 26 Brandon Barker

7- 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

8- 12 Bobby Pelland

9- 93ct Ray Christian III

10- 17 kevin Folan

11- 46 Dennis Spencer Jr

12- 93 Ryan Green

13- 1x Todd Stone

14- 21 Josh King

15- 4 Ben Rowe

16- 53 Jake Matheson

17- 18 Jeff Fagan

18- 51 Jeremy Harcelrode

19- 29 Barry Gray20- 14 Matt Frahm 

GSPSS to Celebrate the 4th of July at Lee USA Speedway

The Granite State Pro Stock Series and Lee USA Speedway have come together to celebrate the Fourth of July. The EKeyes4Cars 100 will be run Friday July fifth along with the NWAAS and a spectacular fireworks display also sponsored by EKeyes4Cars.

   The second race of the season for the traveling pro stockers was also held at the third mile speed plant and was won in convincing fashion by Brandon Barker. It was the second Lee win in a row for the Windham ME driver and he feels confident that he can triple up. When asked if he will come back with the same package Barker responded “we are always trying something different. It’s the same car but a little different setup.” When pressed he added “we will have our winning stuff to fall back on but we are always trying new stuff”.

   If Barker is going to visit victory lane again he will have to do it against a stacked field of competitors. Jeremy Davis has filed his entry coming off of a convincing win at Speedway51. The Tamworth NH driver looks to ride the momentum into what he calls his favorite race track. Davis has spent the last year experimenting with setups in his number 09, car but finally went back to a known commodity at Groveton. When asked what he would run at Lee, Davis hesitated to answer then said “I’ll probably do a little experimenting in practice but I’ll have the old Claremont / Groveton setup to switch back to if it’s not to my liking”.

   Another driver who has had success at the shoreline oval is Joe Squeglia. Squeglia is a former winner in GSPSS competition at multiple racetracks including Lee. The 03 team was running a brand new race car in the May race and struggled to make it drive the way it needed to. They hope to have that car tuned up and up to their usual standards on the fifth of July.

   Jeremy Harclerode lives just a short distance from the race track and always looks forward to competing at his home track. He has filed an entry and looks for good things at a track where he has had solid finishes in the past. The Newmarket NH driver didn’t have the run he had hoped for in the first race at the speedway but looks for a better performance this time around.

   Other notable entries include point leader Joey Doiron, defending champion Devin O’Connell and multi-time series winner Matt Frahm, all of whom have had good runs at lee and look to top the podium. Also entered is 2016 Series Champion Barry Gray and Multi Time PASS Series Champion Ben Rowe.

   The program will begin with time trials and the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole award. Ray Christian III is the track record holder with a time of 15.039 seconds set at Octoberfest of 2018. He will look to eclipse that as well as improve on his past finishes there. “We are looking forward to getting back there” stated the Uncasville CT driver. “We missed the setup last time there but found some speed in the feature”. Christian then added “Hopefully we can unload a lot closer this time around”.

   Once the feature lineup is set It will be time for the NHSTRA back of the track challenge. This will be the third time the pole sitter for the main event will have the option to start from the back of the pack and earn one thousand extra dollars if they can win the race. Joey Doiron took the challenge at Claremont Motorsports Park and won the race and the extra $1000 while Matt Frahm elected to start from the pole when given the option at Monadnock Speedway.

   Post Time for the evenings racing will be moved back half an hour to 6:30pm and will culminate with the EKeyes4Cars 100 for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Immediately following the racing will be a massive fireworks display presented by EKeyes4Cars.

   For more information on all the happenings with the Granite State Pro Stock Series check them out at www.GSPSS.net. you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Race Entry List (As Of 7/2/2019)

1.      00  Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

2.      43  Devin O’Connell

3.      29  Barry Gray

4.      93  Ray Christian III

5.      14  Matt Frahm

6.      21  Josh King

7.      46  Dennis Spencer Jr.

8.      73  Joey Doiron

9.      1x  Todd Stone

10.  52  Jake Matheson

11.  08  Mike O’Sullivan

12.  21  Jacob Perry

13.  16  Tommy Rosati

14.  16  Brandon Barker

15.  93  Ryan Green

16.  09  Jeremy Davis

17.  03  Joe Squeglia

18.  18  Kevin Fagan

19.  17  Kevin Folan

20.  12  Bobby Pelland

21.  40  Mike Mitchell

22.  4   Ben Rowe

23.  51  Jeremy Harclerode

24.  31  Luke Hinkley

Barker to Victory Lane at Lee USA!

Round two for the Granite State Pro Stock Series took place at The Lee USA Speedway as the Lee NH oval held its first annual May Madness last weekend. The Saturday portion of the show saw time trials and heat races as the twenty teams in attendance locked themselves into the show.

    Time trials was the first order of business and for the second race in a row it was Joey Doiron winning the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole award. Doiron and his team have made the time trial format look easy in 2019, setting the track record at Claremont Motorsports Park and just missing it at Lee. “We have just had really good cars this year” stated Doiron. “We were just a little tight in the middle today but we made it work for the pole”.

    Up next where heat races and once again it was all Doiron making it seem almost effortless as he took the win in the first of two heat races. The second heat race went to defending series champion Devin O’Connell but It was far from easy. Third generation driver Ryan Kuhn, who was very quick in practice, hounded O’Connell for the entire twelve lap distance but just didn’t quite have enough to to get around.

    Sunday started with a quick round of practice followed by the 150 lap main event. Ryan Kuhn was lucky in the redraw and started on the pole with Jimmy Renfrew Jr on the outside. Kuhn would lead the early laps until Octoberfest 2019 winner Brandon Barker would come calling and once he took the lead he would dominate. “This car was so easy to drive” barker said in victory lane. “It basically drove itself”. “We have all the Lee races on our schedule but I wish I could run this car next weekend at Monadnock, but it doesn’t fit in my schedule”.

    Late in the race Jeremy Davis would have a couple of shots at Barker but in the end would have to settle for second when his tires didn’t quite cooperate. “The stagger opened up to much late in the going” said Davis as GSPSS officials ran his car through Technical inspection. “We were trying some pretty crazy stuff setup wise and between that and the stagger we just didn’t have quite enough late”.

    Ben Rowe and his Richard Moody Racing team made the decision to race late in the day on Saturday after the event they originally planned to run rained out. With very little practice and no qualifying Rowe would have to start at the back and methodically work his way to the front, eventually getting as far as third which is where he would finish. “We made the decision to come late yesterday” said a smiling Rowe. “We just love to race and I love this place so this was a lot of fun”. Rowe continued “we had to drag Ricky (crew chief) out of the movie theater to get the car ready but here we are and this was a good day for us”.

   Mike Mitchell also showed up Sunday as he raced the night before at Seekonk Speedway. After starting in the last row alongside Rowe he quickly worked his way into the top ten, hit the wall losing a number of places, then worked his way back to fourth. Mitchell would attempt to get around Rowe on several occasions but in the end was happy with fourth. “This is a really good day for us” said Mitchell after the race. “A big thanks goes to Jeremy Davis and Davis Chassis Works. This was the most fun I’ve had in a race car in a long time.

   Polesitter and early race leader Ryan Kuhn was involved in a mid-race tussle but was able to work his way back to a fifth place finish with prerace favorite Joe Squeglia finishing sixth. Ryan green would be the final lead lap finisher as he had a strong run for his family owned team in seventh, while Luke Hinkley, Ray Christian III and Joey Doiron would complete the top ten, albeit one lap down.

   The next event for the Granite State Prostock Series will be held May 25 at the Monadnock Speedway in Swanzey NH. For schedule information and more, check out the series at www.gspss.net as well as on Facebook, Twitter and now on Instagram.

   Also in attendance were three of the first Steel Sportsman Series cars to be built. George Baldwin had his number LL 1980 Chevrolet Malibu on hand which he has clearly been testing. After several practice sessions and the 15 lap main, Baldwin was clearly the class of the field. In the 15 lap match race held Sunday afternoon he gaped the competition by about half a straightaway.

   Brian Krucek turned laps on Saturday in the 77 car, a 1970 bodied Chevrolet Impala but mechanical difficulties kept him from returning on Sunday.

   Kyle Casper showed up on Sunday with his 1986 Buick Regal Bodied car which carries a paint scheme run by Randy Lajoie in the old Busch North Series and the number 07. Casper was coming off a win in his Seekonk Sportsman car the night before so had momentum on his side but was unable to run with Baldwin on this day.

   The Steel Bodied Sportsman Series is designed to be an affordable series using slightly outdated late model and pro stock chassis with bodies that look like cars run in the 70’s, 80’s and into the nineties. The rules are designed to keep out the high dollar, high technology suspension setups and look period correct and cool. Anybody interested in getting involved is encouraged to check out the GSPSS website and click on the “steel sportsman series” tab in the upper left.

   The next event for the Steel Sportsman Series is Sunday July 14 at Hudson Speedway.

Granite State Pro Stock Series specialty awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: 00 Jimmy Renfrew  $100.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: 93 Ryan Green $75.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher: 93 Ryan Green $75.00

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: 4 Ben Rowe One Free Tire at his next event

Sunoco Heat Race Winners : #1 73Joey Doiron, #2 43 Devin O’Connell 5gal of Sunoco Race Fuel

VDL 5th Place: 72 Ryan Kuhn $100.00

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time:

1st Joey Doiron $125.00

2nd Devin O’Connell $75.00

3rd Joe Squeglia $50.00