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ANGELO BELSITO EARNS GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES WIN AT MONADNOCK

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza Photo Rob Branning/GSPSS

WINCHESTER, N.H. — Round two of the Granite State Pro Stock Series season brought competitors to the high-banks of Monadnock Speedway, and it was multiple-time series winner Angelo Belsito clicking off another checkered flag.

Belsito and the rest of the field competed in three, 20-lap segment races in place of a 100-lap feature — and the final finishing order for the race was determined based on a points system. The winner of each segment earned one point, while second-place earned two points, third earned three, and so on, throughout the field. The driver with the lowest number of points at the end of the three — Belsito — was declared the overall winner of the day. Devin O’Connell was second and Gabe Brown third.

Belsito won the first two segments and was the runner-up in the final round. O’Connell finished fourth in the first race, then second and first.

The field for the first of three segments was lined up based on time trials, with O’Connell, who posted a fast lap of 13.360 seconds, and Mike Mitchell on the front row. O’Connell and Adam Gray got together at lap five, with both heading to the tail. The caution handed the lead to Belsito, who would lead the rest of the 20-lap distance, besting Brown — after Brown closed the gap in the final laps. Mitchell, O’Connell and Gray rounded out the top-five.

For the second feature, a six-car invert put rising star Tyler Tomassi on the pole, with Alexander Pearl to the outside. Tomassi led the first two laps, before Gray took control, bringing Mitchell with him to second, Belsito to third and Brown to fourth. Gray led the field until lap 17, on a restart, after Mitchell spun in turn two. At the green, Belsito worked outside of Gray and rolled to the victory in the second round, while O’Connell made a three-wide move for second. Brown was third, with Gray and Pearl finishing the top-five.

In the final round, another invert put Mitchell and Tomassi on the front row. Mitchell led the field across for the first 16 laps, before O’Connell took control as the two pulled away from the rest of the pack. At the finish, O’Connell bested Mitchell, Belsito, Brown and Adam Gray.

The final finishing order for each of the three segments, and the overall order for the day, is at the bottom of this story.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the track at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire on Saturday, May 8. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit gspss.net.

THE OVERALL FINISH: Angelo Belsito, Devin O’Connell, Gabe Brown, Mike Mitchell, Adam Gray, Alexander Pearl, Tyler Tomassi, Casey Call, Josh King

SEGMENT 1 FINISH: Angelo Belsito, Gabe Brown, Mike Mitchell, Devin O’Connell, Adam Gray, Alexander Pearl, Tyler Tomassi, Casey Call, Josh King

SEGMENT 2 FINISH: Angelo Belsito, Devin O’Connell, Gabe Brown, Adam Gray, Alexander Pearl, Tyler Tomassi, Mike Mitchell

SEGMENT 3 FINISH: Devin O’Connell, Mike Mitchell, Angelo Belsito, Gabe Brown, Adam Gray, Alexander Pearl, Tyler Tomassi 

WOODY PITKAT, STAN MERTZ RACING FINISH SEVENTH AT MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

WINCHESTER, N.H. — After a long day at Monadnock Speedway in the season opener for the Tri Track Open Modified Series, Woody Pitkat and Stan Mertz Racing finished seventh. Pitkat won his qualifying heat, driving the Twisted Tea/Truly Hard Seltzer No. 6 to the front of the 15-lap contest, and in the feature, a mix of ups, and downs, ended with a solid top-10 run to open the six-race Tri Track Series. It was the first of 10 planned events for the Stan Mertz Racing team for the 2021 season.

“It definitely could have been worse, could have been better,” Pitkat said. “The competition out here is no joke. We could have been a 14th place car and we were able to finish seventh. We’re still working out a few bugs, but we will address everything and straighten things out and get ready for the next one.”

Sponsors of the team include Twisted Tea, Truly Hard Seltzer, AXIS Engineering Group, Black and White Grille (Spencer, MA), TowBoatUS, Cape Towing & Salvage, J&S Motors, Pomfret Wine & Spirits, Mike Holmes & Son Excavating, Earnest Performance and Kenneth Blackmer Transport.

The seventh-place effort earned Pitkat and Mertz Racing four points towards the Call Before You Dig Modified Challenge championship, which will be a $8,111 winning prize to the driver that scores the most points between the six Tri Track races and the four Stafford Open Modified 80 events.

Stan Mertz Racing returns to the track on Friday, May 14 at Stafford Motor Speedway for the Call Before You Dig 811 Open Modified 80. For more information on Stan Mertz Racing, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and visit stanmertzracing.com.

SAM RAMEAU GOES BACK-TO-BACK WITH TRI TRACK AT MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza Photo Tom Morris/ Tri Track

WINCHESTER, N.H. — Sam Rameau dominated early, restarted deep in the field after a pit stop, drove to the front, made a pass for the lead, and rolled to Victory Lane. The Westminster, Massachusetts, native, and driver for Rameau Family Motorsports, was victorious in the season-opener for the Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 1. 

In the Wonder Casino 100, Rameau made a late pass on Ron Silk to score the $6,000 winning check — besting more than 30 cars that showed up to the Winchester, New Hampshire oval. Silk crossed the line second, with defending series champion Matt Hirschman third. 

Rameau pitted from the lead, along with the rest of the field, during a caution period just after halfway. He restarted outside the top-15 and his chances of winning at that point appeared slim. But the rising Modified talent worked his way to the front.

“I was just going at my own pace early, and we came in and I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous over the radio,” Rameau said. “With 40 laps to go, I said there was no way we were winning the race. The car just rolled the outside great. We all come here for the same reason. It’s really cool. I just really can’t thank my guys enough. They do a great job.”

Two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore and Les Hinckley finished the top-five. Ben Byrne was sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Anthony Nocella, NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece and Joey Cipriano III. 

Devin O’Connell advanced the most positions during the race, scoring the Green Construction, LLC Hard Charger award, worth $500. Earlier in the day, Justin Bonsignore, Woody Pitkat, Earl Paules and Ben Byrne won heat races, scoring $300 each courtesy of Pepsi and the Pepsi Challenge. Anthony Sesely and Brian Robie also scored $300 each from Pepsi with consi race wins.

The Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to the track at Star Speedway in New Hampshire on Saturday, May 22. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media.

THE FINISH:

  1. Sam Rameau
  2. Ron Silk
  3. Matt Hirschman
  4. Chase Dowling
  5. Les Hinckley
  6. Ben Byrne
  7. Woody Pitkat
  8. Anthony Nocella 
  9. Ryan Preece
  10. Joey Cipriano III
  11. Anthony Sesely
  12. Max Zachem
  13. Devin O’Connell 
  14. Joel Monahan
  15. Chase Dowling
  16. Chris Pasteryak
  17. Kurt Vigeant
  18. Brian Robie 
  19. Doug DiPisa
  20. Richard Savary
  21. Matt Swanson
  22. Matt Kimball
  23. Kirk Alexander
  24. Austin Kochenash
  25. Ronnie Williams
  26. Glen Reen