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JBH 150 at Monadnock Speedway up Next for GSPSS

(Tom Morris/GSPSS photo)

After a long summer break, The Granite State Pro Stock Series gets back to action with one of its biggest events of the season. The JBH 150, at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester NH, is the series annual tribute to one of its founders, John “Boy” Hoyt.

   This event has turned into one of the most anticipated events of the season for the fans, series staff and the competitors. The Wrenn family has stepped up and turned this into a showcase event going 150 green flag laps, paying $3000 to win and $300 to start.

   In 2011 Hoyt and Mike Parks teamed up to run a one off event for pro stock style cars. The event, held at Claremont Motorsports Park, was a huge success and lead to the first GSPSS season the following year.

   “Without Hoyt’s hard work and dedication the series would never have gotten to the point it’s at today” said series co-founder Mike Parks, “and for this reason we celebrate him with this event”. Parks then added “He was a good friend, person and a true racers racer.”

   In the 2018 edition of this event, Devin O’Connell picked up the win holding off a hard charging Todd Stone and Mike O’Sullivan. The win, O’Connells second of the season, helped propel him to the 2018 series championship. O’Connell comes into the 2019 event trying to defend his championship but looking up at the top spot at the midway point of the season.

   For 2019 there are two visits to the high banked quarter mile Monadnock Speedway scheduled. Round one was dominated by Mike O’Sullivan who not only won the race but set fast time in the Crazy Horse Race for the pole and won his heat race. O’Sullivan has multiple Monadnock wins on his resume and knows a repeat of his spring performance will not be easy.

   Joey Doiron comes into the event holding down the lead in the series point standings. Doiron competed in the recently held Motor Mountain Masters at Jennerstown Speedway, during which he got something in his eye and was forced to withdraw early. Doiron hopes the eye is recovered in time for the JBH 150 so he can continue the championship fight.

   Todd Stone comes to Monadnock off a victory in the Jennerstown event and looks to ride the momentum to his second career GSPSS win. 2019 has been a bit of a struggle for the Middlebury VT driver as his team has tried to work the bugs out of a brand new Port City Race Car. With his big win in PA Stone hopes that momentum is on his side.

   In 2019 Jimmy Renfrew Jr has been one of the northeast’s hottest drivers. Podium finishes in street stocks and ACT style late models have come with ease in this year, but a second GSPSS victory has eluded the young driver. He hopes that the JBH 150 can be his breakout pro stock event for 2019.

   Other notables on the entry list include former Monadnock champion and many time winner Barry Gray as well as 2017 JBH winner Josh King. Both former regulars at the Winchester oval have had their struggles this season. They look for a home town advantage to help turn around their seasons and get them back running up front. King currently sits fifth in the point standings but would like to pick up his first podium finish in 2019.

   Rookie competitor Jake Matheson looks to make his series return at Monadnock. His team was forced to make a trip to NC for chassis repairs after a grinding wreck in the Lee event and didn’t have their car ready to go to Hudson. Matheson finished solidly in the top ten the first time the series visited Monadnock and is looking for his first top five finish in a full sized car.

   Racing at Monadnock Speedway will kick off at 5:00 on Saturday August 17 with the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole followed by heat races and the 150 lap feature event. For more information check out Monadnock Speedway at www.monadnockspeedway.com or the Granite State Pro Stock Series at www.gspss.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Patnode Wins Rain Shortened Firecracker At Monadnock

Winchester, NH. – Persistent rain showers with heat and high humidity didn’t stop Monadnock Speedway management Saturday from going forward as planned, but Mother Nature finally won out with the last downpour forcing the annual ‘Firecracker 100’ stopped on Lap-66, with local favorite Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, leading the race and declared the winner. Patnode won the same race last year.

Patnode took the lead on lap-25 when he passed pole sitter Les Hinckley, a 19-time series winner, making his first start of the season.

Patnode addressed the way the race went for him. “When I went out earlier I told the crew I didn’t think I would ride tonight like we normally do because I was afraid the weather would come in so I guess we were right on that so we went a little early.”

The Swanzey, NH, oilman added, “the car started to go away a little bit- right near the end and I don’t know why but the tire is on the rim over in tech I guess that’s my answer – a tire going down.”

The veteran driver concluded, “ It’s just great to be back racing with the Valenti bunch it’s a great bunch of guys- the series is awesome. They waited it out to get it in for us my hats off to the series and the track.”

The victory is Patnode’s fifth series win that ties him with Andy Seuss and Ted Christopher on the series all- time win list.  He also ties Dwight Jarvis with five wins at Monadnock.

Jeffrey Gallup, who scored his first series win this season, finished a solid second, with Rob Richardi Jr, third, for his best finish of the season.

Hinckley and Brian Robie rounded out the top five.

Sixth through tenth were Ronnie Williams, Kirk Alexander, Joey Kendall, Geoff Rollins, and Ben Byrne.

Heat races were won by Hinckley and Robie.

Nine cars were on the lead lap when the race was stopped

Next Event: Lee USA Speedway

July 12, 2019

Twin 50-lap Features

Post Time: 7 00 PM

Race Summary

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH.

July 6, 2019

Race # 6

Entrants: 18

Distance: 100-laps    Stopped On Lap 66 (Rain)

Lap Leaders:  Hinckley (1-24), Patnode (25-66)

Cautions Flags: Laps 9, 66

Margin of Victory: 2.071

Best Lap Time: 12.917: Gallup

Best Speed: 69.676: Gallup  

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Patnode, (2) Gallup, (3) Richardi,

 (4) Hinckley, (5) Robie, (6) Williams, (7) Alexander (8) Kendall,

(9) (Rollins,) (10) Byrne,(11) Bolton, (12) Robbie, (13) Sontag

(14) Willis, 15 (Lashua) (16) Sherman, 17) Rock, (18) Accardi

O’Sullivan to GSPSS Victory Lane in the O’Reilly Auto parts 100

O’Sullivan Victorious at Monadnock Speedway

On Sat May 25 the Granite State Pro Stock Series Invaded the Monadnock Speedway and for the third time at the Swanzey bull ring it was Mike O’Sullivan in victory lane.

    O’Sullivan started the day the best way possible, by eclipsing the track record by a full tenth of a second in the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole. He was rewarded with a prize of $125.00 and the right to start on the pole for heat race #1.

    The first of two heat races went to O’Sullivan who lead every lap while Joey Doiron was able to use his second starting position to win the second heat race.

    The redraw put three time winner Matt Frahm on the pole with Tommy Rosati to his outside for the start of the 100 lap main event. Frahm was able to take advantage and get to the lead on the initial start while Rosatti settled into the top five for the early part of the race.

    In the early going it was DJ Shaw in his Gomarlo’s Supermarket entry who was on the move. Shaw started on the outside of row two, dropped a spot at the start, and then worked his way quickly to the lead.

   Once Shaw took the lead it looked like it was going to be his race to win as he lead most of the first half of the race by as much as a full straightaway. Just past half way Shaw suddenly lost pace and second place O’Sullivan was able to run him down from 15 car lengths back in just a handful of laps.

   Off of turn two Shaw spun to the infield, the final result of a flat rear tire. On the ensuing restart O’Sullivan was shown as the leader and was never really challenged for the remainder of the race.

   Behind him, the racing for position was absolutely furious as positions two through seven where hotly contested and Shaw was charging back to the front wasting no time passing cars as quickly as he caught them.

   In the end it was Mike O’Sullivan taking down the win and getting the accolades in victory lane. “Thanks to my Dad and this team we had a great car” said O’Sullivan in victory lane. “Jaimie Rouleau built us a new set of shocks for this race and they were awesome, and the whole team did a fantastic job preparing this car.”

   Shaw got as far forward as second at the end and was understandably disappointed afterwards. “It’s deja vu all over again, Second to Mike O’Sullivan” said a frustrated Shaw after the race. “We really wanted to come here and win this race and I think we had the fastest car”.

    Joey Doiron Stayed out of trouble and ran a consistent race coming home in third. “We are still trying to figure the track out” stated Doiron. When it was pointed out that he would have 150 laps in August to figure it out Doiron responded with a wry grin and said “I don’t know if that’s good or not but I’m sure we’ll have a good car.”

    Jimmy Renfrew Jr who struggled at Monadnock one year ago had a great run passing the most cars and finishing fourth while the winner of Monadnocks lone 2018 event, Devin O’Connell, rounded out the top five.

    Ray Christian III, Jake Matheson, Josh King, Dennis Spencer and Tommy Rosati rounded out the top ten.

    Up next for the GSPSS is a trip to Groveton NH’s Speedway 51 for a 100 lap event on Sat June 15. Jeremy Davis will be returning to the track where he nearly lapped the field in a dominant victory.

    The series will also return to Monadnock for the JBH 150 where they honor one of the founders of the series, John “Boy” Hoyt. An increased purse as well as an additional 50 laps should make for a most exciting event.

    Check out the series at www.gspss.nes or on Facebook, Twitter and now on Snapchat.

Granite State Pro Stock Series specialty awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award $100.00: 1x Todd Stone

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap $75.00: 29 Barry Gray

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher $75.00: 52 Jake Matheson

American Racer N.E Hard Charger one free tire: 00 Jimmy Renfrew

Sunoco Heat Race Winners 5 Gallons Sunoco Fuel: #1 08 MikeO’Sullivan #2 Joey Doiron

VDL 5th Place $100.00: 43 Devin O’Connell

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Award

1st Mike O’Sullivan $125.00

2nd D.J. Shaw $75.00

3rd Ray Christian III $50.00

Official finishing order:

1 – 08 Mike O’Sullivan

2 – 60 DJ Shaw

3 – 73 Joey Doiron

4 – 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

5 – 43 Devin O’Connell

6 – 93ct Ray Christian III

7 – 52 Jake Matheson

8 – 21 Josh King

9 – 46 Dennis Spencer JR

10 – 16 Tommy Rosati

11 -14 Matt Frahm

12 – 12 Bobby Pelland

13 – 29 Barry Gray

14 – 17 Kevin Foland

15 – 31 Luke Hinkley

16 – 21ct Jacob Perry

17 – 90 Craig Weinstein

18 – 1x Todd Stone

Dns – 40 Mike mitchell