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Darling Triumphant inGSPSS R eturn to Speedbowl

The Granite State Pro Stock Series made a triumphant return to the New London Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday evening and it was Seekonk Massachusettes Dave Darling coming out on top of a stacked field.

Under race day perfect skies, the GSPSS kicked off the show with The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge. Twenty two cars took time and it was Angelo Belsito setting the GSPSS Speedbowl track record with a time of 14.681 seconds. Jake Matheson and Dave Darling would complete the top three in time trials with Belsito and Matheson leading a pair of heat races to the green flag.

In both heats it would be the outside pole sitter who would get the jump and lead all the laps. Darling in heat one and point leader Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk in heat two would take convincing wins and head to the redraw with the rest of the top four out of each heat.

In The Granite State Pro Stock Series redraw the ping pong balls would favor Ray Christain III putting him on the pole position at his home race track, just a couple of miles from where he lives. The Crazy Horse racing team had high hopes and a large guest list as family, friends and sponsors flocked to see the home town boy race.

Early in the going the race looked like it would be a battle between “Pole” and DJ Shaw, making a rare 2020 appearance with the series. A rash of early cautions would slow the action repeatedly and keep the field bunched tightly together.

The ugliest incident of the day would include Second place point man Christain III and Cory Bubar. Contact with the front stretch wall would send Bubar into Christain with both cars hitting the wall head on in turn one. Both drivers would walk away but their race and possibly Christain’s championship aspirations would be over.

As the race reached the one third mark Angelo Belsito, third in the point standings, had moved forward to challenge for the top spot. He and “Pole” battled for a number of laps but a rare mistake on the part of the point leader would send Belsito spinning, drawing the caution and relegating both drivers to the rear of the field.

This would move Seekonk Champion Dave Darling to the point and he would never look back. Leading by as much as three seconds, Darling would lead to the finish.

Ryan Kuhn, Fresh off a third place finish at star would mount a late race charge to finish second with  Gabe Brown in third. Brown would battle back after contact with a lapped car sent him to the rear of the field early in the event.

Two time series champion Mike O’Sullivan would battle all night, bringing home a solid top five finish in fourth and rookie Casey Call would complete the top five. Call would run second for much of the race but run out of tires late and fall back at the finish.

Sixth would go to Tom Scully Jr in his first 2020 start. He would lead “Pole” and Belsito across the line with Shaw struggling home to a ninth place finish and Craig Weinstein completing the top ten.

Up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is Russ Conways Oktoberfest at The Lee USA Speedway in Lee NH. The series will run the entirety of its program on Sunday October fourth. The series will return to The New London Waterford Speedbowl to crown its champion on Saturday October 24th.

For more information visit the series at www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Results:

1 – 52 Dave Darling

2 – 72 Ryan Kuhn

3 – 47 Gabe Brown

4 – 08 Mike O’Sullivan

5 – 90nh Casey Call

6 – 2 Tom Scully Jr

7 – 97 Joey Polewarczyk

8 – 8b Angelo Belsito

9 – 60 DJ Shaw

10 – 90 Craig Weinstein

11 – 40 Mike Mitchell

12 – 31nh Luke Hinkley

13 – 76ri Tyler Tomassi

14 – 12p Bobby Pelland

15 – 87 Alexander Pearl

16 – 16 Kevin Folan

17 – 16 Kyle Harvell

18 – 12b Cory Bubar

19 – 93ct Ray Christian III

20 – 29Adam Gray

21 – 52nh Jake Matheson

22 – 16ma Austin Blais

Contingency Awards :

Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – 52 Dave Darling, 97 Joey Polewarczyk

AR Bodies hard luck award – $100 product certificate – 52nh Jake Matheson

Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – 1st $125 – 8b Angelo Belsito – 2nd $75 – 52nh Jake Matheson – 3rd $50 – 52 Dave Darling

Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 97 Joey Polewarczyk

Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 52 Dave Darling – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event

     American Racer Hard Charger – one free tire – 72 Ryan Kuhn

Speed 51 leader at lap 51 – $51 – 97 Joey Polewarczyk

Granite State Pro Stock Series Headed Back to New London Waterford Speedbowl

On Saturday September 26 the Granite State Pro Stock Series will return to the newly remodeled New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford Connecticut. The last event held at the Speedbowl was on October 20, 2018 and it was a thrilling race featuring a side by side battle between veteran Ben Rowe and then newcomer Ray Christain III.

                Christain III comes back to his home track second in points for the first time in 2020 and looks to use home track advantage to retake the lead. The Uncasville CT driver grew up racing at the Speedbowl and couldn’t be happier that the series is going back.

                Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk has a stellar record at the southern CT Speed plant and will arrive as the new GSPSS point’s leader. In four starts there in late models, the Hudson NH driver has scored three wins and looks to continue that pattern of success. Coming off a thrilling victory at the Star Classic, “Pole” holds a slim two point lead over Christain III with just three races to go in the 2020 season.

                Angelo Belsito went to Star Speedway a relatively close third in the point standings but unfortunately had a difficult night at the classic. The Auburn MA driver struggled to a disappointing eleventh place finish dropping him back in the standings. He will head to Waterford thirty eight points behind the leader.

                A number of drivers with ties to Seekonk Speedway will make the short trip to Waterford. Ryan Kuhn comes off a great run at Star while Austin Blais and Tom Scully have both registered to compete for the first time this year. Also registered is defending Seekonk champion Dave Darling while Bobby Pelland and Kevin Casper have run partial GSPSS schedules this season and have filed entries for this event.

                Maine’s Larry Gelinas has filed his entry to compete in the famed Lindblad #48.  The pair have had decent results since reuniting part way through the season and look to improve on their results at the CT seashore oval. Also from Maine, Corey Bubar has entered to compete with the series for the second time this year.

                Other drivers entered include young guns Jake Matheson, coming off a top five finish at Star, along with rookie Casey Call, local driver Tyler Tomassi and SK Lite standout Alexander Pearl.

                Wayne Helliwell has entered and will be joined by Luke Hinkley, two time champ Mike O’Sullivan and other former champions Devin O’Connell and Barry Gray. DJ Shaw will come to Waterford looking for his second series win of the season while fellow Dale Shaw Race Cars driver Gabe Brown will be looking for his first career win.

                Kyle Harvell has entered to compete for the second time in 2020. He will make the boat ride across from East Islip NY on Long Island. Harvell hasn’t competed since the opening round at Claremont Motorsports Park and looks to improve after struggling at the tricky third mile.

Post time for this event will be 4:00 starting with The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge. Heat races will then be run followed by the GSPSS redraw for the top three from each heat. A consolation round will then be run if needed followed by the 150 lap main event.

For more information go to www.gspss.net or www.speedbowlct.com. you can also check out both on their various social media outlets.

Mark Panaroni Takes John Curry Memorial, 46-lap Mini-Stock feature At the Speedbowl

WATERFORD — Mark Paneroni doesn’t have perfect attendance this season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. But he does have perfect results.Panaroni won his third Mini Stock feature in three outings Saturday. This win, however, was more special than the nine career wins that preceded it. Panaroni had to dominate for 46 laps in the inaugural John Curry Sr. Memorial. The race was held in memory of Curry, a good will ambassador at the Speebowl for many years who passed away on Nov. 4. He was the father of Mini Stock competitor Doug Curry, who finished second to Panaroni.


Andrew Molleur won the SK Modified feature in a thrilling inside last-lap pass. Jason Palmer made a late-race outside move to chalk up his third win of the year in the Late Models. Other winners Saturday were Al Stone in the Sportsmen, Jacob Perry in the SK Lites, Jordan Churchill in the Legends, Joe Kohler in the Open Street Stocks and Brett Meservey in the Pro-4 Modifieds.


The crown jewel of the night was the Curry Memorial, dominated by Panaroni.J “My hat’s off to Doug,” Panaroni said in victory lane. “It’s special to win a race in his father’s memory.” It wasn’t easy. Panaroni started 12th, but had moved into the Top 5 by lap 10. He surged into the lead on lap 24 and pulled away after that. He is driving a car owned by former Mini Stock drover Sean Caron. Curry started seventh in the field and worked his way up to second, but couldn’t get close enough to Panaroni to make a serious challenge. “I think we have some work to do to catch up to that 52 car,” said Curry, referring to Panaroni. Chris Garside, driving a team car to Curry, started 22nd and finished eighth to win the Hard Charger Award.


Andrew Molleur saved his best lap for the final lap of the SK Modified featured as he whirl-winded his way past leader Tim Jordan on the final lap to pull out the win. Jordan had taken the lead from Kyle James, but lost at the wire to Molleur, who had won races at the Speedbowl in four divisions — SK Modifieds, SK Lites, Legends and Bandoleros.
“It’s been a real rough series for my dad because we’ve had the worst luck in racing,” Molleur said, “but a win like this could change the entire morale of the team.”

Palmer maintained his hot hand in the Late Models, coming from behind to surge past leader Ryan Morgan late in the race following a double-file restart. “The lanes went the way we needed and we were able move to the front,” Palmer said. “We got a late restart and we capitalized on it to get around Morgan.” On the last lap, Morgan tried to rumble underneath Palmer, but came up short. “I figured I would give it a crossover move, but my car was just too free,” Morgan said.


Four-time Speedbowl champ Al Stone wheeled past Shawn Gaedeke to rack up his second win of the season. Stone started fifth in the field while Gaedeke battled Jon Porter for the early lead. After hanging around in the middle of the pack for the first 10 laps, Stone started to charge through the field and took the lead on lap 15. It was Stone’s 56th career win.


Jacob Perry, in his first Speedbowl SK Lite start, made it a memorable one as he fought off rookies Jason Chapman and  Tyler Barry to get to the winners’ circle. Perry, who has won in the Bandoleros and Mini Stocks prior to his SK Lite win, charged past Chapman late in the race to notch the win. “Jason Chapman put up a great battle,” Perry said. “I had to work hard to beat him. “This proves that hard work does pay off.”


It also paid off for Jordan Churchill, who whirled past Corey Caddick to get the lead, and then held off Brandon Martinez down the stretch to win the 25-lap Legends feature. Joe Kohler has only raced at the Speedbowl four times, but already has learned how to use the inside groove to his advantage. He blasted underneath Dave Gargago on Lap 17 to win the 25-lap Open Street Stock feature. It was his second consecutive win.


The Pro-4 Modified made their first appearance at the Speedbowl, which was a good thing for Brett Meservey, who was in control for the entire race. “The car was on rails tonight,” Meservey said. “It wasn’t that good in practice, but we made a few adjustments and they worked.”


Racing continues Saturday with the first Bob Potter Memorial, a 102-lap SK Modified event that will pay $5,100 to win.

Feature Results 9/12/2020


John Curry Memorial, 46-lap Mini-Stock feature: 1. Mark Panaroni, Ivorytown; 2. Doug Curry, Groton; 3. Jared Roy, Sterling; 4. Larry Loomis, Plainfield; 5. Bill Sylvia, Preston;  6. Dylan DeCoster, Waterford; 7. Kevin Moore, Moosup; 8. Chris Garside, Groton; 9. Nick Pappacoda; North Branford;  10. Chris Taylor. East Lyme.


35-lap SK Modifeds: 1. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 2. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield; 3. Kyle James, Ashaway RI; 4. Bryan Narducci, Colchester; 5. Anthony Bello; Newtown; 6. Bill Anderson, Wolcott; 7. Adam Gada, Bozrah; 8. Joe Gada, Salem; 9. Paul Buzel, Trumbull; 10. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry.


30-Lap Late Models: 1. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 2. Ryan Morgan, North Franklin; 3. Charlie Rose, Tiverton, RI;  4, Jordan Hadley, Groton; 5. Tyler Tomassi, West Greenich RI;  6. Charles Bailey III, Lisbon; 7. Glenn Boss, Danielson; 8. Brad Caddick, Wyoming, RI; 91. Michael Anderson, Brooklyn; 10. Mike Mitchell, N/A.


25-lap SK Lites: 1. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck; 2. Tyler Barry, Preston; 3. Jason Chapman, Ellington; 4. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 5. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 6. Sami Anderson, Wolcott; 7. Robert Bloxom, Stratford; 8. Alan Gombos. Monroe; 9. John O’Sullivan III Salem; 10. Anthony Marvin, Waterford..


25-lap Sportsman: 1. Al Stone, Durham; 2. Shawn Gaedeke, Montville; 3. Ryan Morgan, North Franklin, Mass.; 4. Aaron Plemons, Uncasville; 5. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 6. Chris Douton, Niantic; 7. Kyle Gero. Uncasville;  8. Walt Hovey, Chaplan; 9. Nate Taylor, Preston; 10. Rit Shawn, Westerly, Rhode Island.


25-lap Legends: 1. Jordan Churchill, Groton; 2. Brandon Martinez, Richmond RI;  3. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 4. Shileigh Martinez, Richmond RI;  5. Corey Caddick; Wyoming RI; 6. Brendon Hamman, N/A; 7. Gio Riggiero, Seekonk, Mass.;  8. Zachary Martinez, Richmond RI;  9. Corey Fanning, Mapleville RI; 10. Wade Demke, N/A.

25-lap Open Street Stock: 1. Joe Kohler, Cranston, RI;  2. Dave Gargaro, East Lyme; ; 3. Corey Fanning, Mapleville RI; 4. Jon Porter, East Lyme; 5. Chris Rioux, N/A;  6. Vince Pangelinan, N/A; 7. Scott Serydynski, Johnston RI; 8. Chris Gomes, N/A; 9. Robert Arsenault, N/A; 10. Joe Arena., Berlin.

25-lap Pro Four: 1. Brett Meservey; 2. Randy Cabral; 3. Allen Riser; 4. Ben Ashford; 5. Henry Sirignano; 6. Rich Cail; 7. Ryan McPartland; 8. Julian Gorman; 9. Doug Merservey; 10. John Dumas.