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Rocky Ridge 150 goes to DJ Shaw again

Tom Morris/GSPSS photos

Claremont NH – DJ Shaw continued his mastery of Claremont Speedway going two for two in the Rocky Ridge 150. The Conway NH driver took home the richest purse of the season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series for the second year in a row.

   The evening’s competition began with the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole and once again it was Joey Doiron setting fast time. Doiron has become the master of time trialing in 2019 and when asked how, he said “we found a couple of things we were doing wrong so we changed what we do”.  “The big thing is what we do with our tires before time trials” he added.

   After time trials where a pair of heat races and in both, the competition was fierce. DJ Shaw was able come out on top of the first heat while the fastest man in practice, Angelo Belsito, picked up the win in heat number two.

   Up next was the Rocky Ridge 150 with a cool five grand on the line. After the GSPSS redraw the front row was made up of point leader Joey Doiron and Rhode Island driver Mike Mitchell. Doiron would get away with the early lead until a lap four caution for the spinning Angelo Belsito.

   Just two more cautions would fly between lap four and lap one thirty four. In that time four drivers would separate themselves from the rest of the field. Eventual winner DJ Shaw, Mike O’Sullivan, Hometown driver Luke Hinkley and Doiron would all lead laps and at times seem to be the car to beat.

   Over the last 16 laps the intensity level would be on the rise. Several cautions for action in the middle of the pack would keep the front four bunched up and cause the lead to change several times. In the end it would come down to a battle between Shaw and O’Sullivan as they lined up side by side for the last few restarts.

   In the end Shaw would win the final restart and as a result the race. In Victory lane Shaw spoke highly of the event that series president Mike Parks is building. “I love this place and this event is really cool. Mike O’Sullivan raced me with total respect like he always does and we were able to win this event both times it has happened”. Shaw then added “I can’t wait to come back and try to win the third one”

   O’Sullivan chased Shaw to the checkers while Luke Hinkley would end the day in third. Hinkley in victory lane for the first time with his three week old son was a picture of mixed emotions. “We tightened the car up just a little too much” said Hinkley in Victory lane. “It’s cool to have my son here for the first time but we really wanted to win. We’ll get one” he added.

   Pole sitter and point’s leader Doiron would keep the leaders in sight but had nothing for them in the end finishing fourth. After a steady run, defending champion Devin O’Connell would round out the top five as he tries to chase down Doiron for the 2019 championship.

   Mike Mitchell would battle all night long to finish sixth just ahead of Jimmy Renfrew JR and Ray Christian III in seventh and eighth. Ricky Bly and Cory Casagrande, both making just their second starts of the season, would complete the top ten.

   Up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the fendered Friday portion of the annual Star Classic at the Star Speedway in Epping NH. The Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole is scheduled for just before 7:00 with heats and features to follow.

   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: 52 Jake Matheson $100.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: 88 Kevin Casper $75.00

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

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: 08 Mike O’Sullivan One Free Tire at the next event

Sunoco Heat Race Winners :

#1 60 DJ Shaw 5 gal Sunoco Race Fuel

#2 8 Angelo Belsito 5 Gal Sunoco Race Fuel

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

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time:

73 Joey Doiron $125.00

8 Angelo Belisito $75.00

60 DJ Shaw $50.00

Rocky Ridge 150 Official Finish

1- 60 DJ Shaw

2- 08 Mike O’Sullivan

3- 31 Luke Hinkley

4- 73 Joey Doiron

5- 43 Devin O’Connell

6- 40 Mike Mitchell

7- 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

8- 93 Ray Christian III

9- 28 Ricky Bly

10- 7 Cory Casagrande

11- 14 Matt Frahm

12- 21 Josh King

13- 88 Kevin Casper

14- 12 Bobby Pelland

15- 8 Angelo Belsito

16- 47 Gabe Brown

17- 03 Joe Squeglia

18- 52 Jake Matheson

19- 29 Barry Gray

20- 16 Austin Blais

21- 09 Jeremy Davis

Rocky Ridge 150 up next for the GSPSS

Tom Morris/GSPSS photo

Up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the second annual Rocky Ridge 150 at the Claremont Motorsports Park in Claremont NH. This is the second year for what is fast becoming the series’ most anticipated event, and with the winner’s share of the purse being upped to $5000, excitement is high.

  For the second year in a row Springfield GMC and their Rocky Ridge line up of trucks have come on board as the title sponsor for this event. Springfield GMC will be offering some fantastic deals on the full line of Rocky Ridge trucks as well as deals on any new or used vehicle in their inventory. Race fans will also have the opportunity to purchase the GSPSS 2019 pace truck at a greatly reduced price.

  Last year’s event was settled between Jeremy Davis and eventual winner DJ Shaw in a battle for the ages. The two rivals battled side by side on the tight third mile oval for most of the second half of the event, showing a great deal of respect for each other the whole time. In victory lane both competitors talked about how much fun they had and neither could remember racing that hard in a long time.

  For 2019 the series has upped the purse, upped the laps and upped the intensity. An additional fifty laps and more prize money spread throughout the finishing order has caught the eye of many competitors from throughout New England and beyond.

  Several local competitors have filed entries including Luke Hinkley who will try to welcome his new son to the racing world with a win. Hinkley was in contention for most of the 2019 event but faded late and hopes to pick up his first win in a pro stock at his home track.

  Ricky Bly returns to GSPSS competition for this event. The Sunapee NH driver has been running his L.M.S. car this summer but hopes to run several GSPSS races this fall. Also entered is Guy Caron who hopes to contend at the track that he grew up racing at as he makes a rare start in his pro stock.

  Joey Doiron returns to the third mile speed plant as the point leader and the most recent GSPSS winner at the third mile oval. Doiron chose to start at the rear and drove all the way to the win last time the series raced in Claremont. The driver from the state of Maine made it look fairly easy and picked up an extra $1000 in the process. He will be challenged by the likes of Davis, Matt Frahm, Hinkley and Ray Christian III who will be breaking out a new car for this event.

  Other notables expected include 2018 series champ Devin O’Connell, two time series champ Mike O’Sullivan, and many time Claremont Motorsports Park winner Barry Gray and former track regular Josh King. A surprise entry is Joe Squeglia and his 03 team. Squeglia is a multi-time series winner and normally only competes at the Lee, Star and Waterford Speedbowl events. The Derry NH driver will try to take the win and its $5000 prize back to southern NH with him.

  Joining the action on Sunday September 1st will be a five other divisions. There will be two Battle for the Belt races as the Mini Stocks will make their only visit of the season to the NH speed plant and the Street Stocks will go 73 laps in memory of the late Richard Tetreault. Both races are expected to draw healthy fields of cars and the Street Stocks will see an increased payout due to the efforts of Joe Tetreault and Mike Parks who have come together to make this race a fitting tribute to a great husband, father, grandfather and a true racer.  A top prize of at least $1000 has been announced to go along with numerous bonus payouts and money for the top three heat race finishers.

  Also in action will be the Granite State Legends in a national event qualifier which is expected to bring competitors from Connecticut, Maine and all states in between. The always exciting Pro Truck Challenge will be in action and the night will conclude with a wild and crazy red neck enduro.

  Racing will kick off at 4:45pm with The Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole followed by heat races and all of the feature action. Adult tickets will be just $20, six to twelve will be $10 and under six free.

  Pre Entry List (As of 8/28)

1.      43  Devin O’Connell

2.      21  Josh King

3.      1x  Todd Stone

4.      00  Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

5.      14  Matt Frahm

6.      08  Mike O’Sullivan

7.      93  Ray Christian III

8.      16  Tommy Rosati

9.      73  Joey Doiron

10.  52  Jake Matheson

11.  46  Dennis Spencer Jr.

12.  29  Barry Gray

13.  8   Angelo Belsito

14.  12  Bobby Pelland

15.  40  Mike Mitchell

16.  09  Jeremy Davis

17.  7   Cory Casagrande

18.  03  Joe Squeglia

19.  8   Guy Caron

20.  28  Ricky Bly

21.  31  Luke Hinkley

22.  16  Austin Blais

For more information got to GSPSS.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.