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GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES RETURNS TO STAR SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

WALPOLE, N.H. — Granite State Pro Stock Series race teams are heading to Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire, for the third race of the season on Saturday, May 8. Coming off successful events at Stafford Motor Speedway and Monadnock Speedway — won by Joey Pole and Angelo Belsito — the series hits the New Hampshire oval for the Hedges Excavating 100 for the first of two visits in 2021. The second visit will come on Friday, September 17, as part of the annual Star Classic. 

If the finish to the Star Classic 100 last year is any indication, the Pro Stock battle should be one to remember. Former series champions Pole and Derek Griffith battled side-by-side for the final 10 laps in the race last September, and Pole is heading back to Star looking to make it two-for-two. Pole didn’t compete at Monadnock, but picked up the win at Stafford on April 24.

Belsito, who was victorious at Monadnock in a new triple-20 lap feature format, looks for his first win at Star’s tricky oval. After two races, he sits second in the championship standings, four points behind former series champion Devin O’Connell. Devin, who finished seventh at Stafford, and second at Monadnock, looks to get the checkered flag at Star in his quest to become champion again.

The entry list also includes Gabe Brown, the youngest Pro Stock champion in the history of Oxford Plains Speedway. Behind the wheel of his No. 61, Brown has shown plenty of speed in the first two stops of the season. He is joined by hometown favorite Bryan Kruczek, who will wheel the No. 19 Vynorius machine owned by Bobby Webber for 100 laps. The former American-Canadian Tour and Lee USA Speedway winner looks to score his first Granite State victory on Saturday. 

Add names like Tyler Tomassi, Casey Call, Josh King, Mike Mitchell and Luke Hinkley and you have a variety of rising stars and veterans. Jacob Dore and Bobby Cabral are set to return to series competition, while Kevin Casper, TJ Bleau, Evan Beaulieu and Derek Gluchacki are also among those registered. 

There will be a practice night on Friday, May 7, but all qualifying and feature racing will take place on Saturday, May 8. Practice begins at 12:25 p.m., with one session lasting 25 minutes and another lasting 25 minutes shortly after. Time trials will take place at 1:30 p.m., while qualifying heat races and the Hedges Excavating 100 will follow. 

Tickets are $25 for adults, with seniors, juniors and military set for $20. Star Speedway will offer fans $5 off if they “check in” to the track on Facebook and show the folks at the ticket booth.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit gspss.net and follow the series on social media.

Tyler Tomassi Looks To Break Into Victory Lane With GSPSS at Star Speedway

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza Photo Tom Morris

WALPOLE, N.H. — Rising Super Late Model driver Tyler Tomassi will look to break into Victory Lane for the first time with the Granite State Pro Stock Series this Saturday, May 8 at Star Speedway. Although Tomassi has no previous laps at Star, he’s hoping to become a quick study of the tricky New Hampshire oval and be there at the end of the Hedges Excavating 100.

“Having never been to Star before, I’ve been watching videos of the races and I think with any new track it’s going to be a challenge to learn,” Tomassi said. “I’m excited to see how this one goes.”

In his first two starts of the season with the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Tomassi had a 16th place finish at Stafford Motor Speedway and a 7th place run at Monadnock Speedway. Through two races, he does sit sixth in the championship standings. 

“We’ve had some setup problems the last two races but I’m pretty confident that this team will be able to figure it out,” Tomassi said. “We found many things wrong with the car after the race at Monadnock, and we have fixed them, which will definitely make us more competitive this weekend. It’s important for my career to run with the Granite State Pro Stock Series, to help with learning how to drive new tracks every week and go up against the best of the best. I’ve always wanted to run with Granite State since I started racing, as I would always look forward to their show at Seekonk Speedway. I’m thankful for the opportunity to run this season.”

With 13 races remaining on the GSPSS schedule, starting with this Saturday at Star Speedway, Tomassi is hoping to improve on his finishes, earn his first career top-five and chase that elusive first win. His background includes Bandolero race cars at Seekonk Speedway, Late Models at Seekonk and across New England, and now, Pro Stocks.

“The goals for the season are to finish every race and take what the car will give me,” Tomassi said. “I feel like as long as we keep it clean every race, we will keep improving and get a good points finish. As the year goes on, maybe we will be able to grab our first victory — but right now we need to just focus on getting some solid, consistent runs under our belt.”

Without the support from his entire family, supporters, friends and sponsors, Tomassi wouldn’t be able to compete at a high-level with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

“I have to thank my dad, my mom, my crew members, just everyone,” Tomassi said. “Emily, Grant, Ray, my spotter, Michael, my girlfriend Kaitlyn… the team has been working very hard every week on and off the track and it wouldn’t be possible without them.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the track for race three of the season on Saturday, May 8 at Star Speedway — the Hedges Excavating 100. Practice begins at 12:20 p.m., with time trials set for 1:30 p.m., and qualifying heat races and the 100-lap feature to follow. The estimated green flag for the race is 5:15 p.m., and it will air to a live audience on Speed51.TV.

For more information on Star Speedway, visit StarSpeedwayNH.com. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit gspss.net and follow the series on social media.

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