Category Archives: GSPSS- Granite State pro Stock Series

GSPSS headed to Beech Ridge speedway for the first time

For the first time ever The Granite State Pro Stock Series heads for the famed Beech Ridge Speedway in Scarborough Maine. This will be the third appearance for the series in the state of Maine and the first since 2017 and everyone involved couldn’t be more excited.

   Ray Christian III leads the series regulars into this event. The Uncasville CT driver has already scored two wins in 2020 and looks to extend his point lead over Angelo Belsito and Joey Polewarczyk. Christain III used a recent weekly race to gain some experience at a track where he has very little. Belsito sits second in points, having scored two wins of his own, having never seen the facility while Polewarczyk has many laps there in a late model.

   Rookie of the year candidate Casey Call will be making the trip to Maine. Call has shown an ability to take care of his equipment and be running at the end of races in 2020. He has many laps at the track in a Legends car and looks to use his experience to his advantage. A broken part at Monadnock nearly ended his day but an impressive effort by his team got him on track and the NH teenager wound up with a solid finish.

   Also entered are 2019 co-rookies of the year Bobby Pelland and Jake Matheson. Pelland has run a limited schedule in 2020 while Matheson has had a solid year with consistent finishes and fourth in the points headed to Beech Ridge.

   Dave Darling has filed his entry to compete in the Beech Ridge 150. The many time Seekonk Speedway champion will be making his first start with the series in 2020. He too competed in a recent pro series event at the track as a tune up to refine the setup of his car. His good friend Derek Ramstrom has also filed an entry.

   Beech Ridge is one of two tracks that the series visits with a weekly pro stock division. As a result a number of local competitors have entered and expect to do well against the series regulars.

   Former Beech Ridge champion Dan McKeage will compete in his second GSPSS event of the season. The 2010 Pro Series champion ran the season opener at Claremont Motorsports Park and looks for better results at his home track.

   Rusty Poland, Corey Bubar and Trevor Sandborn have all run well in the races held at the track this year. Bubar and Sanborn have both scored wins while Poland has finished in the runner up position in each of the last two events. All three will look to defend the honor of their home track.

   Other drivers who have competed regularly at Beech Ridge in 2020 and have entered the Beech Ridge 150 are David Oliver, Gary Smith, Evan Beaulieu and Joey Pastore. All will be looking to use their experience at the speedway to take home their first series win.

   A pair of drivers local to the speedway with experience on the series are 2019 Champion Joey Doiron and Ryan Green. The two good friends both used last weeks race as a test session in hopes of taking home the $3000 top prize. Both look forward to racing close to home.

   This event will combine Thursday night race divisions with the Beech Ridge Saturday night divisions. Gates will open for GSPSS competitors at 9:00am with series practice going on track at about 11:30. Thursday night cars will race at 2:30 followed by The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge for the pro stocks. GSPSS heat races and the 150 lap feature will follow mixed in with the tracks remaining Saturday night divisions.

  For more information go to www.gspss.net or www.beechridge.com.  You can also check both the track and series out on their various social media platforms.

GSPSS headed to Monadnock Speedway

The Granite State Pro Stock Series heads to one of the original tracks on the schedule as they make their first and possibly only visit to the quarter mile bull ring Friday August first. The Winchester NH oval was one of the first facilities to sign on with the then fledgling series and has been a staple ever since.

Mike O’Sullivan picked up his only win of the 2019 campaign at the tricky high banked oval and returns, hoping to turn his 2020 season around. The two time series champion scored a top five finish at the second round at Claremont but has struggled to get the finishes hes expects in his other two starts.

DJ Shaw is expected to compete this weekend at a track where the win has eluded him thus far. Shaw has had the dominant car in recent events at the Monadnock high banks but bad luck has derailed his efforts. Although the Precision JLM team has yet to file an entry, they have stated that they intend to race.

Ray Christian III leads the way in the 2020 point standings but only by fourteen points over Joey Polewarczyk. Angelo Belsito sits twenty four markers back on the heels of two straight wins. All three will take their fight to Monadnock where none of the three have ever won and Christian III is the only one to ever race there.

Rookie Competitors Casey Call and Cody Leblanc both plan to attend this event as they battle for rookie of the year honors along with Ryan Lineham. All three have posted solid finishes this year and look to continue to learn at a track that is traditionally tough on rookies. Lineham has yet to officially enter but has stated he intends to be there.

Josh King is a former winner at Monadnock and had a very successful test at the quarter mile bull ring before kicking off his season. King looks to get back to victory lane for the first time since 2017 at the track closest to his Vernon Vt shop and he’ll try to do it in a brand new race car. King has run the car twice now and hopes he has all the kinks worked out of it.

Barry Gray is a former Pro Stock champion at both the track and with the series. Gray missed the most recent event at Claremont Motorsports Park to concentrate on getting his car right for one of his best tracks. He looks to get back to a victory lane he is very familiar with.

Other entries include Kevin Folan, Mike Mitchell and and Jake Matheson. Folan and Mitchell are veteran competitors and Matheson is in his second year out of the legends car ranks. All three have raced at Monadnock previously and look for strong runs.

Post time for this event will be at 6:00pm and the GSPSS will be joined by the Monadnock Speedway weekly racing divisions.

August 15 the series heads for Beach Ridge Speedway in Scarborough Maine for a 150 lap affair. This will be the first ever visit to the coastal speedway and the first time the the traveling pro stockers have raced in the state of Maine in several years.

For more information visit www.gspss.net or check them out on there various social media pages.

Belsito continues to roll at Claremont

The Granite State Pro Stock Series descended on the Claremont Motorsports Park for a final tune up for the Granite State nationals to be held Labor Day weekend. Ten teams opted to take advantage of the opportunity to work on setups and adjustments that might give them an advantage when they compete for $10,000. At the end of the day it was Auburn NH’s Angelo Belsito who made it two in a row with the GSPSS.

Ray Christian III came into the event looking to make it four in a row at the NH third mile oval and in practice it looked like he and his team were prepared to do so. The Uncasville CT driver laid down fast laps in both practice sessions and looked like the man to beat heading for The Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge. Unfortunately a technical infraction just beforehand, caused his time to be disallowed, relegating him to the back of the heat race.

Angelo Belsito would wind up as the fastest man in time trials and lead the heat race to green. Home town driver Luke Hinkley would get to the front early and take down the heat race win.

After the GSPSS redraw it was Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk who would start on the pole along side second year driver Jake Matheson. Pole would lead the first several laps as Matheson fought his car and fell out of the top five.

Angelo Belsito would move to the lead early and pace the field for the majority of the event. He would lead a four car pack also consisting of “Pole” Christian III and Luke Hinkley. Those four would pull away from the remainder of the field and settle the top spots among themselves.

Hinkley would move around Christian III late in the going but was unable to mount a substantial charge for the win. Joey “Pole” would take over the third spot late in the going relegating Christian III to fourth.

Jake Matheson would fight through to take back the fifth position beating out rookie of the year competitor Cody LeBlanc in sixth.

Josh King would finish in the seventh position in a brand new race car and is looking forward to returning to Monadnock Speedway, the site of his first series win, Saturday August first.

Ryan Lineham stepped out of the 48 car after the Hudson race and competed in car number 10 for this event. The team Jelled quickly and came home with a solid top 10 finish in eighth.

John Lowinski-Loh would finish in the ninth position with Freddy Astle completing the top ten as he took over the seat of the 48.

The next event for the series is scheduled to take place at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester NH. The quarter mile oval was one of the original tracks on the series and continue to host some of the best races each year.

To follow the series go to www.gspss.net or follow the series on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Results:

1 – 8B Angelo Belsito

2 – 31nh Luke Hinkley

3 – 97 Joey Polewarcyk

4 – 93ct Ray Christian III

5 – 52nh Jake Matheson

6 – 55 Cody Leblanc

7 – 21 Josh King

8- 10 Ryan Lineham

9 – 18 John Lowinski-Loh

10 – 48 Fred Astle

Contingency Awards :

Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – 31nh Luke Hinkley

Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – 1st $125 -8b Angelo Belsito – 2nd $75 – 31nh Luke Hinkley – 3rd $50 – 52nh Jake Matheson

Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 21 Josh King

Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 8b Angelo Belsito – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event

    VDL Fuel Systems – 5th $100 product certificate – 52nh Jake Matheson

American Racer Hard Charger – one free tire – 8b Angelo Belsito

Speed 51 leader at lap 51 – $51 – 8b Angelo Belsito