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DJ Shaw Rockets To Granite State Pro Stock Series Win at Monadnock Speedway

By Jeff Brown, for Granite State Pro Stock Series

PHOTO: Rob Branning/Granite State Pro Stock Series

WINCHESTER, N.H. – DJ Shaw did not plan on a trip to Monadnock Speedway. Monadnock Speedway did not plan on a rain delay. But Shaw made the most of both turns of fate.

The multi-time Super Late Model champion picked up the win in Sunday’s rain-delayed Doghouse 75, the fourth race of the Granite State Pro Stock Series 2022 season.

An early cancellation of an event in Maine opened the schedule for Shaw and a couple other drivers to make the trip to “Mad Dog” for Saturday’s racing. Under cloudy skies, Joey Doiron clocked in fastest in time trials, with Dylan Estrella drawing the pole position in the pre-race redraw.

But clouds quickly gave way to pop-up rainstorms that soaked the track beyond recovery, and with no break in the pattern, track officials were forced to call the night early, moving the evening’s feature racing to Sunday afternoon.

Estrella led the field to green under sunny skies, distancing himself from the pack as outside polesitter Garrett Hall fell back through traffic. Shaw, who started fourth, climbed to second and began chipping away at Estrella’s advantage.

As the race approached halfway, Shaw and the top-five cars quickly closed the gap to Estrella, with Shaw looking for a way around the race leader. On lap 42, Shaw found an opening at last, getting underneath the rookie and driving on past.

While Doiron and Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. worked on Estrella, Shaw drove away, setting a blistering pace. Doiron eventually cleared Estrella, but Shaw was already several car lengths ahead, and with the race running clean and green, Doiron would have to chase Shaw down the hard way.

A winner in his last visit to Monadnock Speedway in 2020, Shaw held on to park the HK Powersports/Renfrew Motorsports Chevrolet in victory lane for his ninth GSPSS win.

Doiron’s second-place finish, his fourth top-five run of 2022 in four starts, helped the 2019 GSPSS champion to pad his points lead.

Rookie Nick Cusack charged to third in the closing laps. The Beech Ridge Motor Speedway alumnus earned his first career podium finish under the GSPSS banner.

Renfrew held on for fourth, completing a top-four sweep for cars out of the Dale Shaw Race Cars stable. A late race scramble through lapped traffic helped Jeremy Sorel sneak into the top five for his own career best finish.

Early leader Estrella was sixth across the line. Maine’s Joe Pastore, another of the last-minute additions to the entry list, made his first-ever trip to Monadnock successful with a seventh-place run. Vermont’s Josh King was eighth, with Garrett Hall and Angelo Belsito rounding out the top ten.

Eighteen cars gridded Saturday evening for the feature. Five cars, including third-in-points Luke Hinkley, had other plans in place for Sunday and were unable to return for the feature.

The next race on the GSPSS calendar is at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H. on July 2, where the series will return for the first time since 2019. Details on tickets and scheduling for the series’ visit to “Grovetona” will be released shortly.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS, Doghouse 75, June 19, 2022:

1. (60) DJ Shaw

2. (73) Joey Doiron

3. (2) Nick Cusack

4. (00) Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.

5. (77) Jeremy Sorel

6. (46) Dylan Estrella

7. (20P) Joe Pastore

8. (21) Josh King

9. (94) Garrett Hall

10. (48) Angelo Belsito

11. (01) Sammy Gooden

12. (29) Barry Gray

13. (90NH) Casey Call

DNS (31NH) Luke Hinkley

DNS (05) Jimmy Blewett

DNS (7CT) Cory Casagrande

DNS (N40) Dan McKeage, Jr.

DNS (99) Charlie Buxton

Sam Rameau Completes Successful Weekend With Top-Five Finish at Monadnock

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo: Tom Morris Racing Photography

WINCHESTER, N.H. – Sam Rameau and the Rameau Family Motorsports team finished the weekend with two top-five finishes. On Friday, June 17, Rameau finished third in the Claremont Motorsports Park Whitcomb 5 Series event, and on Sunday, in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Monadnock Speedway, Rameau finished a solid fourth.

On Sunday, Rameau ran consistently inside the top-10 for the duration of the Duel at the Dog 200, then charged inside the top-five in the final laps to score a successful finish in a difficult field. The finish was his best career in 30 career Whelen Modified Tour races – his first top-five effort.

“It was a good weekend for us,” Rameau said. “I hate to say it, but I feel like we should have won both races, but that is just racing. It was a great effort by our whole team with a really fun weekend of racing now in the books. We will take next weekend off and get ready for the next one.”

Sam Rameau and the Rameau Family Motorsports team will return to the track with the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series on Wednesday, June 29 for the annual Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway, worth $10,000 to win.

For more information on Sam Rameau, visit SammyRameau.com and follow Rameau Family Motorsports on Facebook for the latest updates.

Justin Bonsignore Makes Late Move To Win Duel at the Dog 200 at Monadnock Speedway

Shaw, Littlewood, Farnum, O’Sullivan & Boniface Champions in House Division Action

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Tom Morris Racing Photography

WINCHESTER, N.H. — With just a few laps to go, Justin Bonsignore was in the right place to make a move in Sunday’s Duel at the Dog 200 at Monadnock Speedway. Bonsignore, a three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, pounced when Matt Hirschman got together with lapped traffic and scored his 33rd career Whelen Modified Tour win and fourth on the high-banks of Monadnock.

Bonsignore started from the Mayhew Tools pole position, after posting the fastest laps in practice on Saturday before Mother Nature dampened the Saturday parade and forced the postponement of the race to Sunday. Bonsignore led early at the green, but dropped to the middle of the top-five during the race, holding ground with the leaders and keeping them in sight. On the final restart, he passed Ron Silk for second, then chased Hirschman — and when Hirschman got collected with a lap car — Bonsignore took advantage, making the pass and heading to Victory Lane.

“We were in position and that’s the biggest thing,” Bonsignore said. “I’m just happy to get back to Victory Lane. We were able to get back to the white flag and not have to deal with a restart. We’ve been struggling – but we went back to some normal setups and it paid off today. These races are so tough to win. Everyone is still learning being our first race here with a different tire — but fortunately we were able to squeak one out today with a little bit of luck.”

Hirschman crossed the line second after 200 laps, but was clearly frustrated with the way the finish shook out. The Pennsylvania native now has top-five finishes in all three of his 2022 starts on the Whelen Modified Tour, including a victory to open the season in Florida. Ron Silk, who led the most laps in the Duel at the Dog 200, finished third in his No. 16.

Sam Rameau, making just his second Whelen Modified Tour start of the season, finished a strong fourth at his home track. Doug Coby, who entered the race with two consecutive Whelen Modified Tour wins as a driver, rounded out the top-five. Eric Goodale finished sixth, followed by Jake Johnson, Austin Beers, Tommy Catalano and Jacob Perry. 

In Sunday’s house division action, Kyle Boniface captured the Monadnock Speedway Pure Stock victory, while in the NHSTRA Street Stock special, Tommy O’Sullivan rolled to Victory Lane after 50 laps. Cole Littlewood continued his hot start in the track’s Late Model Sportsman en route to a win, while Gordon Farnum went back to Victory Lane in the Mini Stocks. 

The Granite State Pro Stock Series 75-lap main event went to DJ Shaw, who scored the Monadnock victory for the second straight year. Dylan Estrella led the field to green and was out front for the first 40 circuits, but Shaw took advantage of a slip by the Massachusetts racer to get out front and drive away in commanding fashion. Joey Doiron, the current Granite State Pro Stock Series points leader, was second in the feature race.

The Duel at the Dog 200 aired live on FloRacing.TV, and will air on USA Network on Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday, June 25, for 200 laps. The fourth and final JDV Productions event of the season will take place at Claremont Motorsports Park on Friday, July 29, for the Clash at Claremont. The event will also serve as the champion race for the inaugural Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup. Advance tickets for the Claremont event are available now at JDVProductions.com.

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