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Christian wins the final battle but Doiron wins the war in 2019

Ray Christian ended the GSPSS season on a high note as the Granite State Pro Stock series completed their season at the Claremont Motorsports Park. The series finale was the headliner of the return of the fall challenge. Series President Mike Parks made the decision to lease the Claremont NH facility and stage a two day event after the traditional season ending event at The Waterford Speedbowl was canceled.

  A number of support divisions, highlighted by the return of the dirt modifieds and pro trucks, were run on Saturday to set the stage for a huge Sunday of racing. The decision was made to have the pro stocks run their entire program on Sunday including all qualifying as many of the series teams come from a substantial distance.

  Out first it was the Crazy Horse Race for the Pole won by 2018 series champion Devin O’Connell. O’Connell hasn’t had the season he hoped for as he tried to defend his Championship but seemed to be on track to end his season on a positive note.

  Up next were a pair of twelve lap heat races. Local Driver Luke Hinkley was able to comfortably win the first one much to the delight of the fans. Heat Race number was won by Ray Christian III in fairly dominant fashion and was a sign of things to come.

  Up next was the GSPSS redraw which landed Christian on the pole with O’Connell to his outside and Luke Hinkley right behind them in third. Joey Doiron would simply need to start the feature to clinch the championship and would do so from mid pack.

  As victory lane was wrapping up for the sportsman modified race just before the GSPSS feature, it began to sprinkle just a little bit. Series officials made the decision to forgo all planned prerace festivities and get the race under way as quickly as possible.

  At the drop of the green flag it was all team 93 as Ray Christian was gone in a hurry. Christian stretched the lead to almost four seconds and a full straight away as he lapped up through seventh position. “Mitch and Mickey Green gave me a great car today”, said the CT driver in victory lane. “This is a great way to end our season and go into the off season.”

  Behind him Joey Doiron was working his way from a mid pack starting position all the way to second but the lead was just to much. Doiron would need a late race caution to have any shot at Christian but it never came and the newly crowned champion would have to settle for second.

  Local driver Luke Hinkley always looks forward to racing at the Claremont oval and today was no different. Hinkley had a solid run starting in third and finishing there after the caution free event. Hinkley was all smiles in victory lane with friends and family. “We were a little tight today”, he said. “We weren’t quite perfect but its nice to race at home. Thanks to Mike Parks and Granite State for putting this on.”

  2018 Champion Devin O’Connell completed his championship reign with a solid fourth place finish. O’Connell didn’t have the championship defense he had hoped for but a solid season none the less.

  Completing the top five was DJ Shaw. Shaw was running a car that was badly Damaged earlier in the season. His Dale Shaw Race Cars team rebuilt the car over the summer and used one of DJ’s favorite tracks to test it out. The end result was a solid fifth place finish for the second generation driver.

When the green flag finally flew on the final race of the 2019 GSPSS season it became official that Joey Doiron was the champion. Doiron has avoided talking points all year long but when asked, finally acquiesced in victory lane. “We can talk about it now that its over”, he said. “This is a neat deal, we came so close last year but a couple of mechanical failures caused us to come up short.” After taking some time to reflect Doiron added, “it’s just my dad and I in the shop so this is pretty cool. I need to thank all the guys who come to the track and my family for their support. Now we’ll go back to the shop, rebuild and try to come back stronger next year.”

  Up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be the 2019 banquet of champions. It is almost a certainty that it will be held at the Thompson Speedway Clubhouse on a date to be determined. For more information check or get updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Granite State Pro Stock Series contingency awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: 17 Kevin Folan

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: 8 Angelo Belsito

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher : 40 Mike Mitchell

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: 73 Joey Doiron

Sunoco Heat Race Winners : 31 Luke Hinkley, 93 Ray Christian

VDL 5th Place: 82 DJ Shaw

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time: Devin O’Connell

Claremont Motorsports Park Fall Challenge Official Finish

1- 93 Ray Christian III

2- 73 Joey Doiron

3- 31 Luke Hinkley

4- 43 Devin O’Connell

5- 82 DJ Shaw

6- 8 Angelo Belsito

7- 40 Mike Mitchell

8- 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

9- 21 Josh King

10- 55 Cody Leblanc

11- Barry Gray

8 Guy Caron DNS

17 Kevin Folan DNS


WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Daytime stock car racing and a huge Bingo game in the grandstand will highlight the annual Halloween themed “Spooky Spectacular” auto racing event at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (Oct. 19). Although the current long range forecast says that October 19 will offer near perfect weather, officials are taking no chances as an October 20 rain date has been announced. Competitor pit area gates will open at 10:00 a.m., grandstand seating opens at 11:00 a.m. and qualifying starts at 1:40 p.m. with main events at 3:00 p.m.

The enormous “Boogeyman Bingo” games, which will offer several great prizes, will see the first round of Bingo start at 1:00 p.m. with the second round of Bingo starting at 2:30 p.m. Five Storm Troopers in full uniforms will also be on hand to meet and greet fans.

An impressive field of All American Auto Group Modified stock cars can be expected when a 75-lap main event offering $3,000 to the winner headlines the annual Spooky Spectacular stock car racing card.

Newly crowned three-time Modified driving champion Steven Reed of Jackson is expected to be a favorite as are 2019 top point earners Eric Mauriello of Brick, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Andrew Krause of Holmdel and Howell’s Kevin Davison. Danny Bohn of Huntersville, N.C. Is among the invaders who have announced an entry.

Also on the Halloween themed card will be the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, led by 2019 champion Elliot Wohl of Beachwood, in a 50 lap race.

Sean Verwys of East Stroudsburg, Pa., the 2019 Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars champion, is expected to be in the field in a 25-lap main event and the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks, led by recent title winner Neil Rutt III of Edison, will race in a 25-lapper.

With the season-long title chase completed drivers in all divisions can forget about earning points and race strictly for the prize money offered. Mertens Jewelers will present commemorative money clips to each main event winner.

Fans are also welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to the track to add to the fun and fans are welcome to a free pumpkin while supplies last.

Once the October 19 event is in the books all attention will turn toward the annual running of the “Turkey Derby” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is

Tyler Thompson Returns to the Dirt for Outlaw 200 Weekend at Fulton Speedway

Joe Johnson Photo

Dan Kapuscinski Motorsports Promotions – OSWEGO, NY (October 3, 2019) – Pavement racing has been more than kind to Tyler Thompson in the last month, but this weekend the Jason Simmons Racing team will bring their 358-Modified to Fulton Speedway for the prestigious Outlaw 200.

More than 60 Modifieds are expected this weekend, with Thompson aiming to qualify for his first start in the $20,000 to win fall staple.

“We’ll be running the 358 against the Modifieds, but I feel good with the way we ran at Fulton earlier this season,” said Thompson.  “Outlaw Weekend is a great weekend for fans and drivers and we are excited to be part of it once again.”

Thompson made five starts at Fulton Speedway in the early part of 2019, before focusing full-time on his Oswego Speedway Supermodified efforts.

On May 11, Thompson charged through a stout 358-Modified field at Fulton to finish in the third position behind Larry Wight and Rob Bellinger.

This weekend’s schedule at Fulton Speedway will see four 15-lap Modified qualifying races on Friday evening.  The winners of those races will start 17th-20th in Saturday night’s Outlaw 200. 

Racing will go green at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Saturday will see a full complement of heat races, consolations and a last chance showdown for Modified racers, before going green for the 34th annual Outlaw 200.

Racing begins on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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If interested in team information, or to contact Tyler, please consult team owner Jason Simmons at (315) 591-4303 or

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