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By Gary Dutton

            CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ryan Bell topped Friday, September 11, night’s 50-lap main event at Claremont Motorsports Park, as Aaron Fellows’ 26-race winning streak steamed to an end and Dave Greenslit locked up his second track crown in a row.

            While Fellows quest for back-to-back perfect seasons stopped Friday, the speedway’s winningest driver wasn’t beaten on the track, falling rather to a crash-caused overheating problem while leading midway through the LMS feature.

            Other winners Friday included Hayden Grenier, scoring his first victory of the summer in the Mini Stocks, Pure Stock superstar Kodi Sabins, and top Six Shooter points man Dustin Thibodeau.

            With two first-of-season winners on the track’s14th night of the season, things tightened, if only slightly, in their respective points races entering the final regular season event. Of the third-mile oval’s six divisions, only the Street Stock championship has been decided.

            It took a bit for the Late Model Sportsman Patriot’s Day 50 presented by Joe’s Family Car Care to get underway. After two aborted tries at the original start, the third attempt was a mess, with Joe Bates and a half-dozen others scattered along the frontchute and still no completed laps in the books.

            On attempt number four, Ben Poland took charge, then holding the point until Fellow’s took charge on lap 24. Fellows’ lead would be brief, though, as he quickly headed pitside, his ride badly overheating due to air dam damage sustained in the lap-zero pileup.

            The next rapid-fire caution was for Poland, with Bell then inheriting the lead and never looking back en route to his first win of the summer, Fellows’ first loss. The Charlestown pilot’s victory Friday left him 32 points behind Fellows entering the September 25 season finale.

            Ricky Bly, a former track LMS champion, finished Friday’s 50-lapper in Bell’s shadow, the second top-three of the night for the Sunapee star.

            Raven Streeter led the first seven laps of the Street Stock feature, then getting rudely deposited in turn four. Cody Schoolcraft then moved to the top spot but Dave Greenslit, on a mission, took charge a lap later and never looked back. Joe Tetreault got up for second but had nothing for the two-time champ, and Ricky Bly came home strong in third.

            Hayden Grenier led all the way in the Mini Stock 25-lapper, social distancing far ahead of the field. Nick Skillings was second, and his brother Desmond third. Desmond Skillings takes a ten-point lead over Grenier into the championship night event.

            Kodi Sabins’ last-lap pass of Rocketman teammate Josh Rondeau led him to his ninth victory lap of the summer. With Rondeau rock solid in second and Kyle Templeton, aboard Sabins’ backup car third, it was a Rocketman sweep in the Pure Stock trophy row.

            Dylan Adams, who entered the night’s action tied with Sabins atop the leader board, took a huge points hit when a broken brake line dropped him to last in the 20-car field.

            Six Shooter star Dustin Thibodeau took the lead from Todd Maguira on lap 11 and then held Paul Colburn at bay to score his fourth victory of the summer. Maguira’s hard work brought him home in third. Thibodeau enters championship night competition 16 points ahead of Colburn.

            Claremont Motorsports Park will be silent next Friday, September 18, but will return to action with its final Friday night event of the season when it holds its 2020 Championship Night on September 25. For more information, please visit www.claremontmotorsportspark.com.


LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: (Unofficial at press time) Ryan Bell, Ricky Bly, Ben Poland, Cole Littlewood, Hayden Scott, Bucky Demers, Leo Martin, Kenny Fowler, Tyler Lescord, Allen Fellows.

STREET STOCK: Dave Greenslit, Joe Tetreault, Ricky Bly, Trevor Rocke, Cody Schoolcraft, Travis Cass, Briana Akusis, Kenny Thompson, Kyle Buck, Raven Streeter.

MINI STOCK: Hayden Grenier, Nick Skillings, Desmond Skillings, Erin Aiken, Emerson Cayer, Ray King, Cale Skillings, Rye Greineder, Tim Paquette, Aaron Thompson.

PURE STOCK: Kodi Sabins, Josh Riendeau, Kyle Templeton, Jim Carley, Bruce Adams, Zach Richardson, Sean Lantas, Doug Nelson, Robert Shaw, Nolan McClay.

SIX SHOOTER:  Dustin Thibodeau, Paul Colburn, Todd Maguira, Scott Wade, Todd Smith, Jeremy Blood, Chris Colburn, Ryan Carman, Ray Luce, Dakota Lanou. 

Griffith Dominates 10K to win GSPSS Newport Chevrolet 150

The Granite State Pro Stock Series held its biggest event ever on Sunday and Derek Griffith dominated the day.

It was a picture perfect day for racing in southern New Hampshire as the gates swung open for an incredible day of racing at Claremont Motorsports Park. The highlight of the day would be the presentation of the $10,000 check to the races winner but qualifying and 150 laps of intense racing had to take place first.

As the Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge played out, two things became apparent. First; Derek Griffith was going to be a force to be reckoned with and second; point leader Ray Christian III was in trouble.

In time trials Griffith would come up short of the track record by just five one hundredths of a second but would earn the right to start at the front of the first heat race. Youngster Gabe Brown would time trial an impressive second with Wayne Helliwell Jr taking home the last of the Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge bonus money.

GSPSS point leader Ray Christian III would time trial a disappointing thirteenth after breaking a part in the rear end in practice and his point lead would be in jeopardy. Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk came into the race second in points and time trialed eighth while Angelo Belsito came in third in the standings and laid down the fifth quickest lap.

Moving on to heat races Griffith continued his stellar performance, comfortably winning his heat race over Belsito and Helliwell. The second heat would go to Brown with hometown driver Luke Hinkley and “Pole” picking up second and third.

In the GSPSS redraw it was Griffith who would draw first and continuing his perfect day, he would pull pill number one giving him the pole for the Newport Chevrolet 150. As he looked down at the number one he would comment, “Merry Christmas to me”!

At the drop of the green Griffith would jump out to the lead and never look back. He would lead every lap, at times leading by half a lap and putting cars a lap down at a furious rate. The Hudson NH driver would lap into the top ten and never be seriously challenged.

“I’ve got to thank my guys”, said Griffith in victory lane. “We were horrible early in practice and they worked their butts off to get it better. By the time we got to time trials and the race, this thing was a rocket ship”.

Griffith, a former champion of the series, was racing in his first GSPSS event of the season. “It’s always nice to come home and race with Granite State”, said Griffith in a moment of recollection. “This track is where I got my first touring series win so to come back and win this race is awesome”

Angelo Belsito came into the event needing to close the gap in the point standings and did just that. Belsito would finish second but showed his disappointment after the race. “We missed it just a little bit today”, said the driver from Auburn MA. “We needed one more adjustment to run with Derek. I really wanted to win this one and just didn’t get it done. He had the faster car today.”

Gabe Brown would wind up in third after putting together his best run ever with the series. “We have struggled here in the past so It was nice to come here and have a good run”, said Brown. “We’ll be back and maybe next time we can get that checkered flag”.

Cory Casagrande would put together a late charge and finish a solid fourth while defending series champion Joey Doiron would round out the top five.

Second place in the series point standings Joey “Pole” would fall to sixth late in the going after running in the top four for most of the day with local driver Luke Hinkley in seventh and two time champion Mike O’Sullivan in eighth.

Rounding out the top ten would be second year driver Jake Matheson and veteran Josh King.

Up next for the series is a Friday night September 18 visit to the Star Speedway in Epping New Hampshire for the annual Star Classic. This event has become a favorite for fans and competitors alike. Last years event came down to a final laps door banging affair between eventual champion Doiron and race winner Ray Christain III.

For more information visit the series at www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


1 – 12 Derek Griffith

2 – 8 Angelo Belsito

3 – 47 Gabe Brown

4 – 7 Cory Casagrande

5 – 73 Joey Doiron

6 – Joey Polewarczyk

7 – 31 Luke Hinkley

8 – 08 Mike O’Sullivan

9 – 52 Jake Matheson

10 – 21 Josh King

11 – 90 Casey Call

12 -10 Ryan Lineham

13 -48 Larry Gelinas

14 -11 Aaron Fellows

15 -55 Cody LeBlanc

16 – 93 Ray Christian III

17 – Wayne Helliwell Jr

18 – 18 Mike Scorzelli

19 – 18 John Lowinski-Loh

20 – 29 Barry Gray

21 – 76 Gerry Gamarlo

Contingency Awards :

Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – 12g Derek Griffith, 47 Gabe Brown

AR Bodies hard luck award – $100 product certificate – 93ct Ray Christian III

Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – 1st $125 -12g Derek Griffith – 2nd $75 – 47 Gabe Brown – 3rd $50 – 27nh Wayne Helliwell Jr

Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 31nh Luke Hinkley

Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 12g Derek Griffith – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event

American Racer Hard Charger – one free tire – 7ct Cory Casagrande

Speed 51 leader at lap 51 – $51 – 12g Derek Griffith

Tom Morris Photos


CLAREMONT, N.H. – The powerful Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to Claremont Motorsports Park this Sunday, September 6, for 150 laps of big time feature racing presented by Newport Chevrelot, And with a $10,000 winner’s purse up for grabs, this one is sure to draw a crowd.

            There will be no racing this Friday, September 4, at the Thrasher Road speedplant, as. promoter Mike Parks, who also heads the GSPSS series, is bringing the big show to town on Sunday, when the seven-decade-old oval will celebrate Labor Day Weekend in style.

            Along with the Granite State Pro Stock Series event – the biggest race is series history – there will also be an added-laps, added-payoff event for the Street Stocks, as the multi-track NHSTRA brings its Battle for The Belt series to town.

            Better yet, the popular Redneck Enduro Series rolls again, with the likes of Jimmy Zullo, Matt Gauffin, and Leon Keniston leading a field of up to 50 cars in Sunday’s nightcap event.

The Pure Stocks and Six Shooters will be in action too, but the night’s main attraction is the Pro Stock biggie. Among those pre-entered for this one are Ray Christian III and Angelo Belsito, both previous GSPSS winners here earlier this season, hometown hot shoe Luke Hinkley, former series champions Mike O’Sullivan and Joey Doiron, and a virtual all-star lineup including Larry Gelinas, Joey Pole, Ben Rowe, and D.J. Shaw.

            CMP weekly racing series competitors will be going all out Sunday, as there are now only two points races remaining in the 2020 season. Post time for Sunday’s Newport Chevrolet Pro Stock 100 event is 5 p.m.