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Rocky Ridge 150 goes to DJ Shaw again

Tom Morris/GSPSS photos

Claremont NH – DJ Shaw continued his mastery of Claremont Speedway going two for two in the Rocky Ridge 150. The Conway NH driver took home the richest purse of the season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series for the second year in a row.

   The evening’s competition began with the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole and once again it was Joey Doiron setting fast time. Doiron has become the master of time trialing in 2019 and when asked how, he said “we found a couple of things we were doing wrong so we changed what we do”.  “The big thing is what we do with our tires before time trials” he added.

   After time trials where a pair of heat races and in both, the competition was fierce. DJ Shaw was able come out on top of the first heat while the fastest man in practice, Angelo Belsito, picked up the win in heat number two.

   Up next was the Rocky Ridge 150 with a cool five grand on the line. After the GSPSS redraw the front row was made up of point leader Joey Doiron and Rhode Island driver Mike Mitchell. Doiron would get away with the early lead until a lap four caution for the spinning Angelo Belsito.

   Just two more cautions would fly between lap four and lap one thirty four. In that time four drivers would separate themselves from the rest of the field. Eventual winner DJ Shaw, Mike O’Sullivan, Hometown driver Luke Hinkley and Doiron would all lead laps and at times seem to be the car to beat.

   Over the last 16 laps the intensity level would be on the rise. Several cautions for action in the middle of the pack would keep the front four bunched up and cause the lead to change several times. In the end it would come down to a battle between Shaw and O’Sullivan as they lined up side by side for the last few restarts.

   In the end Shaw would win the final restart and as a result the race. In Victory lane Shaw spoke highly of the event that series president Mike Parks is building. “I love this place and this event is really cool. Mike O’Sullivan raced me with total respect like he always does and we were able to win this event both times it has happened”. Shaw then added “I can’t wait to come back and try to win the third one”

   O’Sullivan chased Shaw to the checkers while Luke Hinkley would end the day in third. Hinkley in victory lane for the first time with his three week old son was a picture of mixed emotions. “We tightened the car up just a little too much” said Hinkley in Victory lane. “It’s cool to have my son here for the first time but we really wanted to win. We’ll get one” he added.

   Pole sitter and point’s leader Doiron would keep the leaders in sight but had nothing for them in the end finishing fourth. After a steady run, defending champion Devin O’Connell would round out the top five as he tries to chase down Doiron for the 2019 championship.

   Mike Mitchell would battle all night long to finish sixth just ahead of Jimmy Renfrew JR and Ray Christian III in seventh and eighth. Ricky Bly and Cory Casagrande, both making just their second starts of the season, would complete the top ten.

   Up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the fendered Friday portion of the annual Star Classic at the Star Speedway in Epping NH. The Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole is scheduled for just before 7:00 with heats and features to follow.

   For more, follow the GSPSS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as at www.gspss.net.

Granite State Pro Stock Series contingency awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: 52 Jake Matheson $100.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: 88 Kevin Casper $75.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher: 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr $75.00

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: 08 Mike O’Sullivan One Free Tire at the next event

Sunoco Heat Race Winners :

#1 60 DJ Shaw 5 gal Sunoco Race Fuel

#2 8 Angelo Belsito 5 Gal Sunoco Race Fuel

VDL 5th Place: 43 Devin O’Connell $100.00

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time:

73 Joey Doiron $125.00

8 Angelo Belisito $75.00

60 DJ Shaw $50.00

Rocky Ridge 150 Official Finish

1- 60 DJ Shaw

2- 08 Mike O’Sullivan

3- 31 Luke Hinkley

4- 73 Joey Doiron

5- 43 Devin O’Connell

6- 40 Mike Mitchell

7- 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

8- 93 Ray Christian III

9- 28 Ricky Bly

10- 7 Cory Casagrande

11- 14 Matt Frahm

12- 21 Josh King

13- 88 Kevin Casper

14- 12 Bobby Pelland

15- 8 Angelo Belsito

16- 47 Gabe Brown

17- 03 Joe Squeglia

18- 52 Jake Matheson

19- 29 Barry Gray

20- 16 Austin Blais

21- 09 Jeremy Davis


Great Ticket Deal Available for Race Fans

Seekonk, Mass. (May 23, 2019): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) 2019 season kicks off this Sunday, May 26, with a visit to the granite state for the running of the second annual Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 at Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH.  A strong field of cars is expected on a full-night of racing that also includes the track’s Late Models, Street Stocks, Six Shooters, and Pure Stocks.  

Hometown favorite Mike Willis, Jr. of Grantham, NH, seeks to repeat in the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 while Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, looks to start his Series title defense off with a win. The likes of Ron Silk, Woody Pitkat and Andy Jankowiak hope to continue their winning ways this season at Claremont.

The large 2018 TTOM field gets ready to roll off for 100 laps May 26th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

And, while winning is on the top of everyone’s mind, the significance of Memorial Day Weekend is not lost on Series’ competitors or officials.

“Together with our competitors, the Tri-Track Series aims to put on the best race event, but the meaning of this weekend is important to us all,” said Jim Schaefer, Series co-founder. “We do so knowing full-well that the sacrifices made by past, present and future generations of servicemen and women make this possible.”

Racing gets underway with qualifying at 5:00pm and features at approximately 7:30pm.

Thanks to a cooperative effort between Monadnock and Claremont Speedways, a special promotion will allow race fans to see all the action at a great savings.  Grandstand admission tickets purchased for Monadnock on Saturday, May 25 will allow ticketholders FREE admission to Claremont on Sunday simply by showing their speedway ticket stub. 

Regular general admission for the night’s event is $25 for adults and $5 for kid ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are free.  Pit entry with a NASCAR license if $35 and $40 without.  Through the combined efforts of Claremont Speedway, Tri -Track management and Don Miller, all TTOMS drivers and pre-registered owners will receive free paddock admission.

Grandstands open at 1:30pm in time for rotating practice for all divisions. Following practice and qualifying will be consolation races for the Modifieds. An autograph session will be held for TTOMS drivers in the turn four hospitality area at 4:15Ppm. Feature races will begin at 7:30pm and may include a B-Main for the Modifieds.

The event is round one of the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup. Round two is set for Saturday, September 14 at Monadnock Speedway.  The team with the highest point total following the two events will be awarded what will undoubtedly become one of the most coveted honors in Modified racing – Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup.

The purse for the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 is over $50,000 with $7,000 to win, $1,200 to start and at least $500 to non-qualifiers.   The race winner will also receive a one-of-a-kind trophy presented by long-time TTOMS supporter Wayne Coat and crafted by Richard Brooks’ Buzzi Memorials in Waterford, CT.

“We hope winning this race Sunday at Claremont Motorsports Park, will mean something extra special, knowing that Dick Williams has spent so much time over the winter securing funds for the race,” added Schaefer, “and that the winner will always have this unique trophy placed somewhere special to remember the day.”

To learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmods.com or follow the series on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the speedway visit ClaremontMotorsportsPark.com.

The Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 is the first of a six-race schedule for the series that includes dates at Star, Seekonk, Oxford Plains and Monadnock Speedways.

Tri-Track Open Modified Series-Claremont 100- Entry List (as of May 23, 2019)

0 – Andy Jankowiak

02 – Geoff Rollins

04 – Joey Jarvis

06 – Sam Rameau

1 – Chris Ridsdale

3 – Matthew Swanson

3 – Matt Galko

6 – Woody Pitkat

7 – Andrew Charron

7 – Kurt Vigeant

10 – Bobby Jones

13 – Cameron Sontag

14 – Dana Smith

16 – Colbey Fournier

21 – Les Hinckley

24 – Todd Patnode

25 – Brian Robie

25 – Calvin Carroll

25 – Ronnie Williams

26 – Bucky Demers

27 – Anthony Sesely

28 – Kreig Heroth¶

39 – Scott Adams

43 – Tommy Barrett

50S – Ron Silk

50 – Carl Medeiros Jr.

60 – Matt Hirschman

63 – CJ Bolton

71 – Brad Babb

76 – Kirk Alexander

81 – Todd Owen

81ME – Josh Cantara

82 – Mike Holdridge

83 – Mike Willis

88 – Russ Hersey

99 – Richard Savary

176 – Dana Dimatteo

Doiron Kicks off the GSPSS season in Style

The Granite State Pro Stock series kicked off its 2019 season with a 100 lap event at the all new Claremont Motorsports Park Saturday night May 4th..

Claremont top 3 3rd Matt Frahm 1st Joey Doiron 2nd Luke Hinkley (From L to R) Claremont Speedway May 4th 2019 Tom MOrris Photo

The event started with time trials and the Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge which was won by Joey Doiron who’s Lap of 13.901 seconds topped the track record by a tenth of a second.

Heat races were up next and all three had exciting racing throughout. Local drivers Luke Hinkley and Guy Caron won the first two heats while Matt Frahm was the victor in heat number three.

Before the feature, Doiron chose to accept the GSPSS, NHSTRA back of the pack Challenge. He chose to start last in the 23 car field with the incentive of an additional $1000.00 if he could take the win.  

The main event rolled out with local hot shoe Kyle Welch and Oxford Plains Speedway champion Gabe Brown sharing the front row after the GSPSS redraw. The first 75 laps of the event went off fairly smoothly with racing throughout the field and Doiron very patiently making his way forward.

A rash of late race cautions found several of the fastest cars deep in the field having to work their way forward but the race came down to a battle between Doiron and Luke Hinkley. The two raced side by side, lap after lap for a number of laps and through several restarts never giving an inch but never crossing the line of rough racing.

Ultimately it was Doiron who prevailed taking the win and the thousand dollar back of the pack challenge. After the race he said “the car was perfect”. “I knew we had a good car in practice which is why I took the challenge”.

Hinkley was happy with second but disappointed at not being able to close the deal and score his first series win. “I’ve got to talk to parks about running 50 lap races” he said n Victory lane. “We just have to learn how to run one hundred laps”.

Matt Frahm took home a hard fought third place finish by running consistently and staying out of trouble. “We fought this car all day long” he said in victory lane. “It wasn’t great but my dad and the guys busted their butts and we came out of this with a solid finish”.

Ray Christian III and Devin O’Connell would round out the top five despite tangling late in the race and having to come from the back. “It was nothing intentional” stated O’Connell. “I got into him and turned him around”. “I’ve apologized to that whole93 team and hopefully they understand” he added.

Angelo Belsito came home in a solid sixth position followed closely by Jake Matheson Who had a busy week as he turned sixteen on Thursday, got his drivers license on Friday and competed in his first race in a full size car on Saturday, staying out of trouble and finishing seventh.

Ricky Bly stayed out of trouble to finish eighth while Bobby Pelland and front row starter Gabe Brown rounded out the top ten.

The next event for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is Saturday and Sunday May 18th and 19th at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee NH. Practice, time trials and heat races will be run starting at noon on Saturday and a Consi and the 150 lap main event will be run on Sunday.

Follow the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook and Twitter and check out the latest news at GSPSS.net.

Contingency awards went to:

Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge: Joey Doiron

Sunoco Race fuels heat winners: Luke Hinkley, Guy Caron, Matt Frahm

O’Reilly auto Parts 7th place finisher: Jake Matheson

O’Reilly Auto Parts Last car on the lead Lap: Bobby Pelland

VDL Fuel Systems 5th place finisher: Devin O’Connell

American Racer Hard Charger: Joey Doiron

A/R Bodies Hard Luck award: John Micheal Shenette

Tom Morris Photos