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Hersey Scores Claremont Win

Claremont Speedway, Claremont NH 7.7.2017

    Sometimes they say it’s better to be lucky than good. In Russ Hersey’s  case sometimes its good to be both. The Swanzey NH pilot started with an ill running race car early in the day and after the crew did their magic, Hersey turned it into a Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at the 1/3 mile speedway.
   An electrical problem that plagued the team relegated Hersey to a last place starting position after missing his qualifying round. Even after repairs were made and Hersey was granted hot laps, more adjustments were needed and Hersey was on his way to his first VMRS win of 2017. Racing his way into third place by lap 36 Hersey trailed race leader young Dylan Rock of Enfield NH and younger Sammy Rameau of Westminster MA. Rock and Rameau waged war for the lead for thirty laps until Rameau dove hard into the third turn and tapped Rock’s rear bumper. That’s all it took for Rock to spin from the lead. Under yellow Rock had to restart in the rear and Rameau was put back for causing the altercation. Now Hersey became the new race leader and had nothing but clean air in front of him.
   “I cant thank the guys enough, it’s been a hell of a week, they put in a lot of hours and we really weren’t that good early. We chased a wiring issue that kept us out of the heat race and didn’t get much practice. Just to get the twelve laps in to get the tires on equal footing with everyone else I could tell the car was not to my liking. When we came in and made a few adjustments it really started to rock and roll and I tried to be easy on the gas and made big circles. It seemed like the easier I went the bigger lead I got. The car was great.” Hersey added, “I have a ton of laps here and some wins so it was like the home track advantage, plus everybody gave me plenty of room. I couldn’t be any happier for the.first time out of the box, so now I hope we can carry some momentum forward.”
   Hersey wasn’t the only one starting deep in the field. Dana Smith of Sunapee NH missed his schedule weigh in at the scales because of a steering issue and had to start dead last on the grid, which turned out to be to his liking. Smith did an impressive job working his way to the front finding himself in 4th place by the halfway mark, then with three laps to go he caught and passed a fading Anthony Nocella of Woburn MA. By that time Hersey had checked out on the field and was leading by a 1/4 lap. Smith was jubilant with runner up position.
   “I had a lot of fun . I had to start from the back because we found something wrong with the steering and while working on it I missed my time to go across the scales and it was more important to get the car right. Actually it was fun starting from the back, we got to pass some cars. I was trying to follow Russ (Hersey) and (Anthony) Nocella up through, I figured they’re good people to follow, they know how to save their tires. I got hung up on the outside and loss sight of them so I had to make up a bunch of ground. By the time I got back to them I used up my right rear tire. Everybody ran me real clean, whenever I stuck my nose in they gave me plenty of room. It was great.”
   It seemed to be a hard days work for all the top runners and Nocella was no different. In his heat race as he started to heat his tires he broke a pinion shaft in the rear of his racer and after a loaner rear end from Mike Willis and some quick work by the Nocella and Willis crews, Nocella joined the feature at the back of the pack and in Nocella fashion drove his way forward working his way to race leader Hersey’s rear bumper by lap 60. But with a handful of laps left Nocella lost a cylinder and faded back to third place where he finished the 100 lap grind.
   Heat winners were #83 Mike Willis Jr.and #25 Brian Robie
Track–Claremont Speedway, Claremont,N.H. 1/3/ mile
Cautions–(4)–Laps 29/38/60/73
Lap Leaders–(3)–#83–laps 1–7, #47–8–38, #88–39–100
Unofficial Finish
1—88-Russ Hersey
2—14-Dana Smith
3—92-Anthony Nocella
4—83-Mike Willis Jr.
5—6-Sammy Rameau
6—17-Donnie Lashua
7—20-Tony Ricci
8—77-Matt Mead
9—25-Brian Robie
10–4-Jeff Gallup
11–50-Carl Medeiros
12–12-Rob Richardi
13–47-Dylan Rock
14–16-Colbey Fournier
15–23-Mike Douglas
Next VMRS event- Lee USA Speedway, Lee,N.H. July 21,2017
by James Snape
photos by Crystal Snape

First Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Headlines 11-Race Schedule For Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2017

WALPOLE, N.H. — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) announced an exciting 11-race schedule for the 2017 season on Saturday. The schedule includes events in four different states across a total of 10 different race tracks, giving plenty of variety for both drivers and fans.

Headlining the schedule will be the first annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

The season will begin with a stop at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday April 30, a three-eighths mile flat track in Lee, N.H. In 2016, championship runner-up D.J. Shaw scored the victory at Lee, holding off Derek Griffith and Bryan Kruzcek in the final stages to take the checkered flag.

The GSPSS will attempt the inaugural event at the quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway for a second time in 2017, this time on Saturday night May 20. In 2016, drivers practiced for the event but rain forced the cancellation and there was no reschedule date.

Claremont Speedway’s first stop is slated for Friday June 2, followed by the inaugural event at the third-mile Seekonk Speedway on Saturday June 24. The Seekonk event will see a combination of the regulars of the GSPSS going up against some of the top weekly Pro Stock talent in a thrilling battle.

On Saturday July 1, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will invade “The Magic Mile”, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, for the first time in history. The one-mile oval will see the drivers compete in a 50 lap feature race. There will be a practice session on Friday for drivers to begin tuning in their cars for action and there will also be a practice session sometime in May, to be announced at a later date.

“The NHMS event just came together this week, so to say I am thrilled is an understatement,” series president Mike Parks said. “NHMS is kind of a dream for all of the Saturday night racers in New England and this will give a bunch of guys the race to race at the Magic Mile that more than likely would have never had that chance.”

Lee USA Speedway will have a second series race on Friday July 7, before a race at White Mt. Motorsports Park on Saturday July 22. Last year, White Mt. kicked-off the season for the GSPSS and Jacob Dore took down the victory.

The annual JBH 100 will take place at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday Aug. 12, a race won by Mike Parks in 2016. The JBH 100 is in honor of former series co-founder John Hoyt, who passed away suddenly back in 2011.

The month of September will include one race, the annual stop at the Star Classic at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. The main event will be contested on Sept. 8-9.

GSPSS will return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the annual Sunoco World Series weekend in 2017 — with all of the qualifying and feature racing taking place on Friday Oct. 13. The GSPSS will compete in a 60 lap feature event on Friday night.

The campaign will once again conclude at the three-eighths mile New London-Waterford Speedbowl as part of the Bemer’s Big Show weekend on Saturday Oct. 21, where the 2017 series champion will be crowned.

“We are excited for the schedule we have put together for 2017. Our goal has always been a 10 to 14 event schedule,” Parks said. “We worked very hard to try not to have multiple back to back weekends, and in 2017 we were able to make that happen. The 11 event schedule we have released is what we have at this point but there still could be one or two additions.”

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net, or contact series president Mike Parks.

2017 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule

 April 30 — Lee USA Speedway — 100 laps

May 20 —  Riverhead Raceway — 100 laps

June 2 —    Claremont Speedway — 100 laps

June 24 —  Seekonk Speedway — 100 laps

July 1 –     New Hampshire Motor Speedway – 50 laps

July 7 —    Lee USA Speedway — 100 laps

July 22 — White Mt. Motorsports Park — 100 laps

Aug. 12 — Monadnock Speedway — 100 laps

Sept. 8-9 — Star Speedway — 100 laps

Oct. 13 —  Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park — 100 laps

Oct. 21 —   New London-Waterford Speedbowl — 100 laps

Shaw Takes his Second Checker of the Season at Bond Auto 100!

After a rainout at Riverhead Speedway last Saturday night, Mother Nature brought the sun to the Bond Auto 100 at Claremont Speedway.  Early in the day DJ Shaw of Center Conway, was the man to beat, posting a lap of 13.862 in practice. John Salemi of Nashua, NH, Mike Parks of Walpole, NH and Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA also posted competitive laps in the low 14’s.  Bill Ahern of Billerica, MA had his night end early, after his throttle hung in the heat and he hit the turn two wall

This race saw the return of some past Pro Stock racers, as Walt Hammond Jr. of Canaan, NH started seventh and Zig Geno of Canterbury, NH started 17 in the feature. New drivers starting the race included Ryan Bell of Acworth, NH started 14th and Travis Dunbar of Auburn, ME started 16th.

Local racer, Guy Caron of Goshen, NH found himself on the pole with DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH on the outside. Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH, and the winner of the Twin State 100 started in fifth position. Caron took an early lead in the race until lap 19 when Bell spun in turn two bringing out the first caution of the night.  After a couple of restarts Caron and Shaw made contact in turn four collecting Mike O’Sullivan in the process, setting up Davis to lead 44 Aug 15 Weinstein battles O'Sullivan (Photo by Natasha)laps of the race.

A caution on lap 43 led to Hammond and Geno pulling out of the race.  As Shaw and Caron worked their way back to the front the battle for the lead started between Davis and Shaw. By lap 67 Shaw regained the lead and held it the remainder of the race. By lap 70, Mike Parks had worked his way up to third after starting tenth, when his right front tire went flat ending his top 5 run.

Caron raced hard up to third until taking second from Davis on lap 74.  Points leader Barry Gray worked hard all night, in the final laps he made a run on Davis for third, but ran out of laps and finished fourth for the night.  Mike O’Sullivan who had to work his way back from the rear of the pack finished fifth rounding out the top five.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing August 13, 2016 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.

Unofficial Finish

1          60        DJ Shaw

2          42        Guy Caron

3          09        Jeremy Davis

4          29        Barry Gray

5          08        Mike O’Sullivan

6          40        Mike Mitchell

7          18        Michael Scorzelli

8          66        Mike Parks

9          1          Cory Casagrande

10        63        John Salemi

11        6          Travis Dunbar

12        98        Walt Hammond Jr.

13        57z       Zig Geno

14        4          Tommy O’Sullivan

15        49        Craig Weinstein

16        71        Bob Labine

17        8          Ryan Bell

18        51        Bill Ahern DNS


Contingency Winner

Car #


AR Bodies (Hard Luck) 63 John Salemi

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place) 42 Guy Caron

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap) 18 Michael Scorzelli

Coilover (Feature winner) 60 DJ Shaw

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place) 09 Jeremy Davis

Five Star Bodies (5th Place) 08 Mike O’Sullivan

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) 63 John Salemi

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) 60 DJ Shaw

Magnus Racing (2nd Place) 42 Guy Caron

Powertrain (4th Place) 29 Barry Gray

RB Performance  (3rd Place) 09 Jeremy Davis

RB Performance (7th Place) 18 Michael Scorzelli

Seymour Performance (Random Draw) 08 Mike O’Sullivan

Sunoco (Heat Winner) 63 John Salemi

Sunoco (Heat Winner) 60 DJ Shaw

VDL Fuel (5th Place) 08 Mike O’Sullivan

Track—Claremont Speedway,      0.3  mile   Claremont, NH.

Race—Bond Auto 100

Time of Race— 1:06:18

Cautions—(11)—laps 19 20 21 24 49 43 66 70 71 83 87

Margin of Victory— 1.421

Best Lap Time— 14.098

Best Lap By—DJ Shaw

Lap Leaders—(44 Davis, 36 Shaw, 19 Caron, 1 Parks)

Photo Credits Natasha Captured Moments