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Davis, Griffith & Shaw Thrill Claremont fans in a Classic Twin State 100 finish!!

The Twin State 100 saw some new drivers on the roster adding to the variety seen in all of the GSPSS races started this year.  George Bessette of Danbury, CT., Tommy O’Sullivan, of Wilbraham, MA., and local racer Jimmy Zullo of Claremont, NH all added their names to the list of already competitive list of drivers running.

Last years winner Derek Griffith and newcomer to Claremont, DJ Shaw set the pace early in the day, both attaining 13.9 lap times in practice. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. and Bill Ahern of Bellerica, MA. started on the front row. Guy Caron of Lempster, NH took an early lead, showing his knowledge of the track.  Griffith, Shaw, and Davis quickly made their way through the pack to the top five in the early laps of the race. Caron led for twenty-five laps until the first caution flew for Glenn Martel as he spun in turn two

On the restart, Shaw took advantage of his position near the front, and captured the lead which he would hold for a total of sixty-six laps of the race. On lap forty-seven, hometown racer Jimmy Zullo found himself in the pit for the first time in the feature after he hit the front stretch wall in practice.  He continued to battle the car throughout the night. On lap fifty-five Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT and George Bessette of Danbury, CT made contact in turn four.

Griffith took the lead on lap fifty-seven, but Shaw promptly stole it back, leading until lap ninety-four. Contact between Mike Parks of Walpole, NH and Tommy O’Sullivan in turn four stet up a six-lap shootout between Shaw, Griffith, and Davis.  The last four laps saw four different lead changes and heated restarts among the top three contenders for the win.

On lap ninety-eight Griffith and Shaw made contact on the backstretch, which led to both drivers coming out of turn four sideways and Griffith triumphed as Shaw spun.  In the final laps Griffith and Davis battled to the finish line, Davis crossing first, to become the fourth different driver to win on the series this season.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing July 2, 2016 at Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH.



Unofficial Finish

1          09        Jeremy Davis

2          12        Derek Griffith

3          08        Mike O’Sullivan

4          63        John Salemi

5          42        Guy Caron

6          29        Barry Gray

7          66        Mike Parks

8          4          Tommy O’Sullivan

9          15        George Bassette

10        51        Bill Ahern

11        1          Cory Casagrande

12        40        Mike Mitchell

13        23        Glenn Martel

14        18        Michael Scorzelli

15        68        Craig Wwinstein

16        60        DJ Shaw

17        10        Jimmy Zullo


Contingency Winner

Car #



AR Bodies (Hard Luck) $100.00 10 Jimmy Zullo


Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place) $100.00 12 Derek Griffith


Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap) $100.00 1 Cory Casagrande


Coilover (Feature winner) $300.00 09 Jeremy Davis


Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place) $50.00 08 Mike O’Sullivan


Five Star Bodies (5th Place) $50.00 42 Guy Caron


MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) $25.00 12 Derek Griffith


MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) $25.00 09 Jeremy Davis


Magnus Racing (2nd Place) $100.00 12 Derek Griffith


Powertrain (4th Place) $100.00 63 John Salemi


RB Performance  (3rd Place) $50.00 08 Mike O’Sullivan


RB Performance (7th Place) $50.00 66 Mike Parks


Seymour Performance (Random Draw) $50.00 51 Bill Ahern


Sherwood Wheels (Most Laps Lead) 60 DJ Shaw


Sunoco (Heat Winner) 5 Gals Race Fuel 12 Derek Griffith


Sunoco (Heat Winner) 5 gal Race Fuel  09  Jeremy Davis


VDL Fuel (5th Place) $100.00 42 Guy Caron


Track—Claremont Speedway, 1/3 mile Claremont NH.

Race—Twin State 100

Time of Race—50:25.9

Cautions—(6)—laps 26-56-60-94-97-98

Margin of Victory—.024

Best Lap Time—Derek Griffith

Best Lap By—13.955

Lap Leaders—(Lap 1, M. O’Sullivan)-(2-26, Caron) (27-57, Shaw)(58-60, Griffith) (61-94, Shaw) (95-97, Griffith) (98, Shaw) (99, Griffith) (100, Davis)

Photo Credits Chip Cormie

Granite State Pro Stocks Set For Return To Claremont Speedway

 Chip Cormie Photo

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will return to the place where the series ran the inaugural race this Friday night, June 17.

The 1/3 mile Claremont Speedway located in Claremont, New Hampshire will be the site for the fourth GSPSS race of the season — the Twin State 100 — one that will pay $2,000 to the winner.

The first three of the season saw three different winners — Jacob Dore, Mike O’Sullivan & DJ Shaw — and there is no reason why a fourth different driver couldn’t sit in victory lane this Friday night.

Coming into the event, Belchertown, Mass. driver Barry Gray leads the series point standings over veteran Mike Parks and newcomer Mike Mitchell. Gray was a front-runner in both former GSPSS appearances at Claremont, finishing second in 2015 and leading laps in 2011 before being involved in a crash.

Reigning series champion Derek Griffith is the defending winner of the Claremont 100. In 2015, Griffith picked up his first career series victory in dominating fashion behind the wheel of his No. 12 — a win that propelled him to a championship season.

“I think last year at Claremont we were on the ball, Louie Mechalides (crew chief) sets up a rocket everywhere we go and I have full faith in him and his skills,” Griffith said. “I am looking forward to racing with Jeremy Davis and DJ Shaw again, those guys race you hard, but they race you clean, it’s great door-to-door racing. I really liked Claremont the last time, I hope we are as strong as we were when we won.”

Other entries for the 100 lap feature include Cory Casagrande, Glenn Martel, Mike O’Sullivan and many more competitors. All drivers who compete in the event will by vying for the $2,000 prize.

The pit gates open on Friday at 3:00 p.m., with practice to follow at 4:30 p.m. There will be a rotating practice session which was also include the regular Claremont divisions. Heat racing will go green at 7 p.m.

For more information on the GSPSS, visit www.gspss.net, or email series president Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net.

QUICK FACTS: GSPSS 100 at Claremont Speedway

Track Facts:

1    Claremont Speedway is located in Claremont, New Hampshire

2   Runs weekly racing card on Friday nights

Race Facts:

1    100 lap feature event

2   12 lap qualifying heats

3   Blind draw for heat starting positions

4   $2,000 to win feature race


Event Schedule:

1    Pit area opens at 3:00 p.m.

2   Track Practice begins at 4:30 p.m.

3   GSPSS Driver’s Meeting 5:10 p. m.

4   GSPSS Practice 5;30 p.m.

5 Heat racing begins at 7 p.m.

North East Street Stock Tour Invaders to Challenge Claremont Regulars

NO. STONINGTON, CT – Is there such a thing as home field advantage in stock car racing?  Perhaps.

They may not be called Street Stocks, but Claremont Speedway’s Limited Sportsman Division bears a striking resemblance to the production cars raced in the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST).   In fact, this Friday night at the quirky, New Hampshire oval, the two will race together in a NESST-sanctioned race.

NESST part-timer, Tyler Janovsky, finished 10th in the opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, a place where he has minimal experience.  His home track is Claremont Speedway.  He began racing their in 2012, prior to the track’s closure. He then became a regular at Monadnock Speedway in the Thunder Stocks were he was able to amass two race wins and Rookie of the Year honors.

Fast forward to 2015, and Janovsky is back at Claremont in the Limited Sportsman. He was a title contender throughout the season, finishing third in the standings – the division’s highest-finishing rookie.

Last Friday night, Claremont opened their 2016 season, and Janovsky bested the field, beginning his 2016 title quest with a race win.

Introduce Joe Arena (Bristol, CT), the inaugural and defending NESST Champion. He began his season last month with a race win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, a place where he has turned thousands of laps.

That’s not the case at Claremont, though. It’s Janovsky who has the advantage of experience.   Arena has only raced their several times.

“That’s a unique track. It has two very different and unique corners. It’s a tough place to get around,” driver of the No. 74 Hen House BBQ/Traditional Motgage/Dalena Auto Parts Chevrolet Malibu, explained.

Claremont’s best will be pinned against the best of NESST in a 35-lap shootout.  So, is there such a thing as home field advantage in stock car racing? Perhaps. Come to Claremont Speedway on Friday night to find out. Racing begins at 7pm.

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