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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.

For more information about the North East Street Stock Tour, visit www.nestreetstocktour.com, and be social with us on Facebook and Twitter.

16-Race Schedule Announced For 2016 VMRS Season

Canaan, New Hampshire. — A first time visit to a New Hampshire Speedway, an appearance with the Pass Pro All Stars Series in Maine, and the traditional stops at New England’s top bull-rings and historic ovals, highlight the 2016 season for New England’s Valenti Modified Racing Series. Jack Bateman, series founder and president, made the announcement Thursday night, December 2.

The 13th annual season opens Saturday night April 23, 2016, with Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire, once again rolling out the carpet for the new campaign.

The series next competes Friday night, May 20 at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut. The event will be the first of three races at the half-mile oval. Friday, June 24, and Friday, September 2, is the dates to circle for return visits.

New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and track owner, Joey Laquerre, opens the gates to his Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire, for the first ever VMRS visit. The event will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 28.

The month of June finds Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts, hosting the series. Seekonk has hosted close competition and finishes through the years. June 4 is the date.

Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine will host the ground-pounders twice. Saturday, June 18, for the first event, and August 27, as part of the prestigious Oxford 250 weekend.

The week after the June Stafford date, the long tradition of Monadnock Speedway hosting the series continues with their annual Independence weekend event on Saturday, July 2.

The series remains in New Hampshire with a stop at Claremont Speedway, July 8, and Lee USA Speedway July 22. The Lee event is a return to the month of July after June races the last few seasons.

The annual ‘Wings and Wheels’ takes place at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, August 13, with Monadnock Speedway on the docket August 20.

The VMRS joins with the Pass All Stars Series, September 17, at Scarborough, Maine’s, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for the first time.

The fall traditions continue with stops at Lee USA Speedway for the annual ‘Oktoberfest’ weekend, October 8th and 9th, and the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut, October 14, 15.