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CASEY CALL OUTDUELS TYLER REDDICK FOR $10,000 KEEN PARTS 150 WIN

LEE, N.H. – In one evening, three years of effort and frustration came together for Casey Call.

PHOTO: Rob Branning/GSPSS

Call outlasted the field and outdueled visiting NASCAR star Tyler Reddick to earn his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win in Friday’s Keen Parts 150.

And after recording one of the closest finishes in series history, the 2020 GSPSS Rookie of the Year stood in front of the grandstands in possession of a $10,000 check, the Keen Cup, and a remarkable career milestone.

“Especially to go toe-to-toe with Tyler Reddick, that was one hell of a race,” an exuberant Call said in victory lane. “But the first one, ten grand? That makes it a whole lot better.”

With 150 green-flag laps around one of New England’s most challenging track surfaces, experience and patience seemed equally likely to factor into the outcome. But Call, the polesitter, was content to remain at the front, leaving his challengers to settle second on back amongst themselves.

Several competitors found misfortune in the opening laps, but the race quickly settled into a green-flag marathon, with Dave Farrington, Jr. and Star Speedway winner Bryan Kruczek swapping second place early on. By lap fifty, the top six had driven away from the rest of the field, with Call leading Kruczek, Farrington, time-trial speedster Ryan Green, Joey Polewarczyk and Corey Bubar.

Farrington and Green each took turns trying to unseat Kruczek as the laps clicked by, with Farrington scrubbing the frontstretch wall just past halfway. Bobby Baillargeon caught up with Farrington on lap 96, spinning the multi-time Maine track champion on the backstretch and bringing out a caution flag to slow Call’s pace.

Green restarted second but had no answer for Call, who left the Maine racer to battle Kruczek, Bubar and Polewarczyk for the runner-up spot. As Kruczek asserted himself in second, Green fell victim to hard racing in the pack, spinning from the top five to bring out a caution with 31 laps remaining.

The runner-up in May’s Granite State Derby at Lee, Kruczek pressured Call for the lead when the green flag came out. Call inched ahead of the Newmarket, N.H. veteran, but a spin for Derek Kneeland bunched up the field once again. Call dug in deep to fend off Kruczek, but rookie Nick Cusack spun while battling Polewarczyk, bringing out the yellow once again.

Reddick, who started second but fell back early to save tires, lined up third for the restart. Reddick went to work on Kruczek for second, getting the better of the local star and setting off to chase down Call for the lead. As Reddick shaved time off Call’s advantage, Kruczek plummeted through the pack, spinning out with eight laps remaining to bring out the final caution flag of the night.

Lining up behind Call and Reddick was points leader Joey Doiron, who ran at the tail of the pack after sustaining early damage. While Doiron fought Bubar for a podium slot, Call and Reddick were free to settle the race between themselves. Reddick got to the inside line, peeking under Call but never making the move. With two to go, Reddick found his opening, drawing alongside Call to take the white flag. Call powered past down the backstretch, with Reddick pinned to the inside to take the shorter path around.

Call found the momentum he needed off turn four, though, beating Reddick to the line by .060 seconds.

The big win came in Call’s 24th series start, a year after he recorded his best finish to date, a second-place showing at Hudson Speedway. For the second year in a row, GSPSS’ longest and richest race of the year has been won by a first-time winner.

Reddick’s runner-up finish came in his first-ever pavement Pro Stock start. 

“I definitely saved a little bit too much, if it would have run out green,” he said of his strategy. “But we got fortunate and caught a caution, so that pretty much put us back in the hunt.” Before the race, the Californian turned a few exhibition laps alongside Kneeland, his Cup Series spotter and a Maine native.

Corey Bubar bested Doiron in the final sprint to finish third. Doiron settled for fourth at the finish, though with another of his title challengers absent for the evening, the path to a second GSPSS championship took another small step forward. Brandon Barker, racing as a teammate to Reddick in one of Archie St. Hilaire’s entries, rounded out the top five.

2020 GSPSS champion Joey Polewarczyk was sixth, with Green rallying for a seventh-place finish after his spin. Development driver Isaac Bevin was eighth, with early contender Farrington ninth and Kneeland completing the top ten.

Friday’s race was part of the Keen Cup, a promotion by race sponsor Keen Parts, one of the foremost sources for Chevrolet Corvette parts. The Keen family has focused this year on supporting regional motorsports through the Keen Cup program.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series schedule resumes on August 12 at Claremont Motorsports Park, where the $7,500-to-win Claremont Cash Bash will be part of a doubleheader evening with the rescheduled Racers Honoring Racers 100 Tour-type Modified open-competition feature. Details on the big doubleheader evening will be released shortly.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS, Keen Parts 150, July 15, 2022:

1. (90NH) Casey Call

2. (8) Tyler Reddick

3. (12x) Corey Bubar

4. (73) Joey Doiron

5. (32) Brandon Barker

6. (4NH) Joey Polewarczyk

7. (93) Ryan Green

8. (7B) Isaac Bevin

9. (23) Dave Farrington, Jr.

10. (90K) Derek Kneeland

11. (2) Nick Cusack

12. (04) TJ Watson

13. (94) Garrett Hall

14. (05F) Bobby Frappier

15. (19) Bryan Kruczek

16. (82) Bobby Baillargeon

17. (77) Jeremy Sorel

18. (01) Sammy Gooden

19. (47) Kelly Moore

20. (10) Kate Re

21. (46) Dylan Estrella

22. (48) Derek Gluchacki

23. (99) Charlie Buxton

24. (N40) Dan McKeage, Jr.

25. (7CT) Cory Casagrande

DJ Shaw Rockets To Granite State Pro Stock Series Win at Monadnock Speedway

By Jeff Brown, for Granite State Pro Stock Series

PHOTO: Rob Branning/Granite State Pro Stock Series

WINCHESTER, N.H. – DJ Shaw did not plan on a trip to Monadnock Speedway. Monadnock Speedway did not plan on a rain delay. But Shaw made the most of both turns of fate.

The multi-time Super Late Model champion picked up the win in Sunday’s rain-delayed Doghouse 75, the fourth race of the Granite State Pro Stock Series 2022 season.

An early cancellation of an event in Maine opened the schedule for Shaw and a couple other drivers to make the trip to “Mad Dog” for Saturday’s racing. Under cloudy skies, Joey Doiron clocked in fastest in time trials, with Dylan Estrella drawing the pole position in the pre-race redraw.

But clouds quickly gave way to pop-up rainstorms that soaked the track beyond recovery, and with no break in the pattern, track officials were forced to call the night early, moving the evening’s feature racing to Sunday afternoon.

Estrella led the field to green under sunny skies, distancing himself from the pack as outside polesitter Garrett Hall fell back through traffic. Shaw, who started fourth, climbed to second and began chipping away at Estrella’s advantage.

As the race approached halfway, Shaw and the top-five cars quickly closed the gap to Estrella, with Shaw looking for a way around the race leader. On lap 42, Shaw found an opening at last, getting underneath the rookie and driving on past.

While Doiron and Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. worked on Estrella, Shaw drove away, setting a blistering pace. Doiron eventually cleared Estrella, but Shaw was already several car lengths ahead, and with the race running clean and green, Doiron would have to chase Shaw down the hard way.

A winner in his last visit to Monadnock Speedway in 2020, Shaw held on to park the HK Powersports/Renfrew Motorsports Chevrolet in victory lane for his ninth GSPSS win.

Doiron’s second-place finish, his fourth top-five run of 2022 in four starts, helped the 2019 GSPSS champion to pad his points lead.

Rookie Nick Cusack charged to third in the closing laps. The Beech Ridge Motor Speedway alumnus earned his first career podium finish under the GSPSS banner.

Renfrew held on for fourth, completing a top-four sweep for cars out of the Dale Shaw Race Cars stable. A late race scramble through lapped traffic helped Jeremy Sorel sneak into the top five for his own career best finish.

Early leader Estrella was sixth across the line. Maine’s Joe Pastore, another of the last-minute additions to the entry list, made his first-ever trip to Monadnock successful with a seventh-place run. Vermont’s Josh King was eighth, with Garrett Hall and Angelo Belsito rounding out the top ten.

Eighteen cars gridded Saturday evening for the feature. Five cars, including third-in-points Luke Hinkley, had other plans in place for Sunday and were unable to return for the feature.

The next race on the GSPSS calendar is at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H. on July 2, where the series will return for the first time since 2019. Details on tickets and scheduling for the series’ visit to “Grovetona” will be released shortly.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS, Doghouse 75, June 19, 2022:

1. (60) DJ Shaw

2. (73) Joey Doiron

3. (2) Nick Cusack

4. (00) Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.

5. (77) Jeremy Sorel

6. (46) Dylan Estrella

7. (20P) Joe Pastore

8. (21) Josh King

9. (94) Garrett Hall

10. (48) Angelo Belsito

11. (01) Sammy Gooden

12. (29) Barry Gray

13. (90NH) Casey Call

DNS (31NH) Luke Hinkley

DNS (05) Jimmy Blewett

DNS (7CT) Cory Casagrande

DNS (N40) Dan McKeage, Jr.

DNS (99) Charlie Buxton

Preview: Granite State Pro Stock Series To Join NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Monadnock Speedway

By Jeff Brown, for Granite State Pro Stock Series

PHOTO: Rob Branning/Granite State Pro Stock Series

WALPOLE, N.H. – The fourth event of the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ 2022 season is going to be no walk in the park.

The New Hampshire-based Pro Stock touring series reconvenes this weekend at Monadnock Speedway, as part of an action-packed program featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Saturday’s Doghouse 75 will set the stage for the highly anticipated Duel At The Dog 200 for NASCAR’s only open-wheeled division, capping off an evening that promises 400 circuits of wheel-to-wheel, door-to-door action around the high-banked Winchester, N.H., quarter-mile.

Nestled in the southwestern corner of the Granite State, Monadnock has been a place to call home for both fendered and open-wheeled cars for five decades. Under the ownership of the Wrenn family, facility upgrades all around the track have given Monadnock a fresh face. But at the center of those upgrades awaits the same tricky oval that fans and racers call “Mad Dog.”

The GSPSS has tackled Monadnock fifteen times since 2012, with eight different drivers tasting victory on the high banks. For years, Monadnock was home to the series’ annual tribute to departed GSPSS co-founder John “Boy” Hoyt. Most of the races held at the track have been 100-lap contests, but Saturday night’s race is only 75 laps, instilling a sense of urgency in the series’ best as they take the green flag.

Leading the series to Monadnock is Joey Doiron, the points leader and the winner of May’s Granite State Derby at Lee USA Speedway. Fresh off another Super Late Model win in Maine, Doiron carries plenty of momentum to “Mad Dog.” Doiron may not have a lot of laps around Monadnock, but he has top-five finishes in both of his visits to the track, and he certainly knows how to win on the bullrings.

Luke Hinkley lurks in Doiron’s shadow in the standings after opening the year with back-to-back runner-up finishes. The Claremont, N.H., racer managed a top ten in a strong field at Lee. Monadnock poses a new challenge for Hinkley, though; he was fifteenth in his only visit to the track in 2019.

Third in points is Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., who has been anything but idle since May’s race at Lee. Renfrew is still hunting for his second career win and with his experience at Star Speedway and White Mountain Motorsports Park, the young racer will be poised for a strong run Saturday.

Only two points separate Nick Cusack and Dylan Estrella in the battle for fourth place in the standings. Monadnock will be a new challenge for the two first-year GSPSS regulars, but both have adapted well to new tracks so far. Estrella’s years at Seekonk Speedway, a third-mile oval that drives like a quarter mile, might give him the edge in the battle.

Casey Call sits seventh in points after an early exit at Lee. Last year’s visit to Monadnock was unkind to the third year GSPSS racer, and Call will be out for revenge from “Mad Dog” this time around. Jeremy Sorel turned his fortunes around at Lee with a sixth-place finish and will be angling for more of the same at the track closest to his Deerfield, Mass., home. Sammy Gooden, still reeling from a slow start to the season, is looking for his first top ten of the young season. Rookie Dan McKeage, Jr. and series newcomer Charlie Buxton will be on separate missions to build their short track notebooks at a new venue.

Returning to GSPSS competition for his second start of the year is Vermont’s Josh King, who counts Monadnock among his top tracks. King won a rain shortened JBH 100 at Monadnock in 2017, and he has not finished outside the top ten at “Mad Dog” since 2015.

Barry Gray will be back in the saddle for only his second start since a grinding crash at Monadnock in 2020. Gray, the 2016 GSPSS champion, has a series-leading four wins at the bullring, with his last coming in 2015.

Cory Casagrande still seeks his first touring win, but the Nutmeg State native has always been fast on the quarter-miles. Casagrande will also have experience guiding him from the stands; his longtime spotter, Matt Frahm, has three GSPSS trophies of his own from “Mad Dog.”

Garrett Hall’s first GSPSS attempt of the year sets up an intriguing head-to-head battle. Hall and fellow Beech Ridge Motor Speedway alum Joey Doiron have each served as the other’s crew chief on their driving off-weekends. Saturday’s race will pit the top driver and the top wrench from the Granite State Derby against each other as Hall looks for his first GSPSS win since 2017.

Also returning to the GSPSS ranks is Angelo Belsito, the winner of the last GSPSS appearance at Monadnock Speedway. A contender for the 2020 title with four series wins under his belt, Belsito has been quiet on the touring front since last summer, running a few late-season Super Late Model shows at his home track, Seekonk Speedway. Belsito will strap into Rollie Lindblad’s familiar #48 to defend his win in last May’s Monadnock bout.

The ultimate wildcard, though, may be the weekend’s ringer, Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett. Visiting from the open-wheel side of the pit paddock, Blewett is a multi-time NASCAR Modified Tour winner, the reigning New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway World Series Modified champion, and a seven-time Turkey Derby winner at Wall Stadium Speedway in his native New Jersey. All Blewett lacks is a fendered résumé. For his first GSPSS race ever, Blewett will be in Jacob Dore’s #05, a car Joey Doiron wheeled to a fourth-place finish at Star.

Dore’s car comes from the Dale Shaw Race Cars shop, and with Shaw-built cars sweeping all three races this season, Blewett will be in position to battle the best for victory.

Monadnock Speedway and JDV Productions are proud to welcome fans to the Duel At the Dog 200 on Saturday, June 18. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Granite State Pro Stock Series headline a full day of action including Monadnock’s own Late Model Sportsmen, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks. The grandstands open at 2:30pm and qualifying begins at 4:45pm, with feature racing to follow.

Advance tickets for Saturday’s program are available through JDV Productions at www.jdvproductions.com through Friday, with tickets also available at the track. General admission seats are $40.00, and children 12 and under are admitted free. “JDV Experience” VIP packages are also available.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.