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GSPSS 2020 Preparations in Full Swing

As the Granite State Pro Stock Series makes its way through the long New England off season, series staff and teams prepare for the upcoming racing calendar.

The 2020 Schedule has seen a few last minute adjustments of late, but the bulk of it remains the same. The tentative Adirondack date won’t happen but Waterford has picked up that date and construction at the CT shoreline oval seems to be progressing nicely.

Also recently announced was a rain date for The Beech Ridge event. Should weather interrupt the Friday July 24th event, it will happen on Saturday July 25th instead.

Finally, for the last several years, The GSPSS has highlighted the Friday portion of Thompson’s World Series. New for 2020 is a Saturday race date and the series will crown its champion on that weekend.

Teams also have begun thinking about the season ahead and if early registrations are any indication, 2020 could be a record breaking year. Nearly twenty teams have registered as of the first of February with drivers from seven states having filed paperwork to compete.

A pair of former champions have registered for 2020. Two time series champion Mike O’Sullivan will compete in his traditional #08. The Wilbraham MA driver ran a limited schedule in 2019 after work commitments and an injury cut short his season. Another former champion returning for 2020 is Belchertown MA’s Barry Gray. The 2016 title holder looks to right the ship after a dismal 2019 season.

Other veterans that have registered thus far include Wayne Helliwell Jr. And his Bruce Barnhardt lead team as well as long time series competitor Cory Casagrande and Claremont NH’s Luke Hinkley.

Ray Christian III and his Crazy Horse Racing team have registered for the 2020 season as they try to move up one spot in the final point standings. Christian will face stiff competition from several teams including The Davis Chassis Works team lead by driver Jeremy Davis in their brand new machine. 

Several new comers look to compete with the series in the coming season. Beach Ridge veteran Trevor Sanborn and Seekonk veterans Kevin Casper and Ryan Lineham have both filed paperwork. So to have Sayville NY’s Kyle Harvell and Cody Leblanc who will compete for rookie of the year honors.

Young guns Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Jake Matheson and Gabe Brown are all early registrants. All three look to continue to learn and improve their results in 2020.

Despite it already being 2020, there is one more event on the 2019 schedule. The annual banquet of champions will be held on Saturday Feb. 22nd at The Thompson Speedway club house. There, the series will honor 2020 GSPSS champion Joey Doiron and his team on their championship season. Despite recent shoulder surgery, Doiron and his family owned team are expected to try to defend there title in 2020. At the banquet they will receive the champions share of a record series point fund.

For more Information go to www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Registered Drivers (as of 02/03/2020)

·         00  Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

·         7   Cory Casagrande

·         08  Mike O’Sullivan

·         12  Bobby Pelland Jr.

·         16  Kyle Harvell

·         17  Kevin Folan

·         27  Wayne Helliwell Jr.

·         28  Greg Nanigian

·         29  Barry Gray

·         29s  Trevor Sanborn

·         31  Luke Hinkley

·         47  Gabe Brown

·         48  Ryan Lineham

·         51  Bill Ahern

·         52  Jake Matheson

·         55  Cody LeBlanc

·         88  Kevin Casper

·         90  Casey Call

·         93  Ray Christian III

DAV Fall Classic up next for GSPSS

Seekonk, MA – For the first time ever, the D. Anthony Venditti Fall Classic at Seekonk Speedway will be a Granite State Pro Stock Series sanctioned event. This annual year-end race has been held since 1992 and features Pro Stocks headlining what is sure to be a fantastic afternoon of racing.

    As race day approaches, excitement is building for both Seekonk regulars as well as GSPSS teams and staff. Series president Mike Parks stated, “We are honored to have been asked to be a part of this great event. We look forward to teaming up with the staff and teams from this historic race track and put on a great show”.

    The last time the series visited the Massachusetts oval was in 2017 and hometown driver and multi-time track champion Dave Darling came out on top. Darling will try to go back to back in GSPSS appearances at his home track. When asked about the return of the series he said, “I think it’s great that the GSPSS is coming back to Seekonk. It will be interesting to see the difference between the series rules and the track rules and how the cars look and feel.” Darling went on to say, “I think it’s awesome that Seekonk has bonus money up for the top five Seekonk regulars as well, if someone can win without bump stops.”

    As early entries roll into the GSPSS office, a strong contingent of 2019 Seekonk regulars have preregistered. Three of the top five in track points have entered to try their mettle against the regular GSPSS competitors. Ryan Vanasse, Kevin Casper, and champion Darling will try to continue solid 2019 seasons and add their names to the list of DAV winners.

    Former Seekonk regular Bobby Pelland heads to his home track having run all but one series race in 2019. He currently sits seventh in the points and the team is improving every time they hit the track. “I’m pumped to go to both Seekonk and Thompson” said Pelland. “I think we’re starting to figure out the new car but we’ll find out during practice on Friday and bring out the old car on Saturday if we need to.”

    Ryan Kuhn has filed his entry for the DAV and has quietly put together a solid season in 2019. The former late model standout at the third-mile oval has had a solid season of late model and pro stock competition and looks to continue that trend.

    Other drivers with extensive Seekonk experience who have filed entries include Austin Blais, Kevin Folan, Mike Brightman, and Nick Lascuola.

    Also joining the track regulars will be a strong group of series regulars. Series point leader Joey Doiron comes into the DAV with a healthy forty-six point lead over defending champion Devin O’Connell. Both drivers have filed entries for the race and look forward to taking their season long battle into Seekonk.

Doiron looks to maintain his lead in the standings at a track that hasn’t been his best. “I don’t mind Seekonk”, said Doiron, “I feel like we’ve never run to our capability so we’ll go and see what we can do”. Doiron went on to say, “I think it’s good for the series to go to tracks that run these cars weekly. It will bring in more cars that hopefully will run more races with the GSPSS in the future”.

    Other series regulars who have entered this event are two time champion Mike O’Sullivan and 2017 champ Barry Gray who will get back in the seat after son Adam drove the 29 at Star Speedway. Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. has quietly put together a solid season while rookie driver Jake Matheson looks to continue his solid first campaign.

    Seekonk Speedway will hold an open test for all competitors on Friday Sept. 27 with pits opening at noon and practice running from 1pm until 5pm. On Saturday pit gates will open at 9am with practice at 11am and racing beginning at 2pm. Competition for the pro stocks will include the Crazy Horse Racing Race For the Pole as competitors battle the clock for heat race starting positions, twelve lap heat races, and the one hundred lap DAV memorial.

    For more information go to www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also go to the track’s webpage at www.seekonkspeedway.com.

Pre Entries (As of 9/23)

  • 1)       73   Joey Doiron
  • 2)       29   Barry Gray
  • 3)       00   Jimmy Renfrew Jr.
  • 4)       1x   Todd Stone
  • 5)       43   Devin O’Connell
  • 6)       93   Ray Christian III
  • 7)       21   Josh King
  • 8)       08   Mike O’Sullivan
  • 9)       14   Matt Frahm
  • 10)   52   Jake Matheson
  • 11)   46   Dennis Spencer Jr.
  • 12)   16   Tommy Rosatti
  • 13)   21   Jacob Perry
  • 14)   8     Angelo Belsito
  • 15)   16   Austin Blais
  • 16)   52   David Darling
  • 17)   72   Ryan Kuhn
  • 18)   12   Bobby Pelland
  • 19)   18   John Lowiniski-Loh
  • 20)   88   Kevin Casper
  • 21)   40   Mike Mitchell
  • 22)   17   Kevin Folan
  • 23)   27   Mike Brightman
  • 24)   11   Ryan Vanasse
  • 25)   90   Craig Weinstein
  • 26)   48   Ryan Lineham
  • 27)   39   Nick Lascuola
  • 28)   17   Eddie MacDonald
  • 29)   23   David Farrington
  • 30)   59   Reid Lanpher

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