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Barker to Victory Lane at Lee USA!

Round two for the Granite State Pro Stock Series took place at The Lee USA Speedway as the Lee NH oval held its first annual May Madness last weekend. The Saturday portion of the show saw time trials and heat races as the twenty teams in attendance locked themselves into the show.

    Time trials was the first order of business and for the second race in a row it was Joey Doiron winning the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole award. Doiron and his team have made the time trial format look easy in 2019, setting the track record at Claremont Motorsports Park and just missing it at Lee. “We have just had really good cars this year” stated Doiron. “We were just a little tight in the middle today but we made it work for the pole”.

    Up next where heat races and once again it was all Doiron making it seem almost effortless as he took the win in the first of two heat races. The second heat race went to defending series champion Devin O’Connell but It was far from easy. Third generation driver Ryan Kuhn, who was very quick in practice, hounded O’Connell for the entire twelve lap distance but just didn’t quite have enough to to get around.

    Sunday started with a quick round of practice followed by the 150 lap main event. Ryan Kuhn was lucky in the redraw and started on the pole with Jimmy Renfrew Jr on the outside. Kuhn would lead the early laps until Octoberfest 2019 winner Brandon Barker would come calling and once he took the lead he would dominate. “This car was so easy to drive” barker said in victory lane. “It basically drove itself”. “We have all the Lee races on our schedule but I wish I could run this car next weekend at Monadnock, but it doesn’t fit in my schedule”.

    Late in the race Jeremy Davis would have a couple of shots at Barker but in the end would have to settle for second when his tires didn’t quite cooperate. “The stagger opened up to much late in the going” said Davis as GSPSS officials ran his car through Technical inspection. “We were trying some pretty crazy stuff setup wise and between that and the stagger we just didn’t have quite enough late”.

    Ben Rowe and his Richard Moody Racing team made the decision to race late in the day on Saturday after the event they originally planned to run rained out. With very little practice and no qualifying Rowe would have to start at the back and methodically work his way to the front, eventually getting as far as third which is where he would finish. “We made the decision to come late yesterday” said a smiling Rowe. “We just love to race and I love this place so this was a lot of fun”. Rowe continued “we had to drag Ricky (crew chief) out of the movie theater to get the car ready but here we are and this was a good day for us”.

   Mike Mitchell also showed up Sunday as he raced the night before at Seekonk Speedway. After starting in the last row alongside Rowe he quickly worked his way into the top ten, hit the wall losing a number of places, then worked his way back to fourth. Mitchell would attempt to get around Rowe on several occasions but in the end was happy with fourth. “This is a really good day for us” said Mitchell after the race. “A big thanks goes to Jeremy Davis and Davis Chassis Works. This was the most fun I’ve had in a race car in a long time.

   Polesitter and early race leader Ryan Kuhn was involved in a mid-race tussle but was able to work his way back to a fifth place finish with prerace favorite Joe Squeglia finishing sixth. Ryan green would be the final lead lap finisher as he had a strong run for his family owned team in seventh, while Luke Hinkley, Ray Christian III and Joey Doiron would complete the top ten, albeit one lap down.

   The next event for the Granite State Prostock Series will be held May 25 at the Monadnock Speedway in Swanzey NH. For schedule information and more, check out the series at www.gspss.net as well as on Facebook, Twitter and now on Instagram.

   Also in attendance were three of the first Steel Sportsman Series cars to be built. George Baldwin had his number LL 1980 Chevrolet Malibu on hand which he has clearly been testing. After several practice sessions and the 15 lap main, Baldwin was clearly the class of the field. In the 15 lap match race held Sunday afternoon he gaped the competition by about half a straightaway.

   Brian Krucek turned laps on Saturday in the 77 car, a 1970 bodied Chevrolet Impala but mechanical difficulties kept him from returning on Sunday.

   Kyle Casper showed up on Sunday with his 1986 Buick Regal Bodied car which carries a paint scheme run by Randy Lajoie in the old Busch North Series and the number 07. Casper was coming off a win in his Seekonk Sportsman car the night before so had momentum on his side but was unable to run with Baldwin on this day.

   The Steel Bodied Sportsman Series is designed to be an affordable series using slightly outdated late model and pro stock chassis with bodies that look like cars run in the 70’s, 80’s and into the nineties. The rules are designed to keep out the high dollar, high technology suspension setups and look period correct and cool. Anybody interested in getting involved is encouraged to check out the GSPSS website and click on the “steel sportsman series” tab in the upper left.

   The next event for the Steel Sportsman Series is Sunday July 14 at Hudson Speedway.

Granite State Pro Stock Series specialty awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: 00 Jimmy Renfrew  $100.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: 93 Ryan Green $75.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher: 93 Ryan Green $75.00

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: 4 Ben Rowe One Free Tire at his next event

Sunoco Heat Race Winners : #1 73Joey Doiron, #2 43 Devin O’Connell 5gal of Sunoco Race Fuel

VDL 5th Place: 72 Ryan Kuhn $100.00

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time:

1st Joey Doiron $125.00

2nd Devin O’Connell $75.00

3rd Joe Squeglia $50.00

Doiron Kicks off the GSPSS season in Style

The Granite State Pro Stock series kicked off its 2019 season with a 100 lap event at the all new Claremont Motorsports Park Saturday night May 4th..

Claremont top 3 3rd Matt Frahm 1st Joey Doiron 2nd Luke Hinkley (From L to R) Claremont Speedway May 4th 2019 Tom MOrris Photo

The event started with time trials and the Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge which was won by Joey Doiron who’s Lap of 13.901 seconds topped the track record by a tenth of a second.

Heat races were up next and all three had exciting racing throughout. Local drivers Luke Hinkley and Guy Caron won the first two heats while Matt Frahm was the victor in heat number three.

Before the feature, Doiron chose to accept the GSPSS, NHSTRA back of the pack Challenge. He chose to start last in the 23 car field with the incentive of an additional $1000.00 if he could take the win.  

The main event rolled out with local hot shoe Kyle Welch and Oxford Plains Speedway champion Gabe Brown sharing the front row after the GSPSS redraw. The first 75 laps of the event went off fairly smoothly with racing throughout the field and Doiron very patiently making his way forward.

A rash of late race cautions found several of the fastest cars deep in the field having to work their way forward but the race came down to a battle between Doiron and Luke Hinkley. The two raced side by side, lap after lap for a number of laps and through several restarts never giving an inch but never crossing the line of rough racing.

Ultimately it was Doiron who prevailed taking the win and the thousand dollar back of the pack challenge. After the race he said “the car was perfect”. “I knew we had a good car in practice which is why I took the challenge”.

Hinkley was happy with second but disappointed at not being able to close the deal and score his first series win. “I’ve got to talk to parks about running 50 lap races” he said n Victory lane. “We just have to learn how to run one hundred laps”.

Matt Frahm took home a hard fought third place finish by running consistently and staying out of trouble. “We fought this car all day long” he said in victory lane. “It wasn’t great but my dad and the guys busted their butts and we came out of this with a solid finish”.

Ray Christian III and Devin O’Connell would round out the top five despite tangling late in the race and having to come from the back. “It was nothing intentional” stated O’Connell. “I got into him and turned him around”. “I’ve apologized to that whole93 team and hopefully they understand” he added.

Angelo Belsito came home in a solid sixth position followed closely by Jake Matheson Who had a busy week as he turned sixteen on Thursday, got his drivers license on Friday and competed in his first race in a full size car on Saturday, staying out of trouble and finishing seventh.

Ricky Bly stayed out of trouble to finish eighth while Bobby Pelland and front row starter Gabe Brown rounded out the top ten.

The next event for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is Saturday and Sunday May 18th and 19th at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee NH. Practice, time trials and heat races will be run starting at noon on Saturday and a Consi and the 150 lap main event will be run on Sunday.

Follow the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook and Twitter and check out the latest news at GSPSS.net.

Contingency awards went to:

Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge: Joey Doiron

Sunoco Race fuels heat winners: Luke Hinkley, Guy Caron, Matt Frahm

O’Reilly auto Parts 7th place finisher: Jake Matheson

O’Reilly Auto Parts Last car on the lead Lap: Bobby Pelland

VDL Fuel Systems 5th place finisher: Devin O’Connell

American Racer Hard Charger: Joey Doiron

A/R Bodies Hard Luck award: John Micheal Shenette

Tom Morris Photos

Northeast Racing Legend to Return with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

Photo: Tom Morris GSPSS

For the 2019 Granite State Pro Stock Series Season, car owner Wright Pearson has tabbed northeast racing legend Tommy Rosati to pilot one of his two entries. Rosati, the 1979 Oxford 250 winner and multi-time pro stock champion, hasn’t competed in 17 years, but that’s not deterring the duo.

   Rosati has a history of success throughout New England, in just about every                          type of race car. He won multiple championships at both Riverside Park and Stafford motor speedway in Pro Stocks, and the record books will show numerous poles and a win in what is now known as the K&N East series. 1994 was Rosatis most succesful year in NASCAR competition running the Busch North Series, where he and his Tic Tac sponsored team ran 18 of the 20 scheduled races. They scored one win, six top five’s and 10 top ten’s while leading 415 laps and finishing ninth in the final point’s standings. During his lengthy career he also ran Modifieds, Pro-four modifieds and made two starts in what is now the Xfinity series.

   In the summer of 2018 during a conversation with Tommy O’Sullivan, Pearson found out that Rosati had “gotten the itch to race again”. Weeks later, the team and driver got together for a test session at Monadnock Speedway. The test went so well that they agreed to return to the track for the 2018 JBH 100. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, the plan was derailed but the seed had been planted. Just before Thanksgiving Rosati called Pearson and told him “I’m all in for whatever you want to do”. Subsequent talks have led to a very busy season as Pearson has three cars and a fourth on the way to be run across three different series.

   Throughout his career Rosati has had the opportunity to compete on most of the tracks that the Granite State Pro Stock Series visits. When asked about the tracks that he will race on this year he said “I really like Lee and Waterford. I think we should run really well everywhere we go, but those two are the ones I am most looking forward to”. Rosati then added that “Speedway 51 is the only track I have never competed on, so I’m looking forward to to racing there”. When asked about goals for the season he said “I think we can win two to three races and contend for the championship”.

   Both Pearson and Rosati want to focus on the GSPSS schedule but have ambitious plans for 2019. “We are going to focus on Granite State as long as things are going well” stated Pearson. “We want to have some fun and not tear up equipment and as long as that’s happening we will continue to chase the series championship”. Rosati then added “This could be my last chance so it needs to be fun for everyone”. “When it stops being fun we will do something else”.

   One of the details that pushed Rosati to make this happen was the friendship between himself, Pearson and former car owner Tom O’Sullivan. In 1997 Rosati won the last of his championships at Stafford Motor Speedway driving a car fielded by O’Sullivan. On the crew during those years were Tom’s sons Mike and Tommy who has also driven a car for Pearson in the past, and will step into the role of spotter for 2019.

   These days its Mike O’Sullivan doing the driving for the family owned team and he looks forward to competing against his hero. “I have the utmost respect for that Guy” states O’Sullivan. “I watched him drive for my father when I was eight or nine”. When asked about Rosatis influence on him, Mike had this to say. “When I started driving in late 1996 we had two cars. He’d follow me or I’d follow him and he’d talk to me on the radio for two or three laps at a time. Imagine the advantage of learning like that” he added.

   Now the the two will be competitors, both with the same goal of winning the 2019 GSPSS title. At the same time they will be pseudo team mates. When asked about crew Pearson said “I don’t have a whole lot of help. We’ll park with the O’Sullivans and some of Tommys (O’Sullivan) old guys are gonna help out. Also, I’m sure Mikes Guys will jump in if needed”. “Tommy (Rosati) asked me what would happen if we got a flat and I told him we would get it changed. My back is pretty screwed up so it might be tomorrow but we will get it changed” he added with a chuckle.

   Pearson also plans to run a second car in just short of half of the 2019 GSPSS races. Brandon Barker will be doing the driving and his pit crew will help out when that car runs. “I think the first race we will run both cars will be the Lee race in May” Said Pearson “Brandon has a real good group so that will be a big help on the second car”.

   The new pairing can be seen throughout the 2019 season anywhere the Granite State Pro Stock Series Races. The first opportunity for series to hit the track will be at the new Claremont Motorsports Park. The third mile oval in Claremont NH will host a test session Saturday April 27 followed by the first race of the season Friday night May third.

   Follow the series and check out the 2019 schedule on Facebook and Twitter as well as the website at www.gspss.net.