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GSPSS headed to Monadnock Speedway

The Granite State Pro Stock Series heads to one of the original tracks on the schedule as they make their first and possibly only visit to the quarter mile bull ring Friday August first. The Winchester NH oval was one of the first facilities to sign on with the then fledgling series and has been a staple ever since.

Mike O’Sullivan picked up his only win of the 2019 campaign at the tricky high banked oval and returns, hoping to turn his 2020 season around. The two time series champion scored a top five finish at the second round at Claremont but has struggled to get the finishes hes expects in his other two starts.

DJ Shaw is expected to compete this weekend at a track where the win has eluded him thus far. Shaw has had the dominant car in recent events at the Monadnock high banks but bad luck has derailed his efforts. Although the Precision JLM team has yet to file an entry, they have stated that they intend to race.

Ray Christian III leads the way in the 2020 point standings but only by fourteen points over Joey Polewarczyk. Angelo Belsito sits twenty four markers back on the heels of two straight wins. All three will take their fight to Monadnock where none of the three have ever won and Christian III is the only one to ever race there.

Rookie Competitors Casey Call and Cody Leblanc both plan to attend this event as they battle for rookie of the year honors along with Ryan Lineham. All three have posted solid finishes this year and look to continue to learn at a track that is traditionally tough on rookies. Lineham has yet to officially enter but has stated he intends to be there.

Josh King is a former winner at Monadnock and had a very successful test at the quarter mile bull ring before kicking off his season. King looks to get back to victory lane for the first time since 2017 at the track closest to his Vernon Vt shop and he’ll try to do it in a brand new race car. King has run the car twice now and hopes he has all the kinks worked out of it.

Barry Gray is a former Pro Stock champion at both the track and with the series. Gray missed the most recent event at Claremont Motorsports Park to concentrate on getting his car right for one of his best tracks. He looks to get back to a victory lane he is very familiar with.

Other entries include Kevin Folan, Mike Mitchell and and Jake Matheson. Folan and Mitchell are veteran competitors and Matheson is in his second year out of the legends car ranks. All three have raced at Monadnock previously and look for strong runs.

Post time for this event will be at 6:00pm and the GSPSS will be joined by the Monadnock Speedway weekly racing divisions.

August 15 the series heads for Beach Ridge Speedway in Scarborough Maine for a 150 lap affair. This will be the first ever visit to the coastal speedway and the first time the the traveling pro stockers have raced in the state of Maine in several years.

For more information visit www.gspss.net or check them out on there various social media pages.

Belsito continues to roll at Claremont

The Granite State Pro Stock Series descended on the Claremont Motorsports Park for a final tune up for the Granite State nationals to be held Labor Day weekend. Ten teams opted to take advantage of the opportunity to work on setups and adjustments that might give them an advantage when they compete for $10,000. At the end of the day it was Auburn NH’s Angelo Belsito who made it two in a row with the GSPSS.

Ray Christian III came into the event looking to make it four in a row at the NH third mile oval and in practice it looked like he and his team were prepared to do so. The Uncasville CT driver laid down fast laps in both practice sessions and looked like the man to beat heading for The Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge. Unfortunately a technical infraction just beforehand, caused his time to be disallowed, relegating him to the back of the heat race.

Angelo Belsito would wind up as the fastest man in time trials and lead the heat race to green. Home town driver Luke Hinkley would get to the front early and take down the heat race win.

After the GSPSS redraw it was Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk who would start on the pole along side second year driver Jake Matheson. Pole would lead the first several laps as Matheson fought his car and fell out of the top five.

Angelo Belsito would move to the lead early and pace the field for the majority of the event. He would lead a four car pack also consisting of “Pole” Christian III and Luke Hinkley. Those four would pull away from the remainder of the field and settle the top spots among themselves.

Hinkley would move around Christian III late in the going but was unable to mount a substantial charge for the win. Joey “Pole” would take over the third spot late in the going relegating Christian III to fourth.

Jake Matheson would fight through to take back the fifth position beating out rookie of the year competitor Cody LeBlanc in sixth.

Josh King would finish in the seventh position in a brand new race car and is looking forward to returning to Monadnock Speedway, the site of his first series win, Saturday August first.

Ryan Lineham stepped out of the 48 car after the Hudson race and competed in car number 10 for this event. The team Jelled quickly and came home with a solid top 10 finish in eighth.

John Lowinski-Loh would finish in the ninth position with Freddy Astle completing the top ten as he took over the seat of the 48.

The next event for the series is scheduled to take place at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester NH. The quarter mile oval was one of the original tracks on the series and continue to host some of the best races each year.

To follow the series go to www.gspss.net or follow the series on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Results:

1 – 8B Angelo Belsito

2 – 31nh Luke Hinkley

3 – 97 Joey Polewarcyk

4 – 93ct Ray Christian III

5 – 52nh Jake Matheson

6 – 55 Cody Leblanc

7 – 21 Josh King

8- 10 Ryan Lineham

9 – 18 John Lowinski-Loh

10 – 48 Fred Astle

Contingency Awards :

Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – 31nh Luke Hinkley

Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – 1st $125 -8b Angelo Belsito – 2nd $75 – 31nh Luke Hinkley – 3rd $50 – 52nh Jake Matheson

Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 21 Josh King

Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 8b Angelo Belsito – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event

    VDL Fuel Systems – 5th $100 product certificate – 52nh Jake Matheson

American Racer Hard Charger – one free tire – 8b Angelo Belsito

Speed 51 leader at lap 51 – $51 – 8b Angelo Belsito

Belsito Victorious in GSPSS Gate City Classic at Hudson

Photo : Tom Morris

Angelo Belsito finally sealed the deal in the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway Sunday afternoon. The Auburn MA driver had lead many laps and contended for the win in both of the first two Granite State Pro Stock Series races of 2020, only to watch victory slip away.

   Belsito was good in practice, good in his heat race and dominant over the last two thirds of the feature event but victory was not easy. The Crazy Horse Racing fast time challange was removed from the schedule as time was tight due to local regulations so Cory Casagrande’s track record survives for another year. As a result heat races would be lined up based on each drivers fast lap in the second practice session.

   Belsito would start second in his heat race and finish in the same position after a spirited battle with defending series champion Joey Doiron. Doiron would end up victorious and the top three from each heat would go to the redraw. For the second race in a row the redraw would be where Belsito would struggle as he pulled the worst number possible, nine.

   Winner of the last three series events, Ray Christian III, and local hot shoe Wayne Helliwell Jr would join Doiron as heat race winners. Christian’s crew chief Mickey Green would pull starting position number one while Helliwell would do just one spot better than Belsito starting in eighth and Doiron would pull five.

   Early in the going Chrisian III and Joey “Pole” seemed to be the drivers to beat as they battled through several restarts and traded the lead back and forth until Belsito arrived on the scene. He would take the lead on a restart and never truly be challenged.

   “The team gave me a great car,” Said Belsito in victory lane. “I was really just pacing myself once I got the lead and trying to save the car”. He went on to say, “We’ve had a couple of things cost us the win in the first two races but today we were able to put it all together.”

   Christian III would wind up in second, his worst finish of the year,. “Its a good day when we can be disappointed in second” said Christian III. “The car was really good we just didn’t have quite enough for Angelo.”

   Polewarczyk would hold on to finish third tying his best series finish of the season. “Thats sort of the story of our season”, said the Hudson NH native. “It was a good day we just didn’t have what we needed for the front two”.

   Wayne Helliwell Jr would finish the day in the fourth spot while 2018 champion Devin O’Connell would round out the top five.

   Gabe Brown would race on the tight quarter mile track for the first time and finish a solid sixth right in front of another youngster, Jake Matheson and Nick Lascuola would come home eighth in his return to the series. Another local driver, Jimmy Renfrew Jr would end the day in ninth with Casagrande finishing out the top ten.

   The next event has the series returning to the Claremont Motorsports Park for a final tune up before the $10,000 dollar to win event, labor day weekend. Teams who want to be prepared for the biggest event in the history of the series are encouraged to enter this event on July 24th and try to figure out the tricky NH oval.

   To follow the series go to www.gspss.net or follow the series on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Results:

1 – 8b Angelo Belsito

2 – 93ct Ray Christian III

3 – 97 Joey Polewarcyk

4 – 27nh Wayne Helliwell Jr

5 – 43 Devin O’Connell

6 – 47 Gabe Brown

7 – 52nh Jake Matheson

8 – 39 Nick Lascuola

9 – 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

10 – 7ct Cory Casagrande

11 – 40 Mike Mitchell

12 – 12p Bobby Pelland

13 – 48 Ryan Linham

14 – 87 Alexander Pearl

15 – 17 Kevin Folan

16 – 21 Josh King

17 – 90nh Casey Call

18 – 29 Adam Gray

19 – 88 Kevin Casper

20 -73 Joey Doiron

21 – 08 Mike O’Sullivan

22 – 55 Cody LeBlanc

23 – 60 DJ Shaw

    Contingency Awards :

    Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – 73 Joey Doiron, 93ct Ray Christain III, 27nh Wayne Helliwell Jr

    AR Bodies hard luck award – $100 product certificate – 55 Cody LeBlanc

    Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – fastest times in second Practice 1st $125 -73 Joey Doiron – 2nd $75 – 93ct Ray Christian III – 3rd $50 – 27nh Wayne Helliwell Jr

    Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 52nh Jake Matheson

    Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 8b Angelo Belsito – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event