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GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES ANNOUNCES 2021 SCHEDULE

BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA

WALPOLE, N.H. — Granite State Pro Stock Series officials announced on Thursday a 15-race schedule for the 2021 race season. The slate will bring drivers to three different New England states — while visiting eight different tracks in one of the most complete schedules the series has ever offered for teams and fans.

The calendar is headlined by the annual Newport Chevrolet 150 at Claremont Motorsports Park, this time on Saturday, July 31 — a $10,000 to win show that is sure to draw the top Super Late Model talent in the region. The series will also make a debut at one of New England’s most historic tracks and return to multiple staple facilities, with a mix of flat and banked tracks planned.

“We’re thrilled with the way our schedule came together for the 2021 season,” Mike Parks, president of the Granite State Pro Stock Series, said. “We always strive to get 14-16 races and we were able to accomplish it again. We think our competitors and fans will enjoy it.”

The season starts with the big debut in Connecticut. Granite State teams will compete at Stafford Motor Speedway for the first time as part of the annual NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend on Saturday, April 24 — a one-day show. Pro Stocks are no stranger to the Arute-owned facility — having run as a weekly division for decades — but now, the touring stars will invade to compete with some of the local talent that are sure to find themselves a ride.

“To say we are thrilled to finally bring the Granite State Pro Stock Series to Stafford would be an understatement,” Parks said. “This will be the icing on the cake to kick-off the Greatest Race in the History of the Spring, the annual NAPA Spring Sizzler. It’s going to be an amazing event for our series and the track both.”

Following Stafford, just one week later, Monadnock Speedway will host their first of two series events on Sunday afternoon, May 2 as part of their season-opening Spring Dash weekend. Post-time for this event is 2 p.m., with the NHSTRA Modifieds, NELCAR Legends and more also on the card. A second stop at “Mad Dog” is slated for Saturday, September 4 as part of Labor Day weekend at the Winchester, New Hampshire, oval.

The series heads to Bobby Webber’s Star Speedway for the first of two stops on Saturday night, May 8, before a return to the Star Classic weekend on Friday, September 17 comes in the thick of the championship battle. Last year, Derek Griffith and Joey Pole put together one of the best races in series history as part of the Classic at Star, which has become a staple track for the series.

Claremont Motorsports Park hosts their first of three dates on Memorial Day weekend as a Sunday evening special, May 30. Following the $10,000 to win Newport Chevrolet 150 in July, an event won by Derek Griffith last year, the champion will be crowned at Claremont for the first time on October 16 as part of the track’s Fall Challenge weekend.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine will hold two Granite State events for the first time in track history — with stops set for June 12 and August 14. Last year, the series hosted more than 30 cars as a mix of regulars and track favorites competed for glory in the inaugural stop at Beech Ridge — a race won by Wyatt Alexander.

“We had so much success with our first appearance at Beech Ridge last year, the car count was fantastic and Andy and the staff there welcomed us and our teams for a great event,” Parks said. “Going there twice should give us much of the same we saw in 2020.”

Additional summer events include the annual stop at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, New Hampshire, on June 19 and the Sunday afternoon spectacular at Hudson Speedway on Sunday, July 11. Granite State teams will also stop at Lee USA Speedway twice — both at some of the track’s most historic race weekends. The first comes on Friday, July 2, celebrating Independence Day — and the second will be on Sunday, October 3 as part of the season-ending Octoberfest.

There is one event that remains outstanding on the series schedule — dated for Saturday, July 24 — which is on track to be announced soon. Series officials are working on the final details surrounding that event and will announce once available.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will have further updates surrounding the 2021 season when available. For more information, visit gspss.net and follow the series on social media. 

2021 GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES SCHEDULE:

  1. April 24 — Stafford Motor Speedway — Stafford, Conn. — 75 laps
  2. May 2 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H. — 100 laps
  3. May 8 — Star Speedway — Epping, N.H. — 100 laps
  4. May 30 — Claremont Speedway — Claremont, N.H. — 100 laps
  5. June 12 — Beech Ridge Motor Speedway — Scarborough, Maine — 150 laps
  6. June 19 — Riverside Speedway — Groveton, N.H. — 150 laps
  7. July 2 — Lee USA Speedway — Lee, N.H. — 100 laps
  8. July 11 — Hudson International Speedway — Hudson, N.H. — 100 laps
  9. July 24 — TBA 
  10. July 31 — $10k to Win — Claremont Motorsports Park — Claremont, N.H. — 100 laps
  11. August 14 — Beech Ridge Motor Speedway — Scarborough, Maine — 150 laps
  12. September 4 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H — 100 laps
  13. September 17 — Star Speedway — Epping, N.H. — 100 laps
  14. October 3 — Lee USA Speedway — Lee, N.H. — 100 laps
  15. October 16 — Claremont Motorsports Park — Claremont, N.H. — 100 laps

Pole Clinches GSPSS Championship With A Win at The Speedbowl

Photo Tom Morris/GSPSS

Hudson NH’s Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk finished off his championship 2020 with a win on Saturday night. The driver of car 97 dueled with Angelo Belsito over the final 17 laps winning by just .103 seconds and clinching the 2020 Granite State Pro Stock Series Championship.

Cloudy skies greeted the teams of the Granite State Pro Stock series as they arrived for the second time in a month. On tap was a 100 lap affair and the crowning of the 2020 champion. Unfortunately mother nature would make the teams wait a bit longer than expected to get this done.

Angelo Belsito couldn’t best his track record but still set fast time in The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge. Time trials were run with heavy moisture in the air slowing the pace and jumbling the order a bit. Behind Belsito, Gabe Brown and “Pole”would complete the top three in time trials.

Due to a rain delay after time trials, heat races would be scrapped and the top nine drivers would redraw for starting position. Mike Mitchell and “Pole” would lead the field to green as the main event got under way once the track was dry.

Through a rash of early cautions, Belsito was able to work his way from his row four starting spot to the lead. The Auburn MA driver would lead the middle part of the race but never truly shake his pursuers as he chased win number three in 2020. 

Gabe Brown looked, at times, to have the fastest car on the track but contact between the youngster and Belsito would relegate him to the rear of the field and take him out of contention.

The race would come down to a side by side duel between Belsito and eventual winner and champion Polewarczyk. The duo would push, shove, lean and stage all out war for the lead over the last seventeen laps. “Pole” would lead the majority of them working the high side of the race track and hanging on at the finish.

Winner of the race at The Speedbowl a month ago, Dave Darling, would wind in up third after running an extremely patient race after starting in eleventh.  2020 GSPSS rookie of the year Casey Call would come home in forth just ahead of former champion Mike O’Sullivan.

Brown would battle back from his early race incident to finish sixth just ahead of second place point getter Ray Christain III who would battle back from a mid race flat right front tire.

Seekonk Speedway veteran Fred Astle finished in eighth with another pair of Seekenk racers, Dylan Estrella and Tom Scully Jr completing the top ten.

In the final GSPSS point standings it was Joey “Pole” winning his first series championship over Ray Christain III and Angelo Belsito with Jake Matheson and Rookie of the year Casey Call completing the top five.

For more information visit the series at www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Also, be sure to stay tuned for some big announcements including a big event for the series, early dates on the 2021 schedule and the possibility of a season ending banquet.

Granite State Pro Stock Series Headed to Speedbowl for Finale

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will wrap up its 2020 season and crown their champion with a one hundred lap event at the New London Waterford Speedbowl, Saturday October 24th.

            Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk came into the season intending to run a partial season but early  success changed the Hudson NH drivers plans and he comes to Waterford as the series point leader. “I really enjoy going to Waterford and we are going there with the same mind set we’ve had all year” said Polewarczyk. “ Obviously we need to be smart, but we hope to be competing for the win”  He went on to say “I’m extremely proud of our team to be in the position we are in, headed into the final race”.

            Ray Christain III kicked off the 2020 season with a pair of wins and cruised through the summer as the series points leader. Mechanical issues at the fall Claremont race and a hard crash at the first Waterford event have the Uncasville CT driver coming to his home track with a substantial deficit to make up in the standings. Christain III picked up his first Pro Stock win at the CT shoreline oval and hopes to get another one this weekend.

            Angelo Belsito comes into this race mathematically eliminated from championship contention, but looks to end the season on a high note and could take over the second spot in the standings if things fall his way. The Auburn MA driver won a pair of races earlier in the season but has struggled down the stretch.

            Last time the series visited The Speedbowl David Darling put on a clinic, dominating the second half of the race, at times leading by a full straightaway. The seven time Seekonk Speedway champion will look to repeat that feet on Saturday.

            Casey Call has locked up the rookie of the year award and comes back to the track where he arguably had his best career run. Despite fading late in the 150 lap race, the youngster turned some heads and let the competition know he would be a force in the future. Call comes into this race looking to better his finish and crack the podium for the first time in a full sized race car.

            2019 series champion Joey Doiron will compete at Waterford and will be back in Wright Pearson’s potent sixteen machine. The duo finished second at the Lee Oktoberfest to add to a win earlier in the season.

            Other past champions to file entries include two time champion Mike O’Sullivan who clinched his second championship at the CT oval and 2018 champion Devon O’Connell who has been nursing a shoulder injury.

            Local Hot Shoes Tyler Tomassi and Alexander Pearl have both files entries. These talented youngsters competed at the first Waterford event and will look to improve upon their results.

            Several former Seekonk Speedway regulars have filed entries including Tom Scully JR, Dylan Estralla, Mike Mitchell and Ryan Kuhn who finished second at this track last time out. Look for all of these drivers to be fast at a track that is a short distance from home.

            The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge will kick things off shortly after 2 pm followed by heat races and the 100 lap main event.

            For more information go to www.gspss.net or check them out at their various social media platforms.  You can also find information on this event at www.speedbowlct.com or the tracks social media sites.