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GSPSS Announces 2020 Contingency Awards

For 2020 the Granite State Pro Stock Series has partnered with some of the top suppliers to short track racing teams to provide one of the industry’s best contingency programs. Several new companies as well as many returning ones will support the teams as they compete in 2020.

“We take great pride in working with quality companies to get the racers a little extra for their efforts”, Stated series President Mike Parks. “This year’s contingency program is arguably the best we have ever had and that is exciting for everyone”.

Three new companies have signed on, although none of them are unfamiliar to the series and its teams.

Speed51 is a longtime partner and will present $51 to the leader of lap 51 at all events in 2020. They will also continue to stream most of the 2020 scheduled events live. “Speed51 has enjoyed a great relationship with the Granite State Pro Stock Series”, says Northeast editor Brandon Ward. “We are happy to have a partnership that benefits the series, tracks, racers and fans”.

Also new to the GSPSS contingency program are Bassett Wheels, Magnus performance Products and Matco Tools. All three companies products are used on a regular basis by series competitors and are a welcome addition to the program.

Bassett will present a $50 gift certificate to each events third place finisher as well as four wheels to the series champion and a $100 gift certificate to the second place point’s finisher. Magnus will present a $100 gift certificate to the seventh place finisher at each event and Matco will become the official tool of the GSPSS. They will present two $75 gift certificates at each event, one to the winner and one to be awarded by random draw.

Several companies will be back with the series for 2020 continuing long running relationships and programs.

Both New England Race Fuels / Sunoco and American Racer New England have been a part of the series since day one. Heat race winners will continue to get five gallons of Sunoco racing fuel while each events hard charger will receive one free tire as in years past.

AR Bodies will continue to present the hard luck award as well as the season long rookie of the year. The hard luck recipient after each event will get a $100 gift certificate and the rookie of the year will receive a $1000 gift certificate. When asked about the companies relationship with the series, northeast distributor Norm Desjardins stated, “AR Bodies has supported the GSPSS since its inception and we are proud to support the teams who compete and put on such a great show”.

VDL Fuel Systems has also agreed to come back for 2020 and they will continue to present a gift certificate worth $100 to the fifth place finisher at each event. In addition, they will continue the popular practice of giving away a race ready HP650 carburetor via random draw at the season ending awards banquet.

New for 2019 was the Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge which was dominated by series champion Joey Doiron. The driver of car number 73 won five of the eleven time trials held to take home the season ending award. Crazy Horse Racing will return to present $125 for fast time, $75 for second, $50 for third and $500 to the driver who sets fast time the most.

After a year away from the series Five Star Stock Car Bodies has returned to the GSPSS contingency program and will present a complete (less windows) ABC nextgen body via random draw. Any driver competing in at least 75 percent of the 2020 schedule will be eligible to win this at the season ending awards banquet.

The teams of the GSPSS will get their first crack at these awards at the Claremont Motorsports Park Saturday April 25th as both the series and track kick off their seasons.

For more information check the series out at www.gspss.net or on their social media platforms. You can check out the track at www.claremontmotorsportspark.com.

Joey Doiron crowned 2019 GSPSS Champion

The Granite State Pro stock Series officially brought its 2019 season to a close on Saturday February 22, at the Thompson Speedway Motor Sports Park clubhouse. The season ending banquet of champions was a chance for the teams of the GSPSS to get together one last time as part of the 2019 season and honor their champion.

   Joey Doiron and his team were officially crowned champions for the 2019 season and at the end of the night they took home the champions check worth $4000.00, the largest in series history. In addition New England Race Fuels and Sunoco gave Doiron a champion’s jacket and American Racer outfitted both Joey and his car owner / father with Jackets to commemorate their achievement. Doiron graciously thanked series president Mike Parks, the series officials and each of his team members individually. He then thanked his wife, kids, mom and finally his father as he got emotional talking about all the years they shared leading up to this championship. Doiron not only took the Championship but $500.00 from crazy Horse Racing for setting fast time in time trials an amazing five out of eleven times, far more than any other competitor.

   In addition to crowning the champions, a number of specialty awards were handed out. Bobby Pelland and youngster Jake Matheson were crowned co- AR Bodies rookies of the year as both teams had successful first Granite State Pro Stock Series seasons. For winning the rookie title they were each awarded a $1000.00 certificates from AR bodies.

   Also given out was the annual John “Boy” Hoyt memorial dedication to motor sports award. This award is given to someone who goes above and beyond for the sport of auto racing. The 2019 award winner was Barry Gray in honor of his unwavering dedication to, and support of the series. Gray, the 2016 series champion, was humbled and nearly speechless as he received his plaque.

   There were a number of contingency awards given out starting with two AR Bodies gift certificates that went to Ray Christian III and 2017 series champion Devin O’Connell. O’Reilly Auto Parts donated $600.00 worth of gift cards with four teams getting $150.00 each. The teams of Luke Hinkley, Bobby Pelland, Joey Doiron and Barry Gray each had their numbers pulled. All the names went back in the hat and Barry Gray was instructed to pull the winner of a brand new VDL carburetor and he pulled his own number twenty nine.

   The final group to be honored were the top ten in points, seven of whom were in attendance to receive their trophy’s, point fund money and be honored by their fellow competitors. Along with Doiron, Ray Christian III, Devin O’Connell and Jimmy Renfrew Jr were recognized for their top five point’s position. Josh King wound up in fifth in the point standings but a last minute work emergency forced him to miss the banquet. Also in attendance were sixth through eighth place point’s finishers Luke Hinkley, Bobby Pelland and Mike Mitchell who received trophys and point fund checks.

   The complete 2019 point standings as well as the 2020 schedule and more can be found at www.gspss.net along with all the latest series news. Also follow the series on facebook twitter and instagram for all the latest news and highlights.

GSPSS to allow new bodies in 2020

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will allow its competitors to use two new body options for the 2020 racing season.

    The brand new AR Revolution reskin kit, to be released at PRI 2019, will be legal for 2020 along with 5 Star’s Gen 6 body that was released one year ago. Both of these new body options will carry a 20 pound weight penalty for the 2020 racing season.

   The ABC or “Approved Body Configuration” bodies have been the same since 2002 when the ABC committee adopted the current set of rules. For 2019 5 Star released their Gen 6 body and the GSPSS chose to remain with the ABC program. Now, with AR releasing their version, the series has made the decision to approve the new package.

   In 2019 both the ABC body package and the Gen 6 body saw success with numerous wins and top three finishes for both options. The Granite State Pro Stock Series hopes this trend continues in 2019 as teams have indicated their intentions to go in all three directions.

   “While we believe strongly in the ABC body program, we feel that the time is right to allow these two new options for our competitors”, said series president Mike Parks. “As things play out over the next year, we will continue to evaluate where we go in the future. ABC has plans for change in the next year or so and we will be watching that closely.”

   As for the weight penalty the series wanted to make sure that teams didn’t feel like they had to have the new body. “The ABC program has worked very well for our series”, stated Parks. “Both Nathan Kelly (head technical inspector) and I felt it was important that a team that didn’t need a new body, didn’t feel like they had to have one. Despite the fact that we are racing Pro Stocks we are still trying to keep the cost of racing in check.”

   Fans of the series will get to see the new bodies for the first time at Claremont Motorsports Park at the end of April. The traditional series opener will see a number of firsts. Along with the new bodies, Mike Parks and his group will take over the operation of the speedway and there will be new drivers and teams for both the series and track.

   For more information on the series go to www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.