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Griffith Triumphant at Oktoberfest

Derek Griffith returned to Granite State Pro Stock Series competition for Russ Conways Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway this weekend and left with the GSPSS trifecta. The annual festival of speed at the shoreline oval was run in the memory of the events founder, Russ Conway. When the weekend was complete it was a huge success for all in attendance especially Griffith.

  The 2015 series champion hadn’t competed with the series since the Hudson race in 2018 but it didn’t seem to phase him even a little. The Louie Mechalides led team had their Fury race cars machine on kill and it showed from lap one.

  In Time trials Griffith laid down a lap less than a tenth of a second off the track record to take home the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole and the pole position for heat race number one.

  Next on the track for the GSPSS where three heat races with the top three going to the redraw. Heat one went to fast timer Griffith as he got the jump and never looked back. Heat two went to local driver Jimmy Renfrew in one of two Renfrew Motor sports entries for the weekend and the final heat went to Wayne Helliwell in the familiar orange number twenty seven.

  After the GSPSS redraw, rookie driver Alby Ovitt found himself on the pole position with Ray Christian III to his right and Helliwell on his back bumper. “I really didn’t want the pole” said Ovitt after the redraw. “I really wanted to get behind someone so I could ride and learn”.

  On the initial start it was Christian with the jump but an incident in turn two reracked the field giving Ovitt a second chance. On the restart it was all Christian again, with Ovitt getting stuck in the middle of three wide and bounced around a bit. Jimmy Renfrew Jr and Griffith were able to get around and those three set sail.

  Renfrew was able to wrestle the lead from Christian early in the event with Griffith following him through which was how they ran until lap 60 when Griffith went to the front. Renfrew would hound Griffith for the lead over several restarts but never get by as the twelve car showed he was the class of the field.

  In Victory lane Griffith took a second to reminisce saying, “I love Lee Speedway, this is where I got my first win in a Pro Stock so it’s nice to come back and win.” He went on to say “I love coming back and racing with Granite State. When we saw we had an off week we decided to come and have some fun and it worked out.”

  Jimmy Renfrew JR climbed from his machine after finishing second with a huge smile on his face. “I consider that to be like a win. Derek is one of the best in the business right now and I have learned so much from him in the past and today.” He went on to say, “We lacked just a little drive but we were the best of the Granite State guys so I’m Happy”

  While the front three were having their battle the racing from fourth on back was hot and heavy. After changing a motor after time trials, defending race winner Brandon Barker found himself deep in the field at the start. Barker patiently and methodically worked his way toward the front of the field but in the end, fourth was all he could muster as he was forced to use up his tires.

  Dennis Spencer Jr has suffered through a miserable 2019 campaign trying to learn new tracks as well as a brand new car. A couple of races off and a little help from crew chief for a day Jason Ricker, was just what the doctor ordered. Running fifth to eighth for the majority of the event Spencer would end the day in fifth.

  Luke Hinkley would bring his car home in sixth while Wayne Helliwell battled back from a late race incident to finish seventh. Joe Squeglia finished in the eighth spot followed by Mike Mitchell and Dillon Moltz, both of whom had to battle from the back of the pack.

  Next up for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the World Series at Thompson Speedway. The series will headline the Friday evening portion of the weekend with a 50 lap feature. For more information go to www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Granite State Pro Stock Series contingency awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: $100.00 73 Joey Doiron

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: $75.00 47 Gabe Brown

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher: $75.00 27 Wayne Helliwelll Jr

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: One Free Tire 16 Brandon Barker

Sunoco Heat Race Winners: 5 gal Sunoco race Fuel #1 12 Derek Griffith, #2 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr, #3 27 Wayne Helliwell Jr

VDL 5th Place: $100.00 46 Dennis Spencer Jr

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time:

1st $125.00 12 Derek Griffith

2nd $75.00 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

3rd $50.00 93 Ray Christian III

Russ Conways Oktoberfest Official Finish

1- 12 Derek Griffith

2- 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

3- 93ct Ray Christian III

4- 16 Brandon Barker

5- 46 Dennis Spencer Jr

6- 31 Luke Hinkley

7- 27 Wayne Helliwell

8- 03 Joe Squeglia

9- 40 Mike Mitchell

10- 5 Dillon Moltz

11- 18 Jeff Fagan

12- 47 Gabe Brown

13- 28 Ricky Bly

14- 21 Josh King

15- 25 Barry Poulin

16- 12 Bobby Pelland

17- 35 Alby Ovitt

18- 08 Mike O’Sullivan

19- 43 Devin O’Connell

20- 51 Bill Ahern

21- 73 Joey Doiron

22- 29 Barry Gray

23- 09 Jeremy Davis

24- 48 Ryan Lineham

Oktoberfest up next for the GSPSS atLee USA Speedway

 As the 2019 Granite State Pro Stock Series season winds down, the series takes part in one of the most anticipated events of the year. The two day Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway has become a destination event for New England race fans and teams alike.

   The last three Lee events for the GSPSS have been dominated by two drivers from just up the road in Maine. They are friends, competitors, rivals and coworkers, as both drivers work at JBJ Machine in North Berwick Maine. The machine shop, owned by John Doiron, not only employs both drivers but makes numerous parts for race cars driven throughout New England.

   During the 2018 Oktoberfest, it was Brandon Barker picking up the first of two consecutive Lee wins. That race was shortened to 75 laps due to weather but Barker had the field covered and likely would have won if the race had gone the full one hundred laps.

   In May of 2019 the series headed to Lee for a 150 lap event that was again won by the tandem of Barker and Owner Wright Pearson. In the closing laps Barker was able to stretch his lead as Jeremy Davis and Devin O’Connell staged an epic battle for the second spot.

   The series returned to the shoreline oval for a July fourth spectacular and It was more of the same. Barker, Doiron and another Maine driver, Ryan Green, looked to have the best cars until another competitor broke his rear end. The result was a significant amount of gear oil on the track which collected both Barker and Green and from there it was all Doiron to the checkered flag.

   Now, going into round three at the third mile oval both Doiron, who leads the series point standings, and Barker are expected to race and both expect to compete for the win.

   Devin O’Connell currently sits second in the point standings coming off a disappointing run at Seekonk. The defending series champion will need solid finishes and trouble for Doiron if he is to repeat as champion.

   Jeremy Davis is always a factor when the series goes to Lee. The Chassis builder from Tamworth NH calls the track one of his favorites and he never misses a chance to compete there. Davis has filed his entry and will be looking for his second series win of the season.

   2015 series champion Derek Griffith has filed an entry for Oktoberfest. Griffith hasn’t competed with the series since the Hudson Race in July of 2018 and looks forward to making his season debut at Lee.

   Jimmy Renfrew Jr has had a solid season and has Lee circled as a track where he could pick up career win number two. He will be joined by a teammate at the third mile oval, as Alby Ovitt will be making his pro stock debut. The Barrington NH Driver has been dominant in street stock competition over the last two years and picked up a win in a NEMA midget in 2019. Ovitt’s street stocks have been owned by Jimmy Renfrew SR so the transition to a Renfrew owned pro stock, seemed only natural.

   Other drivers entered include local star Wayne Helliwell Jr who will pilot the familiar orange 27, Star winner Ray Christian III and two time series champion Mike O’Sullivan. Barry Gray is entered after rear end problems sidelined him in Seekonk and Ryan Lineham is entered in Rollie Lindblad’s 48.

   All the action takes place on Sunday October 6 with The Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole at just after 1:30. Heat races and the one hundred lap main event will follow in what promises to be a fantastic day of racing.

   For more information on all the happenings with the Granite State Pro Stock Series check them out at www.GSPSS.net. you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For Oktoberfest Information check out Lee USA Speedway on Facebook or at www.leeusaspeedway.com

Pre Entry’s (As of 10/1)

1)      43  Devin O’Connell

2)      29  Barry Gray

3)      1x  Todd Stone

4)      00  Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

5)      08  Mike O’Sullivan

6)      52  Jake Matheson

7)      73  Joey Doiron

8)      21  Josh King

9)      14  Matt Frahm

10)  46  Dennis Spencer Jr.

11)  51  Bill Ahern

12)  18  Jeff Fagan

13)  31  Luke Hinkley

14)  28  Ricky Bly

15)  09  Jeremy Davis

16)  12  Derek Griffith

17)  48  Ryan Lineham

18)  40  Mike Mitchell

19)  27  Wayne Helliwell Jr.

20)  47  Gabe Brown

21)  35  Alby Ovitt

22)  16  Brandon Barker

Belsito Dominant in D.A.V. at Seekonk Speedway

Angelo Belsito defended his home track in dominant fashion going three for three in the 2019 D.A.V. Fall Classic. On a perfect day for racing, the Auburn MA driver was virtually just that in scoring his first D.A.V. as well as his first GSPSS victory.

   The afternoon’s competition kicked off with the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole and It was Belsito going out in the last group and jumping to the top of the board. Belsitos time of 12.377 seconds would give him the pole for the first of three heat races.

   Heat race competition was fierce as drivers tried to avoid being relegated to the consolation race. While the racing at the front of the heats was good, from about fifth on back the battles were intense. In the end it was Belsito with leg two of the GSPSS trifecta along with Dave Darling and Reid Lanpher, all winning their respective heat races.

   Unfortunately, several competitors suffered mechanical difficulties either during practice or in their respective heat races and were unable to make the call for the consi. With twenty seven cars signed in and three scratches, the consi was canceled and the unqualified cars tagged onto the end of the starting lineup.

   After the GSPSS redraw, Manchester Maine’s Reid Lanpher wound start the 100 lap D.A.V. Fall Classic from the pole position. Starting to his outside would be a former Seekonk regular, Craig Weinstein.

   As the feature event rolled onto the track, no one would have guessed that the first two thirds of the race would only see one caution but that was the exactly what happened. A quick caution for the spinning Jake Matheson was the only stoppage before lap sixty five.

   As the laps wound down there would be several stoppages as the competition grew more and more intense. At the front of the field, Belsito would show the way jumping out to a comfortable lead after each restart. Behind him, there were five cars who seemed to have the speed to challenge for the lead but spent most of their time battling each other. In Victory lane Belsito credited his father and crew chief. “This setup was a collaboration between my dad and my crew chief”, said Belsito. “The car was on rails all day long” he added. When asked about charging to the front so early in the race he said, “I’ve seen these races go to the point where its too late to go. The car was good so I decided to go up and take the lead”.

   Eventual second place finisher Ryan Vanasse would best the group of cars battling behind Belsito. In Victory lane he talked about the battle for second. “I really think we had a fast enough car to challenge Angelo but we just couldn’t ever get in the right lane. My guys worked really hard, I just wish we could have gotten in a position to race for the win.”

   Reid Lanpher would emerge in third with a car that just got too loose at the end. GSPSS point leader Joey Doiron would finish fourth with 2019 Seekonk Pro Stock champion, Dave Darling in fifth.

   Just outside the top five Eddie Macdonald’s team battled a malfunctioning clutch to give him a car he could drive to a sixth place finish. Ryan Kuhn not only finished seventh in his pro stock but won the late model feature. Joe Squelia battled his new car all day to a seventh place finish while Seekonk regular Mike Brightman and former regular Bobby Pelland rounded out the top ten.

   Next up for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the annual Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway in Lee NH. This two day event is one of the most anticipated motor sports events of the year with over twenty divisions competing. For 2019 The Granite State Pro Stock Series will compete on Sunday October sixth with all practice and racing taking place in one day.

   For more, follow the GSPSS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as at www.gspss.net. for event information Check out leeusaspeedway.com as well as the tracks social media outlets.

Granite State Pro Stock Series contingency awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: $100.00  00 Jimmy Renfrew

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: $75.00  16 Austin Blais

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher: $ 75.00 72 Ryan Kuhn

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: 11 Ryan Vanasse

Sunoco Heat Race Winners : #1 8 Angelo Belsito, #2 52 Dave Darling, #3 59 Reid Lanpher 5 Gal Sunoco Race Fue;

VDL 5th Place: $100.00 52 Dave Darling

Crazy Horse Racing Race for the Pole

1st $125.00  8  Angelo Belsito

2nd $75.00  23 Dave Farington

3rd $50.00  72 Ryan Kuhn 

D.A.V. Fall Classic Official Finish

1- 8 Angelo Belsito

2- 11 Ryan Vanasse

3- 59 Reid Lanpher

4- 73 Joey Doiron

5- 52 Dave Darling

6- 17 Eddie MacDonald

7- 72 Ryan Kuhn

8- 03 Joe Squeglia

9- 27 Mike Brightman

10- 12 Bobby Pelland

11- 23 Dave Farrington

12- 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

13- 43 Devin O,Connell

14- 93ct Ray Christian III

15- 39 Nick Luscuola

16- 16 Austin Blais

17- 52 Jake Matheson

18- 40 Mike Mitchell

19- 88 Kevin Casper

20- 08 Mike O’Sullivan

21- 1 Todd Stone

22- 2 Tom Scully

23- 18 Jon Lowinski-Loh

24- 90 Craig Weinstein