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GSPSS to Celebrate the 4th of July at Lee USA Speedway

The Granite State Pro Stock Series and Lee USA Speedway have come together to celebrate the Fourth of July. The EKeyes4Cars 100 will be run Friday July fifth along with the NWAAS and a spectacular fireworks display also sponsored by EKeyes4Cars.

   The second race of the season for the traveling pro stockers was also held at the third mile speed plant and was won in convincing fashion by Brandon Barker. It was the second Lee win in a row for the Windham ME driver and he feels confident that he can triple up. When asked if he will come back with the same package Barker responded “we are always trying something different. It’s the same car but a little different setup.” When pressed he added “we will have our winning stuff to fall back on but we are always trying new stuff”.

   If Barker is going to visit victory lane again he will have to do it against a stacked field of competitors. Jeremy Davis has filed his entry coming off of a convincing win at Speedway51. The Tamworth NH driver looks to ride the momentum into what he calls his favorite race track. Davis has spent the last year experimenting with setups in his number 09, car but finally went back to a known commodity at Groveton. When asked what he would run at Lee, Davis hesitated to answer then said “I’ll probably do a little experimenting in practice but I’ll have the old Claremont / Groveton setup to switch back to if it’s not to my liking”.

   Another driver who has had success at the shoreline oval is Joe Squeglia. Squeglia is a former winner in GSPSS competition at multiple racetracks including Lee. The 03 team was running a brand new race car in the May race and struggled to make it drive the way it needed to. They hope to have that car tuned up and up to their usual standards on the fifth of July.

   Jeremy Harclerode lives just a short distance from the race track and always looks forward to competing at his home track. He has filed an entry and looks for good things at a track where he has had solid finishes in the past. The Newmarket NH driver didn’t have the run he had hoped for in the first race at the speedway but looks for a better performance this time around.

   Other notable entries include point leader Joey Doiron, defending champion Devin O’Connell and multi-time series winner Matt Frahm, all of whom have had good runs at lee and look to top the podium. Also entered is 2016 Series Champion Barry Gray and Multi Time PASS Series Champion Ben Rowe.

   The program will begin with time trials and the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole award. Ray Christian III is the track record holder with a time of 15.039 seconds set at Octoberfest of 2018. He will look to eclipse that as well as improve on his past finishes there. “We are looking forward to getting back there” stated the Uncasville CT driver. “We missed the setup last time there but found some speed in the feature”. Christian then added “Hopefully we can unload a lot closer this time around”.

   Once the feature lineup is set It will be time for the NHSTRA back of the track challenge. This will be the third time the pole sitter for the main event will have the option to start from the back of the pack and earn one thousand extra dollars if they can win the race. Joey Doiron took the challenge at Claremont Motorsports Park and won the race and the extra $1000 while Matt Frahm elected to start from the pole when given the option at Monadnock Speedway.

   Post Time for the evenings racing will be moved back half an hour to 6:30pm and will culminate with the EKeyes4Cars 100 for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Immediately following the racing will be a massive fireworks display presented by EKeyes4Cars.

   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.

Race Entry List (As Of 7/2/2019)

1.      00  Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

2.      43  Devin O’Connell

3.      29  Barry Gray

4.      93  Ray Christian III

5.      14  Matt Frahm

6.      21  Josh King

7.      46  Dennis Spencer Jr.

8.      73  Joey Doiron

9.      1x  Todd Stone

10.  52  Jake Matheson

11.  08  Mike O’Sullivan

12.  21  Jacob Perry

13.  16  Tommy Rosati

14.  16  Brandon Barker

15.  93  Ryan Green

16.  09  Jeremy Davis

17.  03  Joe Squeglia

18.  18  Kevin Fagan

19.  17  Kevin Folan

20.  12  Bobby Pelland

21.  40  Mike Mitchell

22.  4   Ben Rowe

23.  51  Jeremy Harclerode

24.  31  Luke Hinkley

Rookie Matheson impressive in rookie GSPSS season

Late in the 2018 Racing season, Jake Matheson announced that he would be making his full sized race car debut with the Granite State Pro Stock Series. His family owned team had purchased a car from eventual series champion and friend Devin O’Connell and were in the process of getting it ready for 2019.

   Now, four races into his rookie season, expectations have been exceeded. Three top tens have led to the rookie sitting solidly in the top ten in the series point standings and continued consistency should lead to a career first top five finish in the very near future.

   Although current successes may come as a surprise to some, looking at his past it shouldn’t. When asked where his love of circle track racing comes from he attributes it to a trip to NHMS. “At seven years old my dad took me to an Xfinity Series race and I have loved it ever since.” Matheson went on to say “The next year at eight years old, I started running a Champ Kart at Rt. 106 Raceway and I’ve been racing ever since.”

   In 2014 the move was made to Bandalero cars and in 2016 Matheson won the first of his championships. Also in 2016 he started dabbling with Legends cars and for 2017 it was a full season in the division with lots of learning.

   2018 started out as just another year of legends racing, but turned out to be the young drivers break out year. Starting the year competing for the track championship at the Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts, Matheson and his father Ken quickly realized that a national point’s championship was a real possibility. “When we figured out that we were in contention for a national title we realized we needed to change how we were racing” said Matheson. “We started paying more attention to finishing in front of other young lions.”

   The final tally for 2018 was 7 wins, numerous top fives the Seekonk track championship and a trip to Las Vegas for the Legends car national championship. A heated battle with his chief rival for the title, ended with a last lap pass for second and a tie in the standings. After the tie breaker Matheson was crowned the 2018 legends car young lion’s national champion!

   After the success of 2018 and a major change in vehicle for 2019, it would seem that a letdown would be a sure thing, but that has not been the case. On the Thursday before the season opener the young driver celebrated his sixteenth birthday and the following day he got his NH driver’s license. Up next would be his big debut as on Saturday he strapped in for his first race in a Pro Stock. At the end of a night that featured the longest race of his career, Matheson had earned himself a seventh place finish and the respect of many of his fellow drivers.

   Mentor and friend Devin O’Connell, heaps high praise on his young protégé “He’s been really consistent and done a nice job of staying smooth” said the 2018 GSPSS champion. “Considering it’s a car that’s double the size he’s used to, he’s done phenomenal”.

   When asked about the rookie of the year candidates early success series President Mike Parks said “The kids done a great job, he’s done everything we’ve asked him to”.  When asked about growing pains Parks said “there really hasn’t been any. At practice day he caught a slower car and rather than race him backed off and went back to doing his own thing”. “Honestly it’s been fun to watch” continued Parks. ““I really believe Jakes got a bright future in the sport”.

   Points leader and Pro Stock veteran Joey Doiron also speaks highly of his fellow driver. “He’s doing an awesome job. He has been keeping the car in one piece so they can keep learning instead of repairing the car”. Doiron then went on to say “He’s made improvements each week and I think once he starts going back to tracks he’s run before, he’s only going to improve”

   As the Granite State pro Stock Series heads to Lee USA Speedway for the second time in 2019, Matheson will have the opportunity to compete on a track where he actually has laps in a full sized car. The EKeyes4Cars 100 will be contested on Friday July 5th along with a spectacular fireworks display.

   For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series go to www.gspss.net or you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

GSPSS returns to Speedway 51 for the J.P Sicard 100

Stop number four for the Granite State Pro Stock Series will see a return to Speedway 51 in Groveton NH and the running of the J.P. Sicard 100. The Laquare family owned third mile oval did not host the series in 2018 but has in the past and it has always provided great racing.

   The series is coming off a two week break and while some drivers have spent their time off away from the track, others just couldn’t stay away. Ray Christian III ran three races at Oxford Plains Speedway scoring a win and three top three finishes but looks forward to getting to Groveton and continuing to chase the GSPSS championship.

   Jimmy Renfrew Jr also stayed busy, racing his street stock numerous times with several top three finishes to show for it. Joey Doiron may not have been driving but spent his off weekends at Oxford helping his Dale Shaw race cars team mates, serving as crew member and spotter.

   Doiron heads to Groveton fresh off a third place finish at Monadnock Speedway, another worn out racing surface which should bode well for the Berwick Maine racer. Doiron has only raced at the speedway once before in an ACT car and looks forward to the challenge of getting around it in a pro stock.

   The most recent winner at the northern NH speed plant was Jeremy Davis who dominated the event, lapping all but the top three in a largely caution free event. Davis will return to try to defend his crown but not with the same car. “The car we won with is sitting in the yard bent” said Davis during a break in the action at a race in Maine. “We will have a newer car this time around which should be even better”.

   Mike O’Sullivan is the most recent GSPSS winner and has had previous success at Speedway 51 scoring fifth and fourth place finishes. “The first time we raced there we struggled and I didn’t really like it” said O’Sullivan. The second time we were much better and I took a liking to it. I just hope we can improve on our finishes”.

   A new comer to the series, Travis Stearns, has filed his entry for the J.P. Sicard 100. Stearns hasn’t raced at Speedway 51 since 2014 but with time to race scarce, he decided to take advantage of a little free time. “This race kind of fell into a time frame where we could squeeze it in” said Stearns. “I’ve been wanting to try a race with the series and this weekend worked out.”

  Other drivers entered for this event include former series champion Barry Gray and defending champ Devin O,Connell. Also entered are former series winners Matt Frahm, Todd Stone and Josh King.

   This event will start with The Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole as the field time trials for heat race starting positions. Following heat races will be the running of the J.P. Sicard 100 lap main event.

   Saturday afternoon pit gates will swing open at 1:00 and racing will kick off at 6:00. Speedway 51 can be found at www.speedway51int.com as well as on various social media platforms.

Pre Entry List (As of 6/10/2019)

·         93 Ray Christian III

·         29 Barry Gray

·         1x Todd Stone

·         08 Mike O’Sullivan

·         73 Joey Doiron

·         21 Jacob Perry

·         52 Jake Matheson

·         21 Josh King

·         14 Matt Frahm

·         16 Tommy Rosati

·         43 Devin O’Connell

·         00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

·         46 Dennis Spencer Jr.

·         8  Angelo Belsito

·         09 Jeremy Davis

·         17 Kevin Folan

·         31 Luke Hinkley

·         16 Travis Stearns

   Follow the Granite State Pro Stock Series at www.gspss.net as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2016 Speedway 51 winner Jeremy Davis (File Photo)