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Griffith Seeks second straight Championship

WALPOLE, N.H. — official GSPSS release —

Winning a second consecutive championship in any sport is a tough task, but that’s exactly what 19-year-old Derek Griffith is aiming to do this upcoming season.

Griffith will be chasing back-to-back titles on the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) at the wheel of his No. 12 LCM Racing Chevrolet.

“Last year was huge for us, we kinda proved ourselves,” Griffith said. “We’ve always been fast, but never had the luck aspect and even me as a driver, I wasn’t all there. But last year, we finally got those couple of wins and hopefully we can carry momentum into this year.”

Griffith has been racing since 2009 and is approaching his fourth year behind the wheel in the full-fendered Pro Stock class. His career started when he ran 4 Cylinder cars at Hudson Speedway, but it wasn’t long before he got a chance to make a step up, with the help of his now life-long friend Louie Mechalidies.

“Louie has always been a great friend of my father and he gave us the basic knowledge of a 4 cylinder car right from the start,” Griffith said. “I blew up a motor racing and Louie ended up putting it back together and from then on we just have been working together. He helped me build an outlaw car and at the time I was only 14. After we raced that outlaw, he thought I had done well and asked me to hop into his Pro Stock and I took the chance and ran with it.”

Mechalides has been someone Griffith has become extremely close with. He feels comfortable and trusts every wrench is turned properly and every adjustment he makes is going to help the car.

“We’ve won a lot more with Louie and we are connected on a friend basis, which isn’t always the case in racing. I don’t really consider him my crew chief, but instead a good friend and that makes it a ton easier for us to work together in the shop and at the track.”

Griffith recalls his first Pro Stock race as one of the most important races he has ever run. He immediately made his name known, finishing inside the top-five and gaining respect of his fellow competitors right from the start.

“Monadnock was my first ever Pro Stock race and we finished inside the top-three in my first ever race. That really meant a lot to me then and now, it means even more.”

Speaking of his competitors, Griffith said the drivers he races against are some of the best in the region. For him, working together on the track with them to put on a good show for the fans is easy, since they all give each other respect.

“Two years ago, a lot of us couldn’t make it a full race without ripping off a fender and now we run a lot of the races with minimal caution flags,” Griffith said. “We become to know each other and we know how each of us driver so it makes it easier.”

Entering the 2016 season, Griffith will be tested even more than before, as will all the competitors on the GSPSS. The series will make their first ever visits to Riverhead Raceway (July 30) and Wiscasset Speedway (Sept. 3-4), two tracks that Griffith is looking forward to touring in his Pro Stock.

“I think the new tracks will spice it up for all of us because a lot of the guys that we end up racing are track champions at that specific track. These tracks in general are going to be hard for me to show up to with little experience, but I also love experiencing some new tracks. We unloaded at a couple of the new tracks last year and we were a bullet. I trust Louie and I think we’ll end up being perfect at them.”

Griffith and his team are still mourning the loss of two team members that have supported him for years, but he knows he will have them riding with him for all 11 races this year.

“We just lost one of my biggest supporters, Louie’s mother just passed away and she was easily one of the biggest supporters of mine for a long time. I will have some co-pilots with me from now on and I know they will be riding right along with me.”

As Griffith rolls into the 2016 season hoping to grab a second straight championship and gain more experience behind the wheel of his Pro Stock, he has many people he has to thank — because without them, he wouldn’t be where he is today.

“I’ve gotta thank LCM Racing, and I’d also like to thank my spotter, Dolly Mechalides. The first time without her for me was down in Florida recently and it was awkward not having her and I look forward to having her back for the year,” Griffith said. “It’s a pleasure to go racing with all these guys and I can’t wait to get the season going.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will start their 11 race schedule at White Mountain Motorsports Park on May 21.

For more information, including the entire 2016 schedule and current registered list of drivers, fans can visit www.gspss.net.

GSPSS Release’s The 2016 Schedule

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced an 11-race schedule for the 2016 season. The schedule includes stops at Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in series history, along with eight races in the state of New Hampshire and one in Connecticut.

The season will start on Friday May 13, when the Pro Stocks travel to Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire. In August of 2011, Chris Wilk scored the victory at Claremont, while in April of 2015, eventual series champion Derek Griffith took down the checkered flag.

After a two week break for driver’s to get their rides ready, the 1/4 mile Monadnock Speedway will play host to the series on Saturday May 28, closing out the month of May with a battle on the high-banked oval. Matt Frahm and Barry Gray took victories when the Pro Stocks visited in 2014.

A quick turnaround will see the driver’s compete at Lee USA Speedway on June 3, before taking a month off from action for an early season break. GSPSS will celebrate Independence Day weekend at Speedway 51 for the second straight year with a stop on Saturday July 2.

An inaugural event at the 1/4 mile bullring Riverhead Raceway on July 30 will test the talents of GSPSS drivers when they travel the Long Island Sound for the furthest trip ever in series history.

Return stops at Monadnock Speedway (Aug. 13) and Claremont Speedway (Aug. 19) will close out the month of August and send the Pro Stocks into an intense championship stretch.

An inaugural race at Wiscasset Speedway on Sept. 3-4 will be followed by the annual Star Classic 100 at Star Speedway on Sept. 10. The month will conclude with a race at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Sept. 24, before the series heads for the championship deciding event.

For the second straight season, the champion will be crowned as part of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl “Bemer’s Big Show,” on Oct. 22 with a 100 lap feature to close out the season.

“We are very happy with the schedule we have put in place for 2016,” Mike Parks, President of the Granite State Pro Stock Series said.

“As we build the schedule our goal is always to host 10 to 14 events and at this point we have 11 in place for this year. Building our schedule is one of the hardest things we have to do and we really try not to have back-to-back races so there is time between events. All and all, we are very pleased as to how it all worked out,” Parks said.

With the addition of two new tracks to the schedule for this season, the series is happy to be branching out into different states and giving more drivers a chance to showcase their talents.

“We are thrilled to add both Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway, going to both tracks shows the strength we have in this series. Riverhead will be tough, it is a tight little bullring and the local teams will be tough to compete against. Going to Wiscasset will be our first event in the state of Maine and we are excited about that. We have talked to Richard and Vanessa Jordan since they purchased the facility and the timing just wasn’t right. However, with a couple of years under their belt, we feel the time is right to bring our drivers there,” Parks continued.

With the announcement of the schedule also comes the opening of car registration for the season. Teams can register their car number by completing the forms online and making a payment via Pay/Pal or credit card. If they wish, teams can use the alternative option to the online payment and mail a completed form with a check. The series will hold car numbers from the 2015 season until February 13.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, fans should visit www.gspss.net



2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule:


Date — Venue – Location


May 13 — Claremont Speedway — Claremont, N.H.

May 28 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H.

June 3 — Lee USA Speedway — Lee, N.H.

July 2 — Speedway 51 — Groveton, N.H.

July 30 — Riverhead Raceway — Riverhead, N.Y.

Aug. 13 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H.

Aug. 19 — Claremont Speedway — Claremont, N.H.

Sept. 3-4 — Wiscasset Speedway — Wiscasset, Maine

Sept. 10 — Star Speedway — Epping, N.H.

Sept. 24 — White Mountain Motorsports Park — North Woodstock, N.H.

Oct. 22 — New London-Waterford Speedbowl — Waterford, Conn.

Granite State Pro Stock Series on Display at Northeast Motorsports Expo

AUGUSTA, ME – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be a part of the 28th annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, at the Augusta Civic Center, in Augusta, ME, on January 8-10.

 The Northeast Motorsports Expo is a chance for organizations, sponsors, and race teams to display their hard work for the upcoming season, and gives racers and fans a chance to ask questions and gather information for the year ahead.  The Northeast Motorsports Expo holds the annual Helluva Good Pit Crew Competition, Memorabilia Auction, and will also include a spotter’s seminar from Shawn Waddell, of Waddell Communications. 

 The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be officially releasing the 2016 schedule at the event.  Also, the 2014 Granite State Pro Stock Series champion, Dillon Moltz, and car owner Mark Brackett, will have their car on display.

 Tickets for the Northeast Motorsports Expo are $9 for adults, Adults: $9.00, $7.50 for seniors, just $5 for children 6-12, with children 5 and under free.  Three-day passes will be available Friday Night for $20.

 For more information on the Northeast Motorsports Expo, visit www.northeastmotorsportsexpo.net.