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JOEY POLE DOMINATES TO WIN AT HUDSON SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

PHOTO: Rob Branning/GSPSS

WALPOLE, N.H. — Joey Pole wasn’t going to be denied on Sunday evening, July 11, at Hudson Speedway. The veteran Pro Stock competitor dominated the 100-lap Granite State Pro Stock Series return to the high-banks, driving the No. 97 into Victory Lane for the second time this season. With the win — Pole became the first driver to win two races in the first five events — and did it in impressive fashion — passing young rising star Casey Call for the lead early and never looking back.

Pole crossed the line nearly seven seconds ahead of his closest challenger — which at the tight New Hampshire oval — is nearly half the track. Call, who led the first eight laps from the outside pole and challenged Pole for the lead in the first quarter of the race, finished second. New series points leader Gabe Brown drove to a third-place finish.

“That was unbelievable, the car was really good last time we were here and it was good, if not better tonight,” Pole said. “It was fun racing with Casey, and it’s so cool to be able to come here twice this year and win two of them.”

Pole started on the outside of the third row, but quickly worked his way to the front. He passed for the second spot on lap eight, and drove around Call one lap later to the lead. The first 15 laps of the race were marred with trouble — with Kevin Casper spinning in turn three early, then Angelo Belsito and Mike Mitchell getting together off turn two just a few laps later. When Belsito and Mitchell tangled, Kevin Casper, Kevin Folan and Bobby Cabral were collected in the crash, all with extreme damage that ended their efforts for the night.


From there, the race was clean and green — amid a few sprinkles of rain. Pole drove away from the pack, lapping all the way up close to the top-five by the end of the race. Behind Pole, Call and Brown was Cory Casagrande in fourth and Bryan Kruczek, driving for Bobby Webber Racing, in fifth spot. Pole, Belsito, David Oliver and Kruczek have been to Victory Lane in the first five races of the year.

The second-place effort was a career best for Call. 

“This year it just seemed like we couldn’t catch a break at all, just bad luck every week,” Call said. “Glad to get the monkey off our back and get a good run. Joey is just too good everywhere he goes — I had a couple of times where I showed him the nose, and then he just took off.”

Brown, who entered the race second in points, takes the points lead by 12 over former champion Devin O’Connell heading for the next race. 

“We just wanted to have a good run, getting in the top three,” Brown said. “I can’t thank all of my guys enough, they came down here and worked hard. Hopefully going into our favorite track in the next race will be our chance.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to racing on Saturday, July 24, at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit gspss.net and follow the series on social media.

RESULTS: GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES AT HUDSON SPEEDWAY; SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021:

  1. Joey Pole
  2. Casey Call
  3. Gabe Brown
  4. Cory Casagrande
  5. Bryan Kruczek
  6. Angelo Belsito
  7. Mike Mitchell
  8. Devin O’Connell
  9. Josh King
  10. Bobby Pelland III
  11. Alexander Pearl
  12. Jason Ryan
  13. Bobby Cabral
  14. Kevin Casper
  15. Kevin Folan
  16. Billy Joerres
  17. Tyler Tomassi (DNS)
  18. Bill Helliwell (DNS)

GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES HEADS BACK TO HUDSON SPEEDWAY THIS SUNDAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Tom Morris/GSPSS

WALPOLE, N.H. — The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be back in action for the first time in nearly one month this Sunday, July 11, when drivers head to the high-banks of Hudson Speedway for a 100-lap feature. The New Hampshire oval often produces some of the most exciting Pro Stock action on the schedule, with its banked and tight corners, and short straightaways. 

The series championship battles rolls into Hudson for what will be the fifth race of the season after a month filled with Mother Nature impacting the schedule. Events at Claremont Motorsports Park, Riverside Speedway and Lee USA Speedway were all not run due to weather concerns. The series is hoping bright sunshine fills the sky on Sunday and racing keeps fans on the edge of their seats.

With four races complete, rising star Gabe Brown leads the championship standings by two over former series champion Devin O’Connell, with Angelo Belsito in third, 14 points back. Josh King is tied with Belsito for third, while Bryan Kruczek finishes the top-five. All five of those drivers are part of the expected entrant list for the race at Hudson.

However, Belsito and Kruczek are the only two that have been to Victory Lane this season. Joey Pole won the season-opener at Stafford Motor Speedway in April, before Belsito grabbed the checkered at Monadnock Speedway in May. Kruczek was a winner at his home track, Star Speedway, and David Oliver scored his first career win at Beech Ridge last month.

Pole is also one of the entered drivers for Sunday, coming off a victory at the track in another touring series a few weeks ago. Other entries include Charlie Sanborn III, Cory Casagrande, Kevin Folan, Mike Mitchell, Tyler Tomassi, Casey Call, Kevin Casper, Ryan Green and more.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, with seniors and veterans set at just $15. All kids 10 and under that enter the grandstands are free for admission. Pit passes are $35 with a NASCAR license, and $40 without one. The pit gates will open at 1 p.m. for Granite State Pro Stock Series teams, with practice set for 4 p.m. 

Time trials will begin the show at 5:05 p.m., followed by qualifying heats, and the 100-lap feature, which will wrap the night. The local Six Shooters, Pure Stocks and Street Stocks are also on the card. For those who can’t make it to the track, Speed51.TV will air the race live for monthly and yearly subscribers. 

For more information on Hudson Speedway, visit hudsonspeedway.com and follow the track on social media. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit gspss.net and follow the series on social media.

EXPECTED ENTRIES: Granite State Pro Stock Series at Hudson Speedway, Sunday, July 11

1 — Charlie Sanborn III

7ct — Cory Casagrande

8 — Angelo Belsito

12 — Bobby Pelland III

17 — Kevin Folan

19 — Bryan Kruczek

21 — Josh King

40 — Mike Mitchell

43 — Devin O’Connell

61 — Gabe Brown

66 — Bobby Cabral

76 — Tyler Tomassi

77 — Bill Helliwell

87 — Alexander Pearl

88 — Kevin Casper

90 — Casey Call

93 — Ryan Green

97 — Joey Pole

99 — Billy Joeress

Renfrew Dominates to Continue ACT First-Timers Streak at Hudson

Daniel Holben photo

Hudson, NH — Candia, NH’s Jimmy Renfrew Jr. capped a perfect weekend on the racetrack with his first career ACT Late Model Tour victory on Sunday, June 20 at New Hampshire’s Hudson Speedway. Renfrew got the lead early and kept some of the best American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model racers in the business at bay to score the Father’s Day win in a car owned by his dad James.

It was the fourth straight event where the ACT Late Model Tour had a first-time winner, bringing the series total to 82 different winners since its inception in 1992. For Renfrew, it came less than 24 hours after he triumphed in a 50-lap feature at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Carver, MA’s Trent Goodrow earned the pole in qualifying and led the first three laps before Renfrew took over from the outside pole. Hometown racer Joey Polewarczyk followed him around for second and the duo broke away before “Joey Pole” cut a right-rear tire to bring out the first caution with 25 laps complete.

East Bridgewater, MA’s Ryan Kuhn moved into the second spot on the restart, and after another yellow on lap 29 for Kevin Vaudrien’s spin, the top two tried to drive off and leave the field. Kuhn would get to Renfrew’s back bumper whenever they encountered lapped traffic only for Renfrew to open a few car lengths back up once they were clear.

Behind them, several top runners were making waves from the back. Previous first-time ACT winners D.J. Shaw and Tom Carey III steadily worked their way forward from the 10th and 11th starting positions while Pole seemed to be in a rocket ship after getting his tire changed. Point leader Ben Rowe, who started dead last after a problem in qualifying, was also moving up.

All of them got a chance to close on the leaders with 41 laps to go when Erick Sands lost control off turn two and backed hard into the wall. However, Renfrew was once again too strong at the point. Carey gave chase on Kuhn for the second spot while Pole had to pit with 13 laps to go because of overheating problems.

Just when things seemed settled at the front, North Dartmouth, MA’s Derek Gluchacki looped his machine in turn two while battling for the fourth position. That brought the fourth and final caution out to set up an 11-lap sprint to the finish.

Renfrew once again got the jump on the inside while Carey filled the hole. Coming off turn four with 10 laps to go, Kuhn bobbled slightly and Shaw got into his rear bumper. Kuhn made an incredible save to maintain control, but both Carey and Rowe were able to slide past him. Neither could catch Renfrew, though, as he sped to his second feature win of the weekend.

Carey’s runner-up finish was his third top-two of the season. It also unofficially moved him into the points lead over Rowe, who came in third from shotgun on the field. Kuhn settled for fourth with Shaw fifth. Gluchacki, Stephen Donahue, Jimmy Hebert, Shawn Swallow, and Jaret Curtis rounded out the top-10. Carey and Sands were the heat race winners.

The ACT Late Model Tour visits Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, July 11 at 4:00pm. The Oxford Plains 150 joins a program that also includes the Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150 for the PASS Super Late Models and 50-lap PASS Modified showdown. Pricing and the full event schedule will be announced soon.

For more information about ACT, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

ACT LATE MODEL TOUR

HUDSON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY — Hudson, NH

JUNE 20, 2021

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 2 ) Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00NH ) , Candia, NH , 150 Laps

2. ( 11 ) Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 150 Laps

3. ( 16 ) Ben Rowe ( 4ME ) , Turner, ME , 150 Laps

4. ( 8 ) Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E. Bridgewater, MA , 150 Laps

5. ( 10 ) D.J. Shaw ( 04VT ) , Center Conway, NH , 150 Laps

6. ( 14 ) Derek Gluchacki ( 03MA ) , North Dartmouth, MA , 150 Laps

7. ( 3 ) Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 150 Laps

8. ( 12 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 149 Laps

9. ( 6 ) #Shawn Swallow ( 04NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 149 Laps

10. ( 17 ) Jaret Curtis ( 33MA ) , Ruthland, MA , 149 Laps

11. ( 7 ) Jason Ryan ( 82NH ) , Salem, NH , 149 Laps

12. ( 9 ) Chase Curtis ( 88MA ) , Ruthland, MA , 149 Laps

13. ( 15 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Franklin, NH , 149 Laps

14. ( 13 ) #Kevin Vaudrien ( 11NH ) , Brattleboro, VT , 145 Laps

15. ( 18 ) David MacDonald ( 69ME ) , New Gloucester, ME , 145 Laps

16. ( 4 ) Joey Polewarcyk Jr. ( 97NH ) , Hudson, NH , 137 Laps

17. ( 1 ) Trenton Goodrow ( 31MA ) , Carver, MA , 121 Laps

18. ( 5 ) #Erick Sands ( 36NH ) , Derry, NH , 108 Laps

Lap Leaders: Trent Goodrow, 1-3; Jimmy Renfrew Jr., 4-150. (1 lead change among 2 drivers)

Time of Race: 49 minutes, 51 seconds   Margin of Victory: 0.597 seconds

Cautions: 4 (laps 25, 29, 109, 139)

Heat Winners: Tom Carey III, Erick Sands