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CASEY CALL OUTDUELS TYLER REDDICK FOR $10,000 KEEN PARTS 150 WIN

LEE, N.H. – In one evening, three years of effort and frustration came together for Casey Call.

PHOTO: Rob Branning/GSPSS

Call outlasted the field and outdueled visiting NASCAR star Tyler Reddick to earn his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win in Friday’s Keen Parts 150.

And after recording one of the closest finishes in series history, the 2020 GSPSS Rookie of the Year stood in front of the grandstands in possession of a $10,000 check, the Keen Cup, and a remarkable career milestone.

“Especially to go toe-to-toe with Tyler Reddick, that was one hell of a race,” an exuberant Call said in victory lane. “But the first one, ten grand? That makes it a whole lot better.”

With 150 green-flag laps around one of New England’s most challenging track surfaces, experience and patience seemed equally likely to factor into the outcome. But Call, the polesitter, was content to remain at the front, leaving his challengers to settle second on back amongst themselves.

Several competitors found misfortune in the opening laps, but the race quickly settled into a green-flag marathon, with Dave Farrington, Jr. and Star Speedway winner Bryan Kruczek swapping second place early on. By lap fifty, the top six had driven away from the rest of the field, with Call leading Kruczek, Farrington, time-trial speedster Ryan Green, Joey Polewarczyk and Corey Bubar.

Farrington and Green each took turns trying to unseat Kruczek as the laps clicked by, with Farrington scrubbing the frontstretch wall just past halfway. Bobby Baillargeon caught up with Farrington on lap 96, spinning the multi-time Maine track champion on the backstretch and bringing out a caution flag to slow Call’s pace.

Green restarted second but had no answer for Call, who left the Maine racer to battle Kruczek, Bubar and Polewarczyk for the runner-up spot. As Kruczek asserted himself in second, Green fell victim to hard racing in the pack, spinning from the top five to bring out a caution with 31 laps remaining.

The runner-up in May’s Granite State Derby at Lee, Kruczek pressured Call for the lead when the green flag came out. Call inched ahead of the Newmarket, N.H. veteran, but a spin for Derek Kneeland bunched up the field once again. Call dug in deep to fend off Kruczek, but rookie Nick Cusack spun while battling Polewarczyk, bringing out the yellow once again.

Reddick, who started second but fell back early to save tires, lined up third for the restart. Reddick went to work on Kruczek for second, getting the better of the local star and setting off to chase down Call for the lead. As Reddick shaved time off Call’s advantage, Kruczek plummeted through the pack, spinning out with eight laps remaining to bring out the final caution flag of the night.

Lining up behind Call and Reddick was points leader Joey Doiron, who ran at the tail of the pack after sustaining early damage. While Doiron fought Bubar for a podium slot, Call and Reddick were free to settle the race between themselves. Reddick got to the inside line, peeking under Call but never making the move. With two to go, Reddick found his opening, drawing alongside Call to take the white flag. Call powered past down the backstretch, with Reddick pinned to the inside to take the shorter path around.

Call found the momentum he needed off turn four, though, beating Reddick to the line by .060 seconds.

The big win came in Call’s 24th series start, a year after he recorded his best finish to date, a second-place showing at Hudson Speedway. For the second year in a row, GSPSS’ longest and richest race of the year has been won by a first-time winner.

Reddick’s runner-up finish came in his first-ever pavement Pro Stock start. 

“I definitely saved a little bit too much, if it would have run out green,” he said of his strategy. “But we got fortunate and caught a caution, so that pretty much put us back in the hunt.” Before the race, the Californian turned a few exhibition laps alongside Kneeland, his Cup Series spotter and a Maine native.

Corey Bubar bested Doiron in the final sprint to finish third. Doiron settled for fourth at the finish, though with another of his title challengers absent for the evening, the path to a second GSPSS championship took another small step forward. Brandon Barker, racing as a teammate to Reddick in one of Archie St. Hilaire’s entries, rounded out the top five.

2020 GSPSS champion Joey Polewarczyk was sixth, with Green rallying for a seventh-place finish after his spin. Development driver Isaac Bevin was eighth, with early contender Farrington ninth and Kneeland completing the top ten.

Friday’s race was part of the Keen Cup, a promotion by race sponsor Keen Parts, one of the foremost sources for Chevrolet Corvette parts. The Keen family has focused this year on supporting regional motorsports through the Keen Cup program.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series schedule resumes on August 12 at Claremont Motorsports Park, where the $7,500-to-win Claremont Cash Bash will be part of a doubleheader evening with the rescheduled Racers Honoring Racers 100 Tour-type Modified open-competition feature. Details on the big doubleheader evening will be released shortly.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS, Keen Parts 150, July 15, 2022:

1. (90NH) Casey Call

2. (8) Tyler Reddick

3. (12x) Corey Bubar

4. (73) Joey Doiron

5. (32) Brandon Barker

6. (4NH) Joey Polewarczyk

7. (93) Ryan Green

8. (7B) Isaac Bevin

9. (23) Dave Farrington, Jr.

10. (90K) Derek Kneeland

11. (2) Nick Cusack

12. (04) TJ Watson

13. (94) Garrett Hall

14. (05F) Bobby Frappier

15. (19) Bryan Kruczek

16. (82) Bobby Baillargeon

17. (77) Jeremy Sorel

18. (01) Sammy Gooden

19. (47) Kelly Moore

20. (10) Kate Re

21. (46) Dylan Estrella

22. (48) Derek Gluchacki

23. (99) Charlie Buxton

24. (N40) Dan McKeage, Jr.

25. (7CT) Cory Casagrande

Big $10,000 Prize on the Line in Keen Parts 150 at Lee USA Speedway This Friday

By Jeff Brown, for Granite State Pro Stock Series

PHOTO: Rob Branning/Granite State Pro Stock Series

WALPOLE, N.H. – With the Granite State Pro Stock Series season just beyond its halfway point, nothing stands between the series’ lineup of short-track stars and the grandest event on the 2022 calendar.

Friday night’s Keen Parts 150 at Lee USA Speedway has the most laps, the richest purse, and the biggest talent of any race on the series schedule, with a $10,000 bounty awaiting the driver who crosses under the checkered flag at the front of the field.

The legendary oval only minutes from New Hampshire’s seacoast has a long history of welcoming the biggest names in motorsport through its gates. And when national-level NASCAR racing found its way to the Granite State by way of New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the early 1990s, Lee welcomed NASCAR stars to battle its own cast of characters in support of the big-ticket events at the “Magic Mile.”

Friday’s race pays tribute to that special era, with a full card of racing on hand for fans who need their short track appetite satisfied before heading north to Loudon.

The season’s deepest and strongest field is assembled for the evening showdown, with over 24 racers on the entry list. From seasoned regional veterans to familiar household names, each one will be looking to hoist the trophy and collect the winner’s purse at the end of the evening.

However, Friday’s big-money showdown is also another step on the path to the GSPSS championship, paying no more points than the other eight races on the schedule. And those with a title in mind will have to temper going for glory against settling for a good points night.

Points leader Joey Doiron leads the charge among the series regulars. Few drivers in New England are hotter; Doiron won May’s Granite State Derby at Lee, owns another win this season in Maine, and has not finished worse than fifth in a race this year. Doiron’s relationship with Lee runs hot and cold, but Friday’s extra-distance feature is the 2019 GSPSS champion’s preferred kind of race.

Chasing Doiron in the points is Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., who won one of Lee’s season-opening Pro Stock features two weeks ago. Maine’s Nick Cusack, the series’ top rookie so far, enters Lee with back-to-back third-place finishes and plenty of momentum. Fellow rookie Dylan Estrella led laps at Monadnock and is adapting to touring racing, while Jeremy Sorel has reversed course on a tough streak of luck that opened the season.

Casey Call, the 2020 GSPSS rookie of the year, was strong on Lee’s Pro Stock opening night and challenged for the win in last year’s Oktoberfest feature. Series veteran Josh King is looking to be in the hunt, and Sammy Gooden returns to the series after a week off. Rookie Dan McKeage, Jr. was unable to stay through a rain delay at Monadnock, but he will be back in action at Lee.

Star Speedway winner Bryan Kruczek, who finished second at Lee in May, returns for his third start of the year for car owner Bobby Webber. Cory Casagrande was sixth at Riverside Speedway two weeks ago, and the Connecticut racer is looking for a strong run with big money on the line. And on a week off from his usual Late Model conquests, Derek Gluchacki will get back behind the wheel of Rollie Lindblad’s yellow #48.

Ryan Green won one of Lee’s Pro Stock openers two weeks ago, and Lee is one of the Berwick, Me. racer’s best tracks. Joining Green from the local Pro Stock ranks are Bobby Baillargeon and rookie Bobby Frappier, as well as Mainer Charlie Buxton. 

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway veterans Corey Bubar, Garrett Hall, Brandon Barker and Dave Farrington, Jr. will represent the Pine Tree State as well. All four are former GSPSS feature winners, with Barker winning twice at Lee in 2018 and 2019.

First starts are in line for a trio of Maine drivers with widely differing experiences. Kate Re is slated to make her series debut in her third year of Super Late Model competition. The eighteen-year-old Re was named to the Kulwicki Driver Development Program earlier this year. Also making his GSPSS debut is veteran racer Kelly Moore, the 1995 NASCAR Busch North Series champion and one of New England’s most decorated drivers. Moore has raced closer to home in recent years, but has a Busch North win at Lee in 1992. TJ Watson has limited touring time in recent seasons, but will look to make a splash in his first series start.

Kentucky’s Isaac Bevin, who made his series debut for Petit Motorsports in May, will make another start for the Maine team as he builds his Pro Stock resume. Another established team from Maine, Richard Moody Racing, has two entries of its own, with both Ben Rowe and 2020 GSPSS champion Joey Polewarczyk in fast #4 entries.

And NASCAR’s presence in New England will lend two drivers to the field in special appearances with the GSPSS field.

Maine native Derek Kneeland grew up in short track racing, but has found a role on the national scene as a spotter in all of NASCAR’s top divisions. Kneeland will be in his own car for Friday’s race, making his first GSPSS start since 2017.

And Tyler Reddick, who entrusts Kneeland to be his eye in the sky in the NASCAR Cup Series, will join the GSPSS for his first-ever race with one of New England’s short-track touring series. The Corning, Calif. native’s career took shape on dirt, but the recent Cup Series winner will put his talent to the test at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed.”

All eyes will be on Reddick, but with the competition in Friday night’s field, he will need more than star power alone to have a shot at the $10,000 jackpot.

The GSPSS Keen Parts 150 anchors a full night of weekly competition at Lee USA Speedway, also featuring the New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association’s Whitcomb 5 Series race. Lee’s Street Stocks and Ridge Runners will round out an action-packed card to kick off New Hampshire’s biggest weekend of motorsports. Qualifying begins at 6pm for the evening’s featured events. Tickets will be available at the gate.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Whitcomb 5 Series Heads to Lee USA Speedway with Updated Points System, Tight Battle at the Top

GW Promotional Group and Lee USA Speedway are proud to present the third race of the Whitcomb 5 Series this Friday, July 15, at 6 p.m.. The Truly Hard Seltzer 125 will essentially mark the midway point of the Whitcomb 5 Series for the 2022 season – and the race for the championship battle is starting to heat up.

With tight competition at the top of the standings, and a new, exciting announcement surrounding championship weekend at Monadnock Speedway in September, anticipation is at an all-time high for the Whitcomb 5 Series. 

With the upcoming event just a few days away, GW Promotional Group is announcing today a major shakeup to the points battle for 2022. 

With championship weekend set for September 16-17 at Monadnock Speedway, there will now be five drivers in the championship finale round, fitting perfectly with the Whitcomb 5 Series name. The addition of a fifth driver to the championship field means the final round will include at least one driver who must “point” their way into the event. The finale round will be similar to the Final Four format seen across the sporting world, where the driver who beats the other four on the track that night will be the champion. In this case, it will be a total of five drivers, not just four.

The winner from the first four events will be locked into the finale and one other driver will be added who did not win, but accumulated the most points. If only two or three different drivers win, the remaining spots will be filled by points to make five drivers.

This makes it a sure fact that every single lap and every single segment matters for the next two events. The Whitcomb 5 Series events are split up into two different segments – with the first set for 75 laps, followed by an optional one-tire change, and a 50 lap blast to the finish. At the end of the first segment, the leader collects 10 points, followed by 9 points for second, 8 points for third, etc., through the top-10. These points will matter to competitors even more now.

“We feel this is going to be the best move to allow someone who didn’t win to get into the championship round and reward their consistency,” Gregg Whitcomb, owner of GW Promotional Group said. “The Whitcomb 5 Series is centered around the number five – with five events – and adding a fifth driver to the finale is exciting for us. We’re looking forward to watching drivers battle for the right to race in the championship round. The final weekend at Monadnock is going to be something special to watch as we crown the Whitcomb 5 Series champion for 2022.”

Heading into Lee USA Speedway this Friday night, with one win, Ben Byrne leads the championship standings, but just by one point over Sam Rameau, who has yet to visit Victory Lane. Brian Robie is third, while Monadnock Speedway winner Todd Patnode and Matt Kimball follow closely behind them. In fact, after two races, the top-five drivers are separated by just eight points. A full standings report is available in the news section of GWPromotional.com.

Fans can expect the above drivers and many more this Friday night for round three of the season. The on-site podcast with Gregg Whitcomb and Jack Arute will have a further breakdown of the points format updates at the track on race day, sponsored by Truly Hard Seltzer. 

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Action on Friday night at Lee USA Speedway begins with the first green flag at 6 p.m. The Granite State Pro Stock Series will co-headline the show with the Keen Parts 150, where the top Pro Stock stars will battle for a $10,000 prize. The Whitcomb 5 Series Truly Hard Seltzer 125, Street Stocks and Ridge Runners will also be part of the show. All tickets for the event will be sold at the track on race day. On Thursday night, fans and teams are invited to Bentley’s Saloon in Maine from 5-8PM for the Keen Parts kick-off show.

For more information on GW Promotional Group and the Whitcomb 5 Series, visit GWPromotional.com and follow GW Promotional Group on Facebook for the latest updates.