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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

Doiron Celebrates 4th of July in Lee Victory Lane

Tom Morris Photo

Joey Doiron celebrated the fourth of July in Lee USA Speedways Victory lane on Friday Night. The EKeyes4Cars 100 and fireworks display was a huge hit with the great crowd that came out to watch.

   The night started out with series point’s leader Joey Doiron setting fast time in The Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole. Doiron’s lap of 15.094 seconds was less than a tenth of a second off Ray Christian’s track record, a remarkable feat considering the extreme heat during time trials.

   Next up were heat races, both of which were won by familiar faces. The first heat was won by Doiron, who has been a qualifying machine in 2019 taking down four fast time awards and numerous heat races. Brandon Barker, winner of the last two events at the Lee NH Speed plant, won the second heat race with relative ease.

   After the GSPSS redraw it was Ryan Green who was the pole sitter and had the option to take the NHSTRA back of the pack challenge. Even the offer of $1000.00 if he could win from the back couldn’t entice Green to give up his number one starting spot. “We are going to stay right here” said Green when asked what he would do. “Joey (Doiron) and Brandon (Barker) are way too fast to try going to the back”.

   The first half of the EKeyes4Cars 100 went off uneventfully with only a few minor incidents. Just after halfway a bracket on the rear end of Todd Stones Ford failed, causing all of the fluid to spill out onto the race track going into turn one. Several cars got into it and spun around but it was race leader Green who suffered the most damage. He got into the fluid and slid up the track hitting the outside wall extremely hard. Greens badly damaged machine then came back down the race track and hit the driver’s side of Jake Matheson’s car ending his day as well.

   Fortunately, Green was unhurt but his car not so much. When asked about the aftermath Green said “it’s real bad, it will need a front clip and every bolt on piece on the front end.” He then added “I’ll be sore in the morning but mostly my feelings are hurt”.

   Josh King’s machine was also involved, suffering damage to both ends of his race car while Ben Rowe found himself out of the race as well.

   The other car involved was the Brandon Barkers sixteen. Barker was trying to win his third straight GSPSS event at Lee but contact in the turn one incident left him with front end damage effectively ending his chances at the three peat. “It messed up the nose and hood a little which didn’t help but the biggest thing was it knocked the toe out which screwed up the handling” said barker.

   After an extensive cleanup the field went back to racing and it was clear that Joey Doiron had the best car. As the laps wore down defending series champion Devin O’Connell and Jeremy Davis battled for the second spot in what turned out to be a thirty lap duel for the ages. Davis, time and time again, drove to the inside of the champ but just couldn’t get clear.

   In the end it was Doiron running away with the victory while O’Connell was able to hold off Davis for third. Joe Squeglia pushed to the end for a fourth place finish while Mike Mitchell battled back from two spins to complete the top five. It was a case of mixed emotions for Doiron who in victory lane said “I feel really bad for Ryan and Brandon. It was going to be a really good race to the finish.” he then added “I just wanted a chance to race them heads up and beat them on the race track”.

   Barker came up short in his bid to win his third in a row but came home in a solid sixth position. Jimmy Renfrew held on after a late race spin to finish seventh while Bobby Pelland had his best run of the season in eighth. Ray Christian III suffered overheating issues after an off track excursion but battled back for a ninth place run and Kevin Foland came back from a flat tire to complete the top ten.

   Next up for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is a visit to Hudson Speedway in Hudson NH. The newly improved and renovated facility which has become a favorite of the series competitors will host the series for 100 laps of green flag action on Sunday July 14.

   For more, follow the GSPSS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as at www.gspss.net.

Granite State Pro Stock Series contingency awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: 93 Ryan Green $100.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: 12 Bobby Pelland $75.00

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher: 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr $75.00

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: 09 Jeremy Davis One Tire at the nest event

Sunoco Heat Race Winners :

#1 73 Joey Doiron 5 Gal Sunoco Race Fuel

#2 16 Brandon Barker 5Gal Sunoco Race Fuel

VDL 5th Place: 40 Mike Mitchell $100.00

Crazy Horse Racing Race for the Pole

1st 73 Joey Doiron $125.00

2nd 16 Brandon Barker $75.00

3rd 14 Matt Frahm $50.00

EKeyes4Cars Official Finish

1- 73 Joey Doiron

2- 43 Devin O’Connell

3- 09 Jeremy Davis

4- 03 Joe Squeglia

5- 40 Mike Mitchell

6- 26 Brandon Barker

7- 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

8- 12 Bobby Pelland

9- 93ct Ray Christian III

10- 17 kevin Folan

11- 46 Dennis Spencer Jr

12- 93 Ryan Green

13- 1x Todd Stone

14- 21 Josh King

15- 4 Ben Rowe

16- 53 Jake Matheson

17- 18 Jeff Fagan

18- 51 Jeremy Harcelrode

19- 29 Barry Gray20- 14 Matt Frahm 

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