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Shaw Dominates GSPSS at Monadnock

The Granite State Pro Stock Series invaded Monadnock Speedway for a mid summer affair and DJ Shaw finally conquered a track that had stymied him for several years.

On a hot and sunny afternoon practice went smoothly for everyone except rookie Casey Call. At the end of the final practice session the bracket that attaches the track bar to the rear end broke sending the team scrambling to make repairs. The part failure would cause him to miss time trials but the young driver would make the call for his heat race.

The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge would be the first laps of competition for the series competitors and it was former champion Devin O’Connell setting fast time for the day. O’Connell came up short of Mike O’Sullivans track record by less than a tenth of a second but was the fastest man on this day.

O’Connell’s day would continue to go well in his heat race as he took down the win with relative ease. The second heat would be won by Angelo Belsito who came into this event looking to make it three in a row with the GSPSS. Belsito, who had never raced at Monadnock, would adapt quickly and look to take all he had learned to the feature.

After the GSPSS redraw it was series point leader Ray Christian III who would start on the pole along side second place point man Belsito. DJ Shaw would start on the outside of row two and make his way to the lead early and check out on the field.

A lap two incident involving three cars ended with a scary hit to the outside wall for Barry Gray. The heavy contact in turn three would destroy his race car but Gray was able to climb out under his own power with nothing but bumps, bruises and hurt pride.

Once Shaw took control of the race it was a three car battle for second thru fourth. Christian III, Belsito and O’Connell would battle for those spots for the first three quarters of the race. At the end it would be Belsito prevailing in second with Christian III rounding out the podium.

Late in the going Rookie Call and Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk made a charge trying to get all the positions they could. Call had run at the back of the top five for many laps and found himself in a battle for that spot and more. “Pole” would ride around for a large part of the race trying to study and learn all he could about a track that he had never seen before. Call would pick up the final spot in the top five while “Pole”, who came into the event second in points, would break a ball joint with five to go and limp around to a tenth place finish.

Second year driver Jake Matheson would have a strong run coming home sixth after a fantastic closing laps battle with O’Connell and Call. The three youngsters, all graduates of legends cars, would race hard all the way to the line for a highlight reel finish.

Josh King would get caught up in a mid race incident but battle back for a seventh place finish right in front of Mike O’Sullivan and Cody LeBlanc, all of whom had come into the race with hopes of more.

The next event for the series is scheduled to take place at the Beach Ridge Speedway in Scarborough ME. The historical oval just up the road from Old Orchard Beach will host the first race in the state of Maine in several years and the first ever at the speedway.

To follow the series go to www.gspss.net or follow the series on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Results:

1- 60 DJ Shaw

2 – 8B Angelo Belsito

3 – 93CT Ray Christian III

4 – 43NH Devin O’Connell

5- 90 Casey Call

6 – 52NH Jake Matheson

7 – 21 Josh King

8- 08 Mike O’Sullivan

9 – 55 Cody Leblanc

10 – 97 Joey Polewarcyk

11- 40 Mike Mitchell

12- 77 Jeremy Sorel

13- 87 Alexander Pearl

14- 17 Kevin Folan

15- 29 Barry Gray

Contingency Awards :

Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – heat 1 – 43 Devin O’Connell, heat 2 – 8B Angelo Belsito

Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – 1st $125 – 43 Devin O’Connell – 2nd $75 – 8b Angelo Belsito – 3rd $50 – 52NH Jake Matheson

Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 21 Josh King

Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 60 DJ Shaw – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event

American Racer Hard Charger – one free tire – 90NH Casey Call

Speed 51 leader at lap 51 – $51 – 60 DJ Shaw

AR Bodies hard luck award – $100 product certificate – 29 Barry Gray

GSPSS headed to Monadnock Speedway

The Granite State Pro Stock Series heads to one of the original tracks on the schedule as they make their first and possibly only visit to the quarter mile bull ring Friday August first. The Winchester NH oval was one of the first facilities to sign on with the then fledgling series and has been a staple ever since.

Mike O’Sullivan picked up his only win of the 2019 campaign at the tricky high banked oval and returns, hoping to turn his 2020 season around. The two time series champion scored a top five finish at the second round at Claremont but has struggled to get the finishes hes expects in his other two starts.

DJ Shaw is expected to compete this weekend at a track where the win has eluded him thus far. Shaw has had the dominant car in recent events at the Monadnock high banks but bad luck has derailed his efforts. Although the Precision JLM team has yet to file an entry, they have stated that they intend to race.

Ray Christian III leads the way in the 2020 point standings but only by fourteen points over Joey Polewarczyk. Angelo Belsito sits twenty four markers back on the heels of two straight wins. All three will take their fight to Monadnock where none of the three have ever won and Christian III is the only one to ever race there.

Rookie Competitors Casey Call and Cody Leblanc both plan to attend this event as they battle for rookie of the year honors along with Ryan Lineham. All three have posted solid finishes this year and look to continue to learn at a track that is traditionally tough on rookies. Lineham has yet to officially enter but has stated he intends to be there.

Josh King is a former winner at Monadnock and had a very successful test at the quarter mile bull ring before kicking off his season. King looks to get back to victory lane for the first time since 2017 at the track closest to his Vernon Vt shop and he’ll try to do it in a brand new race car. King has run the car twice now and hopes he has all the kinks worked out of it.

Barry Gray is a former Pro Stock champion at both the track and with the series. Gray missed the most recent event at Claremont Motorsports Park to concentrate on getting his car right for one of his best tracks. He looks to get back to a victory lane he is very familiar with.

Other entries include Kevin Folan, Mike Mitchell and and Jake Matheson. Folan and Mitchell are veteran competitors and Matheson is in his second year out of the legends car ranks. All three have raced at Monadnock previously and look for strong runs.

Post time for this event will be at 6:00pm and the GSPSS will be joined by the Monadnock Speedway weekly racing divisions.

August 15 the series heads for Beach Ridge Speedway in Scarborough Maine for a 150 lap affair. This will be the first ever visit to the coastal speedway and the first time the the traveling pro stockers have raced in the state of Maine in several years.

For more information visit www.gspss.net or check them out on there various social media pages.

Craig Lutz Pushes To Monadnock Win in Series Debut

Photo: Tom Morris/Myracenews

Two months delayed due to COVID-19, the Tri Track Open Modified Series finally opened the 2020 season on Sunday evening at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. There were 37 of the top Modified drivers in the Northeast at the high-banked oval, with four heat races, two consolations, and a 100-lap feature keeping fans busy throughout the day. Monadnock’s NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series divisions were also on the track, along with the Pro Truck Series. 

The Tri Track Rundown is a quick look back at the most recent series event: 

LUTZ PUSHES HINCKLEY INTO THREE, WINS DRAG RACE TO THE LINE 

Not bad for a debut. Craig Lutz, a rising Modified star in New England, entered the final corner of Sunday’s Tri Track Open Modified Series opener in second, a car length back from race leader Les Hinckley. By the time they hit the middle of turn four, Lutz was under Hinckley and winning a drag race to the line, pocketing a $6,000 check as part of a more than $40,000 purse. But the way he made the move was what set off some major controversy post-race. 

Lutz slammed the back bumper of Hinckley at the bottom of turn three, sending Hinckley up the track, and Lutz by to the win. In the debut start on a competitive series, Lutz was holding the checkered flag at Monadnock. 

“It’s Modified racing,” said Lutz. “You have to understand that I’m going for the win, he’s going for the win. He’s hanging on for dear life. I gave him a little tap that he wasn’t expecting and I was able to open up the bottom. We both finished… he still finished second.” 

The day didn’t start off well for Lutz. After a blind draw, he started last in the second heat race, and finished sixth, missing a qualified spot by one. When he rolled out for the consi, he started at the front, and picked up the win – advancing him to the main event, with a 22nd place starting spot. 

It took him 99 laps to find the lead. 

“A little bit of both, you come in here and you think the setup is going to work and it just didn’t,” Lutz said of what happened in the heat, with a bad draw and the setup off. “We drew last for the heat race, and the whole field is stacked because there are so many good cars. We had to be patient with a small track and not a long of room to make passes. I just tried to pass everyone smart and keep the wheels on it so I could be at the front.” 

Lutz, who drove a family-owned car with help for Russell Goodale and Goodie Motorsports, plans to be back with Tri Track on July 25 at Star Speedway for the annual SBM showdown. 

HINCKLEY NEARLY BREAKS WINNING DROUGHT 

Les Hinckley was one corner away from his first career Tri Track Open Modified Series win. But it all went away in the final 500 feet. After the push from behind, Hinckley lost control, and nearly saved it enough to beat Lutz to the line. But it was the final drag race that hurt his chances, while he was still trying to collect the car. 

Hinckley started at the bottom of the top five, led laps, and was in contention in the final corner.  

“We found a home in the first two-thirds of the race to ride and keep our spot,” Hinckley said. “I just tried to take care of the car. After the competition caution, we made the right adjustments and to the front we went. They weren’t going to catch me without the cautions. He tried to drive through me on the restart but drove over the left-rear and bottomed out the car. I would have been a fool if I gave up the bottom, and he had no chance of going around me on the outside. He never tried. If you could pull up record books, I’ve never driven through anyone like that for a win. I never squared a guy up, punted him in the back, moved him up two grooves and felt good about myself. That was his only shot.” 

After the checkered, Hinckley showed his displeasure with Lutz, driving up beside him coming to the start/finish line for Victory Lane ceremonies. He was also visibly and verbally upset with Lutz. 

“Craig wasn’t faster than I was. He didn’t have a shot to pass me,” Hinckley said. “He didn’t have any turns left to get it done. That was his move. Not lift, drive in the corner, and use me for the brake.” 

Hinckley will have his next shot to earn his first career Tri Track win at Star Speedway on July 25, another track he is familiar with. Hinckley had plenty of background experience at Monadnock, both in Modifieds and Pro Stocks. 

Notebook: Monadnock Regulars Impress; Some Tri Track Stars Were Quiet 

  • -Ben Byrne, who won the NHSTRA Sportsman Modified race at Monadnock on Sunday, a drove a crate motor in the Tri Track Series race and pulled off a third-place finish, leading laps in the middle stages. Byrne also showed success at Monadnock last year, where he nearly won the Tri Track race. For his third-place effort, the team collected a $300 bonus courtesy of Barlow Construction for being the highest finishing crate motor in the field. 
  • -Matt Kimball, who was fastest in practice, struggled in his heat, missing a qualified spot. He rebounded in the consi and drove through the field late to finish fourth.  
  • -Ron Silk and Chase Dowling finished fourth and fifth — strong runs to open the season for the veterans. Dowling was looking for his third straight Tri Track win driving for Jimmy Paige, dating back to last year. He was on the bumper of Hinckley with 10 laps to go, but got shuffled on the outside lane on a restart and missed his opportunity. 
  • -Matt Hirschman, Woody Pitkat and Ronnie Williams all finished at the bottom of the top-10, but all three seemed off on the setup all day. Williams earned the final qualifying spot in heat one, while Hirschman did the same in heat four. Pitkat struggled in both the heat and the consi and didn’t qualify. He earned a provisional, and started deep in the field — driving through for an eighth-place finish. Courtesy of Green Construction, Pitkat earned the Hard Charger award worth $500. 

The Tri Track Open Modified Series, along with the $40,000 purse/6,000 winning prize, also paid out a long list of contingency awards through sponsorship from supporters of the series.  

Superior Refinishing was also providing a $200 award if the polesitter had won the race. However, since Tommy Barrett didn’t take the checkered flag first, the $200 rolls over to the next stop at Star Speedway and raises another $200. If the driver who starts on the pole wins at Star, they will collect $400 in bonus money on top of their winnings. 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS: MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY; JULY 5, 2020: 

  • -Green Construction Hard Charger: $500 – Woody Pitkat 
  • -Pepsi Challenge Heat Winners: $300 each – Brian Robie, Chase Dowling, Ben Bryne, Dave Sapienza 
  • -Pepsi Challenge Consi Winners: $300 each – Matt Swanson, Craig Lutz 
  • -Barlow Construction Top Crate Motors: $300 (Ben Byrne) & $200 (Brian Robie)