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Rocky Ridge 150 up next for the GSPSS

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Up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the second annual Rocky Ridge 150 at the Claremont Motorsports Park in Claremont NH. This is the second year for what is fast becoming the series’ most anticipated event, and with the winner’s share of the purse being upped to $5000, excitement is high.

  For the second year in a row Springfield GMC and their Rocky Ridge line up of trucks have come on board as the title sponsor for this event. Springfield GMC will be offering some fantastic deals on the full line of Rocky Ridge trucks as well as deals on any new or used vehicle in their inventory. Race fans will also have the opportunity to purchase the GSPSS 2019 pace truck at a greatly reduced price.

  Last year’s event was settled between Jeremy Davis and eventual winner DJ Shaw in a battle for the ages. The two rivals battled side by side on the tight third mile oval for most of the second half of the event, showing a great deal of respect for each other the whole time. In victory lane both competitors talked about how much fun they had and neither could remember racing that hard in a long time.

  For 2019 the series has upped the purse, upped the laps and upped the intensity. An additional fifty laps and more prize money spread throughout the finishing order has caught the eye of many competitors from throughout New England and beyond.

  Several local competitors have filed entries including Luke Hinkley who will try to welcome his new son to the racing world with a win. Hinkley was in contention for most of the 2019 event but faded late and hopes to pick up his first win in a pro stock at his home track.

  Ricky Bly returns to GSPSS competition for this event. The Sunapee NH driver has been running his L.M.S. car this summer but hopes to run several GSPSS races this fall. Also entered is Guy Caron who hopes to contend at the track that he grew up racing at as he makes a rare start in his pro stock.

  Joey Doiron returns to the third mile speed plant as the point leader and the most recent GSPSS winner at the third mile oval. Doiron chose to start at the rear and drove all the way to the win last time the series raced in Claremont. The driver from the state of Maine made it look fairly easy and picked up an extra $1000 in the process. He will be challenged by the likes of Davis, Matt Frahm, Hinkley and Ray Christian III who will be breaking out a new car for this event.

  Other notables expected include 2018 series champ Devin O’Connell, two time series champ Mike O’Sullivan, and many time Claremont Motorsports Park winner Barry Gray and former track regular Josh King. A surprise entry is Joe Squeglia and his 03 team. Squeglia is a multi-time series winner and normally only competes at the Lee, Star and Waterford Speedbowl events. The Derry NH driver will try to take the win and its $5000 prize back to southern NH with him.

  Joining the action on Sunday September 1st will be a five other divisions. There will be two Battle for the Belt races as the Mini Stocks will make their only visit of the season to the NH speed plant and the Street Stocks will go 73 laps in memory of the late Richard Tetreault. Both races are expected to draw healthy fields of cars and the Street Stocks will see an increased payout due to the efforts of Joe Tetreault and Mike Parks who have come together to make this race a fitting tribute to a great husband, father, grandfather and a true racer.  A top prize of at least $1000 has been announced to go along with numerous bonus payouts and money for the top three heat race finishers.

  Also in action will be the Granite State Legends in a national event qualifier which is expected to bring competitors from Connecticut, Maine and all states in between. The always exciting Pro Truck Challenge will be in action and the night will conclude with a wild and crazy red neck enduro.

  Racing will kick off at 4:45pm with The Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole followed by heat races and all of the feature action. Adult tickets will be just $20, six to twelve will be $10 and under six free.

  Pre Entry List (As of 8/28)

1.      43  Devin O’Connell

2.      21  Josh King

3.      1x  Todd Stone

4.      00  Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

5.      14  Matt Frahm

6.      08  Mike O’Sullivan

7.      93  Ray Christian III

8.      16  Tommy Rosati

9.      73  Joey Doiron

10.  52  Jake Matheson

11.  46  Dennis Spencer Jr.

12.  29  Barry Gray

13.  8   Angelo Belsito

14.  12  Bobby Pelland

15.  40  Mike Mitchell

16.  09  Jeremy Davis

17.  7   Cory Casagrande

18.  03  Joe Squeglia

19.  8   Guy Caron

20.  28  Ricky Bly

21.  31  Luke Hinkley

22.  16  Austin Blais

For more information got to GSPSS.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

SEEKONK & BEECH RIDGE RACE TRACKS ADDED TO QUALIFIER LIST

SEEKONK, MA. – Add Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, & Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME, to the list of host tracks for guaranteed starters events for this summer’s 3rd Annual, 200 – Lap U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship Race, Wednesday, July 18th at the Seekonk facility.

On Saturday June 9, Seekonk will host a 65-lap Pro Stock race, which is part of their “Wall of Fame Inductee” ceremony. On June 23rd, Beech Ridge will host a 125-lap race for their Pro Series, a popular event at the famed Maine oval. Both race winners will secure a guaranteed starting position for the rich and prestigious race that has become popular for both competitors and fans alike.

“I would like to thank both tracks for their continued support in hosting these two race events as guaranteed starters to our 200 Lap Race,” said promoter Gary Sagar of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment.  There are five opportunities for competitors to secure a guaranteed starting position from an expected large field of Prostock/Super Late Model teams trying to qualify for our event which pays $10,000 to the winner,” opined Sagar. The tracks and dates are:

GUARANTEED STARTER RACE EVENTS

  1. Seekonk Speedway- Saturday June 9
  2. Beech Ridge Motor Speedway- Saturday June 23
  3. New Hampshire Motor Speedway- Sunday June 24 -Granite State Prostock Series
  4. Wiscasset Speedway- Saturday June 30
  5. Lee USA Speedway- Friday July 6 -Granite State Prostock Series

For information on this years event, including any comments you may have, please contact Gary Sagar at gary@krazespeedequipment.net; 800-252-6830 or Seekonk Speedway- www.seekonkspeedway.com  508-336-9959

GSPSS Champion To Be Crowned at Speedbowl

O’Sullivan, MacMichael Show The Way Heading For Shoreline Oval

 WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series season will end in style on Saturday evening at Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl. With one of the largest car counts of the season expected, the 2017 series champion will be crowned in the season-finale.

The 2017 season has seen 10 different drivers visit Victory Lane in the first 11 races, including Derek Ramstrom, who stormed onto the scene in the second half of last week’s race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park en route to the victory. The only driver who has two victories in GSPSS competition so far this season is Joe Squeglia, who will be back at the Speedbowl.

Heading into the season-finale, the championship chase is tight at the top. Former series champion Mike O’Sullivan holds a scant four-point edge on Rookie of the Year contender Scott MacMichael. Both drivers were involved in a crash at Thompson, but MacMichael was able to finish on the lead lap. By finishing ahead of O’Sullivan, MacMichael closed the gap from 14 points down to just four entering the finale.

PLACE: New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, Conn.

DATE: Saturday Oct. 21st

TIME: 2 p.m. post-time for heat races; feature to follow

GSPSS Twitter: @GSProStocks

Track Twitter: @speedbowlnews

Oddly enough, both of the top contenders in the championship have little experience at New London-Waterford, which could create a close battle right to the finish. Barry Gray enters the race third in the standings — 41 points out — as his hopes of becoming a champion for the second straight year start to slip away. Nick Lascuola and Cory Casagrande are currently fourth and fifth in the standings.

Although all eyes will be on the battle for the 2017 championship, the season-finale will surely produce one of the highest car counts of the season as well. Multiple outsiders will join the series regulars for the 100-lap main event.

Names like Bobby Pelland, Bobby Timmons, Tommy O’Sullivan, Angelo Belsito and Corey Bubar are part of the stout entry list.

Defending New London-Waterford winner Dave Farrington is also entered, along with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Ronnie Silk. Other entries include Rusty Poland, Kevin Folan, Devin O’Connell, Nick Lascuola, Jimmy Renfrew and Chris Turbush and many more.

This event to close the season is a one-day show for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. The pit gates open on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for the haulers to enter the track. The series will have a 45-minute practice session at 11 a.m., followed by a 15-minute scuff session later in the day.

Heat racing begins at 2 p.m., with the GSPSS one of the final divisions to hit the track for qualifying. The feature is the eighth in the order on Saturday and those features are scheduled to get underway around 5 p.m.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, including the latest updates, fans are encouraged to visit the Facebook page or follow the series on Twitter, @GSProStocks.

You can also visit us on the web at www.gspss.net.