Barry Gray sits atop the point chase after 4 events. (Lin Mat Photo)

Barry Gray sits atop the point chase after 4 events. (Lin Mat Photo)

WALPOLE, N.H. __ Through four races of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) slate in 2016, four different winners have carried the checkered flag and there has been some top-notch racing in each event.

 

It was Jacob Dore winning a thrilling battle to open the season at White Mt. Motorsports Park and he was followed by Mike O’Sullvain, who took the checkers at Monadnock Speedway.

O’Sullivan picked up a crucial win in a guaranteed qualifier event for the Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock 200 coming up on July 13. He will be just one of the names representing the GSPSS at Seekonk that Wednesday night.

 

Veteran Pro All Star Series driver DJ Shaw scored the victory at Lee USA and most recently, Jeremy Davis outdueled Derek Griffith and Shaw in the final laps to win the feature event at Claremont Speedway.

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Claremont top 3 (from L to R) 3rd place Mike O'Sullivan 1st Jeremy Davis 2nd Derek Griffith (Chip Cormie Photo)Davis, Griffith & Shaw Thrill Claremont fans in a Classic Twin State 100 finish!!

The Twin State 100 saw some new drivers on the roster adding to the variety seen in all of the GSPSS races started this year. George Bessette of Danbury, CT., Tommy O’Sullivan, of Wilbraham, MA., and local racer Jimmy Zullo of Claremont, NH all added their names to the list of already competitive list of drivers running.

Last years winner Derek Griffith and newcomer to Claremont, DJ Shaw set the pace early in the day, both attaining 13.9 lap times in practice. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. and Bill Ahern of Bellerica, MA. started on the front row. Guy Caron of Lempster, NH took an early lead, showing his knowledge of the track. Griffith, Shaw, and Davis quickly made their way through the pack to the top five in the early laps of the race. Caron led for twenty-five laps until the first caution flew for Glenn Martel as he spun in turn two.
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(Chip Cormie Photo)

(Chip Cormie Photo)

WALPOLE, N.H. _ Though the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) may have a field filled with veterans in 2016, two rookies have been tearing it up with some of the best Super Late Model talent so far.

 

Rookie of the Year contenders Mike Mitchell and Glenn Martel have had solid runs and their finishes thus far show they will be a threat to sit in victory lane before the season comes to a close.

 

Mitchell, who comes to the series as a former Street Stock champion and Pro Stock driver at Seekonk Speedway, has finished inside the top-10 in two of the three series events. He finished sixth at the opener at White Mt. Motorsports Park, then followed that up with a fourth place run at Monadnock Speedway.

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DJ ShawShaw out battles Griffith & Kruzcek for Seacoast 100 Victory

Lee, NH – The showers predicted by the weather forecast on Friday never came to Lee as drivers suited up for the Seacoast 100. DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH started on the pole with Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH on the outside of the 21-car field. This week saw the addition of new competitors adding to the already tough competition in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

Shaw took the lead early, however throughout the night he had competition from Hudson native Derek Griffith, Davis, and Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, NH. The caution flag flew early in the evening on lap nine for Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT. Then shortly after, the pack checked up and Mike Parks of Walpole, NH ruined his newly replaced nose, creating an uphill battle for him the rest of the night.
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Winchester, N.H. – The Rydemore 100 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. started as a steamy one, with temperatures reaching the mid ninety’s. Guy Caron of Lempster, N.H. found himself on the pole with Mike Mitchell of Cumberland, R.I. on the outside. Barry Gray who finished second last week was looking to get his first win of the year starting in the sixth position.  Ultimately, it was Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. in victory lane.

 

Caron took the lead early in the race and led until lap 61 when he and Gray made contact on the backstretch, and Caron, spun bringing out the first caution of the night.  This put O’Sullivan and DJ Shaw of Center Conway, N.H. up front. Glenn Martel of Belmont, NH was the Lucky Dog, winning his lap back and putting him on the road to a fifth place finish.

 

By lap 65 Mike Parks of Walpole, N.H. had worked his way up to third after starting 12th. The 71 NH of Cory Robert in sixth place, fended off the Caron and Gray for over a dozen laps, until lap 89 when contact was made with Gray.

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graphic_GSPSSWALPOLE, N.H. __ After a thrilling finish to the season-opening race at White Mt. Motorsports Park last weekend, won by Jacob Dore, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is ready for race two at Monadnock Speedway — this Saturday, May 28.

 

The running of the Rydemore.com 100 lap feature will be contested on the high-banks of “Maddog,” a track that has proven to have intense Super Late Model action for the series each time they make the trip.

 

Barry Gray, who finished second at the opener last weekend, is the defending winner of the Memorial Day weekend special and a four-time winner with the series on the high-banks.

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Jacob Dore Victory Lane WMMP (Lin Matt Photo)

Jacob Dore Victory Lane WMMP (Lin Matt Photo)

Woodstock, N.H. – A beautiful spring night in scenic northern New Hampshire, kicked off the season for the Granite State Pro Stock series, at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Mike O’Sullivan in the 08 car led the starting grid to green with a competitive field. Jacob Dore dominated the race and took the checkers for his first series win.

 

Dore of Sanford, ME. started on the outside pole and took the lead early on, passing Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, on lap 9 of the 100 lap event. Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA. used the few cautions in the race to his advantage to come from a starting position of tenth to take a second place finish.

 

 

The field having split into three packs saw Gray work his way up to fifth on lap 47 when Corey Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT. brought out the first caution of the night, on lap 47 in turn four as he broke the upper third link bar.  On lap 58 mechanical issues sent the 99 of James Miller into the turn three wall, bringing out the red flag due to half-a-dozen tires rolling onto the infield. This put Gray into position to move up to fourth on the restart.

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graphic_GSPSSWALPOLE, N.H. __ The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is proud to announce the contingency awards and bonuses for the 2016 season of racing, which begins this Saturday, May 21, at White Mt. Motorsports Park in New Hampshire.

 

More than 13 different businesses have come on board to award drivers on the GSPSS for their accomplishments this upcoming season. Some of them return from 2015, but others are welcomed to the series this season with many thanks. Drivers have the chance to win awards in heat races, the feature races and also at the annual awards banquet at the conclusion of the racing season.

 

Drivers will compete in heat races for points and feature starting spot, but also for multiple different bonus awards. Sunoco Race Fuels will present each heat race winner five gallons of Sunoco Fuel for the duration of the season and MacLellan Metal Finishing will present all the heat race winners with a check for $25. MacLellan will also present a check for $300 to the driver who scores the most heat race wins during the entire season.

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GSPSSGSPSS Heads To White Mt. Motorsports Park On May 21

WALPOLE, N.H.__
The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will kick-off their 2016 season on Saturday May 21, with a 100 lap feature at New Hampshire’s White Mt. Motorsports Park. It will be the first of 11 events on the calendar in what should be a season with lots of returning veterans and some new rookie challengers battling it out for victories.

It will be the third appearance by the New England based Pro Stock tour at White Mt., a track that opened for the first time in 1994, under operation from Donnie and Teri Avery. Brad Babb won the inaugural series race there in 2014 and defending series champion Derek Griffith scored the victory in the 100 lap feature in August of 2015. Read Full Article →

PR- Eric LaFleche Photo - Chip Cormie

PR- Eric LaFleche Photo – Chip Cormie

(Epping, NH) – Trying to become a contender in one series is hard but to become a force in two series is quite a feat indeed. Derek Griffith, the 2015 Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) Champion; currently sits near the top-10 in the very competitive Pro All Star Series (PASS) North Tour.

Griffith who enters this weekend coming off a disappointing finish at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway where an accident forced out the Hudson, NH native early in the event and forced the McKennedy Bros. Masonry/LCM Racing/Tyngsboro Motors race team to work long hours getting the No. 12 back to racing form.

Derek talks about the events at Beech Ridge, “We had a pretty fast piece, right off the trailer. We were able to grab a fourth place finish in the heat race and that translated to a tenth place starting spot in the feature. On lap five, one of the veterans of the tour decided to try a move on the front stretch that he didn’t have room for, he got me loose and it snapped us directly into the wall. It’s unfortunate but that’s racing.”

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