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GSPSS 100 Victory Lane

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Epping, NH-        Wayne Helliwell, JR recorded his second career Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) win at Star Speedway in the Star 100 by surviving a green-white-checkered finish.

 

Nottingham, NH driver Babe Branscombe took the lead after pole-sitter Joey Squeglia, JR spun his tires to start the race.  Branscombe would lead the first 14 laps before Squeglia, JR would overtake Branscombe, and put his Auto Mart Trucks + Cars/PH Electric Chevrolet into the top spot.  Squeglia, JR would set a fast pace as the laps ticked by until lap 41 when Dennis Maxfield went around in turn 3, bringing out the first caution of the night.  Read Full Article →

GSPS2Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has added an eleventh race to their 2014 schedule, after accepting an invitation to join the Star Classic Super Modified event held at Star Speedway, September 6th.

 

The GSPSS will join the International Super Modified Association (ISMA), Strictly Stocks, Outlaws, and Roadrunners divisions at the Star Classic for 100 green flag laps.  The 48th annual Star Classic is a highlight on the International Super Modified Association schedule, as the 150 lap event has seen such historical drivers as Russ Wood, Bentley Warren, and Chris Perley .

 

“When Bob Webber extended the invitation to the Granite State Pro Stock Series, it was a no-brainer for us,” says GSPSS president Mike Parks.  “The Star Classic is a premier stop on the ISMA schedule.  To add the GSPSS to this event is a homerun for us and for Star Speedway.  It will give us a chance to put our product in front of ISMA fans, and a chance for our fans to see their product.  The Webber family have always been a stout supporter of our series since it’s inception, and we would like to offer the same support to them.”

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vlf_0281-300x198Thompson, Conn: Justin Bonsignore earned his second Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory this season behind the wheel of his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour entry after taking the late race lead and holding on through two restarts in the Budweiser King of Beers 150. Kerry Malone led the way in NASCAR Whelen All American Series action with a convincing victory in the Sunoco Modified 30-lap feature event. Also picking up wins were Larry Gelinas in the Late Models, Eric Bourgeois in the Monster Mini Stock division and Corey Hutchings in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division. Art Chartier won the Vintage Outlaw feature.

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photo by Alan Ward

photo by Alan Ward

Barre, VT – Thunder Road’s racing action got under way on Thursday night (August 14) with the remainder of the previously postponed final 47 laps of last week’s 26 car Cody Chevrolet Late Model feature. North Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell picked up the win and unofficially took over the point lead in his quest to repeat as Thunder Road’s “King of the Road.” The final event of the night saw Jim “Boomer” Morris score his first career win in the Late Models in their regular 50-lap event after apparent winner Jason Allen was disqualified in post race technical inspection due to failing ACT’s board test, which checks for coil binding in the suspension.

 

In the first feature of the night, O’Donnell got around Lance Allen and cruised to the win. Lance Allen was followed across the line by Joey Laquerre, Shawn Fleury and John Donahue in the top five. Morris, Josh Demers, Brooks Clark, Nick Sweet and Brett Gervais rounded out the top ten.

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Star 2013

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Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ (GSPSS) championship is heating up as the tour heads back to Star Speedway this Saturday, August 16, for the GSPSS 100. 

 

Four drivers are within 28 tallies off point leader Larry Gelinas entering Saturday’s event.  Larry Gelinas’ lead whittled away after mechanical misfortune at Monadnock Speedway forced the Buxton, ME driver to retire early from the JBH 100.  Matt Frahm, Derek Griffith, and Dillon Moltz all took advantage as each finished inside the top 10 to begin to reel in Gelinas.  Frahm, with his third place finish in the JBH 100, now sits a mere 19 points behind Gelinas.  “Everyone kept their heads up,” stated Frahm about his run at Monadnock.  “Third place, we’ll take it for the points, and we’ll move on to Star.”  Frahm fought his way to the front as a result of being penalized from an incident with Tommy O’Sullivan.

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troadBarre, VT – Thunder Road officials have announced special Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen triple 50 lap feature events during Jet Service Envelope – Accura Printing event at Thunder Road in Barre on Thursday, August 21. The Tiger 100 lap feature scheduled for last Thursday, August 7 was postponed due to rain and was rescheduled for the August 21 event.

Instead of running the 100 lapper followed by a regular event, the Tigers will now run three 50 lap features spread out throughout the evening and earn separate feature points and separate purses for each race. The field will be inverted after each event to set up the line-up for the next race.

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Griffith at Monadnock Speedway -2014

PR/Photo – Eric LaFleche

(Hudson, NH) – 17 year-old Derek Griffith is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

Griffith found himself on the podium again after finishing in second place at Monadnock Speedway on August 9th. Derek rolled off ninth in the nineteen car field and quickly moved towards the front. The car was consistent and the driver, even more so.
Derek talked about bringing the No. 12 Mom’s of Manchester/LCM Racing Toyota Camry to a second place finish, “We had such a good car here at Monadnock. I love this track and we know the exact set-up we need. I was a little worried after we suffered that flat, right front tire but it’s just another example of the team working so good.”

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Story by Matt Grant

August 9, 2014

Epping, NH – The Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour made their second and final visit to the the tight quarter mile of Star Speedway on Saturday night, marking the 16th event on the schedule.  Unlike many NELCAR races at Star in the past, some clear weather graced the New Hampshire sky, and 15 teams began preparation for some racing under the lights.
Veteran drivers Matt Chagnot in the 8 and Alan Smith in the 33 paced the field of cars in the first heat race. Smith drove to the lead on the outside and distanced himself from the pack, until a late caution washed his lead away. The 70 of Tylar Braunschweig swapped the lead with Smith for the remaining three laps, with the 33 taking the checkers in an exciting finish.  Braunschweig and the 78 of Ivan Kaffel rounded out the top three.

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Gray Dominates JBH 100 at Monadnock, Becomes Sixth Different Winner in Six Races with Granite State Pro Stock Series

Winchester, NH – Barry Gray fought off multiple challenges from Matt Frahm, Tommy O’Sullivan, and Dillon Moltz to pick up his first victory of the season in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway.

Gray’s Meadow’s Motor Cars/Hawley’s Auto Chevrolet shot out to the lead at the drop of the green flag, as the Belchertown, MA native took full advantage of his pole position starting spot after a strong heat race. Gray would face an early challenge from Matt Frahm and Tommy O’Sullivan, but seemed to be cruising before a caution on lap 26 for Fran Colson and Cory Robert bunched the field back together. Gray would pull away from O’Sullivan once more on the restart, and set a blistering pace, putting multiple cars a lap down before the halfway point of the race.
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Nick Sweet Snags ACT Victory at Beech Ridge

Scarborough, ME – Barre’s Nick Sweet became the 7th different American Canadian Tour winner in the 7th event of the 2014 season when the tour visited Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. Sweet led for the majority of the event, but not without fierce contention and multiple lead changes with runner-up finisher Ben Ashline.

Ashline slipped out of the lead after starting on the pole with a plus five in ACT’s unique plus/minus handicap system. Outside pole sitter Stephane Descoste of Oka, Quebec led through the early stages of the event until Sweet took over on the 24th circuit. Sweet made the charge from his 8th place starting position and built a comfortable lead once he reached the point.
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Griffith at Monadnock 21014

PR/Photos – Eric LaFleche

Winchester, NH – 17 Year-old Pro Stock driver, Derek Griffith is returning to Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, August 9th and as the season winds down, Griffith has championship aspirations.

Derek is riding a wave of three straight top-5 finishes and is looking to rebound from a 17th place finish is last year’s version of the JBH Memorial race.
“Last year we didn’t run very well, we came away with a disappointing finish. If you fast forward to this year though, our team is much stronger; I’m a much better driver and I think the results reflect that.” stated Griffith.

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NEMST1History was made multiple times in central New Hampshire Sunday for the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea.  The largest starting field ever for the young series assembled in the infield of New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the course of the weekend. As cars arrived they went through a vigorous safety inspection to make sure the cars were prepared for the up to 130 MPH speeds they were going to run.
Sunday morning the cars rolled from pit road and began to pace around the one mile NASCAR oval housed within the NHMS facility. After 3-4 pace laps the cars were allowed to turn up the speed and start laying down fast laps. During the 30 minute practice session multiple cars pit to make adjustments and go back out to try again. The cars were running an average speed of 110 MPH around the 12* banked track.

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JBH 100-1

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By Shawn Sicard

Walpole, NH-    The first half of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) 2014 season is complete, and Larry Gelinas has been on a tear.  Gelinas has not finished outside of the top 4, with a win and three second place finishes in that stretch.  He has fought a few bouts of adversity, recovering from a mid-race spin at Hudson in the Gate City Classic to come back through the field and take the checkers, and surviving at Star Speedway for the Star 100 as his car fell off the pace late in the race.  G

Enter Dillon Moltz.  Moltz sits 42 points behind Gelinas entering the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway this Saturday, August 9th.  The driver of the RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet picked up a fifth place finish at the opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, and talk of the youngster making huge waves in the series began.  The Waterford, CT driver then went to Monadnock, and the bad luck bug bit Moltz.  The no. 5 Chevrolet was involved in a couple of incidents, with Moltz ending up with a 17th place finish.  At the Gate City Classic, Moltz had another fast car underneath him, leading some laps early, but couldn’t seal the deal and ended up 5th. 

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