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GROVETON, NH – Jeremy Davis used the outside groove to pass Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and power his way to Victory Lane in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Speedway 51.

 

Helliwell, Jr. seemed to be the car to beat early, as the two-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) champion shot out to a commanding lead.  Jeremy Davis jumped to the second spot, and began to run Helliwell, Jr. down, before the first of ten cautions brought the field back together on lap 37.  Helliwell, Jr. would fend Davis off on the first restart, but Davis would hold his own on the outside groove after a restart on lap 67.  Barry Gray would slow in turn one and two bringing out the caution, just before Helliwell, Jr. and Davis would tangle, leaving Davis sideways in the infield.  With Gray being the caution car, Davis and Helliwell, Jr. would get their spots back, setting up another battle.

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GSPS2GROVETON, NH – Tracy Gordon will be back behind the wheel of a Pro Stock this weekend, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series travels to Speedway 51 (NH), on July 4.

 

The twelve-time K&N Pro Series East feature winner will pilot the Alphacon/WDW Machine ride, normally driven by Matt Frahm. 

 

Even though Gordon has not been behind the wheel in over a year, the Maine driver is confident to be back in the driver’s seat, saying “I think it will be just like taking a winter off.  The Frahm’s are a well-prepared team, and I am confident going into the event.”

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GSPS2GROVETON, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will see new blood joining the ranks, as Derek Ming returns to his home track to compete in the Twisted Tea Firecracker 151, at Speedway 51 (NH), July 4.

 

Ming, of West Burke, VT, has plenty of laps under his belt at the ¼ mile facility, including three championships in two different divisions.  While winning a title in the former Outlaw division in 2009, Ming went undefeated, winning every race he entered.  Ming has multiple wins in the Late Model division at the track, and picked up a sixth-place finish in the Generation Next 151 under the ACT banner, after starting tenth.

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Photo- Derek Griffith's Facebook Page

Photo- Derek Griffith’s Facebook Page

(Epping, NH) – Derek Griffith, the 18 year-old Hudson, NH native picked up another victory in Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) competition this past weekend at Star Speedway and set a series record in the process.

Griffith became the first driver to win three races in a single season on the fledgling series. Derek led all 100 laps, en route to his second consecutive victory and third in the last four GSPSS races.

15 Pro Stocks were at Star Speedway and Griffith had a fast car right off the trailer, Derek explains, “I know it seems like a broken record sometimes but Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] gave us another extremely fast, well handling race car. Louie, in my opinion is one of the best in the business, we are really gelling at the right time.” Read Full Article →

Star 100 Derek Griffith in Victory Lane ( Remember When Photography)

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Griffith Fends Off Parks, Moltz in Green-White-Checker Finish

 

EPPING, NH – Derek Griffith fended off two late restarts to, and a hard charge by Mike Parks, to pick up his third victory of the season, in the Star 100 at Star Speedway.

 

Griffith shot out to the lead early, with Matt Frahm in tow.  Frahm seemed to be the only car that could give Griffith a run for his money early, but his Alphacon/Lambert Roofing automobile shut down on lap 45, forcing the Hampstead, NH driver to retire from the race. 

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GSPS2EPPING, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Star Speedway, June 27, for the Star 100.  The Star 100 will be the fifth event of the 12-race season, and will be the sixth time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012.  The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Star Speedway.

 

STAR SPEEDWAY NOTES:

-Star Speedway was built in 1966.

-Formerly known as “All-Star Speedway”.

-Known for the “Star Classic”, this track boasts divisions such as 350 Supermodifieds, Outlaws, Strictly Stocks, and Roadrunners.  The speedway has seen such greats as Ollie Silva, “Big Daddy” Don McLaren, Eddie West, Jim Cheney, Bentley Warren, Chris Perley, Russ Wood, and Lou Cicconi take to the track.  In the 1970’s, the facility used to host celebrity races, featuring Boston Bruins players.

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Helliwell, JR Gelinas Battle on the last lap

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WALPOLE, NH – After a dominant performance at his home track, Hudson International Speedway, Derek Griffith looks to stay hot as the Granite State Pro Stock Series travels to Star Speedway for the Star 100, June 27.

 

Griffith, after picking up his second victory of the season (Claremont, Hudson), has slightly increased his point lead over Barry Gray, due in part to his spectacular streak to begin the 2015 campaign.  The Hudson, NH native has yet to finish outside the top four in a Granite State Pro Stock Series event this year.

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GSPS2Rules Infraction at Hudson International Speedway

 

WALPOLE, NH – The No. 37ME team that competes in the Granite State Pro Stock Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection, June 14, at Hudson International Speedway.  This infraction violates the following Section of the 2015 rule book:

 

12: Fuel

C.  The “Official Fuel” will be supplied on-site at all GSPSS events and must be used for practice, qualifying and the race exactly as supplied by NERF.  You will be fully responsible for any and all fuel purchased in bulk passing a fuel tech inspection.

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 (Crystal Snape Photo)

(Crystal Snape Photo)

HUDSON, NH – Derek Griffith continued his stunning season, as the 18-year-old driver picked up his second victory of his career in the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway. 

 

Griffith led the field to green, with Matt Frahm matched to his outside.  Mike Parks and Cory Casagrande made contact before the field completed one lap, with Parks spinning to the infield.  One the restart, Griffith began to flex his muscles, jumping out to a quick lead, before series rookie Nick Boivin spun off turn 4, bringing out the second caution.  The field would settle in for a long green flag run, until Casagrande and Jeremy Harclerode made contact on lap 41, erasing Griffith’s sizable lead.  The final caution of the race occurred on lap 47, when George Helliwell and Mike O’Sullivan tangled off turn 2, subsequently ending O’Sullivan’s night. 

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photo provided by GSPSS

HUDSON, NH – With the point battle beginning to take shape early, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to one of the most unique tracks on the circuit, Hudson International Speedway, for the Gate City Classic, June 14.

 

Young Gun Derek Griffith leads the standings entering the fourth of twelve events on the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) schedule.  Finishing in the top four in each race to begin the season, Griffith holds a slim two-point advantage over Barry Gray, and just eight points back to Larry Gelinas in third, entering the event.  Hudson International Speedway is Derek Griffith’s home-track, but has yet to pick up a victory at the ¼ mile facility with the series, whereas Gelinas visited Victory Lane in 2014.

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photo by Chris Cormie

photo by Chris Cormie

(Hudson, NH) – Derek Griffith Racing has a very busy weekend ahead, first the 18-year-old driver will try to maintain his slim Granite State Pro Stick Series (GSPSS) point lead as the series visit’s Monadnock Speedway for the first time in 2015.

The turnaround will be quick as the team will also travel to the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Speedbowl for the first-ever 150-lap Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model race.

Griffith currently is on a hot streak and the driver hopes to continue that at Monadnock, he goes on to explain, “We have a win and a second place finish to start the GSPSS season, another podium at Monadnock would be great. I know we’ll have the car to do it. My Crew Chief Louie [Mechalides] always has a great set-up for this bullring.” Read Full Article →

GSPS2Winchester, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Monadnock Speedway, May 23, for the Memorial Day 100.  The Memorial Day 100 will be the third event of the 12-race season, and will be the seventh time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2013, running twice a season each year.  The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Monadnock Speedway.

 

MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY NOTES:

-Monadnock Speedway opened on Aug. 13, 1971.

-Nicknamed “Mad Dog”.

-The historic track has seen such drivers as Jimmy Spencer, Beaver Dragon, Ken Bouchard, Mike Stefanik, Reggie Ruggiero, Stub Fadden, Dave Dion, and Robbie Crouch take victories at the Winchester, NH facility.

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Photo Credit Chip Cormie

Photo Credit Chip Cormie

Gray Looks to Add Fourth Win at Winchester, NH Track

 

WINCHESTER, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Monadnock Speedway for the third event of the championship series, on May 23. 

 

The Memorial Day 100 will be the seventh time the series has run at the Winchester, NH ¼ mile, and has seen three different winners (Barry Gray, Matt Frahm, Mike O’Sullivan).

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Photo Credit Chip Cormie

Photo Credit Chip Cormie

Gray and Parks round out podium

Claremont, NH –               Derek Griffith picked up his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series victory in dominating fashion as Claremont Speedway opened up a new chapter.

 

Griffith, of Hudson, NH became a quick study in his first visit to the tricky quarter-mile oval. His first laps around the speedway were some of the fastest he would turn all night, and the quickest of the 13 cars that arrived. He also led second round practice as well.

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Photos- Eric LaFleche

Photos- Eric LaFleche

Claremont, NH – Derek Griffith, the young, talented Pro-Stock driver from New Hampshire will be making his Claremont Speedway debut this Friday, April 24th as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) makes its return to the 1/3 mile facility for 125 green flag laps.

Formally known as Twin State Speedway, Claremont is under new ownership for 2015 and is ready to set the stage for what should be an exciting event.

Griffith will be entering Claremont not knowing anything about the race track, “I don’t think I’ve ever been there, maybe when I was a little kid but I can’t remember” remarked Derek.

“This will be exciting for our MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing crew as Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] doesn’t even have any set-up sheets for Claremont. I think it’ll be a learning experience, that’s for sure. “ Read Full Article →