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GSPS2The Return Home: Granite State Pro Stock Series and Derek Griffith Return to Hudson International Speedway

HUDSON, NH – Derek Griffith continues his breakout year, racking up solid finishes on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, including his first four wins on the tour. In June, Griffith won in front of his hometown crowd at Hudson International Speedway, and is hopeful for another good run on August 23.

Griffith has lead the championship standings since the second race of the season, only finishing outside the top 6 once, at Speedway 51 after expiring a motor. The young star has had a season like no other driver in the tour’s history, and with only three races left, the 2015 championship is lurking in the back Griffith’s mind.
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(Crystal Snape Photo)

(Crystal Snape Photo)

HUDSON, NH – Derek Griffith continues his breakout year, racking up solid finishes on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, including his first four wins on the tour.  In June, Griffith won in front of his hometown crowd at Hudson International Speedway, and is hopeful for another good run on August 23.

 

Griffith has lead the championship standings since the second race of the season, only finishing outside the top 6 once, at Speedway 51 after expiring a motor.  The young star has had a season like no other driver in the tour’s history, and with only three races left, the 2015 championship is lurking in the back Griffith’s mind.

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 PR - Eric LaFleche/ Photo - Chip Cormie


PR – Eric LaFleche/ Photo – Chip Cormie

(Winchester, NH) – Coming in to Monadnock Speedway as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) point leader was not really on the mind of 18 year-old, Hudson, NH native Derek Griffith. This particular race; the John Boy Hoyt 100 (JBH 100) means more than just points for the drivers of the fledgling GSPSS. This annual event is held in memory for GSPSS Co-Founder John Hoyt.

Hoyt is credited as one of the architects of the series and as Series President Mike Parks frequently mentions, there would be no GSPSS, if it had not been for Hoyt. After his untimely death in 2011, the series moved to honor Hoyt with a memorial race. Read Full Article →

photo by Sammatha-Hoyt

photo by Sammatha-Hoyt

WINCHESTER, NH – Matt Frahm took advantage of a tangle between the first and second place cars, inheriting the lead on lap 31, and powering to the victory in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway.

 

Adam Norton took advantage of his pole position starting spot, as the Ludlow, MA driver would lead the first quarter of the race.  A chain reaction incident on lap 24 would send Derek Griffith careening into turn one, damaging the spoiler of his automobile.  Norton would hold off Frahm on two consecutive restarts, before Mike O’Sullivan joined the mix, getting under Norton and battling for the lead.  On lap 31, O’Sullivan and Norton spun in turn four, sending both cars to the back of the pack.

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GSPS2Winchester, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Monadnock Speedway, on August 8, for the JBH 100.  The JBH 100 will be the ninth event of the 12-race season, and will be the eighth time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since the series’ inception, and the second time in 2015.  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”, or “The Dog”. Read Full Article →

PR- Eric LaFleche/ Photo – Jill Chastenway

PR- Eric LaFleche/ Photo – Jill Chastenway

(North Woodstock, NH) – No driver on the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has ever had a season like 18 year-old, Hudson, NH native Derek Griffith is having.

Griffith has amassed an incredible four victories in the first eight races, he latest coming this past Saturday night at White Mountain Motorsports Park in the ‘WMMP 100’.

At White Mountain Motorsports Park this past weekend, the MOM’s of Manchester/FEP Insurance No. 12 that Derek pilots was extremely fast, right off the trailer. “I keep on saying this after every win and it holds true for every race, my Crew Chief [Louie Mechalides] gives me a car that I feel can win anywhere. We are just so focused right now, I can’t even really describe it” says Derek. Read Full Article →

GSPS2Driver Josh King Leads Fundraising for Special Race

 

WINCHESTER, NH – One of the most special races on the Granite State Pro Stock Series schedule just became more interesting.  An extra $8000 has been added to the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway (NH), set to run on August 8.

 

Vernon, VT’s Josh King, driver of the #21 Steve’s Septic / Tom Call Excavation Chevrolet, has organized to have the extra money added to the entire purse by selling laps to businesses, drivers, and fans of the series.

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GSPSS-logoNORTH WOODSTOCK, NH – Derek Griffith becomes the only driver to win four races in one season, after the Hudson, NH driver picked up the victory at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Dillon Moltz jumped ahead of the field on the drop of the green flag until lap 11, when Mike Parks caught the berm of the new pavement, screeching to a halt before touching the front stretch wall. Moltz would see Griffith alongside his door on the restart, but won the battle, retaining the lead. Griffith stayed within striking distance, and took the lead on lap 44.

After an incident involving Barry Gray and Nick Sweet on lap 57, Griffith would engage in battle with Moltz on the restart once more. Griffith would win the battle, and put on a blistering pace to capture the win.
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PR - Eric LaFleche / Photo - Chip Cormie

PR – Eric LaFleche / Photo – Chip Cormie

(N. Woodstock, NH) – The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) travels to White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) on Saturday August 1st and point leader No. 12 Derek Griffith is chomping at the bit.

Griffith, the 18 year-old, Hudson, NH native likes how the GSPSS cars react to the ¼-mile bullring at WMMP. “I love the way our No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing/FEP Insurance Toyota Camry handled up there last year. You can carry a lot of speed through the corners, which makes for fast, tight racing” said Derek. Read Full Article →

GSPS2NORTH WOODSTOCK, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to White Mountain Motorsports Park, on August 1, for the WMMP 100.  The WMMP 100 will be the eighth event of the 12-race season, and will be the second time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since the series’ inception.  The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP).

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK NOTES:

–              Opened in 1994, under owners Donnie and Teri Avery, who still own and operate the facility today. Read Full Article →

Jeremy Davis Seacoast 100 Victory lane (Rich Hayes Photo)Quiet Dominance: Jeremy Davis Cruises to Victory in Seacoast 100

LEE, NH – Jeremy Davis took the lead on lap 18, and never looked back, on route to a dominant performance in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Lee USA Speedway (NH), in the Seacoast 100.

The Tamworth, NH driver started sixth on the grid, and took little time to work his way into the top three. Davis shot to the outside of Derek Griffith on lap 17, and was the leader at the stripe. Davis would hold off Griffith on four different restarts, before taking off on a 60-lap green flag run, putting a full lap between himself and all but the top six drivers.
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GSPS2LEE, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Lee USA Speedway, on July 24, for the Seacoast 100.  The Seacoast 100 will be the seventh event of the 12-race season, and will be the second time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since the series’ inception.  The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Lee USA Speedway.

 

LEE USA SPEEDWAY NOTES:

–              Bob Bonser first opened Lee Raceway in 1964.  The track was a 1/3 mile dirt tri-oval, and had two different elevation changes, uphill and downhill.

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(Crystal Snape Photo)

(Crystal Snape Photo)

LEE, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will return to Lee USA Speedway (NH), on July 24, for the Seacoast 100.

 

The Seacoast 100 will be the seventh race of the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ (GSPSS) season, and marks the second time running at the Lee, NH 3/8-mile facility.

 

Point-leader Derek Griffith is excited to return to the track where he picked up his first pro stock win.  Griffith won the Pro Stock version of the season-ending Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway in 2012.

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GSPSS photo

GSPSS photo

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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