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The young New Hampshire racer to compete with the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Lee Speedway

Lee, N.H. – Teenage race car driver, Derek Griffith will strap in on Friday, July 25, 2014 and compete in the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ first ever race at Lee Speedway in Lee, N.H.
Griffith, who currently sits fourth in the season long point standings is familiar with the 3/8-mile oval in Lee, N.H.

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Joey Pole

Photo By Eric LaFleche, Joey Pole in Victory Lane in 2013 at Canaan Fair Speedway

Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series competitors will have one more car to beat at the Seacoast 100 at Lee USA Speedway this Friday, July 25th. 

 

American-Canadian Tour point leader Joey Polewarczyk, JR has entered the Seacoast 100 in hopes to make it two-for-two with the GSPSS in his career.

 

The Hudson, NH native has one win under his belt with the GSPSS, a victory at the now closed Canaan Fair Speedway in 2013, and is looking to double that total at Lee.  “We are definitely going to try and go two-for-two with the GSPSS,” says Polewarczyk, JR. “I think we will have a good car so we will see what happens.  No matter where you race or what you race, it’s always tough to get a win, but we will certainly try our hardest.”

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    The famed Lee USA Speedway will host the Granite State Pro Stock Series for the first time ever on Friday, July 25th. 

 

The 3/8 mile, semi-banked oval has always been a favorite with racers, and now the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be a part of the track’s storied history.  The usual suspects have already entered the Seacoast 100, including Derek Griffith, Matt Frahm, Larry Gelinas, the O’Sullivan brothers, Barry Gray, Dillon Moltz, and Brad Babb, and are joined by drivers like George Helliwell, Bobby Cabral, Babe Branscombe, and Joey Squeglia.  Squeglia had set fast time in practice at the Star 100 at Star Speedway just a few weeks ago, but suffered bad luck in the feature, leaving the Derry, NH driver without the results he deserved. 

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-     With four races into the books on the 2014 season, it’s time for the resident stat-geek to take a look at the numbers for the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

 

The series has already raced at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Monadnock Speedway, Hudson International Speedway, and Star Speedway all before July.  The schedule continues July 25th, as the series heads to Lee for the first time ever, and continues at Monadnock, Star, Hudson, White Mountain Motorsports Park, and concludes at the World Series at Thompson once more.  With Lee and WMMP being the wildcards in the chase for the championship, as the series has never visited either facility, each race left is more important than ever.

 

There have been four different winners in four races to begin 2014.  Mike O’Sullivan tied Matt Frahm’s career win total by picking up the win at the Icebreaker at TSMP, but Frahm upped the ante once more by winning the very next race at Monadnock.  Larry Gelinas continued his torrid run by picking up the victory at Hudson, while Jeremy Davis returned to the GSPSS in style by grabbing the checkers at Star.  This trend is actually the norm with the GSPSS, as there has only been one driver that has picked up more than one victory in a season.  That driver?  Matt Frahm in 2013. 

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Derek at Star

PR/Photos – Eric LaFleche

Epping, NH -  17 Year-old Pro Stock driver, Derek Griffith overcame two flat tires during the June 28, 2014 Granite State Pro Stock Series 100 lap event from Star Speedway to post a 5th place finish.

Derek started 5th in the feature event and suffered a flat left-rear tire at lap 20. A pit-stop to change the tire forced the No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing Toyota Camry to lose a lap. Griffith fought the ill-handling car into a top-10 spot, when on lap 28 another tire went down.

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Star 100 Jeremy Davis  (Eric LaFleche Photo)

Photos by Eric LaFleche

By Shawn Sicard

Epping, NH-        Jeremy Davis returned to the Granite State Pro Stock Series in fine fashion, picking up the win at the Star 100 at Star Speedway.

 

A strong field of 31 cars attempted to make the feature for the first of two races at Star Speedway in the 2014 season.  After qualifying, 22 cars took the green for the Star 100. 

 

Pole sitter Dillon Moltz had the car to beat early, as the Waterford, CT driver shot out of the gate at every restart, sending his RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet to the point each time.  Contact with a car being put a lap down sent Moltz spinning in turn 2.  Davis then inherited the lead, and was the cream of the crop from mid-race on.  Matt Frahm’s day took a turn in the wrong direction, as he was involved in an incident on lap 40.  Davis once again held onto the point, and held Brad Babb off until Babb and Barry Gray made contact on lap 69, sending both drivers to the rear of the field, and ending George “Mad Dog” Bessette’s night, as heavy front end damage knocked Bessette out for the rest of the evening.  Davis then had Dillon Moltz breathing back down his neck, as the youngster fought his way back through the field.  The two would engage in battle down to the final laps, when Davis proved to be too strong, and pulled away with the victory.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    Larry Gelinas is firing on all cylinders to begin the 2014 season, and looks to keep the pressure on as the Granite State Pro Stock Series head to Star Speedway June 28.

 

The Buxton, ME driver has started the new season where he left off in 2013.  Gelinas has finished in the top two positions in 5 of his last 6 races, dating back to Riverside Speedway (NH) last year.  His second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Monadnock Speedway compliment his win last Sunday at Hudson International Speedway to begin the season quite nicely.  Even with his early season success, Gelinas is not ready to engage the cruise control.  “You can’t take it for granted,” states Gelinas.  “We’ve been lucky to not have mechanical issues so far, but hopefully we can keep doing this!”

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Derek in traffic at Hudson 6-15-2014

PR/Photos – Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com

Hudson, NH – Hometown racer Derek Griffith put on a show during the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ Gate City Classic from the fast ¼-mile oval of Hudson International Speedway in Hudson, NH.

Griffith started 8th in his heat race and ran into trouble in the early going. Derek ended up finishing near the tail of the field in his heat race. This relegated Griffith to start 19th in the 20 car pro-stock field.

 

The No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing/Tyngsboro Motors Toyota Camry did not waste any time picking off cars, one-by-one during the 100 lap event.

Derek was running in the top-5 for much of the race and took over the lead on lap 34 and led the field for a number of laps. This was to the delight of his hometown fans.

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Gate City Classic Larry Gelinas Victory Lane

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Hudson, NH-      Patience was a virtue as Larry Gelinas bounced back from an early spin to claim the spoils at the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway.

 

 

Bobby Cabral looked to be the car to beat at the beginning of the day, as the 2012 champion in the Granite State Pro Stock Series was strong in his heat, picking up the checkered and setting himself up nicely for the feature.  Walpole, NH native Mike Parks would join Cabral on the front row of the feature, by virtue of Parks winning the second heat, and Cabral drawing the #1 pill, resulting in no inversion of qualified cars.  Cabral would lead early, but would be involved in an incident on lap 25, putting a damper on becoming a two-time winner with the series at Hudson.  Mike Parks would inherit the lead, fighting off multiple threats from Dillon Moltz.  Moltz would get the better of Parks eventually, and log some laps at the point of the field. 

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Driver looking to capture first Granite State Pro Stock victory at his home track

(Hudson, NH) – On Sunday, June 15, 2014, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) visits one of the oldest tracks that the 3 year-old series races at, Hudson International Speedway.

 

This is also a homecoming of sorts for local driver of the No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing Toyota Camry, Derek Griffith.

 

The 17 year-old Griffith cut his teeth at the ¼-mile oval by competing in many of the lower divisions that Hudson had to offer; often winning, week-in and week-out. All while preparing Derek to race the Pro Stocks that he does today.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make the trip to Hudson, NH, for the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway, June 15. 

 

The 2014 Gate City Classic marks the fifth time the GSPSS has taken the asphalt at Hudson, which is a fan favorite on the tour.  Close quarters, fender-rubbing racing is the norm at the bullring, which has seen three different winners in the previous four races.  Second-place point man in 2012, Bobby Baillargeon, has two victories under his belt at the Speedway, with the two champions of the series, Bobby Cabral (’12) and Mike O’Sullivan (’13), notching victories as well. 

 

Recent feature winner Matt Frahm boasts the best average at Hudson, finishing 3rd in both events he has entered.  Frahm trails leader Larry Gelinas by 9 points entering the event, a track that Gelinas owns a 2nd and 9th place finish.  Belchertown, MA driver Barry Gray is a model of consistency at Hudson, never finishing outside of the top 10 in all four events with the series. 

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GSPSS drivers during the Allen Hinckley helmet collection

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Winchester, NH-              The Granite State Pro Stock Series drivers completed 100 laps at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night, but what they did off the track may be more important.

 

The entire field of drivers in attendance wielded helmets in between local division feature events to raise money for 8 year-old Allen Hinckley, son of veteran Modified racer Les Hinckley.  Allen just recently returned from a 17-day stay at Connecticut Children’s Hospital and a recent two-week stay at Boston Children’s Hospital where he underwent his third surgical procedure for a Congenital Arachnoid Cyst.

 

Arachnoid cysts are rare, and the cause of which are unknown.  In Allen’s case, the young boy had surgery to put a shunt and valve system in his head to relieve pressure to his brain.  With this unfortunate situation, the family has spent time away from work and a large chunk of time in hospitals, putting a huge strain on the Hinckley family.

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Derek Griffith

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Winchester, NH – In a day of highs and lows, 17 year-old Hudson, New Hampshire native Derek Griffith survived a caution-filled 100-lap Granite State Pro Stock event, to come home with a seventh-place finish.
Derek started on the pole for the event and his starting position was quickly negated after the third place car got in to the back of Griffith and turned the No 12 MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing/Tyngsboro Motors Toyota Camry to bring out the first of 12 cautions.

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Monadnock May 31st, Matt Frahm Victory Lane

photo by Eric LeFleche

Hudson, NH’s Derek Griffith and Buxton, ME’s Larry Gelinas led the field to the line, but before the field could complete a lap, Griffith and Dillon Moltz made contact, sending both to the rear. The start of the race seemed to be a precursor to what was to come, as a total of 12 cautions flew on the night. Swanzey, NH’s Russ Hersey seemed to have the car to beat early, as the 4-time track champ repeatedly found himself at the point, until the 4-time track champ bobbled coming off turn four, in which Frahm took full advantage, jumping multiple positions to the lead. That would be the last time Hersey would lead in the race, as his engine expired, ending his day early.

 

Belchertown, MA’s Barry Gray methodically fought his way through the field, and became the car to beat mid-race as he began to walk away from the field. Gray would relinquish the spot on a restart after a contested call sent the two-time GSPSS Monadnock feature winner to the back of the pack. Frahm would fend off charges from Gelinas, who ran consistently in the top 6 all night, and Cory Robert late in the race, to become the career wins leader in the Granite State Pro Stock Series. It is the Lambert Roofing/WDW Machine team’s fourth victory in the series’ short life span.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH- The Granite State Pro Stock Series fell victim to Mother Nature at Monadnock Speedway May 24th, and has rescheduled the event for May 31st as part of a huge night for the race track.

A total of 9 divisions will be on hand at the ¼ mile NASCAR sanctioned oval, including 100 laps scheduled for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Multi-time track champ, and two-time winner at the raceway with the GSPSS, Barry Gray has filed entry, along with defending series champion Mike O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan kicked off the 2014 season where he left off, picking up the win at the historic Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 6th. Read Full Article →