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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 →

GSPS2Walpole, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the place where it all began; Claremont Speedway, April 24.

The series, now in the fourth year of existence, held the inaugural event at Claremont Speedway (formerly Twin State Speedway) in August of 2011, which saw Chris Wilk of Mendon, VT fend off a late-race charge from Donnie Lashua to pick up the victory.

Former NH State Champion Barry Gray was a contender in the 2011 event, before a spin early in the race sent the Bechertown, MA resident to the rear. Gray battled his way through the field, and challenged Wilk for the lead on lap 64. The two made contact, sending Wilk sliding, and leaving Gray with right-front suspension damage, forcing him to retire from the race. Read Full Article →

Photo - Derek Griffith's Facebook Page

Photo – Derek Griffith’s Facebook Page

Thompson, CT – 18 year-old Hudson, NH native Derek Griffith had a plan for the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Icebreaker. The plan was to feel good enough in his Pro Stock to compete for the win at the 5/8th mile, high-banked oval.

His plan almost can to a realization as he ended up with a runner-up finish in the 40-lap Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) season opening event.
Griffith, who is racing a freshly overhauled Toyota Camry stated he felt good in Saturday’s heat race until he started having stagger issues with the tires. “We were having a good heat, until for some reason we started having stagger issues and the handling went away quickly. We got it dialed in for the feature.”

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Ice Breaker Moltz Victory Lane (Chip)

Photo Credits (Chip Cormie)

Griffith, Gelinas Complete Podium

 

THOMPSON, CT –             Continuing his success at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, “Thrillin” Dillon Moltz completed the weekend sweep of the IceBreaker with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

 

The Waterford, CT native inherited the top spot after Todd Stone and Brad Babb made contact on the front stretch battling for the lead, leaving Babb with a damaged automobile, and sending Stone careening into turns one and two, ending his day.

 

Stone had led from the drop of the green flag, and seemed to be on cruise control early in the race.  A lap 5 caution for Mike Parks brought the field together, only to see Stone fend off Mike O’Sullivan and build a small gap between the first and second spots.  Babb worked his way from the fifth starting position to challenge Stone, before Daryl Stampfl spun off turn four, bringing the second caution of the day.  Babb and Stone jockeyed for position after the restart, before the incident took both Babb and Stone out of contention for the win.  Moltz capitalized, and never looked back, as the pilot of the Brackett Mechanical/ RB Performance Chevrolet picked up his second win in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

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GSPS2Thompson, CT – The Granite State Pro Stock Series began the 2015 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the IceBreaker, as Dillon Moltz and Reid Lanpher nabbed heat wins on Saturday.

 

Moltz, the 2014 Granite State Pro Stock Series Champion, led wire-to-wire to pick up the Sunoco Race Fuels/ MacLellan Metal Finishing heat win, after jumping out to a sizable lead at the start.  Mike O’Sullivan, the 2013 GSPSS Champion, tried unsuccessfully to run Moltz down in the closing laps, with Brad Babb grabbing the third spot.  Larry Gelinas and Tommy O’Sullivan rounded out the top 5.

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Derek GriffithThompson, CT – Derek Griffith, the 18 year-old Hudson, NH native is looking to hang a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Plaque in their trophy room come Monday morning.

Griffith, driver of the No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester Toyota Camry Pro Stock in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is competing in the 41st annual Icebreaker event and feels; this is their year to break out and grab and opening race victory at the historic 5/8thmile oval.

“We have gone down to Speedweeks at New Smyrna for the last couple years to perfect our set-up for these bigger tracks. New Smyrna Speedway is very similar to Thompson and we feel this really has helped our program over the last season and a half. The additional seat time can only help” remarked Griffith. Read Full Article →

GSPS2Sets Sights on Season-Opening IceBreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

 

Walpole, NH-    For “Lightning” Larry Gelinas, racing is almost as important as breathing.

 

The 30-plus-year veteran gets behind the wheel any chance he can.  This year, he’ll be chasing the 2015 crown in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), as well as throwing his name in the hat in the Late Model division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  Gelinas will also run select ACT events, and attempt to qualify for the Oxford 250. Read Full Article →

GSPS2Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) welcome new and returning partnerships with brands from all over United States, helping to build the Contingency Program to nearly $25,000 in cash and products throughout the season.

 

The program rewards drivers in multiple different fashions, including heat wins, feature finishes, leader at the halfway-point, random drawings, and a nice packages for the Champion, Rookie of the Year, and Most Improved Driver in the 2015 season.

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photo from GSPSS

photo from GSPSS

Lanpher Looks for Redemption at IceBreaker

 

Walpole, NH-    Just weeks away from the start of the 2015 season, the title hunt is beginning to take shape for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

 

A mix of veteran and young drivers have made the commitment to become the fourth champion in series history.  Former Oxford 250 winner (1996), “Lightning” Larry Gelinas has announced his intentions of being crowned champion.  The Buxton, ME driver set a torrid pace in the first half of the 2014 season, including five (5) top-5 finishes in the first five races, including a win at Hudson International Speedway, but back-to-back finishes outside the top-15 put a damper on Gelinas’ bid on the championship, ending the season with a third-place overall finish in the standings.

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GSPS2Event to Decide Championship for 2015 Season

 

Walpole, NH-    In a joint announcement, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will conclude their 2015 season at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS) on October 24.

 

The newly-formed management team at NLWS, including General Manager Shawn Monahan and Racing Director Scott Tapley, with GSPSS President Mike Parks made the agreement to make NLWS the twelfth stop in the fourth full-season for the young touring series.  The Waterford, CT raceway joins Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Claremont Speedway, Star Speedway, Hudson International Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Speedway 51, Monadnock Speedway, and White Mountain Motorsports Park on the schedule.

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Chip Cormie Photos

Chip Cormie Photos

Improvement in Sight Following 2014 Season

 

Walpole, NH-     The 2015 season is fast approaching, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) begins their fourth full season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10-12, and two drivers are itching to capture the first wins of their GSPSS careers.

 

Hudson, New Hampshire young gun Derek Griffith had a respectable season, finishing fourth on the season, with six (6) top-five and ten (10) top-ten finishes in eleven (11) races, but the elusive “W” has evaded the LCM Racing Engines team.  Griffith is trying to change that in 2015.

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Photo - Chip Cormie

Photo – Chip Cormie

New Smyrna Beach, Florida – After competing in the Florida Governors Cup and the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna late last year and early in 2015, the Derek Griffith race team were gearing up for their most successful speedweeks to date.

Unfortunately, after a lap one skirmish that left the No 12 Mom’s of Manchester Toyota Camry on the wrecker back in the pits, the young New Hampshire driver had a lot to think about.

I hated what happened on lap one, Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] put such a good car under me, for us to get wrecked on lap one was terrible. Read Full Article →

Tommy O'SullivanO’Sullivan, Casagrande Looking to Rebound in 2015

 

Walpole, NH-     With the 2015 schedule fast approaching; the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) kicking off the 11-race series on April 10-12, drivers are preparing their rides in hopes of a strong season with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

 

Tommy “The Shadow” O’Sullivan’s 2014 season did not meet his standards, even though the Wilbraham, MA driver finished in the Top 10 in points (7th) and recorded six (6) Top 10 finishes.  “We made changes that didn’t work out last year, and ended up struggling the whole year, with both cars actually,” O’Sullivan said, speaking of his brother’s car, 2013 champ Mike O’Sullivan.  “This year we are going back to what we know to get back on track.” 

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GSPS2Bow, NH. Resident Accepts Chief Starter Position

Walpole, NH-     The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has added another seasoned member to its staff.  Mike Rainville, of Bow, NH, has accepted the position of Chief Starter for the 2015 season. 

 

Originally from Groveton, NH, Rainville has been involved in the racing industry since 1997, beginning his career at Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway, NH), in various disciplines, including Flagman, Pit Road Coordinator and Corner Official through 2001.  Taking time off to earn a degree from UNH, Rainville returned to his home track and the flag stand, for two full years.  In 2007, Rainville jumped behind the wheel, participating in the Outlaw Division at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).  After enjoying some success behind the wheel, Rainville hung his helmet, working for Oxford Plains Speedway for the 2008 season.  His career became international in the 2009 season, working the flag stand for the Serie Castrol, ACT’s Canadian touring series.  Rainville returned to Speedway 51, where he spent the 2011-13 seasons.  Rainville will return to the racing industry this season, after taking a year to start a family. 

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Derek Griffith (New Smyrna Beach, FL) – Derek Griffith, the young northeast driver will make, the more than 1000 mile journey from New Hampshire to New Smyrna Speedway in Florida to compete in his second Florida Speedweeks.

Griffith recently raced at New Smyrna in the Red Eye 100 in preparation for the 2015 Speedweeks event and brought home a very respectable eighth-place finish. “We really had a fantastic car at the Red Eye”, explained Griffith. “We competed with some of the best drivers on the East Coast and held our own, it was a good race and I think it’ll help us during Speedweeks.” Read Full Article →