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photo by Chris Cormie

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(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 →

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)

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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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