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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 →

GSPS22013 Series Champ, O’Sullivan, Among First Registered

Walpole, NH-    With the Winter Meeting, fast approaching, February 7 at the Racer’s Expo in Marlboro, Massachussetts, entries are beginning to file in for the 2015 season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

 

After running part-time last year following the birth of his third child, 2013 Champion Mike O’Sullivan is one of the first to register for the new season.

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Carrie Kelly Photo

Manchester, NH-         The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) held the 2014 Championship Awards Banquet on Saturday night, January 10, at the Best Western Executive Court in Manchester, NH, where drivers received nearly $17,000 in contingency prizes and point fund moneys.

 

“Thrillin’” Dillon Moltz was the star of the night, as he celebrated his championship season in style, collecting his Championship trophy and point fund, as well as the Rookie of the Year for the 2014 season.  Moltz secured his first GSPSS championship by finishing 6th at the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  The Waterford, Connecticut, driver picked up a win at Star Speedway in the NH Classic, to go along with his 8-top five and 10-top ten finishes out of eleven races. 

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PR/Photos - Eric LaFleche

PR/Photos – Eric LaFleche

New Smyrna Beach, FL – Derek Griffith, the standout driver from New Hampshire will travel to the Sunshine state to compete at the historic New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) in the 2015 Red Eye 100.

 

The Red Eye, is the recongnized as the first Super Late Model race of the new year and has a rich history of very talented drivers winding up in victory lane. Griffith will pilot his No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing Toyota Camry in what he hopes is a tune-up as the teenager will also compete in the NSS Speedweeks in mid-February as well.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-     With the New Year just a few weeks away, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has been hard at work in preparing for the 2015 season.  The result is an eleven-race, diverse schedule, with a return to two different speedways, formerly on the young touring series schedule.

 

The beginning of the 2015 will be under familiar settings, with a return to the Icebreaker at the historic Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) in Thompson, CT.  TSMP will be celebrating their seventy-fifth year in existence, and will run the Icebreaker on April 10-12.  This will be the third time in four years TSMP has been the opening act for the GSPSS.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-     The 2014 Granite State Pro Stock Series Champion will be crowned at the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) on October 18-19. 

 

Dillon Moltz holds a slim 16 point lead over veteran racer Larry Gelinas after 10 of 11 events, and a 17 point lead over Matt Frahm.  Moltz, driving the Brackett Mechanical/RB Performance machine, has quietly jumped into the lead, after finishing in the top 5 in his last four races, including a win at the NH Classic at Star Speedway.  “We are going into Thompson (Speedway Motorsports Park) with all guns loaded and not holding anything back,” Moltz exclaimed.  “We are going to go there doing what we’ve been doing all year.”

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By Shawn Sicard

North Woodstock, NH-  Brad Babb held off a hard charging Jeremy Davis in a caution-riddled event to pick up his second win of the season in the Fadden General Store 100 at White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP).

 

The largest field of the year saw 32 cars fight to get into the inaugural Fadden General Store 100.  After the inversion, Bobby Nadeau and Barry Gray led the field to green at the head of the 24 car pack to begin the race.  Gray would overtake Nadeau and lead the first few laps, before the first of 12 cautions came out for Nadeau, as the Buxton, Maine driver spun on lap 15.  That would pit veteran against young-blood as Gray would see Babb on his outside on the restart.  Babb took the lead on lap 16, and would fend off Gray’s multiple challenges on restarts, including a hard hit by 2012 champion Bobby Cabral head-on into the wall, until Jeremy Davis nabbed the second spot, setting up a good battle between two feature winners on the 2014 season.  Davis and Babb had the cars to beat, as on every restart the two would rocket in front of the rest of the field, and at one point enjoyed a 10 car-length lead over the rest of the pack. 

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Derek Griffith

PR/Photo – Eric LaFleche

N. Woodstock, NH – Teenage Hotshoe Derek Griffith is excited about this coming weekend’s trip to White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP).

 

WMMP is a picturesque ¼-mile bullring in northern New Hampshire that offers touring series the opportunity to race at one of the nicest facilities in New England.

 

Griffith is coming off a great podium finish at the Inaugural NH Classic 100 at Star Speedway on September 7, 2014. Derek started in the second spot for the 100 lap feature and stayed in the top 5 all day long. The podium finish allowed Griffith to pull ahead of Barry Gray for third place in the season long points battle. With 2 races to go, Derek feels he can seize an opportunity as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) makes its first ever trip to WMMP.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    With only two races remaining, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has seen 9 different winners in 9 races on the 2014 season.  The next stop on the tour, the beautiful North Woodstock, NH facility, White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP), will throw a wild-card in the mix to keep the streak alive, as the GSPSS will race at the ¼ mile track for the first time in the series’ short existence.

 

The top three drivers in the 2014 championship standings have all recorded a win; Matt Frahm (Monadnock 5/31), Dillon Moltz (Star 9/7), and Larry Gelinas (Hudson 6/15).  However, five of the top 10 drivers in the point standings have not recorded a win (Derek Griffith, Mike Parks, Tommy O’Sullivan, Cory Robert, and Bobby Cabral).  Moltz, who has kept his no. 5, RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet, in the top of the field for the majority of the races this season, finally broke through and picked up the win at the NH Classic at Star Speedway last Sunday, September 7.  The former Waterford Speedbowl champion now sits just 15 points behind point leader, and career wins leader, Matt Frahm.  Gelinas, who led the points earlier in the season, sits only 17 behind Frahm with two races remaining. Read Full Article →