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Derek GriffithStory by Eric LaFleche
(Thompson, CT) – The learning curve at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for young racer Derek Griffith was a short one as the Hudson, New Hampshire native made his first ever trip to the Northeastern Connecticut race track and came away with an impressive eighth-place finish
Participating in the 40th Annual Ice Breaker Saturday qualifying heat races, Derek get into a little incident during his race, which resulted in some bent up suspension parts and with less than a day to complete the repairs, the No. 12 Motorcycles of Manchester/LCM Racing/Tyngsboro Motors Toyota Camry crew had quite a bit of work to do.
O'Sullivan Thompson Victory LaneStory by Shawn Sicard

Photo by Jim Dupont

Thompson, CT-Mike O’Sullivan fends off Larry Gelinas and Jeff Connors to pick up his third win in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

Wayne Helliwell, JR pulled away from Keith Caruso and looked strong to begin the race.  Defending race winner George Bessette had picked up a couple of spots before falling off the pace on the back stretch with a terminal issue.  O’Sullivan, Gelinas, and Connors sat single file in pursuit of Helliwell, who was amongst the fastest cars all weekend.  Home track hero Tommy O’Sullivan battled bad luck all weekend long, suffering a failed plug wire a day after his motor let go during practice, taking him out of contention on lap 16.  Helliwell’s day would turn sour as the two-time defending ACT champion blew a right front tire in turn 1 and came to rest on the top of turn 3, bringing out the first caution of the day. 

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GSPS2Thompson, CT-Dillon Moltz and Brad Babb took the checkers in their respective heat races at the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP).

Greg Nanigian and Moltz kicked off the season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) as they brought the field to green in the first heat, where the RB Performance Chevrolet of Moltz jumped to the lead.  The field checked up when Ron Smith spun coming off turn 4, letting Moltz go uncontested until Mike Parks brought out the caution with a spin off the same corner.  Moltz had a new dancing partner with Larry Gelinas at his door on the restart, but the result was still the same as Moltz lead start to finish to record the youngster’s first checkered flag in the series.  After qualifying, Moltz added “The car is real good.  We’re only going to make a small adjustment for Sunday, but overall the race went well.”  Gelinas would hold off a hard charging Mike O’Sullivan, who started dead last on the field to finish third.  Two-time defending ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, JR, who was fastest in second practice took the fourth spot, while last year’s Icebreaker winner George Bessette settled into fifth. 

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Bessette winner Icebreaker

Photos by Eric LeFleche

Story By Shawn Sicard

Walpole, NH-     Excitement is brewing with the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) fast approaching.

Pre-entries have already started pouring in for the April 5-6 show at the nation’s oldest paved oval.  The defending race winner, George “Mad Dog” Bessette, has committed to attempt to grab the checkers two years in a row.  RB Performance racer Dillon Moltz has sent in his entry form, as well as Windham, ME resident Brad Babb.  GSPSS veterans Fran “JR” Colson and Barry Gray have filed entries for the first of the ten events in the 2014 season, as well as youngster Derek Griffith and 2013 champion Mike O’Sullivan.  “I’ve been waiting for it all winter!” Griffith states.  “We’re still working hard to get the car done on time, but I’m excited for the season to begin.  It’s looking like the best season of my career!” 

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Walpole, NH-     A large quantity of contingency awards awaits the drivers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) for the 2014 season.

 Many different companies have stepped up and offered some great prizes and products this upcoming season.  Not only do heat winners and the series champion receive contingency awards, there are also bonuses spread out through the entire field and random prize winners at the year-end banquet.

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Dillon MoltzWalpole, NH-     Another solid competitor has signed up to make his run for the championship in the GSPSS.  Waterford, CT’s Dillon Moltz will be running the RB Performance/ Brackett Mechanical/ Magnus Transmissions Chevrolet in each of the 10 events in the 2014 season, and has his sights set on the grand prize, the 2014 championship.

Moltz is no slouch when it comes to racing.  The 22 year-old driver got his start at “Little T”, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s 1/10 mile quarter midget track, and picked up a championship before moving to the Allison Legacy series, where he added his second career championship in 2005.  Moltz ran with the PASS series in ’06, before pulling back on touring and running at Stafford Motor Speedway from 2007-2011 in a late model.  In 2012, Moltz strapped in at Waterford Speedbowl, within earshot of his home, where he picked up his third career championship under car owner Mark Cooper.   Moltz made his debut with the GSPSS at the World Series at Thompson, and turned some heads by putting down blistering laps in practice all day long.  A mishap in qualifying forced Moltz to start mid-pack in the feature, but fought his way up to a seventh place finish to conclude the 2013 season.  Read Full Article →

GSPS2Walpole NH -  In a joint announcement made today between Lee USA Speedway General Manager Bill Callen and GSPSS president Mike Parks, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be making their first appearance ever at the Lee USA Speedway on Friday night July 25th. “We are thrilled that we were able to make this happen, this is one of the tracks that all our teams have been asking about going to”

Stated Parks. Lee USA Speedway is a perfect fit for our series it’s in the heart of NH where we have a lot of fans and race teams from that area.  The 2014 schedule is coming together nicely and will be announced in its complete form on Friday Dec. 27th  at 2013 GSPSS awards banquet which will be held at the Executive Court in Manchester NH.  For more information and the latest news you can find us on Facebook or at GSPSS.net

GSPS2Mike Parks and Jack Bateman are pleased to announce that the group accustomed to running under the Granite State Pro Stock Series banner will continue to do so in 2014 and beyond. Following a meeting of the two parties, Bateman has agreed to transfer ownership of the sophomore Series to Parks, who has served as the Series’ President since it’s inception.  

 

“I’m grateful to Jack for working with me to resolve this issue. He has been a great support to us over the last two years, and I am glad that our agreement is in the best interest of the 69 teams that participated in the Granite State Pro Stock Series this year. We will be fortunate enough to have him around to advise on technical policies and procedures moving forward,” Parks said. 

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GSPS2Walpole NH – As the Granite State Pro Stock Series enters its 3rd season of competition in 2014 there are changes ahead.  Series President Mike Parks stated today that the afflation with Modified Racing Series will come to a close at the end of 2013. The Race day operations will all remain the same so things will continue as normal.  Parks and the entire staff of the GSPSS wish to thank Jack Bateman and the entire group from the Modified Racing Series for their help the last two seasons. As we enter our 3rd season we are ready to stand on our own two feet.  We are currently working on the 2014 schedule with a 12 to 14 race schedule.  Series officials stated the schedule will be released at the 2013 Awards Banquet on Friday Dec 27th.  You can find us on Facebook at Granite State Pro Stock Series or at GSPSS.net

 

Joey Pole(1)Joey Pole made history on September 14, adding name to the impressive list of winners for the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Saturday, and also by winning the final race at the 1/3 mile banked oval. 28 cars attempted to qualify for this historic event, with 22 taking the green flag.

 

2012 Canaan Pro Stock Champion Jeremy Davis, winner of the May 4th event, led the field down to the green, but the caution came out before the first lap could be completed, setting a tone for the event. By the time the race was 10 laps in, four cars had already retired from the event. Pole and Davis took time leading the race with Davis leading all but the opening two cirsuits.

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GSM2For many of the competitors on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Saturday, September 14 will be a surreal day for them. It is the next stop on the 2013 schedule for the Granite State Pro Stocks, one that will have major  point championship implications.

 

But more than that, drivers like Jeremy Davis, Zig Gino, Donnie Lashua among  many others have spent time in Canaan Fair Speedway Victory Lane. Davis, Gino and Lashua have been honored as champions there as well; Davis will go down as the final Pro Stock champion at the 1/3 mile oval.

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gsps-hudson-apw-08251302On Saturday night September 7th, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will invade the high banked ¼ mile of the Riverside Speedway in Groveton NH. This will mark the first visit to Riverside for the GSPSS. “We are looking forward to bringing Pro Stock/Super Late Model racing back to Riverside”, stated series president Mike Parks  A limited number of teams have turned laps on the ¼ mile but all and all it will be a first for 90% of the teams.

Current point leader Jeremy Davis hopes to turn his recent string of bad luck around, Davis holds a slim 7 point lead over defending Thompson Speedway champion Mike O’Sullivan. As with Davis, O’Sullivan has struggled over the last couple of events. Third place point man Matt Frahm has been on a roll over the last few events and has turned the most laps on the ¼ mile oval, Frahm is one of the favorites for the event. Rounding out the top 5 in the point standings is former Oxford 250 champion Larry Gelinas and longtime Pro Stock competitor Mike Parks.

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Bobby Baillargeon in Hudson VL-Granite State Pro Stock Hudson Hugger 100 8-25-2013Kingston NH’s Bobby Baillargeon led all but lap 2 on his way to his second consecutive Hudson Hugger win. Hudson’s Derek Griffith and Baillargeon brought the 21 field car down to the green, and the pair raced wheel to wheel for the first few laps, swapping the lead back and forth, before Bobby was able to close the door for the top spot. Barry Gray, Jimmy Renfrew and Mike O’Sullivan rounded out the top five on the opening laps.

 

The first caution came out on the 21st circuit when Eric Sands spun in the fourth corner. Austin Brehio made slight contact, but went to the pits for repairs. It was three laps later when the second yellow flew when the points leader Jeremy Davis, Jake Vanada and Mike O’Sullivan got together in turn three.

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djshaw_headshotEpping, NH – In a last minute decision on Saturday morning, DJ Shaw and the Precision JLM crew decided to go racing on Saturday night at Star Speedway for the 100 lap Granite State Pro Stock Series event.  Driving the 49 Precision JLM Chevrolet he won with at Beech Ridge a few months ago in their 100 lapper, Shaw took home his fourth win of the season ahead of fellow Dale Shaw Racecars driver, David Oliver.

“This is big for me here. I don’t have much confidence in myself as a driver at this racetrack, so this is huge,” said a relieved Shaw in Victory Lane. “I had a good enough car to where I could hold off some challenges late. It’s great to have two Dale Shaw Racecars up front like this.”
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GSM2On Saturday night, August 17th, the Granite State Pro Stocks return to the Star Speedway for their first visit of the season. This is the seventh event of eleven on the 2013 schedule for the GSPSS.

 

Matt Frahm is the defending winner of this event, and with two wins on the season, is one of the favorites going into this event. Matt has two wins on the season, and sits fifth in the championship standings.

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