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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

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

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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 →

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Epping, NH-        Thrillin’ Dillon Moltz of Waterford, CT. became the newest winner for the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Sunday, which has seen 9 different winners in 9 races in the 2014 season, picking up the win at Star Speedway in the NH Classic 100.  Moltz started on the pole in the 16 car field and led all 100 laps, en route to his win.

 

Moltz and Derek Griffith brought the field down and ran one-two until the first of three cautions came out on the second circuit, when Tom Carey Jr spun in the second turn.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    For two Granite State Pro Stock (GSPSS) drivers, a win at the inaugural NH Classic at Star Speedway would be redemption at Star Speedway. 

 

Joey Squeglia, JR has been fast at each race he’s attended all year, including races at Monadnock Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, and Star Speedway.  The Derry, NH driver started on the pole for the August 16th race at his home track, Star Speedway in Epping, NH, and led early in the race, but had to fight his way back through the field after a trip down pit road with a flat right rear tire, finishing 7th.  To win the NH Classic at his home track, where he was a champion in the Outlaw division a year ago, would be a step in the right direction, according to the pilot of the Auto Mart Trucks + Cars/PH Electric/George Cairns + Sons Chevrolet.  “We would like nothing more than to win on Star Classic night!” says Squeglia.  “Luck has not been on our side at our home track, but we are going to try and turn that around this weekend.  We need a well handling car and to be patient, with some luck sprinkled on top.”

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will participate in, quite possibly, the biggest race since the series’ inception in 2011.  The NH Classic will take place at Star Speedway, Saturday, September 6th, as part of the 48th annual Star Classic.

 

The NH Classic was added to the GSPSS schedule to coincide with the Star Classic by GSPSS President Mike Parks and Star Speedway General Manager Bob Webber, JR.  “The addition of the GSPSS to this event is a homerun for us and for Star Speedway,” mentioned Parks.  “It will give us a chance to put our product in front of ISMA fans, and a chance for our fans to see their product.”  The Star Classic has been a staple on the ISMA Super Modified tour, and has seen such superstars as Jon McKennedy and Russ Wood be crowned winner. 

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PR/Photos – Eric LaFleche

PR/Photos – Eric LaFleche

Epping, NH. – Derek Griffith, the young and talented Hudson, New Hampshire pro-stock driver is looking to rebound after a pair of disappointing finishes as the GSPSS returns to the quarter-mile Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
The 17 year-old driver of the No 12 Mom’s of Machester/LCM Racing Toyota recently finished in the 8th position after a series of misfortunes during the Hudson Hugger at Hudson International Speedway back on August 23rd.
Derek remarked, “We are not very happy with the way things turned out, we needed to finish strong at our home track and we just couldn’t find our rhythm. I know that Star will be different.”

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Matt Frahm 3rd, Brad Babb 1st, Barry Gray 3rd

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Hudson, NH-      Brad Babb fended off threats from Barry Gray and Matt Frahm to claim the victory in the Hudson Hugger at Hudson International Speedway, recording his first victory with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

 

Adam Norton led the field to green in his second race for the series in 2014, with Babb starting to his outside.  Babb would nudge ahead to lead the first lap, eventually clear Norton, and begin to pull away from the field.  Bobby Baillargeon, who was looking to grab his third straight Hudson Hugger win, bounced off the front stretch wall on lap 9, bringing out the first of six cautions of the day.  Babb jumped to the lead once more, as a good battle between Frahm, Gray, Dillon Moltz, and Derek Griffith brewed behind him.  Griffith’s day would begin to turn sour as his LCM/FEP Insurance Toyota brought out the caution on lap 37.  Multiple tries to complete the lap ensued, but the caution flew two more times, including a chain-reaction incident which sent Moltz down pit road, before the field settled in for another green flag run.

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Griffith at Hudson 2014

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Hudson, NH – Teenager Derek Griffith looks to return to the podium after the 17 year-old saw a two race podium finish streak come to an end as he wound up finishing in the 18th spot at Star Speedway on August 16, 2014.

Fast forward a week and the MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing team returns to the track that Derek cut his teeth on, Hudson international Speedway in Hudson, NH for the Hudson Hugger 100
Griffith raced numerous years on this unique ¼-mile oval, racking up many victories and gaining valuable experience that he hopes will serve him well and bring the No. 12 Tyngsboro Motors Toyota Camry to victory lane.

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GSPS2By  Shawn Sicard

Walpole, NH-    Bobby Baillargeon returned to form as he picked up a podium finish in his second race with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) in 2014; a third place finish in the Star 100 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH.  The Kingston, NH driver will try to stay hot as he is ready to defend his title at the Hudson Hugger this Sunday, August 24th, at Hudson International Speedway in Hudson, NH.

 

Baillargeon is a star at Hudson, with two wins and a third place finish in 4 starts at the track with the GSPSS.  The runner-up to the 2012 champion, Baillargeon has won the first two Hudson Hugger events at the ¼ mile speedplant.  “We are going to work hard to make it three in a row,” Baillargeon stated.  “You have to set a pace that won’t kill your car and get it done.  Just keep all the fenders on the car.”  Baillargeon will be piloting the #82 MMS Northeast/Performance Unlimited Chevrolet at the Hudson Hugger.

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