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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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GSPSS 100 Victory Lane

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Epping, NH-        Wayne Helliwell, JR recorded his second career Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) win at Star Speedway in the Star 100 by surviving a green-white-checkered finish.

 

Nottingham, NH driver Babe Branscombe took the lead after pole-sitter Joey Squeglia, JR spun his tires to start the race.  Branscombe would lead the first 14 laps before Squeglia, JR would overtake Branscombe, and put his Auto Mart Trucks + Cars/PH Electric Chevrolet into the top spot.  Squeglia, JR would set a fast pace as the laps ticked by until lap 41 when Dennis Maxfield went around in turn 3, bringing out the first caution of the night.  Read Full Article →

GSPS2Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has added an eleventh race to their 2014 schedule, after accepting an invitation to join the Star Classic Super Modified event held at Star Speedway, September 6th.

 

The GSPSS will join the International Super Modified Association (ISMA), Strictly Stocks, Outlaws, and Roadrunners divisions at the Star Classic for 100 green flag laps.  The 48th annual Star Classic is a highlight on the International Super Modified Association schedule, as the 150 lap event has seen such historical drivers as Russ Wood, Bentley Warren, and Chris Perley .

 

“When Bob Webber extended the invitation to the Granite State Pro Stock Series, it was a no-brainer for us,” says GSPSS president Mike Parks.  “The Star Classic is a premier stop on the ISMA schedule.  To add the GSPSS to this event is a homerun for us and for Star Speedway.  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 Webber family have always been a stout supporter of our series since it’s inception, and we would like to offer the same support to them.”

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Star 2013

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Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ (GSPSS) championship is heating up as the tour heads back to Star Speedway this Saturday, August 16, for the GSPSS 100. 

 

Four drivers are within 28 tallies off point leader Larry Gelinas entering Saturday’s event.  Larry Gelinas’ lead whittled away after mechanical misfortune at Monadnock Speedway forced the Buxton, ME driver to retire early from the JBH 100.  Matt Frahm, Derek Griffith, and Dillon Moltz all took advantage as each finished inside the top 10 to begin to reel in Gelinas.  Frahm, with his third place finish in the JBH 100, now sits a mere 19 points behind Gelinas.  “Everyone kept their heads up,” stated Frahm about his run at Monadnock.  “Third place, we’ll take it for the points, and we’ll move on to Star.”  Frahm fought his way to the front as a result of being penalized from an incident with Tommy O’Sullivan.

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Griffith at Monadnock Speedway -2014

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(Hudson, NH) – 17 year-old Derek Griffith is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

Griffith found himself on the podium again after finishing in second place at Monadnock Speedway on August 9th. Derek rolled off ninth in the nineteen car field and quickly moved towards the front. The car was consistent and the driver, even more so.
Derek talked about bringing the No. 12 Mom’s of Manchester/LCM Racing Toyota Camry to a second place finish, “We had such a good car here at Monadnock. I love this track and we know the exact set-up we need. I was a little worried after we suffered that flat, right front tire but it’s just another example of the team working so good.”

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Gray Dominates JBH 100 at Monadnock, Becomes Sixth Different Winner in Six Races with Granite State Pro Stock Series

Winchester, NH – Barry Gray fought off multiple challenges from Matt Frahm, Tommy O’Sullivan, and Dillon Moltz to pick up his first victory of the season in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway.

Gray’s Meadow’s Motor Cars/Hawley’s Auto Chevrolet shot out to the lead at the drop of the green flag, as the Belchertown, MA native took full advantage of his pole position starting spot after a strong heat race. Gray would face an early challenge from Matt Frahm and Tommy O’Sullivan, but seemed to be cruising before a caution on lap 26 for Fran Colson and Cory Robert bunched the field back together. Gray would pull away from O’Sullivan once more on the restart, and set a blistering pace, putting multiple cars a lap down before the halfway point of the race.
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Griffith at Monadnock 21014

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Winchester, NH – 17 Year-old Pro Stock driver, Derek Griffith is returning to Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, August 9th and as the season winds down, Griffith has championship aspirations.

Derek is riding a wave of three straight top-5 finishes and is looking to rebound from a 17th place finish is last year’s version of the JBH Memorial race.
“Last year we didn’t run very well, we came away with a disappointing finish. If you fast forward to this year though, our team is much stronger; I’m a much better driver and I think the results reflect that.” stated Griffith.

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JBH 100-1

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By Shawn Sicard

Walpole, NH-    The first half of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) 2014 season is complete, and Larry Gelinas has been on a tear.  Gelinas has not finished outside of the top 4, with a win and three second place finishes in that stretch.  He has fought a few bouts of adversity, recovering from a mid-race spin at Hudson in the Gate City Classic to come back through the field and take the checkers, and surviving at Star Speedway for the Star 100 as his car fell off the pace late in the race.  G

Enter Dillon Moltz.  Moltz sits 42 points behind Gelinas entering the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway this Saturday, August 9th.  The driver of the RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet picked up a fifth place finish at the opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, and talk of the youngster making huge waves in the series began.  The Waterford, CT driver then went to Monadnock, and the bad luck bug bit Moltz.  The no. 5 Chevrolet was involved in a couple of incidents, with Moltz ending up with a 17th place finish.  At the Gate City Classic, Moltz had another fast car underneath him, leading some laps early, but couldn’t seal the deal and ended up 5th. 

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Tim Bennett & Bryon Callen

story by Shawn Sicard

Walpole, NH-    Long time flagman at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP), Tim Bennett, will now sit atop the flag stand with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

 

Bennett, who spent 15 seasons at the TSMP, recently stepped down from the flag stand at the 5/8 oval due to work conflicts.  GSPSS official Jennifer Ready was quick to send praise of Bennett.  “We started looking for a replacement as soon as we knew we were moving Bryon up,” Ready commented.  “Both Bryon and I have worked with Tim in the past, and he seemed like the perfect fit to me.  Tim had worked with us last year, and is familiar with our procedures.”

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-     Longtime flagman Bryon Callen has taken over the position of Race Director in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), effective immediately.

 

Callen takes over the position previously held by Josh Vanada, Cynthia Tebbetts, and Jennifer Ready.  “We have been looking for a full-time replacement for Josh (Vanada), as his commitments to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) have taken him away this season,” Ready states.  “We feel that Bryon is a respected member of our team, dedicated to GSPSS, and will transition into the position with little disruption.”

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No 12 derek griffith had his hands full with no 4 brad babb as they battled for the 3rd spot. griffith would come away in 3rd as babb crashed

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Young driver continues to impress in 2014

Lee, NH – Consistency is the key to competing for championships and that’s the motto for Hudson, NH native, Derek Griffith. The young driver of the No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing Toyota Camry is right in the middle of his first championship points battle with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

 

Griffith, who is sitting in fourth place, is just 44 points from the top-spot and knew he needed a good run on July 25th at Lee Speedway to maintain his point’s position.

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Polewarczyk, JR. Steals Seacoast 100 Win at Lee USA Speedway

Lee USA Joey Ploe in Victory Lane

Durham, NH- Joey Polewarczyk, JR. used a two-lap shootout to best point leader Larry Gelinas en route to grabbing his second career victory in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

Newcomer to the GSPSS Bobby Nadeau led the field to green with Marston Mills, MA native Billy Brady to his outside. Nadeau proved he had a fast car, jumping out to a quick lead. The advantage would be wiped away as the first of 6 cautions flew for Russ Hersey’s spin in turn 3 on lap 14. On the restart, Nadeau would drift wide and collect Brady on the backstretch, ending both driver’s nights early. Larry Gelinas would inherit the lead, and be faced with American-Canadian Tour point leader Joey Polewarczyk, JR. to his outside. Gelinas would show his strength, as the pilot of the Watt’s Race Cars Cadillac would pull away from Polewarczyk, JR. until a caution for Steve “Danger” Dickey would negate the lead on lap 49. Gelinas would fend off Polewarczyk, JR. once more, and set a blistering pace as the duo would put multiple cars a lap down.
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The young New Hampshire racer to compete with the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Lee Speedway

Lee, N.H. – Teenage race car driver, Derek Griffith will strap in on Friday, July 25, 2014 and compete in the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ first ever race at Lee Speedway in Lee, N.H.
Griffith, who currently sits fourth in the season long point standings is familiar with the 3/8-mile oval in Lee, N.H.

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