Griffith Dominates 10K to win GSPSS Newport Chevrolet 150
The Granite State Pro Stock Series held its biggest event ever on Sunday and Derek Griffith dominated the day.
It was a picture perfect day for racing in southern New Hampshire as the gates swung open for an incredible day of racing at Claremont Motorsports Park. The highlight of the day would be the presentation of the $10,000 check to the races winner but qualifying and 150 laps of intense racing had to take place first.
As the Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge played out, two things became apparent. First; Derek Griffith was going to be a force to be reckoned with and second; point leader Ray Christian III was in trouble.
Granite State Pro Stock Series to contest 10k to win Granite State Nationals
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will contest its highest paying event in series history on Labor Day Sunday at Claremont Motorsports Park. The winner of the Newport Chevrolet 150 will take home a cool ten thousand dollars for his efforts and the payout has been increased throughout the field.
“We have been working towards having a signature event for several years now and hope that this can become just that”, stated series president Mike Parks. “With the success of this race the last two years, we felt like it was the time to really step it up another notch”.
Ray Christian III comes into this event as the series point leader with a twenty six point advantage over Joey Polewarczyk in the series standings. Both drivers look forward to the challenge of managing the desire to take home the winner’s check vs the need to points race with a goal of winning the series championship.
Shaw Dominates GSPSS at Monadnock
The Granite State Pro Stock Series invaded Monadnock Speedway for a mid summer affair and DJ Shaw finally conquered a track that had stymied him for several years.
On a hot and sunny afternoon practice went smoothly for everyone except rookie Casey Call. At the end of the final practice session the bracket that attaches the track bar to the rear end broke sending the team scrambling to make repairs. The part failure would cause him to miss time trials but the young driver would make the call for his heat race.
The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge would be the first laps of competition for the series competitors and it was former champion Devin O’Connell setting fast time for the day. O’Connell came up short of Mike O’Sullivans track record by less than a tenth of a second but was the fastest man on this day.
GSPSS heads to Claremont for final tune up before Granite State Nationals
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will offer competitors one more opportunity to dial in the perfect set up for the big $10,000 to win Granite State Nationals. Friday July 24th the series returns to Claremont Motorsports Park for a final tune up before the biggest event in series history.
“When the Beech Ridge race was postponed into August we felt like this would be a good opportunity to give teams a chance to prepare for the $10,000 to win Labor Day race”, said series promoter Mike Parks. “Claremont is a unique race track and this will give teams an extra opportunity to dial in their cars before the big weekend”.
FELLOWS TOPS SMITH MEMORIAL, JULY 17 AT CLAREMONT
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Aaron Fellows added another exclamation point to the history book he’s rewriting this season at Claremont Motorsports Park, winning the 52-lap Dean Smith Memorial Race as he did a year ago and, in so doing, earning his 20th consecutive victory lap at the storied third-mile oval.
Both Street Stock ace Dave Greenslit and Enduro whiz Matt Gauffin made easy work of their Friday wins too, while Kodi Sabins scored a thriller, and Paul Colburn lost a heartbreaker, as a huge crowd watched on Fan Appreciation Night, the speedway’s sixth event of the 2020 season.
Hudson’s Gate City Classic up next for GSPSS
The Granite State Pro Stock Series is headed for Hudson Speedway for its third event of 2020 as NH continues to allow race tracks to operate.
After two successful events at Claremont Motorsports Park the series heads south to the tight quarter mile bullring in Hudson NH. The track has quickly become a favorite of series teams and they look forward to racing at a different venue in 2020.
Ray Christian III heads to Hudson with all the momentum in the world. The Uncasville CT driver has won the last three series events going back to last season and looks to continue the hot streak. “We’ve run pretty well there and we’ve run not so well there,” said Christain immediately following his most recent win at Claremont. “The guys have been giving me a great car and I just hope we can continue that on Sunday”.