Photo Credit Troy Bregy
Despite a few showers during practice, the conditions at Claremont Speedway turned out good for the Claremont 100 Friday night. Although DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH and Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH posted fast times in practice, it was the locals that shined in the heats.
Luke Hinkley of Claremont, NH, Guy Caron of Goshen, NH, and Jimmy Zullo of Claremont, NH all won their heats. After the draw for the invert the field ended up starting heads up in the feature. Hinkley took the lead early in the race with Shaw on a mission to make an early bid to win the race. The top three of Hinkley, Shaw, Davis remained relatively consistent for the first half of the race. Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT ran in the top five for first 60 laps until a caution collect him later in the race.
The Granite State Pro-stock Series traveled to Long Islands Riverhead Speedway for round two of the 2017 season on Saturday night. 2016 rookie of the year Mike Mitchell won a wild affair in convincing fashion.
Mitchell had never finished on the podium before Saturday night and wasn’t planning on racing as recently as the Monday before. It was a push from his girlfriend and the support of his race team that had them making the journey to the tight quarter mile oval and Mitchell made sure it was worth it.
GSPSS Adds Oxford Plains To 2017 Schedule
WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series announced another addition to the 2017 schedule this week. A stop at the three-eighths mile Oxford Plains Speedway will take place as part of the 44th annual Oxford 250 weekend. The race will be a 100-lap feature event on Saturday evening August 26th.
“Our goal is and always has been a 14-race schedule,” series president Mike Parks explained. “We usually don’t like to add an event once we start the season, but this is an exception.”
photo by Rich Hayes
WALPOLE, N.H. – After a long offseason away from the track, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is set to open the 11-race schedule on Sunday at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. with a 100-lap feature event.
The three-eighths mile oval has produced some intense action in the past when the GSPSS has visited and with this being the season-opener, drivers will be hoping to start the season in Victory Lane. Consistency will matter when it comes time to crown a champion in October – meaning every race counts – including the opener. Getting off to a good start could make a difference on someone’s season.
PHOTOS ARE CREDIT TO CASAGRANDE MOTORSPORTS
By: Kyle Souza, Granite State Pro Stock Series
WALPOLE, N.H. – Heading into the 2017 Granite State Pro Stock Series season, Cory Casagrande is hoping to contend for the championship behind the wheel of his No. 7.
Last season, Casagrande finished fourth in the point standings while finishing a best of third at Monadnock Speedway early in the season.
Although the finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl didn’t go his way, he was still able to capture a top five finish in points in just his second year in a Pro Stock.
WALPOLE, N.H. – With just three weeks remaining until the season-opening event for the Granite State Pro Stock Series, officials are working diligently behind the scenes to finish final preparations.
The 2017 season will be headlined by the New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 1, but will also include races on the short tracks of the New England region. This season is also expected to bring multiple new challengers to the table in hopes of capturing the title.