Derek Griffith comes away with a podium finish at Lee Speedway

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

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

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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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Joey Polewarczyk, JR to Compete in Seacoast 100

Joey Polewarczyk, JR to Compete in Seacoast 100Walpole, NH- The Granite State Pro Stock Series competitors will have one more car to beat at the Seacoast 100 at Lee USA Speedway this Friday, July 25th.

American-Canadian Tour point leader Joey Polewarczyk, JR has entered the Seacoast 100 in hopes to make it two-for-two with the GSPSS in his career.

The Hudson, NH native has one win under his belt with the GSPSS, a victory at the now closed Canaan Fair Speedway in 2013, and is looking to double that total at Lee. “We are definitely going to try and go two-for-two with the GSPSS,” says Polewarczyk, JR. “I think we will have a good car so we will see what happens. No matter where you race or what you race, it’s always tough to get a win, but we will certainly try our hardest.”

Polewarczyk, JR feels Lee is a great place to race, and that’s why he’s chosen that venue to make his return to the series. “We chose Lee because it’s very close to us and we have had success there in the past. It’s just a fun place to race, plus it’s where my racing career got started.”

Even though the driver of the Pole’s Automotive Ford Fusion has had success in many different forms, he still feels winning the Seacoast 100 will be a challenge. “Frahm is always tough, the same with Gelinas, and all those guys. It’s going to be tough to hold them off. We definitely will have to be on our game to best those guys.”

The Seacoast 100 will take place at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, July 25th. Post time for this event is 7PM, with pit gates opening at 3PM.

Granite State Pro Stock Series to Make Debut at Lee Speedway

Granite State Pro Stock Series to Make Debut at Lee Speedway

Walpole, NH- The famed Lee USA Speedway will host the Granite State Pro Stock Series for the first time ever on Friday, July 25th.

The 3/8 mile, semi-banked oval has always been a favorite with racers, and now the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be a part of the track’s storied history. The usual suspects have already entered the Seacoast 100, including Derek Griffith, Matt Frahm, Larry Gelinas, the O’Sullivan brothers, Barry Gray, Dillon Moltz, and Brad Babb, and are joined by drivers like George Helliwell, Bobby Cabral, Babe Branscombe, and Joey Squeglia. Squeglia had set fast time in practice at the Star 100 at Star Speedway just a few weeks ago, but suffered bad luck in the feature, leaving the Derry, NH driver without the results he deserved.
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Granite State Pro Stocks at Star Speedway 6-28-2014

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Drivers Trying to Keep Gelinas in Sights as Granite State Pro Stock Series Heads to Star Speedway

Walpole, NH-    Larry Gelinas is firing on all cylinders to begin the 2014 season, and looks to keep the pressure on as the Granite State Pro Stock Series head to Star Speedway June 28.

 

The Buxton, ME driver has started the new season where he left off in 2013.  Gelinas has finished in the top two positions in 5 of his last 6 races, dating back to Riverside Speedway (NH) last year.  His second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Monadnock Speedway compliment his win last Sunday at Hudson International Speedway to begin the season quite nicely.  Even with his early season success, Gelinas is not ready to engage the cruise control.  “You can’t take it for granted,” states Gelinas.  “We’ve been lucky to not have mechanical issues so far, but hopefully we can keep doing this!”

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Granite State Pro Stocks at Hudson Speedway 6-15-2014

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Drivers Open Their Helmets and Hearts at Monadnock Speedway

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Winchester, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series drivers completed 100 laps at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night, but what they did off the track may be more important.

The entire field of drivers in attendance wielded helmets in between local division feature events to raise money for 8 year-old Allen Hinckley, son of veteran Modified racer Les Hinckley. Allen just recently returned from a 17-day stay at Connecticut Children’s Hospital and a recent two-week stay at Boston Children’s Hospital where he underwent his third surgical procedure for a Congenital Arachnoid Cyst.

Arachnoid cysts are rare, and the cause of which are unknown. In Allen’s case, the young boy had surgery to put a shunt and valve system in his head to relieve pressure to his brain. With this unfortunate situation, the family has spent time away from work and a large chunk of time in hospitals, putting a huge strain on the Hinckley family.
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Frahm Survives at Monadnock, Becomes Career Wins Leader in Granite State Pro Stock Series

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Winchester, NH- Matt Frahm picks up his second series victory at Monadnock Speedway after surviving a caution-marred race Saturday night.

Hudson, NH’s Derek Griffith and Buxton, ME’s Larry Gelinas led the field to the line, but before the field could complete a lap, Griffith and Dillon Moltz made contact, sending both to the rear. The start of the race seemed to be a precursor to what was to come, as a total of 12 cautions flew on the night. Swanzey, NH’s Russ Hersey seemed to have the car to beat early, as the 4-time track champ repeatedly found himself at the point, until the 4-time track champ bobbled coming off turn four, in which Frahm took full advantage, jumping multiple positions to the lead. That would be the last time Hersey would lead in the race, as his engine expired, ending his day early.

Belchertown, MA’s Barry Gray methodically fought his way through the field, and became the car to beat mid-race as he began to walk away from the field. Gray would relinquish the spot on a restart after a contested call sent the two-time GSPSS Monadnock feature winner to the back of the pack. Frahm would fend off charges from Gelinas, who ran consistently in the top 6 all night, and Cory Robert late in the race, to become the career wins leader in the Granite State Pro Stock Series. It is the Lambert Roofing/WDW Machine team’s fourth victory in the series’ short life span.
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Granite State Pro Stock Series Competitors Set Sights on Monadnock Speedway

GSPS2Walpole, NH-     With one race already in the books for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), competitors are preparing for a date with Monadnock Speedway May 24.   

 

The ¼ mile bullring is located in Winchester, NH, and has been host to four events in the early life of the GSPSS, and creates tight, door-to-door battles and good, hard racing.  Drivers like Barry Gray and Matt Frahm are no stranger to this speedway, as both have picked up wins in the series at this facility.

 

To say Gray could drive Monadnock Speedway with his eyes closed may not be a huge stretch for the Belchertown, MA driver.  Gray has at least 6 championships between Late Models and Pro Stocks at Monadnock, including a New Hampshire State Championship involving the Winchester, NH speedway and Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH.  Gray has two wins at Monadnock with the GSPSS, and has finished outside the top 10 once in four starts, boasting an average feature finish of 5.5.  The driver of the Meadows Motor Car/ Hawley’s Auto Repair Chevrolet looks to this track to surge forward in the standings.  “There’s so many good competitors in this series, it’s going to be tough no matter where we go,” Gray states.  “But our chances are better than average at Monadnock, as long as luck is on our side.”

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