Gelinas, Helliwell File Entries for Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP)

Gelinas-HelliwellWalpole, NH-As the Icebreaker at TSMP quickly approaches; some big names have filed last minute entries.

Winner of the last race for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) at TSMP, Larry Gelinas has announced his intent to pick up another win at the 5/8 mile oval. The entry with the GSPSS makes for a busy weekend for the Buxton, ME driver, as he is also running for points in the Late Model division at TSMP for the 2014 season. Gelinas races as much as anybody on the tour, entering around 50 races during the 2013 season, including 11 races with the GSPSS en route to a runner-up finish in the championship standings. Even with the experience at the track and with the series, Gelinas isn’t sold on himself being a runaway favorite. Gelinas stated “If Mechalides is there, he will be tough. (Mike and Tommy) O’Sullivan’s are tough. It could be somebody different. By the sounds of it, there are a lot of good drivers entering the race.”
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The Start of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) Right around the Corner at Thompson’s Icebreaker

21-71 IcebreakerWalpole, NH- Excitement is brewing with the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) fast approaching.

Pre-entries have already started pouring in for the April 5-6 show at the nation’s oldest paved oval. The defending race winner, George “Mad Dog” Bessette, has committed to attempt to grab the checkers two years in a row. RB Performance racer Dillon Moltz has sent in his entry form, as well as Windham, ME resident Brad Babb. GSPSS veterans Fran “JR” Colson and Barry Gray have filed entries for the first of the ten events in the 2014 season, as well as youngster Derek Griffith and 2013 champion Mike O’Sullivan. “I’ve been waiting for it all winter!” Griffith states. “We’re still working hard to get the car done on time, but I’m excited for the season to begin. It’s looking like the best season of my career!” To O’Sullivan, TSMP is a track that is circled as soon as it’s on the schedule. “With the season opener that I’ve been accustomed to for many years, the Icebreaker is now the opening point race for the GSPSS,” commented O’Sullivan. “It’s definitely a good feeling starting out your season at your home track.” O’Sullivan and his brother, Tommy, have a special place for TSMP in their heart, being a facility the two have been around for a long time. Mike picked up a pair of second place finishes in both races last year, and Tommy grabbed third in the final event, the World Series. These drivers and many more are anxious to dust off the cars and engage in battle.
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Contingency Sponsors Turning Heads in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS)

granite state prostock seriesWalpole, NH – A large quantity of contingency awards awaits the drivers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) for the 2014 season.

Many different companies have stepped up and offered some great prizes and products this upcoming season. Not only do heat winners and the series champion receive contingency awards, there are also bonuses spread out through the entire field and random prize winners at the year-end banquet.

Sunoco Race Fuels will present the winner of any qualifying round, including heats and consolation rounds, with 5 gallons of race fuel. MacLellan Metal Finishing of Waltham, MA will also give all heat race winners a $25 check. This equates to approximately $85 added to the heat race winner’s check.
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Veteran Staff Members Welcome New Faces to Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS)

Walpole, NH- With the 2014 season lurking, the GSPSS is heading into its third season with some experienced staff members on board, as well as a couple of new faces joining the team.

President Mike Parks is rejoined by core staff Josh Vanada and Jenn Ready. Vanada, the Managing Event Director of the GSPSS, is confident of the staff around him. Vanada states “We are glad to welcome back our talented group of officials, as well as welcome a few new ones. Our staff is the lifeblood of our race day operation, and we are fortunate enough to have a talented and accommodating team.” Ready, the Director of Operations and Race Day Coordinator, is quick to applaud the GSPSS staff as well. “I am personally looking forward to 2014 as we will, quite possibly, have the best touring staff in the Northeast,” declares Ready. The team also welcomes back Handicapper Carrie Kelly, Starter Bryon Callen, and Spotter Official Rich Keator.
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Matt Frahm Prepared for 2014 Season with Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS)

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Northfield, VT- What makes the most winningest driver in GSPSS history so successful? Two words: preparation and family.

North Salem, NH’s own Matt Frahm has already enjoyed a storied racing career. Frahm has already competed in the K + N Series and has strapped in for several Nationwide Series races. Returning back to Pro Stocks in 2013, the driver of the Lambert Roofing/ WDW Machine/ Granite Industrial Gases Chevrolet has 3 career wins in the GSPSS in 12 tries, the result of tedious preparation. “I learned so much at the Nationwide level,” comments Frahm. “I learned that every second is valuable, especially in practice.” Frahm takes that to a whole new level. Not only does the Frahm family take advantage of every second at the track, the preparation starts before the car even leaves the shop. He and his father go over every inch of the car, check every nut and bolt, and have their game plan in place before the car makes it to the trailer. “You win races in the shop, not at the track,” Frahm states. Being prepared before getting to the track gives them more time to fine tune their automobile once the tires get bolted on.
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Racing a Way of Life for Granite State Pro Stock Series Racer Mike Parks

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NORTHFIELD, VT- For Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) racer Mike Parks, racing isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life.

Parks drives the #66 Black Rock Steakhouse/360 Design Labs/D + D Amusements Chevrolet for a series he has created, but he takes his love for the sport much further than that. Parks can be seen race directing at Monadnock Speedway on Saturdays when the series is not racing, helping Mike Bruno at Devils Bowl on Fridays when needed, being a crew member for fellow racers, or just grabbing a seat in the stands when nothing else is going on. “I’m still a fan first and foremost,” the Walpole, NH driver admits. “My friend Nathan Kelly and I attended between 70-80 races one year. I have a unique devotion to the sport.”
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Racing Means Much More to GSPSS Rookie Matty Sanborn

Matty Sanborn PhotoNORTHFIELD, VT- Matty Sanborn will be chasing the Rookie of the Year crown in the Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2014. What may be more important than any honors or trophies, is the relationship that Sanborn has with the sport.

Sanborn started his racing career at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway at 17 years old, and moved to Oxford Plains Speedway the next year. His racing operation is small, but it is very close knit. His father, Randy, is the heart and soul of his racing career. Sanborn and his father were always around racing together, whether it was fielding a car or just being in the pits. “I couldn’t do it without him, no doubt about it” Sanborn says. “He is a disabled Vietnam Veteran, I’m so proud of him, and he is always there for me. We go through a lot of emotions together in racing, it’s just a healthy thing to do together.”
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Gray Sets Sights on 2014 Granite State Pro Stock Series Title

Barry Gray with his 29 ChevroletNorthfield, VT- In the eyes of Barry Gray, the 2013 season was an off year. The Belchertown, MA driver picked up a win, 4 top 5’s, and finished 7th in points, but had 4 DNF’s, 3 of which occurred before lap 10. Gray’s goals are to have more success during qualifying rounds, and to practice self-preservation. “To finish first, first you must finish,” Gray adds.

Gray’s racing career wasn’t a planned thing. One day, Gray headed to see a man named Bruce Clark to pick up a washing machine. What he brought back with him was a race car. The irony of the situation is that same Bruce Clark’s daughter, Christina, would catch the eye of Gray’s son Adam years later, as they are due to be married this upcoming October.
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GSPSS Headed to Lee USA Speedway July 25th

granite state prostock seriesWalpole NH – In a joint announcement made today between Lee USA Speedway General Manager Bill Callen and GSPSS president Mike Parks, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be making their first appearance ever at the Lee USA Speedway on Friday night July 25th. “We are thrilled that we were able to make this happen, this is one of the tracks that all our teams have been asking about going to” Stated Parks.
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Ownership of Granite State Pro Stock Series Transferred to Mike Parks

Mike Parks and Jack Bateman are pleased to announce that the group accustomed to running under the Granite State Pro Stock Series banner will continue to do so in 2014 and beyond. Following a meeting of the two parties, Bateman has agreed to transfer ownership of the sophomore Series to Parks, who has served as the Series’ President since it’s inception.

“I’m grateful to Jack for working with me to resolve this issue. He has been a great support to us over the last two years, and I am glad that our agreement is in the best interest of the 69 teams that participated in the Granite State Pro Stock Series this year. We will be fortunate enough to have him around to advise on technical policies and procedures moving forward,” Parks said.
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