GSPSS Kicks off Star Classic with a spectacular finish
The Granite State Pro Stock series made its annual trip to Star Speedway to compete on opening night of the 55th annual Star Classic Friday night and Derek Griffith and Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk put on a show for the ages.
Griffith, the hottest man in northeast pro stock racing of late, showed up to star just off an airplane after competing in an ARCA car at Bristol the night before. “Pole” came to star winless in 2020 and feeling like their season had been sub-par. Their seasons would collide in spectacular fashion before the night was over.
In Claremont Derek Griffith was perfect. Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge winner, heat winner, drew #1 in the GSPSS redraw and won the race. Star seemed to be more of the same. Fast time, heat race win, #1 in the redraw and dominant through 83 laps of the race.
MATT HIRSCHMAN SCORES FIFTH SBM WIN AT STAR SPEEDWAY
POCKETS $6,000 CHECK WITH DOMINATING PERFORMANCE
By Kyle Souza
EPPING, N.H. — Matt Hirschman wasn’t about to be denied. The Pennsylvania native, who is no stranger to Victory Lane on the Tri Track Open Modified Series circuit, returned to glory on Saturday night at Star Speedway in the ninth annual SBM race.
But the ride to victory wasn’t one that came without difficulty, especially at the end. Hirschman dominated the beginning, taking the lead on lap 25 and leading through lap 83, before a controlled caution slowed the race. While some elected to stay out, Hirschman worked to pit road for a fresh Hoosier tire, the charge started back to the front from ninth position. He would eventually pass Matt Swanson for the top spot on a restart at lap 112 and never look back.
RYAN PREECE TO COMPETE WITH TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES AT STAR SPEEDWAY
NASCAR CUP SERIES DRIVER SET FOR ANNUAL SBM 121
By Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. — Ryan Preece, who drives for JTG Daughtery Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, is making a return to his Modified roots this weekend. The Connecticut native, who has since moved down south chasing his dream of racing at the Cup level, is set to compete with the Tri Track Open Modified Series at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 25.
Preece is a former competitor with the series, a former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, and multiple-time winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. His best career finish with JTG is a third-place effort at Talladega. He has 59 career starts in NASCAR’s top level.
But he’s coming back to his roots to compete for his modified fans.
“This was a good opportunity to hit the reset button,” Preece said. “Obviously there has been a lot of misfortune and a lot of things in 2020 that have been out of everyone’s control. This will be a good way to go somewhere, and race, and hit the reset button and get some moment built for us with the Cup car.”
GSPSS May Schedule Canceled
The Month of May was scheduled to be a busy one for the teams of the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Unfortunately, as the country battles the Covid 19 pandemic, the 2020 season has been put on hold.
“The health and safety of our fans and race teams is our number one priority”, stated series promoter Mike Parks. “As much as we want to be at the track, we will respect the directives of our state officials”. “We are in a situation where we have more questions than answers”, Parks continued. “We want to get going just as soon as we can and we are in contact with all of the series track owners on a weekly basis”.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series was supposed to have contested its opening round on Saturday April 25. Despite a picture perfect afternoon for racing, that did not happen. Now, again due to Covid-19, round two of the 2020 season has been postponed.
The second event for the series was scheduled to be held at Star Speedway in Epping NH. The quarter mile Bullring has quickly become a series favorite for drivers and fans alike. As of this release, no makeup date has been announced but conversations between series president Mike Parks and Star Speedway promoter Bobby Webber are ongoing.
“We would really like to be able to hold both races scheduled at Star”, Stated Parks “As we hear what the Governor of NH has to say over the next few weeks, we will look at both schedules and see what can be made to work”.
Unfortunately for fans and racers alike racing throughout the country and even the world has temporarily been interrupted for an indefinite period of time. “We have been listening to the governors and health officials of all the New Engand states as we look to see what can be saved of the 2020 schedule,” stated Parks. “We definitely don’t want to risk the health of any of our loyal fans and competitors”
TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES ANNOUNCES 2020 PURSE STRUCTURE
By Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. — Tri Track Open Modified Series officials announced on Wednesday the purse structure for the six-race season in 2020.
Competitors will be chasing at least $6,000 to win each event, with Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday listed as a $10,000 first-place prize.
With 26 spots open for each event, the total purse per race will rise over 40,000, with drivers who qualify taking home at least $1,000 to start.
“We’re very pleased with the purse we have come up with for the 2020 season,” Wayne Darling, one of two Managing Partners of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “Registrations are open, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone this year.”