Joey Polewarczyk nails down third PASS North victory in Make A Wish 150 at Star Speedway
Epping, New Hampshire – Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, New Hampshire earned his third Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model victory of the season Friday night in the twice-postponed Make A Wish 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire.
Probably better known near and far as ‘Joey Pole Junior,’ Polewarczyk started the race in 13th position, methodically working his way through the field to take the lead away from Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine in the JBJ Machine 73. Doiron had led most of the 150-lap race after taking the lead away from early leader Todd Stone of Middlebury, Vermont at the event’s quarter pole.
Squeglia Survives Star Classic
The Star Classic started in Epping amid a couple afternoon showers during practice. Eventually Mother Nature cooperated and opened up blue skies and sun. Race winner Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH set the pace early on earning the fastest time in the first practice. Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH set the pace in second practice with Squeglia close behind.
The only hiccup in the heats came in the third heat when Steve Murphy of Tewksbury, MA and George Bassette made contact in turn four. Bassette cut a tire and Murphy made contact with the wall, starting a long night for his crew.
WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is headed to Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire this Saturday night Sept. 10 for the running of the Star Classic 100.
The 51st annual classic will take place on Saturday, as the GSPSS helps headline the night of action alongside the International SuperModified Association (ISMA) and their 150-lap feature race.
The 100-lap feature event for the GSPSS is expected to be a hotly contested battle, especially since the championship chase is coming down to the stretch of the season and is close at the top. Following the Star Classic, just two races remain on the 2016 schedule.
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(Epping, NH) – Young Hotshoe Derek Griffith considers Star Speedway his home track. The Hudson, NH native would frequent the track as a child and would cut his teeth racing in entry-level race cars there and at Star’s sister track, Hudson Speedway.
Griffith will return to Star Speedway on Saturday, September 10th as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) races as part of the 51st annual Star Classic weekend.
The GSPSS will have a 100-lap event and will showcase Pro Stock drivers from around the region. Griffith, the 2015 champion of the series is excited to return to Star, “I always love competing at Star, every time we come here, we always have a great car and are fighting for the podium.”
The last time the Granite State Pro Stock Series visited Star Speedway [June 27, 2015], Derek and his No. 12 Hitman Industries/Provencher Insurance Toyota won the event in dominating fashion.
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NAPLES, ME (May 4) – When the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models hit the track this Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway, they will be racing for more than just a checkered flag. The Support 50 Legs 150 will help raise awareness for a cause affecting far too many Americans. Steve Chamberland’s 50 Legs organization is to help provide amputees with the necessary care and prosthetics, that they could not otherwise afford, and to help them live a happier and healthier life.
So far this season, there have been three different winners in the first three PASS North Super Late Model events. PASS young gun Garrett Hall captured the checkered flag at Thompson Speedway and sits third in points. Ben Rowe edged out DJ Shaw and Johnny Clark in an amazing three wide finish at Oxford Plains Speedway. And, Shaw is coming off a win of his own at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway that saw him get the best of Joey Doiron on a late-race restart.
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(Epping, NH) – Trying to become a contender in one series is hard but to become a force in two series is quite a feat indeed. Derek Griffith, the 2015 Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) Champion; currently sits near the top-10 in the very competitive Pro All Star Series (PASS) North Tour.
Griffith who enters this weekend coming off a disappointing finish at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway where an accident forced out the Hudson, NH native early in the event and forced the McKennedy Bros. Masonry/LCM Racing/Tyngsboro Motors race team to work long hours getting the No. 12 back to racing form.
Derek talks about the events at Beech Ridge, “We had a pretty fast piece, right off the trailer. We were able to grab a fourth place finish in the heat race and that translated to a tenth place starting spot in the feature. On lap five, one of the veterans of the tour decided to try a move on the front stretch that he didn’t have room for, he got me loose and it snapped us directly into the wall. It’s unfortunate but that’s racing.”