WALPOLE, N.H. – Even though the 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series season finished just a few weeks ago at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, the GSPSS is already looking ahead to the 2017 campaign.
And with that, the series is proud to announce the first scheduled race for next season at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass. The inaugural Seekonk 100 will take place on Saturday night June 24, 2017.
“We are extremely happy to be able to work with Seekonk Speedway to bring the GSPSS there for the 2017 season,” GSPSS president Mike Parks said. “Seekonk is the home of weekly Super Late Model racing in Southern New England. By adding the GSPSS to the schedule, it has the making of a super event. We have been talking to them for two years and we feel the timing is correct for 2017.”
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.
PR- Eric LaFleche
Photo – Sharlene Myers
(Epping, NH) – Derek Griffith went into the 100-lap event at Star Speedway on Saturday with the hopes of grabbing another victory. The last time the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) visited the Epping, NH ¼-mile oval, Griffith came out the victor.
This time however, the strategy became simply to-be-able to drive the car into the trailer at the end of the race. The 23-car field started the event with several cautions in the early going and it ended the same fashion.
Derek and the No. 12 Hitman Industries/Provencher Insurance Toyota Camry rolled off in the 3rd starting position with the hopes of being able to put some */s+9ort of race plan together. Unfortunately, caution after caution negated any *\rt of race plan.
One of the largest starting fields in recent GSPSS memory, the Pro Stock drivers seemed to show very little patience, Griffith was an exception to that and quickly moved his way to grab the lead in the early going.
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.
PHOTO CREDITS Troy Bregy
The Granite State Pro Stock Series inaugural race at Wiscasset Speedway started Saturday afternoon with two practice sessions and autographs in the evening. The practice sessions on Saturday saw series regulars Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH, and Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA clocking laps at 15.1 seconds. However, on Sunday this changed with Maine drivers Andy Saunders of Elsworth, ME, Jacob Dore of Sanford ME, and Scott Chubbuck of Bowdoin, ME achieving those times. The mix of experienced versus inexperienced drivers made for some interesting racing.
The first two heats of the afternoon were relatively clean and had some good racing. Heat three however saw some action as Mike O’Sullivan, Brandon Sprague of Edgecomb, ME, and John Rideout of Washington, ME went three wide into turn one and Rideout made contact with the wall, bringing out the red flag. The ensuing laps saw a battle in the front between DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH and Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH. On the last lap Davis was sideways and managed to save it to hold off Shaw for the heat win.
WALPOLE, N.H. – An inaugural trip to the 3/8 mile Wiscasset Speedway in Wiscasset, Maine is up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series, this Saturday Sept. 3 and Sunday Sept. 4.
The 100 lap, $2,000 to win feature event will headline the Labor Day weekend celebration as Wiscasset starts a three races in three weeks stretch for the GSPSS. Following Wiscasset, the series will make a stop at Star Speedway for the Star Classic on Sept. 10, then visit Monadnock Speedway for the rescheduled JBH 100 on Sept. 17.
“I’m excited, we usually do really well at tracks we haven’t been to before,” reigning series champion Derek Griffith said.