The biggest race in Granite State Pro Stock Series history will be held Sunday, September 6 at Claremont Motorsports Park (NH). Paying $10,000 to the winner, the Granite State Nationals will see a strong field of drivers battling it out at the Claremont, New Hampshire oval. To get you ready for the big race, here are “10 Things to Know” about the Granite State Nationals.
1) This will be the fourth and final race of the season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Claremont.
2) Ray Christian III has won three of the last four races in the series at Claremont, including the first two races at the track this season.
3) This will be the 14th race for the series at Claremont. Ray Christian, III and DJ Shaw are both three-time winners who will be looking for a fourth win on Sunday.
4) The points are close with the series heading into the weekend. Ray Christian III leads Joey Polewarcyzk, Jr. by 26 points. Angelo Belsito, a two-time winner this season, sits 50 points back of Christian.
5) Four races remain for the Granite State Pro Stock Series, with scheduled stops at Star Speedway (September 18), New London-Waterford Speedbowl (September 26), Lee USA Speedway (October 4) and New-London Waterford Speedbowl (October 24).
6) While the Oxford 250 was hard on some, the race was relatively clean so expect to see a handful of Oxford 250 competitors in Sunday’s Granite State Pro Stock Series event.
7) Christopher Wilk won the first ever Granite State Pro Stock race at Claremont back in 2011. He sat on the pole and led 91 of the 100 laps. A total of 16 cars were in the field that day.
8) The Claremont track opened in 1947. In 1973, Dave Humphrey won a 25-lap NEMA race. This is one of the first, if not the first touring series race held at the track.
9) Five former Oxford 250 winners are entered for the Granite State Nationals. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Curtis Gerry, Ben Rowe and Larry Gelinas have all filed entries for the race.
10) ARCA driver Derek Griffith will be making his first start of the season with the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Griffith won the 2015 GSPSS championship and has five career victories with the series.
-Story by Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
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