In an exclusive to Speed51.com, the Granite State Pro Stock Series, one of the fastest-growing short track touring series in North America, released its full 11-race schedule for the 2015 racing season on Monday afternoon.
Highlights of the 2015 schedule include the series’ first trip to New Hampshire's Claremont Speedway since 2011, a return trip to White Mountain Motorsports Park, also in New Hampshire, as well as the longest event in series history, a 151-lap race at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire on Independence Day.
Overall, the series will visit eight different tracks in two different states (Connecticut and New Hampshire) during their fourth full season in competition. The number of race tracks the series will visit is an increase from the six tracks the series visited during their 11-race schedule last season. Series president Mike Parks is excited about those numbers and hopes competitors will enjoy the challenge of competing at a larger number of tracks in 2015.
“I’m very excited about what we have to offer our race teams this upcoming season,” Parks told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I’m a competitor myself, and I know I enjoy the challenge of competing at different race tracks throughout a racing season. I have a feeling that the rest of the drivers competing with the series next season will share my excitement.”
For the third straight season, the series will begin its 2015 campaign at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s annual Icebreaker event on April 11-12.
The next race on the schedule holds a special meaning to Parks and the rest of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) officials. For the first time since the series’ inaugural event in 2011 at Claremont Speedway (formerly Twin State Speedway), the series will return to the Claremont, New Hampshire 1/3-mile semi-banked oval on April 25 for a 125-lap main event.
“I am thrilled to go back to Claremont,” said Parks. “I used to race there and it is one of those tracks that provides excellent racing for these types of race cars. Claremont is a racing town and I’m glad we were able to work things out with the new ownership group to bring the series to the loyal racing fans in the area.”
Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire will host the first of two GSPSS events on May 23. The series will return to Monadnock on August 8 for the JBH Memorial 100, one of the more popular events on the schedule each season.
On June 14, the series will make its first stop of the year at the historic Hudson International Speedway in Hudson, New Hampshire. GSPSS teams will return to Hudson on August 23 for its penultimate event, the Hudson Hugger 100.
Star Speedway is the third track on the schedule that will host more than one GSPSS event during the 2015 season. The tight quarter-mile bullring located in Epping, New Hampshire has provided some of the best racing for the GSPSS throughout the series’ time visiting the track. The track will host its first GSPSS race, a 100-lap feature, on June 27.
During the month of July, the series will make its second stop in series history at Groveton, New Hampshire’s Speedway 51, formerly known as Riverside Speedway. The track, which was recently purchased by Joey Laquerre, is named in honor of Laquerre’s grandson, Joey M. Laquerre. The younger Laquerre, who piloted the No. 51 Late Model at Thunder Road International Speedbowl (VT), passed away earlier this year in an ATV accident. In his honor, the GSPSS will run an extended distance race consisting of 151 laps on July 4.
Two of the most anticipated dates on the 2015 schedule will take place back-to-back on July 24 and August 1 at Lee USA Speedway (NH) and White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH). In 2014, the GSPSS set a series record with 33 cars attempting to qualify for the event at White Mountain.
On September 12, the GSPSS makes its final stop of the season at Star Speedway during the prestigious ISMA Star Classic weekend. The race will serve as the final race of the 2015 season for the series and a champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the 100-lap event that day.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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2015 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule