Devin O'Connell of Madison, Connecticut set the pace after a caution on Lap 4 and led the remaining 96 green flag laps of the JBH 100 to score his second victory of the 2018 season Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.
O'Connell had intense pressure from the No. 1x of Todd Stone from Middlebury, Vermont throughout the race. O'Connell and Stone battled fiercely through lapped traffic, allowing one of the local favorites Mike O'Sullivan of Sixteen Acres, Massachusetts to catch up to the top two. But in the end, O'Connell held off all challenges to score the victory.
“This victory means so much to our small team” O'Connell said. “Finishing ninth in the past two races, we went through the entire car to make sure we wouldn't have a similar result, and the hard work paid off as tonight the car was an absolute rocket ship.” “It feels so good to get back in victory lane especially after such a tough but clean race with Todd Stone, I'm just so glad we were able to take home the checkered flag today.”
At the top of the charts all day during practice and time trials, Todd Stone used some of his dirt track experience early in the race as he was sideways and three-wide on the bottom of a battle between Barry Gray and Ray Christian III.
“It's been a challenging year on the dirt side, we've lost three motors this season, so we were really looking for a solid result tonight,” Stone said. “I think we had a good car, and if the top two positions were reversed I don't think we could have passed each other. I could have dumped O'Connell but I don't race like that, it was nice to come home second.”
One of the local favorites Mike O'Sullivan started deep in the field in the 10th position, and with 25 laps to go O'Sullivan was touching bumper covers with second place Todd Stone.
“A restart would have been good in the later stages but it would have been tough either way,” O'Sullivan said. “It was an awesome race to be part of, thats the way it's supposed to look and we should all be proud of the show we put on.”
Second in points, Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine had a solid race finishing fourth and last year's JBH 100 winner Josh King of Vernon, Vermont rounded out the top five.
The next event for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is during Oktoberfest Weekend on Sunday, October 7 at Lee USA Speedway.
#43 Devin O'Connell
#1x Todd Stone
#08 Mike O'Sullivan
#73 Joey Doiron
#21 Josh King
#24 Scott MacMichael
#29 Barry Gray
#72c Guy Caron
#93ct Ray Christian III
#4 Tommy O'Sullivan
#16 Brandon Barker
#03m Joel Monahan
#18 Mike Scorzelli
#00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr
#11 Bryon Baker
#5 Phil Meany
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