Connecticut Racer Wins First Northeast Late Model Race of 2020

Super Late Model season in the Northeast finally got started Friday night with the Granite State Pro Stock Series at the Let’s Go Racing 100.  Ray Christian III picked up right where he left off in 2019 by picking up the win at Claremont Motorsports Park (NH), the same facility he closed last season off with a victory eight months ago.

 

The 100-lap event saw Christian make his move to the front late, passing Seekonk Speedway regular Angelo Belsito with just eight laps to go.  He then held off some of the region’s top names in the final laps to seal his third-career win in the series.

 

“It was actually a really good day for us.  We weren’t the fastest in time trials or the heat race but I felt like the long run car was there,” Christian said on the Speed51 broadcast.  “The first half I really just rode, I told the guys before a restart we can’t win the first 50 but we can win the last 50.  Here we are now, it’s awesome.”

 

Two of his three Granite State Pro Stock wins have come back-to-back after taking the season finale in 2019 at the New Hampshire facility.  While the next race on the Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule is still to be announced, he already looks forward to trying to make it a three-peat.

 

“Back-to-back here, it’s pretty cool,” he said.  “Wherever we go next, we’ll be there too.”

 

Multi-time PASS North champion DJ Shaw was able to sneak by Belsito in the final laps to take the runner-up spot.  Shaw ended his night where he started it earlier in qualifying, but he had nothing for the leaders in the waning laps.

 

“I just didn’t have anything, really.  I tried to bide my time there and the redraw didn’t help anything,” Shaw said.  “This was probably the fastest-paced I’ve been a part of with Granite State and it was just hard to save everything there.  I just didn’t have enough at the end.”

 

Belsito fell back to third after leading the majority of the second half of the race.  After beating defending series champion Joey Doiron on multiple restarts late in the event, it ultimately became a race of survival with the lead.

 

“We tightened up there after those first couple yellow flags, the car was great in the beginning.  We bided our time and got our track position,” Belsito stated.  “I had to play defensive there for a while but it doesn’t usually end well.”

 

Gabe Brown and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. rounded out the top five.

 

Watch a replay of Friday night’s Let’s Go Racing 100 on Speed51 by clicking here.

 

-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3

-Photo Credit: Tom Morris / GSPSS

 

Granite State Pro Stock Series – Let’s Go Racing 100 Results:

  1. Ray Christian III
  2. DJ Shaw
  3. Angelo Belsito
  4. Gabe Brown
  5. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
  6. Joey Doiron
  7. Luke Hinkley
  8. Cory Casagrande
  9. Casey Call
  10. Jeremy Davis
  11. Cody LeBlanc
  12. Travis Benjamin
  13. Jake Matheson
  14. Devin O’Connell
  15. Garrett Hall
  16. Ryan Linehan
  17. Trevor Sanborn
  18. Dan Mckeage
  19. Kyle Harvell
  20. Kevin Folan
  21. Mike Mitchell
  22. Mike O’Sullivan
  23. Jimmy Renfrew Jr
  24. Barry Gray

Connecticut Racer Wins First Northeast Late Model Race of 2020