Since its first ever event back in 2011, Mike Parks and the staff of the Granite State Pro Stock Series have continually worked to build an affordable and competitive environment for Pro Stock/Super Late Model racing in New England, with the goal of growing every year. The 2019 season is set to display a growth spurt, at least schedule wise, with the GSPSS hosting 14 races over the year.
The Series sees the return of two tracks after an absence of a year or two, plus an increase to three races at two of the returning tracks. It has built up into a diverse schedule spanning across nine race tracks in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
“Our goal has always been to have 14 races and when I got to 14, we decided we'll see how this works. But I'm very confident this will be right for our group,” Said GSPSS founder and race director Mike Parks.
Claremont Speedway will be the center of attention twice in 2019, serving as the season opener on Friday, May 3 while providing the stage for the Series’ richest race on Sunday, September 1 with the return of the Rocky Ridge 150.
“Again, that's going to be our premier event. This year it's going to be $5,000 to win but the goal in the next three to five years is to get it to $10,000 to win,” Parks explained to Speed51.com.
The month of September is set to be a marquee month for the GSPSS, with the Pro Stocks headlining the Friday night portion of the Star Classic at Star Speedway on September 6 and concluding the month with taking over the sanctioning for Seekonk Speedway’s famed DAV Fall Classic.
“I've been talking with Dave Alburn and Ed St. Germain down at Seekonk all summer long, trying to find a fit for us again, and we were finally able to get the DAV together. We feel it's a good fit for us and for them when it comes to providing competition between our drivers and their local guys.”
Pro Stock fans in southern New England will also see an increase of races at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in 2019, with a third race being added on Saturday, August 3, joining races on May 25 and the GSPSS season finale on October 19.
The Series’ will also return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with the kickoff event of the Sunoco World Series on Friday, October 11.
“The people at the Speedbowl have been great to us the last couple of years. We did two events last year which were very successful. The southern New England market is huge for us and having three events at Waterford plus the DAV at Seekonk and on World Series Friday at Thompson allows us to do that.”
At the same time, the GSPSS is bolstering its presence in its home state with a trip up north to Speedway 51 in Groveton on Saturday, June 15.
“We've been to 51 before, just not for two years. We're looking forward to going back, it's a great little race track. Joey Laquerre has done a phenomenal job rebuilding that place, and we're looking forward to putting on a 100-lap race.”
After a triumphant return to Hudson Speedway in 2018, the GSPSS will be back for the Gate City Classic on Sunday July 14. Parks also hinted that fans will have a lot to see when it comes to track improvements in 2019.
“Hudson is the bomb, all of our competitors love Hudson. The plans that Ben Bosowski has for that place and the rebuilding that they're doing is going to open some eyes when people go back there this year.”
The Series will also head to two of its old favorites, which have come under the care of Norm Wrenn Jr., his family, and GSPSS’ own Jeff Zuidema recently, with Lee USA Speedway hosting a trio of visits on May 18 & 19, July 4 or 5, and October 6; plus the high-banked Monadnock Speedway hosting the JBH Memorial on Saturday, August 10.
“Jeff is still an integral part of our Series, but he's been doing great job at Lee and now Monadnock. The Wrenn family has been great to us. We got three events at Lee and the one at Monadnock is the JBH 100 race, which is one of our marquee events.”
Further details on the 2019 Granite State Pro Stock Series are expected to be announced over the coming winter months. Stay with Speed51.com for all the latest GSPSS news.
2019 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule
April 27 – Test & Tune Claremont
May 3 - Claremont
May 18 & 19 - Lee USA
May 25 Waterford
June 15 Speedway 51
July 4 or 5 - Lee USA
July 14 - Hudson
Aug 3 - Waterford
Aug 10 - Monadnock
Sept 1 - Claremont
Sept 6 - Star
Sept 28 - Seekonk
Oct 6 - Lee USA
Oct 11 - Thompson
Oct 19 – Waterford
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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