WALPOLE, N.H. – Even though the 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series season finished just a few weeks ago at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, the GSPSS is already looking ahead to the 2017 campaign.
And with that, the series is proud to announce the first scheduled race for next season at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass. The inaugural Seekonk 100 will take place on Saturday night June 24, 2017.
“We are extremely happy to be able to work with Seekonk Speedway to bring the GSPSS there for the 2017 season,” GSPSS president Mike Parks said. “Seekonk is the home of weekly Super Late Model racing in Southern New England. By adding the GSPSS to the schedule, it has the making of a super event. We have been talking to them for two years and we feel the timing is correct for 2017.”
The stop at Seekonk will see a mix of the top talent of the GSPSS along with the weekly drivers of the Seekonk NASCAR Division I Pro Stock class. Although the race will not be a Seekonk points championship race, multiple drivers will be expected to come out and challenge those regulars of the GSPSS.
“I think the GSPSS is a good series with plenty of competition. I think this will give fans a good race with some Seekonk regulars and maybe some other stars of the PASS and GSPSS,” four-time Seekonk Pro Stock champion David Darling said.
“We ran the New London-Waterford race this season and all the officials and the whole series are very nice and very accommodating. With the GSPSS running the same tire we do and being more of a budget conscious tour, it allows us Seekonk regulars to be competitive without having a huge learning curve of a different tire,” Darling said.
Seekonk will be entering their 72nd season of racing in 2017 and they are also excited to welcome the GSPSS into town in June. The GSPSS joins the Modified Touring Series as outside divisions invading the track in that month.
“Seekonk Speedway is excited to bring in a tour that enjoys building supporting relationships with the tracks that they run at,” Ed St. Germain of Seekonk Speedway said. “The GSPSS drivers have been great every time they have raced at any of the Seekonk races and we look forward to seeing our drivers competing with them on their home track.”
Much like Darling does, Seekonk believes their weekly competitors will be able to give the GSPSS stars a run for their money.
“We have many drivers who match up well with any Pro Stock tour. The management of the GSPSS made it an easy call to book a date with them this year and hopefully with its success we can be an annual stop on the GSPSS tour,” St. Germain said.
This date is just the first of many that will be announced for the 2017 season during the winter months. It should be noted that the 2016 GSPSS season banquet will take place on Saturday Feb. 4 at the Best Western Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester, N.H.
-Granite State Pro Stock Series Press Release