Northeast Late Model racers will have the chance to pocket $10,000 this summer at Claremont Motorsports Park. Recently, the Granite State Pro Stock Series announced that the series’ traditional Labor Day Weekend event — now named the Granite State Nationals — will pay $10,000 to the driver standing in victory lane on Sunday, September 6.
Mike Parks, the President of the Granite State Pro Stock Series and Promoter of Claremont Motorsports Park, indicated that the increased purse for the event has been a goal of his for quite some time. After entering a lease to operate the speedway this season, his goal to host a $10,000-to-win race became more realistic.
“We’ve done $5,000 to win the past two years and my goal was to always get to $10,000,” Parks told Speed51. “Maybe down the road we can even make it bigger but looking at what we’ve done over the last couple of years and now where I have the whole facility, I’m very confident that we can make it work and make it a really good event. My goal would be to have 40 cars; that’s my goal. Are we going to obtain that? I don’t know. But over the first week I think I have 15 or 16 guys that have already pre-entered, so I think that’s a very realistic goal for sure.”
The race will follow the same format used by the Granite State Pro Stock Series at all events throughout the season, with time trials, heat races and the 150-lap feature race. Teams will only be allowed four tires for the event like all other GSPSS events, with the only exception being that teams will be able to purchase four practice tires.
“The only reason I’m doing that is because there’s going to be so many teams that haven’t raced with us before here that I don’t want to put the teams that support the Granite State Pro Stock Series on a regular bases on an unequal playing field, where the new teams can buy practice tires but our new teams can’t.”
By becoming a $10,000-to-win race, the Granite State Nationals joins the prestigious Oxford 250 ($25,000 to win) as the only Super Late Model race in New England paying $10,000 or more to win.
“I’m looking at it as a way to build a premier, special event for our Granite State teams,” Parks said. “The financial end of it, I didn’t even look at what some of the other races did. Are we ever going to be an Oxford 250? No, that is the premier Super Late Model event in my mind, maybe behind only the Snowball. I have no intentions to think that we are going to be that type of an event, but I think we can have our niche into a quality, high-paying event.”
Since being announced just over a week ago, many of the Northeast’s top Late Model racers have already submitted their entry form for the Granite State Nationals. Two-time Oxford 250 winner Curtis Gerry, five-time PASS National champion Ben Rowe, Oxford 250 winner Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and 2017 GSPSS champion Mike O’Sullivan are just a few of the drivers already planning on competing in the event.
Drivers interested in entering the event can fill out an online entry form by clicking here.
Granite State Pro Stock Series teams will have one final tune-up for the $10,000-to-win Granite State Nationals next Friday, July 24. That event will pay $3,000 to the winner and will be the fourth race of the 2020 GSPSS season.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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