The Granite State Pro Stock Series and Claremont Motorsports Park are going racing, finally. Next Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m. the sound of stock cars will return to Claremont, New Hampshire as the facility will see competition for the first time in 2020.
As a result of the COVID-10 pandemic, both the series and tracks schedules had been put on hold until now. Due to state restrictions, fans will not be allowed in the grandstands but those wanting to witness this event will be able to do so via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.
“We are really excited to be able to team up with our partners at Speed51 and make this event happen,” stated series President Mike Parks. “While we wish we could have our loyal fans in the stands cheering our competitors on, it’s just not in the cards at this time.”
Three-time Oxford 250 winner Travis Benjamin has filed an entry for the Claremont event. Benjamin will make the trip down from Belfast, Maine to get his racing fix at a track he has no experience racing on.
“We want to get back to racing and Claremont is a track I’ve never raced on. I’ve been there helping Matt Frahm in the past so I know the track a little bit and it looks like a fun track,” Benjamin said. “I think it should be fun to try something different”.
Garrett Hall comes to Claremont looking to go two for two in Granite State Pro Stock Series starts. Hall won the series’ lone visit to Oxford Plains Speedway in 2017.
“My crew and I have been itching to get back to racing all winter, not to mention all spring,” said the Scarborough, Maine driver. “We all have the need for speed and want to go racing. Hopefully this will show that we can race within the distancing guidelines and will lead to more races. I can’t wait to see the track, not to mention race on it.”
Several regular competitors with the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be in action next Friday night. Young guns Jimmy Renfrew Jr and Casey Call have filed entries. Renfrew is a former winner on the series, while Call will be chasing Rookie of the Year honors.
Former series champions Mike O’Sullivan, Barry Gray and Devin O’Connell will be in action along with other veterans such as Jeremy Davis, DJ Shaw and Cory Casagrande.
Local hotshoe Luke Hinkley has entered as he looks to take home his first series win at his hometown track. Hinkley and his team will win the short haul award as he will travel just a few miles from his home on the other side of Claremont.
As of this writing, entries from five of the six New England states have been received as well as New York, with more expected.
“The response has been incredible,” Parks said during a recent break in preparations. “The racers just want to get back in action and we are excited to give them the opportunity to do so.”
With fans not being in attendance, Parks and his team had to figure out how to make this event work financially. Several companies have stepped up to help make it possible. Crazy Horse racing is in its second year presenting time trials for the series and kicked in money above and beyond to help make the Let’s Go Racing 100 possible. Crazy Horse is New England’s official Port City Race Cars dealer selling and maintaining the full line of Port City cars and parts. Contact Micky, Mitch or Mickey Green with all of your questions or needs.
Other businesses who stepped up include R&R Public Wholesalers in Hooksett, New Hampshire. They have recently started a speed shop catering to local racers in Southern New Hampshire. Also supporting this event is RE Hinkley Oil Company. Hinkley’s is a long-time supporter of the speedway through their oil, propane and plumbing sales and service outlet. In addition to their support of this event, they are a divisional sponsor for the tracks weekly racing series.
Three support divisions will be on the card including The RE Hinkley Street Stocks will contest a 35-lap main event. The Street Stocks have become one of the most exciting and hotly contested divisions in Southern New Hampshire, and a stellar field of cars is expected as this will be the first opportunity for most, if not all of them to race in 2020.
Also in action on June 5 will be the Six Shooters and Pure Stocks.
“When deciding what divisions to run we really felt like we wanted to showcase our entry level divisions. The Pure Stocks have been solid here for several years and the Six Shooters are an up and coming division in our region,” Parks said. “We thought we should give them some glory and an opportunity to show their stuff.”
Six Shooter driver Jeremy Blood took to social media to express his excitement.
“I’m excited to get back to the track,” Blood said. “This isn’t Ideal but we have to work with what we’ve got… when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right?”
Action will start at 7 p.m. with the Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge followed by heat races for all four divisions. The Let’s Go Racing 100 for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is scheduled to go off at 9:00 p.m. For more information go to www.speed51.com, www.claremontmotorsportspark.net or visit social media platforms for both Speed51 and the track.
More information about the pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 is expected to be announced this week.
-Granite State Pro Stock Series Press Release
-Photo credit: Speed51Photos.com