Granite State Pro Stock Series – Claremont Speedway (NH) – 5/5/18

Last updated: May 6, 2018 at 16:07 pm
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The podium for tonight’s GSPSS season opener at Claremont Speedway. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Jacob Dore’s early race pass on Scott MacMichael and valiant effort against Matt Frahm in a 50-lap duel netted him the victory in the 100-lap GSPSS season opener.

 

The Finish: 

1 05 Jacob Dore 100
2 73 Joey Doiron 100
3 72 Scott MacMichael 100
4 29 Barry Gray 100
5 09 Jeremy Davis 100
6 7 Cory Casagrande 100
7 31 Luke Hinkley 100
8 93CT Ray Christian III 100
9 14 Matt Frahm 100
10 39 Nick Lascuola 99
11 18 Mike Scorzelli 98
12 42 William Wall 98
13 11 Byron Baker 98
14 93 Ryan Greene 98
15 10 Jimmy Zullo 96
16 08 Mike O’Sullivan 93
17 4 Tommy O’Sullivan 20
18 43 Devin O’Connell 16
19 21 Josh King 2
20 8 Guy Caron 2
21 1 Jeff Jolly 2
22 9 Kyle Welch 2
23 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. 2

 

The Skinny: After some early yellows, Dore pulled away from the field after getting the lead from MacMichael. Matt Frahm had dodged the early race chaos after starting 17th and slowly worked his way forward one car at a time. Eventually Frahm ran down Dore near halfway, but could never get the run or look he wanted on Dore. The gap fluctuated over the final laps, with Frahm mounting one last challenge with five laps to go. With both drivers on serverly worn tires, Frahm gave up the go first spinning with five to go and restarted before the yellow flew.

With a half-track of Doiron, Dore eased to the checkers for his second career GSPSS win and first since the 2016 season opener at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

 

Winning Quote: “I didn’t know if we had enough to hold off Matt, I used up more of my tires than I hoped to at the beginning. I trusted him a lot and I knew he wasn’t going to dirty me to try and get by.” – Jacob Dore

 

Winning Chassis: Dale Shaw Racecars

 

On the Move: Despite the damage, Joey Doiron moved from his ninth starting spot to finish runner up.

 

Biggest Loser: Josh King had started outside pole, before retiring with the rear end break on Lap 2.

 

Feature Notebook:

-A rear end break in Josh King’s number 21 put fluid on the track, causing a multi-car pileup on Lap 2.

-Doiron’s damage came in this Lap 2 tangle.

-Mike O’Sullivan slowed and pulled off in the final 10 laps.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

-Joey Doiron was fastest in the single one-hour practice session. Doiron was still unsatisfied with the car and the team changes shocks after the session. Guy Caron was second in the session.

-Cory Casagrande was third in practice after pacing a test session last weekend.

-Thompson Speedway Late Model champion takes over the No. 42 from Ron Silk. Silk was supposed to run Friday, but was committed to running his Modified down in Waterford, CT today. Wall got the call yesterday afternoon.

-Devin O’Connell had an ignition issue in his heat, but they got it sorted soon afterwards.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 72 Scott MacMichael
2 21 Josh King
3 05 Jacob Dore
4 9 Kyle Welch
5 08 Mike O’Sullivan
6 8 Guy Caron
7 29 Barry Gray
8 31 Luke Hinkley
9 73 Joey Doiron
10 10 Jimmy Zullo
11 93CT Ray Christian III
12 11 Byron Baker
13 7 Cory Casagrande
14 4 Tommy O’Sullivan
15 42 William Wall
16 93 Ryan Greene
17 14 Matt Frahm
18 18 Mike Scorzelli
19 1 Jeff Jolly
20 39 Nick Lascuola
21 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
22 09 Jeremy Davis
23 43 Devin O’Connell

 

 

Heat Race Results:

Heat One

1 29 Barry Gray
2 08 Mike O’Sullivan
2 05 Jacob Dore
4 10 Jimmy Zullo
5 7 Cory Casagrande
6 93 Ryan Greene
7 1 Jeff Jolly
8 43 Devin O’Connell

 

Heat Two

1 21 Josh King
2 8 Guy Caron
3 31 Luke Hinkley
4 93CT Ray Christian III
5 4 Tommy O’Sullivan
6 14 Matt Frahm
7 39 Nick Lascuola
8 09 Jeremy Davis

 

Heat Three

1 73 Joey Doiron
2 72 Scott MacMichael
3 9 Kyle Welch
4 11 Byron Baker
5 42 William Wall
6 18 Mike Scorzelli
7 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat One

1 10 Jimmy Zullo
2 29 Barry Gray
2 08 Mike O’Sullivan
4 43 Devin O’Connell
5 05 Jacob Dore
6 7 Cory Casagrande
7 1 Jeff Jolly
8 93 Ryan Greene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat Two

1 21 Josh King
2 93CT Ray Christian III
3 39 Nick Lascoula
4 8 Guy Caron
5 4 Tommy O’Sullivan
6 14 Matt Frahm
7 09 Jeremy Davis
8 31 Luke Hinkley

 

Heat Three

1 73 Joey Doiron
2 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
3 72 Scott MacMichael
4 9 Kyle Welch
5 42 William Wall
6 18 Mike Scorzelli
7 11 Byron Baker

 

Car Count: 23 Pro Stocks

 

Qualifying Format: Three heats, top three from each redraw for the Top Nine in the feature.

 

Event Schedule: Racing starts with heats at 7pm. GSPSS is third in the order for heats and features after the Street Stocks and Super Streets. Wildcats are last in the order.

 

Who to Watch For: Tommy O’Sullivan is the defending race winner, his brother Mike O’Sullivan is the defeding Series champion. Luke Hinckley nearly won the race last year. Joey Doiron brings in much experience from his time in the Pro All Stars Series.

 

Title Fight: First race of 2018.

 

The Track: Claremont Speedway (3/8 mile flat oval), Claremont, NH

 

Weather: Sunny to start in the 70’s, falling into the 60’s and 50’s after sunset.

 

Next Series Race: Sat. May 26; New London-Waterford Speedbowl (Triple 35 features), Waterford, CT

 

 

 

Speed Central: Granite State Pro Stock Series at Claremont (NH)