Granite State Pro Stock Series – Monadnock Speedway (NH) – 9/15/18

Last updated: September 16, 2018 at 15:09 pm
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Devin O’Connell, Todd Stone, and Mike O’Sullivan your podium. (John Miller/GSPSS photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: After taking over the lead in the first quarter of the race from Joey Doiron, Devin O’Connell held off Todd Stone over the final 60 laps in a race of cat & mouse between the two. In the end O’Connell survived lapped traffic and Stone’s repeated attacks to win his second Granite State Pro Stock Series race of 2018 and his career.

 

The Finish: 

1 43 Devin O’Connell 100
2 1X Todd Stone 100
3 08 Mike O’Sullivan 100
4 73 Joey Doiron 100
5 21 Josh King 100
6 24 Scott MacMichael 100
7 29 Barry Gray 99
8 72 Guy Caron 99
9 4 Tommy O’Sullivan 99
10 16 Brandon Barker 99
11 18 Mike Scorzelli 99
12 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. 99
13 11 Byron Baker 99
14 03 Joel Monahan 99
15 93 Ray Christian III 98
16 5 Phil Meaney 92

 

The Skinny: Guy Caron was impressive in the early laps, getting around polesitter Joey Doiron at the start. When the yellow flew at Lap 4 for a spinning Ray Christian III, Doiron was able to assume the lead on the restart while Caron slid back.

Doiron led for about 20 laps before being run down from behind by both O’Connell and Stone.

O’Connell could hardly let up as the race went green the rest of the way with Stone hounding him for the majority of the final 60 lap stretch.

Behind them, Mike O’Sullivan moved up from tenth starting spot, but ran out of time and laps to be a factor for the lead.

O’Connell’s victory is the first since his first career win at Hudson Speedway in July. With the absence of Cory Casagrande tonight and with Doiron’s fourth place finish, O’Connell now stands alone atop the points standings heading to Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway with three races to go in 2018.

 

Winning Quote: “I didn’t know if I was going to hold Todd off, he was coming real hard at the end there. I was hoping to get one win this year, but to come off with a second win and the points lead, I’m very stoked.” – Devin O’Connell
 

Winning Crew Chief: Sean O’Connell

 

Winning Chassis: Hamke

 

Winning Shocks: Bilstein

 

Winning Engine: GM Crate

 

On the Move: Mike O’Sullivan gained seven spots over 100 laps after starting tenth and finishing third.

 

Biggest Loser: After starting on the outside pole, Guy Caron had a big backslide, finishing in the eighth position one lap down.

 

-Pre-Feature Notebook: 

-No problems in the practice sessions.

-Todd Stone and Devin O’Connell led the 30 minute practice session.

-Mike and Tommy O’Sullivan led the scuff session.

-Joey Doiron is making his first career appearance at Monadnock Speedway today as he battles Devin O’Connell for the points lead.

-Cory Casagrande is not present as he attends his brother Kyle’s stag party today.

-Ryan Bell is a late entry, showing up before time trials.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 73 Joey Doiron
2 72 Guy Caron
3 43 Devin O’Connell
4 29 Barry Gray
5 1X Todd Stone
6 93 Ray Christian III
7 4 Tommy O’Sullivan
8 03 Joel Monahan
9 24 Scott MacMichael
10 08 Mike O’Sullivan
11 21 Josh King
12 11 Byron Baker
13 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
14 16 Brandon Barker
15 18 Mike Scorzelli
16 5 Phil Meaney

 

Time Trial Results:

1 1X Todd Stone 13.146
2 43 Devin O’Connell 13.157
3 73 Joey Doiron 13.165
4 29 Barry Gray 13.287
5 21 Josh King 13.323
6 72 Guy Caron 13.326
7 24 Scott MacMichael 13.350
8 16 Brandon Barker 13.357
9 93 Ray Christian III 13.377
10 03 Joel Monahan 13.383
11 4 Tommy O’Sullivan 13.398
12 08 Mike O’Sullivan 13.418
13 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. 13.505
14 11 Byron Baker 13.534
15 18 Mike Scorzelli 13.541
16 5 Phil Meaney 13.942
17 8 Ryan Bell No time

 

Heat Race Results:

Heat One

1 73 Joey Doiron
2 1X Todd Stone
3 93 Ray Christian III
4 4 Tommy O’Sullivan
5 24 Scott MacMichael
6 21 Josh King
7 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
8 18 Mike Scorzelli

 

Heat Two

1 43 Devin O’Connell
2 72 Guy Caron
3 29 Barry Gray
4 03 Joel Monahan
5 08 Mike O’Sullivan
6 11 Byron Baker
7 16 Brandon Barker
8 5 Phil Meaney

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat One

1 1X Todd Stone
2 73 Joey Doiron
3 21 Josh King
4 24 Scott MacMichael
5 93 Ray Christian III
6 4 Tommy O’Sullivan
7 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
8 18 Mike Scorzelli

 

Heat Two

1 43 Devin O’Connell
2 29 Barry Gray
3 72 Guy Caron
4 16 Brandon Barker
5 03 Joel Monahan
6 08 Mike O’Sullivan
7 11 Byron Baker
8 5 Phil Meaney

 

 

 

Car Count: 17 Pro Stocks

 

Entry List: 

00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
03 Joel Monahan
08 Mike O’Sullivan
1X Todd Stone
4 Tommy O’Sullivan
5 Phil Meany
8 Ryan Bell
11 Byron Baker
16 Brandon Barker
18 Mike Scorzelli
21 Josh King
24 Scott MacMichael
29 Barry Gray
43 Devin O’Connell
72 Guy Caron
73 Joey Doiron
93 Ray Christian III

 

Qualifying Format: Group time trials determine heat race lineups. Heat race finishes, plus a top ten redraw determines feature lineup.

 

Event Schedule: 

5:45 – Time Trials

6:30 – Heat Races

9:00 – JBH 100

 

Who to Watch For: Todd Stone means business with his new car. Devin O’Connell and Joey Doiron have been consistent all season in the GSPSS. Mike and Tommy O’Sullivan are always favorites here. Barry Gray is a Monadnock legend.

 

Title Fight: Points leader Cory Casagrande is attending a family event tonight, turning the points battle over to Devin O’Connell and Joey Doiron.

 

The Track: Monadnock Speedway (1/4 mile high-banked oval); Winchester, NH

 

Weather: Clears skies, a hot start under sunny skies. Cooling into the 60’s after sunset.

 

Next Series Race: Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. Sunday, October 7.

 

 

 

Speed Central: Granite State Pro Stock Series at Monadnock