Granite State Pro Stock Series – White Mountain Motorsports Park – 7/22/17
Last updated: July 24, 2017 at 10:25 am
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What Won the Race: When leaders DJ Shaw and Luke Hinkley were involved in a vicious crash on lap 40, Todd Stone inherited the race lead and survived a number of restarts to score his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win.
The Finish (Unofficial):
|2||27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
The Skinny: Wayne Helliwell, Jr. started from the pole position and led the opening 20 laps before DJ Shaw took over the lead. Shaw led until lap 40 when he and Luke Hinkley made contact following a restart. Todd Stone inherited the lead and held off a hard-charging Helliwell to score the victory.
Winning Quote: “My crew chief just kept saying you’ll be fine, just hit your laps, hit your laps. I’ve had a lot of people in my rearview mirror; they don’t really rattle me. You’ve just got to race your race.” – Todd Stone
On the Move: Cory Casagrande started shotgun on the field (21st) and charged to a sixth-place finish, a gain of 15 spots.
Biggest Loser: Luke Hinkley started second and finished 16th after a vicious wreck on lap 40, a loss of 14 positions.
-Luke Hinkley went for a ride on lap 40 while battling for the lead with DJ Shaw. As the two raced side-by-side down the backstretch Shaw appeared to drift up the race track into Hinkley. The contact resulted in Hinckley launching over Shaw’s right rear and sent his car down the pit access road before launching over a jersey barrier. Hinkley exited the car under his own power and was okay. Shaw suffered heavy damage as a result of the incident but rejoined the field after a visit to pit road.
-One lap after a red flag for Hinkley, another red flag was waved after Glenn Martel made hard contact with the outside wall in turn one. Martel was okay.
-Between laps 39 and 45 there were seven yellow flags that slowed the pace. There were a total of eight cautions during the 100-lap race.
-Wayne Helliwell, Jr. is competing in his first Granite State Pro Stock Series race of the season tonight.
-DJ Shaw, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Mike O’Sullivan were fastest in practice earlier today.
-Jeremy Davis is behind the wheel of the Hallstrom No. 1 VT here tonight.
|1||27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
Heat Race Results:
Heat 1 Unofficial Results
|3||27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
Heat Race Lineups:
|4||27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
Car Count: 19 Granite State Pro Stocks
|27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
Qualifying Format: There will be two qualifying heat races and a pill draw used to determine tonight’s starting lineup.
Event Schedule: Racing kicks off with qualifying heats at 6 p.m. ET. In addition to the Granite State Pro Stock Series, White Mountain Motorsports Park Late Models, Kid Trucks, Strictly Minis, Mini Cup Cars and Tigers will also be in action.
Who to Watch For: When Wayne Helliwell, Jr. shows up to a race track he’s a threat to win, and that will be no different tonight. Defending PASS North champion DJ Shaw has also had a lot of success at White Mountain and will be a threat to win. If you’re looking for more of an “underdog,” keep an eye on former GSPSS champion Mike O’Sullivan as he was fast in practice earlier today.
Title Fight: Scott MacMichael leads Mike O’Sullivan by two markers in the championship standings.
The Track: White Mountain Motorsports Park is a 1/4-mile high-banked oval located in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.
Weather: Temperatures early in the night will be in the low 80s before dropping to the mid 70s later in the evening with partly cloudy skies above the race track.
Next Series Race: The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make it’s way to Monadnock Speedway (NH) on Saturday, August 12.