What Won the Race: Jacob Dore held off a fierce charge from Barry Gray in the closing laps to win the Granite State Pro Stock Series season opener.
The Skinny: Jacob Dore started from the outside of the front row and took the lead from Mike O’Sullivan during the early stages. He checked out from the field before Barry Gray put on an unbelievable charge over the final 10 laps. Dore held off the fierce charge from Gray to win his first career touring series race.
Winning Quote: “Barry had something unbelievable at the end of that. That was about all I had. I don’t know if it went three or four more laps if we could have held onto that one.” – Jacob Dore
Notebook: The No. 60W entry is listed under the ownership of Rita and Julio Miglioli, supports of DJ Shaw. Craig Weinstein will be behind the wheel tonight earning owner points for the No. 60.
Jeremy Harcelrode experienced problems under the hood during practice and will not compete tonight.
Legendary Northeast announcer John Spencer, Sr. is behind the mic as the lead announcer for the Granite State Pro Stock Series here today. Andy Hall, the regular series announcer, could not be here today.
Oren Remmick held off Quinny Welch in a spirited battle to win the 50-lap Late Model feature.
Car Count: 12 Granite State Pro Stocks are in the pit area.
Title Fight: This is the first race of the season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Defending champion Derek Griffith is not in attendance, opening the door for a new champion in 2016.
Winning Chassis: Distance Chassis
Winning Engine: Built by Grandfather
Winning Shocks: Seth Holbrook
Winning Crew Chief: Dan Collins
On the Move: Barry Gray started 10th on the field and charged to a runner-up finish, a gain of eight positions.
Biggest Loser: Mike O’Sullivan started from the pole position and maintained the second position for much of the race before mechanical issues relegated him to an eighth-place finish, a loss of seven positions.
Heat Race Results:
Heat 1 Unofficial Results
Heat 2 Unofficial Results
Qualifying Events: There will be two qualifying heats to set the grid for tonight’s race. An invert will then decide the starting lineup for the main event.
Practice Results: Live timing and scoring is not available for today’s event. Many in the pits believe the No. 51 of Jeremy Harclerode was the fastest during today’s practice session.
Event Schedule: In addition to the 100-lap Granite State Pro Stock Series feature, the five weekly White Mountain divisions are also in action. Late Models, Tigers, Dwarfs, Mini Stocks and Kid’s Trucks will all race tonight. Racing is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET.
Who To Watch For: 2013 champion Mike O’Sullivan has a revamped program for 2016 and could be one to watch for tonight. Series founder Mike Parks has also shown improvement in recent season on the race track in his No. 66 and could be a threat to score his first win.
The Track: White Mountain Motorsports Park is a high-banked quarter-mile oval located in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.
Weather: It’s a picture perfect day for racing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with temperatures in the 70s and a slight breeze in the air.
Next Series Race: The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to action next Saturday, May 28 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.