The stars and cars of the Granite State Pro Stock Series will make their way to Hudson Speedway on Sunday for the third race of the 2020 season. A strong field of drivers from all over New England is expected to compete in the Gate City Classic event.
After two successful events at Claremont Motorsports Park, the series heads south to the tight quarter-mile bullring in Hudson, New Hampshire. The track has quickly become a favorite of series teams, and they look forward to racing at a different venue in 2020.
Ray Christian III heads to Hudson with all the momentum in the world. The Uncasville, Connecticut driver has won the last three series events dating back to last season and looks to continue the hot streak.
“We’ve run pretty well there and we’ve run not so well there,” Christian said following his most recent win at Claremont. “The guys have been giving me a great car and I just hope we can continue that on Sunday.”
A stacked field of drivers has already entered and entries are still being received prior to Sunday’s race.
“Everybody loves Hudson,” said series president Mike Parks. “We have had a ton of interest in this event and the entries just keep coming.”
Defending series champion Joey Doiron has filed his entry for the Gate City Classic. He comes off a third-place finish at Claremont and looks to up his game. In 2019, Doiron brought his older car to Hudson and at the end of the day regretted it.
“We thought this race was going to be much rougher,” Doiron said after the 2019 event. “We didn’t bring our best car and it hurt us.”
Joey Polewarczyk won the 2019 Gate City Classic to go three for three in series competition. He and his team will return to the track that is less than a mile from his home having finished second and fifth in the two series races held so far in 2020.
Another local driver who has entered is Wayne Helliwell Jr. He and his Bruce Bernhardt lead team are looking to pick up a win at a track that Helliwell is very familiar with. They will also join Joey Pole as teams to run the Ford motor package.
Both races in 2020 have seen strong performances by this year’s rookie of the year contenders. Both Cody LeBlanc and Casey Call have had solid runs and finishes in the top ten. Both have entered the Hudson event and look to continue to improve as they continue to familiarize themselves with their new rides.
Gabe Brown will rejoin the series at Hudson. He had his strongest GSPSS race to date at the opener and looks to build on that. Brown credited a good race car to his early success in 2020 but has improved as a driver and looks to take down his first touring win in a Pro Stock.
Other entries include former champions Mike O’Sullivan and Barry Gray, as well as first-time competitor Alexander Pearl. Kevin Folan has also filed an entry joining former series winner Mike Mitchell.
Angelo Belsito, Kevin Casper, Ryan Lineham and Bobby Pelland are all former Seekonk Speedway regulars who will try their luck at Hudson. All have competed with the series in the past and look forward to heading to Hudson.
Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. is also expected to compete in the Gate City Classic and should be counted as one of the favorites, while Josh King is making last minute preparations to his brand new car as he intends to make Hudson his first race of 2020. Also making his first 2020 start with the GSPSS is Nick Lascuola who will take a break from his busy Legends car business to try to win his first series race.
The Hudson Speedway grandstands will open at 4 p.m. with racing scheduled to start at 5 p.m. General admission will be $15, with kids 10 and under free.
For more information go to www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also find the track at www.hudsonspeedwaynh.com or on social media.
-Granite State Pro Stock Series Press Release
-Photo credit: GSPSS / Tom Morris