WINCHESTER, N.H. -- With one race already in the books for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), competitors are preparing for a date with Monadnock Speedway on May 24.
The quarter-mile bullring is located in Winchester, N.H., and has been host to four events in the early life of the GSPSS, and creates tight, door-to-door battles and good, hard racing. Drivers like Barry Gray and Matt Frahm are no stranger to this speedway, as both have picked up wins in the series at this facility.
To say Gray could drive Monadnock Speedway with his eyes closed may not be a huge stretch for the Belchertown, Mass., driver. Gray has at least six championships between Late Models and Pro Stocks at Monadnock, including a New Hampshire State Championship involving the Winchester, N.H. speedway and Twin State Speedway in Claremont, N.H. Gray has two wins at Monadnock with the GSPSS, and has finished outside the top 10 once in four starts, boasting an average feature finish of 5.5. The driver of the Meadows Motor Car/Hawley's Auto Repair Chevrolet looks to this track to surge forward in the standings.
"There's so many good competitors in this series, it's going to be tough no matter where we go," said Gray. "But our chances are better than average at Monadnock, as long as luck is on our side."
Hampstead, N.H. driver Matt Frahm has also picked up a win at Monadnock in a GSPSS ride. Frahm, a former Nationwide Series driver, had a strong car in both races last year, but feels the car was not where he wanted it to be.
"We had a really good car there last year, but we had some areas to improve on," admits Frahm. "I feel like we've done that with our setup this year."
Frahm loves the touring aspect of the series, but looks forward to going to Monadnock for both events in the 2014 season. The hard-working Frahm says the team's preparation is taken very seriously each and every race.
"We are very meticulous on and off track. We work hard in the shop during the week. Every time I show up to the track, I go in with the mindset that we've worked hard enough and put enough of our time and effort into it, that we're going to do whatever we have to do to be good."
The third driver to pick up a victory at Monadnock in the GSPSS is Mike O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan, the 2013 series champion, already has put another trophy on the mantel this season, grabbing the checkers at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 6. O'Sullivan will be scaling back his racing duties in 2014, however, as the birth of his third son last month has taken priority.
Other drivers filing early entries include youngsters Derek Griffith and Brad Babb, Cory Roberts, Mike Parks, and Fran Colson.
Aside from that 100-lap Granite State Pro Stocks feature race, the Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Lightning Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Young Guns, and Vintage Outlaws will also take to the track on May 24 in Winchester, N.H., with racing starting at 6 p.m. The entry fees for that night are: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $5 for ages 13-18, and free for anyone 12 or under.
The current point standings leaders at Monadnock Speedway are: Todd Patnode (Sportsman Modifieds), Tom Carey III (Super Stocks), Beth Adams (Mini Stocks), Winchester's own Kyle Boniface (Lightning Stocks), and Paul Barnard (Thunder Stocks). Those with a victory in the Young Guns series are Mike McGoldrick Jr. and Michelle Leh,
Monadnock Speedway is located at 840 Keene Road in Winchester, N.H. For information on this NASCAR sanctioned quarter-mile track, visit www.monadnockspeedway.com. For information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, contact Mike Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gspss.net.