WINCHESTER, N.H. -- Matt Frahm survived a caution-marred race on Saturday night and won the Monadnock 100 feature at the Winchester, N.H., oval.
Derek Griffith and Larry Gelinas led the Granite State Pro Stocks Series field to the line, but before they could complete a lap, Griffith and Dillon Moltz made contact, sending both to the rear. The start of the race seemed to be a precursor to what was to come, as a total of 12 cautions flew on the night.
Russ Hersey seemed to have the car to beat early, as the four-time track champ repeatedly found himself at the point, until he bobbled coming off turn four, in which Frahm took full advantage, jumping multiple positions to the lead. That would be the last time Hersey would lead in the race, as his engine expired, ending his day early.
Barry Gray methodically fought his way through the field, and became the car to beat mid-race as he began to walk away from his competition. Gray would relinquish the spot on a restart after a contested call sent the two-time GSPSS Monadnock feature winner to the back of the pack. Frahm would fend off charges from Gelinas, who ran consistently in the top six all night, and Cory Robert late in the race, to become the career wins leader in the Granite State Pro Stock Series. It is the Lambert Roofing/WDW Machine team’s fourth victory in the series’ short lifespan.
"We tried to save a little bit at the start, but there really wasn’t a lot of saving going on," Frahm explained. "There was a lot of good racing going on mid-pack and in the front. We just had to play it cool, and pick and choose our battles. Towards the end, guys like (Larry) Gelinas and Barry Gray were really putting on the pressure, so we really had to turn the wick up a bit. I love Monadnock Speedway and I’m very excited to come back here later this year."
Gelinas would hold on for his second straight second place finish. He has been on a tear in the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Dating back to last year, the pilot of the Morrissette’s Oil Burner/Gelinas HVAC Service automobile has finished in the top two spots four out of his last five races.
"It was a pretty eventful race. We tried to save what we could for the end, but it wasn’t quite enough," said Gelinas.
Cory Robert recorded his second career top three in the GSPSS with his third place finish at Monadnock Speedway. Robert, who has been battling mechanical issues in his Labine + Son’s Concrete Chevrolet, was satisfied with the result Saturday night.
"We’ve been battling carburetors all year. It was still skipping tonight. We were lucky to make it through the race. We’ll try to give it our all at Hudson (International Speedway)," commented Robert.
Mike Parks rebounded from an eventful night, finding his Toyota involved in multiple cautions, but ended up crossing the line fourth. Ron Smith would work his way to the fifth spot for his best career finish with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.
In the other heats, Dana Shepard of Putney finished second to Mike Stebbins of Winchester, N.H., in the Mini Stocks. Race winners were: Tom Carey III (Super Stocks), Winchester’s Kyle Boniface (Lightning Stocks), Jacksonville’s Tyler Janovsky (Thunder Stocks) and Winchester’s Chris Lawrence (Young Guns).
Saturday is Baseball Night at Monadnock Speedway. There will be a double feature for Sportsman Modifieds, plus Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Lightning Stocks, Young Guns, Star Antique Racers, and NE Champ Karts. The main grandstands will open at 4 p.m. and racing will start at 6 p.m. The admission fees are: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students 13-18, and free for children 12 and under.