WALPOLE, N.H. - The first half of the Granite State Pro Stock Series 2014 season is complete, and Larry Gelinas has been on a tear. Gelinas has not finished outside of the top four, with a win and three second place finishes in that stretch. He has fought a few bouts of adversity, recovering from a mid-race spin at Hudson in the Gate City Classic to come back through the field and take the checkers, and surviving at Star Speedway for the Star 100 as his car fell off the pace late in the race. Gelinas has been at the top of his game to begin the season.
Enter Dillon Moltz. Moltz sits 42 points behind Gelinas entering the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway this Saturday, Aug. 9. The driver of the RB Performance/ Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet picked up a fifth place finish at the opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, and talk of the youngster making huge waves in the series began. The Waterford, Conn., driver then went to Monadnock, and the bad luck bug bit Moltz. The No. 5 Chevrolet was involved in a couple of incidents, with Moltz ending up with a 17th place finish. At the Gate City Classic, Moltz had another fast car underneath him, leading some laps early, but couldn't seal the deal and ended up fifth. At Star Speedway, Moltz had a dominant machine, but got collected in a deal with a lapped car, forcing Moltz to fight his way back through the field.
The most recent race at Lee USA Speedway for the GSPSS, Moltz once again was in position to make a run at the front of the pack, but careened through the infield to avoid a wreck on lap 14, forcing his crew to take a look at the car down pit road. Moltz would come back to finish fifth, but has probably passed the most cars throughout the entire feature events this year on the GSPSS.
"I hope we are able to shake this bug, that's for sure," Moltz said. "We've definitely had fast cars, but we just end up having to use my tires a lot more coming up through the field, and it doesn't leave much to fight with at the end. I believe if we can stay up front at Monadnock, we will have a shot to win. One way or another, we will shake this bad luck soon. We've worked hard enough as a team and are due."
Joining Moltz and Gelinas at the top of the standings are Matt Frahm, Derek Griffith and Brad Babb. Frahm has picked up a win at the first race at Monadnock this year, and has been toward the top of the standings ever since. Griffith has been a model of consistency on the 2014 campaign, as the 17-year-old Hudson, N.H., native is one of two drivers to finish each of the first five races inside the Top 10 (Gelinas being the other). Brad Babb, after suffering a hard hit in the closing laps at Lee USA Speedway just a little over a week ago, will forego the JBH 100 at Monadnock, and will be piloting an American-Canadian Tour Late Model at his home track, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Babb, who lives just 20 minutes from Beech Ridge, will be back in action with the GSPSS at Star Speedway Aug. 16.
The JBH 100 is a race dedicated to John Hoyt. Hoyt, who was the series' co-founder, passed away unexpectedly in July of 2011. Belchertown, Mass., native Barry Gray is the defending winner of this event, and sits sixth overall in the point standings.
The JBH 100 will take place on Saturday, Aug. 9. Pit gates open at 1 p.m., practice starting at 3 p.m., main grandstands opening at 4 p.m., and post time scheduled for 6 p.m. General admission for this event is $20, seniors 65+ just $15, students 13-18 are just $5, and children 12 and under are free.
For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit website, www.gspss.net.