Springfield, MA Driver Mike O’Sullivan Wins Ricky Miller Memorial David’s House 106 at Monadnock Speedway
Takes Checkers in BFR Chassis Pro Stock
O’Sullivan Takes Granite State Pro Stock Series David’s House 106 Win:
Pocket’s $3,000 in Series’ Season Opening Event
WINCHESTER, NH -- Mike O’Sullivan etched his name into the Granite State Pro Stock Series record book by winning the David’s House 106 presented by Fenton Family Dealerships, the first race in the series inaugural season. O’Sullivan took home a $3,000 check for his effort.
O’Sullivan led a race high 33 laps from his tenth place starting position, seeing the lead for a two lap stint on lap 43 before he took the lead for good on lap 76. O’Sullivan benefited from a rare mistake by veteran racer Bobby Cabral on a lap 75 restart, when Cabral spun his tires and lost control of his automobile.
“I know I was going through [turn three] with one hand on the wheel and shifting, and it was like driving on ice,” O’Sullivan, of Springfield, MA, said about his lap 75 restart with Cabral. “And I knew he had to be doing the same. I figured if I put a little bit of pressure on him for him to get a good restart, he maybe would make a mistake. And he did. Bobby’s a good race car driver. He’s a champion and a chassis builder; he’s no dummy. But I was trying to get a little bit of pressure on him so he’d make a mistake. If he got the lead [on the restart], I don’t think I was going to be able to get him. He was pretty good out front.”
Fifteen-year-old Derek Griffith, of Hudson, NH, scored a runner-up finish in his first Pro Stock race ever. Griffith was able to the grab the second position from then second place runner Rich Eaton late in the race. Cabral, of East Kingston, NH, rebounded from his spin to finish third. Seabrook, NH driver Eaton settled for fourth, while Walpole, NH’s Mike Parks completed the top five finishers.
Fran Colson, Carl Eriksson, Matt Zenisky, polesitter Austin Brehio, and Adam LaPoint completed the top ten finishing drivers.
Race winner O’Sullivan was pleased with the way the first race went for everyone involved.
“You can see this is a well-oiled machine even though this is the first race,” O’Sullivan said. “I thought it went really well. I was happy with the people and I am happy with everything.”
The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ next event is scheduled for June 23 at Unity Raceway in Unity, Maine, for a 112 lap race.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS -- David’s House 106 presented by Fenton Family Dealerships
Granite State Pro Stock Series -- Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH
Saturday, May 26, 2012
1. (10) Mike O’Sullivan, Springfield, MA, 106 laps
2. (6) Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH, 106 laps
3. (12) Bobby Cabral, East Kingston, NH, 106 laps
4. (11) Rich Eaton, Seabrook, NH, 106 laps
5. (8) Mike Parks, Walpole, NH, 106 laps
6. (4) Fran Colson, Gardner, MA, 106 laps
7. (13) Carl Eriksson, Deep River, CT, 106 laps
8. (5) Matt Zenisky, West Springfield, MA, 106 laps
9. (1) Austin Brehio, Hopkinton, NH, 105 laps
10. (14) Adam LaPoint, Winchester, NH, 104 laps
11. (9) Dennis Maxfield, Fitchburg, MA, 91 laps
12. (16) Josh King, Vernon, VT, 76 laps
13. (19) Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT, 74 laps
14. (15) Bobby Baillargeon, Kingston, NH, 33 laps
15. (3) Barry Gray, Belchertown, MA, 31 laps
16. (18) Pete Fiandaca, Fitchburg, MA, 27 laps
17. (17) Zig Geno, Canterbury, NH, 25 laps
18. (2) Geoff Rollins, Groton, MA, 20 laps
19. (7) Keith Caruso, Millbury, MA, 19 laps
20. (20) Reid Lanpher, Manchester, ME, 14 laps
Lap Leaders: Austin Brehio (1-21), Mike Parks (22-42), Mike O’Sullivan (43-44), Parks (45-57), Bobby Cabral (58-75), O’Sullivan (76-106)
Time of Race: 1:07:54.258
Margin of Victory: .629 seconds
Cautions: 9 (4, 19, 20, 22, 39, 75, 76, 86, 91)
Heat Winners: Dennis Maxfield, Fran Colson
David’s House 106 Begins Granite State Pro Stock Series Season:
$3,000-to-win event kicks off inaugural season for new series
WINCHESTER, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series season will begin this Saturday night, May 26, at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH for the prestigious David’s House 106 presented by Fenton Family Dealerships of the greater Keene, NH area. Many veteran stock car racing drivers are expected to attend the $3,000-to-win event, including multi-time Monadnock Speedway champion Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA.
Legendary car owner Mario Fiore will be the grand marshal for the event raced in honor of the late stock car racing driver Ricky Miller. Miller was one of the many famed drivers to wheel one of Fiore’s cars. The David’s House 106 will be an afternoon long event with an on-the-track pit party, live bands, The Pit Girls, door prizes, and much more. In addition, one fan will have the chance to win $5,000.
Ricky’s Race for Kids, a charity created in the memory of Ricky Miller, benefits David’s House, a home-away-from-home that offers support for families with children receiving treatment through Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Hanover, NH.
A longtime supporter of racing at Monadnock Speedway, Fenton Family Dealerships, represented by Toyota of Keene, Volvo of Keene, Honda of Keene, Hyundai of Keene, and Subaru of Keene, will present the David’s House 106 event. Family Dealerships will support the Granite State Pro Stock Series and David’s House for their inaugural season opener.
The David’s House 106 presented by Fenton Family Dealerships at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH will take place on Saturday, May 26. Admission costs $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children ages 13 to 18, and children 12 and under are free. Practice begins at 2:00 pm with heat racing beginning at 6:00 pm.
For more information about David’s House, visit davids-house.org. For more information about Ricky’s Race for Kids, visit rickysraceforkids.com. For more information on Fenton Family Dealerships, visit fentondealerships.com.
Veteran Drivers Prepare for GSPSS David's House 106:
Numerous championships represented in season opening event
WINCHESTER, NH -- Stock car racing fans around New England will be greeted with some of the most recognizable names in Pro Stock racing when the Granite State Pro Stock Series begins the 2012 season at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH for the David's House 106 presented by Fenton Family Dealerships.
Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA will head the list of the recognizable line-up of drivers participating in the David's House 106. Gray is a multi-time track champion at Monadnock Speedway and a champion at the former Riverside Park in Agawam, MA. Gray was in contention to win the inaugural Granite State Pro Stock Series event last year before being involved in a late race incident.
Former Thompson Speedway champion Mike O'Sullivan will also be a contender to win the $3,000-to-win David's House 106 event. O'Sullivan, of Springfield, MA, finished runner-up in the Thompson Speedway Super Late Model season point standings in 2011.
Veteran racer Babe Branscombe will return to the driver's seat this season with the Granite State Pro Stocks. Branscombe, of Nottingham, NH, is a multi-time Star Speedway champion, but has been sidelined for several years.
A name familiar to fans of the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Les Hinckley, will make his Pro Stock return at Monadnock Speedway in the David's House 106. Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, was a top pro stock racer at Monadnock Speedway before joining the modified ranks. Hinckley finished runner-up in the Valenti Modified Racing Series season standings in 2011.
Other veteran drivers expected to enter the Granite State Pro Stock Series David's House 106 include Jay Sands of Seabrook, NH, Fran Colson of Gardner, MA, Rich Eaton of Seabrook, NH, Bobby Cabral of East Kingston, NH, and Mike Parks of Walpole, NH.
The David’s House 106 will be an afternoon long event with an on-the-track pit party, live bands, The Pit Girls, door prizes, and much more. In addition, one fan will have the chance to win $5,000.
The David’s House 106 presented by Fenton Family Dealerships will take place during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May, 26 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH. Practice begins at 4:00pm with a scheduled start time of 6:00pm.
For more information on Monandock Speedway, visit their website at www.monadnockspeedway.com
Posted: to Racing News on Sun, May 27, 2012
Updated: Wed, Jun 6, 2012