MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series celebrated an illustrious 2013 season on Dec. 27 at the Best Western Plus Conference Center.
The top 10 drivers in the championship standings were honored for their successful seasons as 65 drivers attempted to qualify for the 11 races held by the Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2013. Mike O’Sullivan topped the field for the year, claiming the championship in the series’ sophomore season. Larry Gelinas picked up the win at the final race of the year to secure his runner-up spot in the final standings, with Jeremy Davis taking third overall. O’Sullivan credited his success to his family and crew, citing dedication and support as reasons for his consistent success.
Many special awards were handed out on the night. The Hard Luck Award was given to Mike Rivard. Receiving the Jack’s Competition Engines/AR Bodies Rookie of the Year Award was Tom O’Sullivan, brother to the champion Mike O’Sullivan. The O’Sullivan family also collected another award as Mike received the Ricky’s Real Racer Award. The John Hoyt Memorial Award was given to Jack Bateman, as the whole GSPSS awarded the former co-owner of the series with this honor for his dedication. Also, Jake Vanada and Fran Colson picked up gift certificates to AR Bodies, while Carl Eriksson and Erick Sands won gift certificates to Five Star Bodies.
The series announcer for the first two years, Kevin Boucher, announced that he will be stepping down. Shawn Sicard will be taking over the announcing duties, as well as press releases and media coordination. Sicard previously held that title at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H.
A preliminary schedule was posted at the banquet for the 2014 season. The series will once again visit Thompson Int’l Speedway to start the season at the Icebreaker April 5-6 and close the season at the World Series of Speedway Racing Oct. 18-19. The series visits Monadnock in May, followed by Hudson and Star in July before making its inaugural visit to Lee USA Speedway July 25. A busy month of August has the series traveling back to Monadnock, Star, and Hudson before headed to White Mountain Motorsports Park for the first time on Sept. 20. More dates will be announced soon.
The GSPSS will be holding its first meeting for the 2014 season Jan. 18th at the Thompson Int’l Speedway clubhouse at 12 p.m. This is an informational meeting about the upcoming season as well as completion of the schedule. All are encouraged to attend.