Granite State Pro Stocks Set For Inaugural Seekonk Speedway 100 in 2017

Granite State Pro Stocks Set For Inaugural Seekonk Speedway 100 in 2017
WALPOLE, N.H. – Even though the 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series season finished just a few weeks ago at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, the GSPSS is already looking ahead to the 2017 campaign.
And with that, the series is proud to announce the first scheduled race for next season at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass. The inaugural Seekonk 100 will take place on Saturday night June 24, 2017.
"We are extremely happy to be able to work with Seekonk Speedway to bring the GSPSS there for the 2017 season," GSPSS president Mike Parks said. "Seekonk is the home of weekly Super Late Model racing in Southern New England. By adding the GSPSS to the schedule, it has the making of a super event. We have been talking to them for two years and we feel the timing is correct for 2017."
The stop at Seekonk will see a mix of the top talent of the GSPSS along with the weekly drivers of the Seekonk NASCAR Division I Pro Stock class. Although the race will not be a Seekonk points championship race, multiple drivers will be expected to come out and challenge those regulars of the GSPSS.
"I think the GSPSS is a good series with plenty of competition. I think this will give fans a good race with some Seekonk regulars and maybe some other stars of the PASS and GSPSS," four-time Seekonk Pro Stock champion David Darling said.
"We ran the New London-Waterford race this season and all the officials and the whole series are very nice and very accommodating. With the GSPSS running the same tire we do and being more of a budget conscious tour, it allows us Seekonk regulars to be competitive without having a huge learning curve of a different tire," Darling said.
Seekonk will be entering their 72nd season of racing in 2017 and they are also excited to welcome the GSPSS into town in June. The GSPSS joins the Modified Touring Series as outside divisions invading the track in that month.
"Seekonk Speedway is excited to bring in a tour that enjoys building supporting relationships with the tracks that they run at," Ed St. Germain of Seekonk Speedway said. "The GSPSS drivers have been great every time they have raced at any of the Seekonk races and we look forward to seeing our drivers competing with them on their home track."
Much like Darling does, Seekonk believes their weekly competitors will be able to give the GSPSS stars a run for their money.
"We have many drivers who match up well with any Pro Stock tour. The management of the GSPSS made it an easy call to book a date with them this year and hopefully with its success we can be an annual stop on the GSPSS tour," St. Germain said.
This date is just the first of many that will be announced for the 2017 season during the winter months. It should be noted that the 2016 GSPSS season banquet will take place on Saturday Feb. 4 at the Best Western Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester, N.H.
For more information on the GSPSS, visit us on Facebook, on the web at gspss.net, or email series president Mark Parks at mparks@gspss.net.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway to Host American-Canadian Tour Twice in 2017

ATTACHED PHOTO: Nick Sweet (#40) won the American-Canadian Tour event at Devil's Bowl Speedway in 2016 on his way to winning the ACT championship.  (T.J. Ingerson/vtmotormag.com photo)

Devil's Bowl Speedway to Host American-Canadian Tour Twice in 2017

"Spring Green" returns; all-new event coming on Vermont 200 Weekend


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WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The traveling stock car stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will return to the Asphalt Track at Devil's Bowl Speedway twice in 2017.  Having just completed its 25th season, one of the premier Late Model racing series in North America will battle in a pair of exciting events at the fast Vermont half-mile that has become a favorite of drivers and fans alike.

With ACT recently releasing its 2017 championship schedule, the Rutland County facility finds itself as the third and ninth stops on the series' diverse 10-race calendar.

Fresh off its 50th season in 2016, Devil's Bowl will welcome the return of ACT's historic "Spring Green" event on the afternoon of Sunday, May 7.  In keeping with a tradition spanning 43 years that started at the former Catamount Stadium, the race distance will correspond with the year: 117 laps for the year 2017.  The Spring Green was previously held at Devil's Bowl in 2011-14, won twice each by former ACT Late Model Tour champions Brian Hoar and Wayne Helliwell Jr.

An all-new ACT race will be held at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Sunday, September 10 during the traditional "Vermont 200 Weekend" event.  While details for the race's format are still in the planning stages, the event is certain to provide a new flavor of excitement for the must-see year-end show.  Specifics will be announced soon.

Devil's Bowl Speedway has hosted a total of seven ACT Late Model Tour events since 2011 and has proven to be pivotal in the championship battle.  The winner of every ACT race at the track has gone on to win the Tour's championship later that year: Hoar in 2011; Helliwell in 2012, 2013 (twice), and 2015; Joey Polewarczyk Jr. in 2014; and Nick Sweet in 2016.

"We're thrilled to have ACT back at Devil's Bowl twice in 2017, and it has been great working with Tom Curley this fall," Devil's Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said.  "Our fans have really supported the ACT Late Models, so we're looking forward to bringing back some old traditions for them with the Spring Green 117 in May and starting new some new traditions in September."

In addition to Devil's Bowl, the ACT Late Model Tour will also visit Thunder Road in Barre, Vt., Lee USA Speedway and White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire, Seekonk Speedway on the Massachusetts seacoast, Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of Exit 2 off of U.S. Route 4 and just 20 minutes from Rutland, Vt.  For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112.  Devil's Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.


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