Davis, Griffith & Shaw Thrill Claremont fans in a Classic Twin State 100 finish!!

June 21, 2016


The Twin State 100 saw some new drivers on the roster adding to the variety seen in all of the GSPSS races started this year.  George Bessette of Danbury, CT., Tommy O’Sullivan, of Wilbraham, MA., and local racer Jimmy Zullo of Claremont, NH all added their names to the list of already competitive list of drivers running.


Last years winner Derek Griffith and newcomer to Claremont, DJ Shaw set the pace early in the day, both attaining 13.9 lap times in practice. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. and Bill Ahern of Bellerica, MA. started on the front row. Guy Caron of Lempster, NH took an early lead, showing his knowledge of the track.  Griffith, Shaw, and Davis quickly made their way through the pack to the top five in the early laps of the race. Caron led for twenty-five laps until the first caution flew for Glenn Martel as he spun in turn two.


On the restart, Shaw took advantage of his position near the front, and captured the lead which he would hold for a total of sixty-six laps of the race. On lap forty-seven, hometown racer Jimmy Zullo found himself in the pit for the first time in the feature after he hit the front stretch wall in practice.  He continued to battle the car throughout the night. On lap fifty-five Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT and George Bessette of Danbury, CT made contact in turn four.


Griffith took the lead on lap fifty-seven, but Shaw promptly stole it back, leading until lap ninety-four. Contact between Mike Parks of Walpole, NH and Tommy O’Sullivan in turn four stet up a six-lap shootout between Shaw, Griffith, and Davis.  The last four laps saw four different lead changes and heated restarts among the top three contenders for the win.


On lap ninety-eight Griffith and Shaw made contact on the backstretch, which led to both drivers coming out of turn four sideways and Griffith triumphed as Shaw spun.  In the final laps Griffith and Davis battled to the finish line, Davis crossing first, to become the fourth different driver to win on the series this season.


The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing July 2, 2016 at Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH.



Unofficial Finish

1          09        Jeremy Davis

2          12        Derek Griffith

3          08        Mike O’Sullivan

4          63        John Salemi

5          42        Guy Caron

6          29        Barry Gray    

7          66        Mike Parks

8          4          Tommy O’Sullivan

9          15        George Bassette                

10        51        Bill Ahern

11        1          Cory Casagrande

12        40        Mike Mitchell

13        23        Glenn Martel

14        18        Michael Scorzelli

15        68        Craig Wwinstein      

16        60        DJ Shaw

17        10        Jimmy Zullo


Contingency Winner

Car #



AR Bodies (Hard Luck) $100.00 10 Jimmy Zullo


Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place) $100.00 12 Derek Griffith


Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap) $100.00 1 Cory Casagrande


Coilover (Feature winner) $300.00 09 Jeremy Davis


Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place) $50.00 08 Mike O’Sullivan


Five Star Bodies (5th Place) $50.00 42 Guy Caron


MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) $25.00 12 Derek Griffith


MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner) $25.00 09 Jeremy Davis


Magnus Racing (2nd Place) $100.00 12 Derek Griffith


Powertrain (4th Place) $100.00 63 John Salemi


RB Performance  (3rd Place) $50.00 08 Mike O’Sullivan


RB Performance (7th Place) $50.00 66 Mike Parks


Seymour Performance (Random Draw) $50.00 51 Bill Ahern


Sherwood Wheels (Most Laps Lead) 60 DJ Shaw


Sunoco (Heat Winner) 5 Gals Race Fuel 12 Derek Griffith


Sunoco (Heat Winner) 5 gal Race Fuel  09  Jeremy Davis


VDL Fuel (5th Place) $100.00 42 Guy Caron


Track—Claremont Speedway, 1/3 mile Claremont NH.

Race—Twin State 100

Time of Race—50:25.9

Cautions—(6)—laps 26-56-60-94-97-98

Margin of Victory—.024

Best Lap Time—Derek Griffith

Best Lap By—13.955

Lap Leaders—(Lap 1, M. O’Sullivan)-(2-26, Caron) (27-57, Shaw)(58-60, Griffith) (61-94, Shaw) (95-97, Griffith) (98, Shaw) (99, Griffith) (100, Davis)

Photo Credits Chip Cormie

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