Garrett Hall Shines In GSPSS Go FAS Racing 100; Second Career Win Makes Hall First Racer To Repeat I
By Jeff Brown, for Granite State Pro Stock Series
PC: Jimmy Wiggin
The Granite State Pro Stock Series returned to “Vacationland” for the first time since 2021 with Saturday night’s Go FAS Racing 100 at Speedway 95. And against a tough field, Garrett Hall captured his second career GSPSS win in the series’ debut at the Hermon, Maine speedplant.
Seventeen drivers, all but one from the state of Maine, turned out for the GSPSS’ rain-delayed debut at the historic oval just outside Bangor. Wiscasset Speedway regular Josh St. Clair topped the charts in time trials, splitting the heats with home-track ace Mike Hopkins.
But in race trim, it was Hall who prevailed. With reigning GSPSS champion Joey Doiron in the pits, Hall worked the inside line around the third-mile oval en route to victory.
Hall won in his GSPSS debut in 2017, claiming the series’ only trip to Oxford Plains Speedway. With Saturday’s win, the Scarborough native is the first series driver to win twice in the Pine Tree State.
Hopkins, a road warrior with two wins in the Southeast earlier this season, came up short of victory in his second-ever GSPSS appearance, finishing second at his hometown track. St. Clair held on for third in his series debut.
Points leader Travis Benjamin extended his advantage with a fourth-place finish, while Ben Ashline rounded out the top five.
Saturday’s GSPSS showdown capped off a night of racing that included Speedway 95’s local classes. Dalaney Dunn came out on top in the 25-lap Cage Runner feature. Scott Modery took the checkers in the Street Stocks, and Kris Foss won the evening’s Sport 4 feature.
The next race for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is a return to Riverside Speedway on Saturday, August 12, where Travis Benjamin will try to back up his June performance with another win at “Grovetona.” Details on the fifth race of the GSPSS’ twelfth season will be released shortly.
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RESULTS, Go FAS Racing 100, July 22, 2023
1. (94) Garrett Hall
2. (15ME) Mike Hopkins
3. (14) Josh St. Clair
4. (7B) Travis Benjamin
5. (99) Ben Ashline
6. (32) Brandon Barker
7. (75) Gary Smith
8. (32ME) Nick Jenkins
9. (28R) JR Robinson
10. (7CT) Cory Casagrande
11. (56) Evan Beaulieu
12. (21C) Shane Clark
13. (81) Bryan Lancaster
14. (28) James Doucette
15. (15) Trevor Krouse
16. (21ME) David Oliver
17. (01) Jet Decker