UNFORTUNATELY, Mother Nature won last Saturday night
and the races were canceled at Bear Ridge Speedway. FORTUNATELY, that gives everyone more time to raise more funds
to be added to our purse as the event has been rescheduled for
our next visit to the “Ridge” which will be Saturday, June 8, 2013!!!
Let’s use this to our advantage and work hard at increasing our purse!!
Ernie Griffin, Marketing Director at BRS, has already doubled
the sponsorship money that he raised for the 2012 event.
Let’s make our great sponsors happy and proud
to be part of this night of racing.
5/20/13 "Mother Nature is 2 for 2 so far this season.
Si Allen and his team at Legion Speedway provided
an awesome racing surface for us to race on Sunday night, unfortunately Mother Nature had different plans for all of us.
The Granite State Mini Sprints were well supported with over fifteen cars in the 500cc class and over ten the in 600cc class. Both classes were able to get some time on the track
for hot laps before the rain arrived."
"The next scheduled race is on 6-8-2013 at Bear Ridge Speedway.
This will be the "Spring Madness" race that was rained out on May 11th. Come and enjoy a wonderful night of racing!!"
"We at Granite State Mini Sprints hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend."
3/25/13 Rutland Race Car Show: Granite State Mini Sprints Supports March of Dimes at Annual Gathering
RUTLAND, VT – The Granite State Mini Sprints, the oldest Open Cockpit sanctioning body in Northern New England, turned out in force at the Rutland Race Car Show to raise badly needed funds for the Vermont Chapter of the March of Dimes. Held annually at the Diamond Run Mall, the show this year was dedicated to helping more babies start life healthy and strong.
“Granite State Mini Sprints has always been a family focused organization,” said President Dean Hanson. “We‘ve had three generations in some families as members, so it’s only natural that we’d want to support an organization that provides family services as well as funds for research into prematurity, birth defects and infant health.”
More than a half dozen Granite State Mini sprints were on display, making it the largest display of any of the sanctioning bodies in attendance. In addition to Hanson, Granite State officers on hand included Tunk and Jenn Berry, Armand Boisvert, Patrick Smith, Lacey Hanson and Hutch Hutchinson.
Granite State Mini Sprints open their 15 race schedule for 2013 with the popular Mini Sprint Madness event at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT on May 11. In the Madness event, purse money is increased for each lap sold by club members.
On May 19, the club makes its first visit of the season to the Legion Speedway in Wentworth, NH for the twilight Sunday series.
Both of the club’s 2012 Champions - Rich Crooker (600cc) and Josh Boissoneau (500cc) will return to defend their titles. Last year’s combined car count averaged about 30 per event and a significant number of additional cars are expected this year. More than a half dozen candidates are expected to contend for rookie of the year honors.
Although rules changes have been minimal, 250cc four stroke engines will be permitted to run in the 500cc class.
No matter how large a field turns out on any given night, Hanson vows to “let ‘em all go,” to borrow a phrase from Chris Economaki. “When our members show up, they show up to race,” he said. “If we have to start 30 cars in a feature, then that’s what we’ll do. We won’t run a B-Main because everybody will start in the A-Main.”
Keep current with the latest coming and goings at www.granitestateminisprint.com and join us on Facebook.
Board Meeting March 9th, 2012
Moved club checking account from Meredith Village Saving Bank to Bank of NH
Welcome Tunk Berry as the newest Granite State Mini Sprint Race Club Member at Large
Per GSMSRC rules no car should have a letter as part of their number. Any new memberships will not be allowed to have a letter; any current cars will be recorded without letters.
Review suggested changes / updates to rule book by Armand
Motion made to have a new club banner made 60 X 60 by Fast Sign’s for $208
Troy to call Seymour and see if we can get a credit for car show in Feb that we did not go due to major snow storm.
Motion made to have club pay $25 per car per paid club member that enter into the Rutland car show – Accepted
Motion made to donate hot dogs for the Home Depot car show – Accepted
Annie to update driver profiles to send with membership packets and to put on the web site
Membership packets will be mailed out April 1st
Board would like to put an ad on website looking for someone to do weekly race results write ups.
Tech Dates: March 23rd & 24th Rutland, VT Mall Car Show
April 27th West Lebanon, VT Home Depot Car Show
April 13th General Meeting @ Continental Machine (9:30am General Meeting, Tech to start after meeting)
Reminder that anyone participating in the Spring Madness must also be a paid member of the Granite State Mini Sprint Race Club.
A note from the President….. Thank you to the GSMSRC Board members and the drivers and their families for making this club a pleasure to be involved with. The club’s success comes from all the efforts of everyone involved.
GSMSRC TOPS OFF GREAT 2012 SEASON
WITH A GREAT BANQUET
AT THE RED BLAZER IN CONCORD, NH
The 2012 GSMSRC awards banquet was held at the Red Blazer
in Concord, NH on Saturday, October 13th.
Over 70 people joined together to celebrate one
of the best seasons we’ve had in some time with car counts
up and interest and enthusiasm even higher.
Photos credits to Alan Ward -the GSMSRC 2012 Banquet
After an hour of visiting, racing around the tables and everyone enjoying a great meal, President Dean Hanson started the evening off by commenting on the success of our 2012 season. The Sprint Madness Opener Race, held at Bear Ridge Speedway, brought in amazing car counts in both the 500 and 600 divisions with 38 cars in the pits. Ernie Griffin, Head of Marketing at Bear Ridge Speedway spoke to the club about the success of this year’s Spring Madness Opener and has already started raising money for next years race. Thanks, Ernie for all that you have done for the club and we enjoyed sharing our banquet with you and your wife, Cathy. The momentum of that race continued in the 500’s including 10 rookies throughout the year. The 600 division continued to have very competitive racing that included 4 rookies who were very tough competitors. Five of the top 10 in the points in the 500 div. were our 2012 rookies! Great job drivers!
At this point, Dean asked the following people to come up to the front of the hall, Jane Hanson, Jen Berry, Kellie Hoyt and Annie Boissoneau. Then, Lacey Hanson, Brandon Berry, Patrick Smith and Keisha Boissoneau presented them with roses in appreciation for the “behind the scene” efforts from all of these women. “It didn’t go unnoticed and we appreciate all that you do” stated Hanson.
The Sportsman and Spirit Awards are given out each year and are determined by the voting members of the club. This years Sportsman of the Year was given to Tyler Farnham, driver of the #12 500 car. His sportsmanship was demonstrated throughout the entire season. If he had car issues and couldn’t race, he would always jump on his 4-wheeler and push cars. If he had bad luck, he would look forward to doing better at the next race. He is a pleasure to have in our club and we are proud to call him one of our drivers. The Spirit Award for 2012 was given to Jane Hanson. She does the line-ups for our races and does whatever she can do in the pits to make our racing successful. Thank you to both of our award winners in 2012!
The 2012 Rookie of the Year Trophies were handed out to Dylan Rock in the 500 division and Lacey Hanson in the 600 division. Both did a great job this year and are very strong competitors.
The GSMSRC always has door prizes at the banquet, but this year was a bit different. Each person was given a ticket for the drawings and the drivers were given a different colored ticket for separate drawings. The driver’s prizes included new seatbelts from Crow Enterprises and new arm restraints and driving gloves also from Crow. President Hanson went on to thank all of donors for the door prizes including Sanbornville Auto, Ossippee Auto, Bond Auto, Smith’s Auto, Superior Race Products, Amsoil, plus numerous individual donors. Thanks again for all your support!
For the trophy presentations, Dean and VP Troy Boissoneau called on one the most enthusiastic members of our club. Will Clark, of the #97 Laury Clark race team presented the trophies. His love of racing and the heart and soul that he always shows in the pits carried over into the banquet making the presentation even more enjoyable for the drivers their families alike. Thanks Will, it was our pleasure to have you help us out! Each of our drivers in the 2012 season were presented a trophy for their accomplishments. There were 22 trophies in the 500 class and 19 in our 600 class. Unfortunately, neither of our champions were able to make the banquet. Josh Boissoneau is our 2012 500cc Champion, driving the Bob Woodside owned #05 who accepted Josh’s trophy and Richard Crooker in his #21 is our 600 cc Champion. Thank you to both of them for all the effort they put in this year to become our champions! For a complete list the award recipients, please go to the point standings page on our website.
A special thank you goes out to Alan Ward for all the great racing photos that he has taken and posted for us this year and we’re so glad that you and your wife spent the evening with us at our banquet.
And, last but not least, “thank you”
to the tracks that give us a place to do what we love to do, race mini sprints. To Butch and April at Bear Ridge and to Si Allen and Wally & Janine Brown at Legion,
our heartfelt appreciation for the
racing opportunities that you provide.
Congratulations to our Champions and all of our drivers for making this year an incredible experience for their fans, families and friends. We are a family oriented club and we are proud to have generations of drivers within our group. We hope the friendships made in our club will last a long time and we look forward to the 2013 season being even stronger!