Team To Compete in Granite State Derby at Lee USA Speedway
EPPING, N.H. -- Just under two weeks from winning the Granite State Pro Stock Series Hedges Excavating 100 at Star Speedway, Bobby Webber Racing is heading back to the track looking to make it two straight victories this weekend.
The BWR team is set to compete in the inaugural Granite State Derby presented by USA Insulation on Saturday, May 21, at Lee USA Speedway, with the Granite State Pro Stock Series 100. Bryan Kruczek will wheel the No. 19 Pro Stock in competition around a track where he feels at home.
Kruczek picked up 10 wins during the 2021 season in Lee's Late Model Sportsman division and knows his way around the track, with many laps, over many years, in his past at Lee. This event means even more for Bobby Webber Racing, as Lee USA Speedway and the Wrenn family (track owners) stepped up as a sponsor of the team for a trip south to compete with the CARS Tour in March, where the logo for the Granite State Derby was on the hood of the No. 19 ride. Kruczek wheeled to a sixth-place finish that day sporting the Lee logo, and will look to get back to Victory Lane this time around.
The event at Lee is promoted by JDV Productions and also includes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's return to the New Hampshire track for the first time in two decades.
"Racing the Granite State Derby was always on my mind," team owner Bobby Webber Jr., said. "The support that the Wrenn family has provided to our race team this year has been huge. It's only natural that we make our way to Lee to be there for them and Josh Vanada, the owner of JDV Productions, the promoters of the race. We have good momentum on our team from our win at Star. Bryan is enjoying the no pressure situation of just racing for wins and not watching points. We should be able to run up front and contend for the win, after Lee was our home track last year. I'll be thinking of the team during the day when we complete a full card of racing over at Star, but as soon as we throw the final checkered flag, we will be headed North on Route 125 to Lee."
Prior to racing at Lee, fans should check out the racing at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire, a track operated by BWR owner Bobby Webber Jr. The action begins at 12:30 p.m. and tickets are just $15 for adults or two for $25. Kids 10 and under are free into Star Speedway for a show that includes four divisions of racing. After the Star show concludes, fans will have plenty of time to head up the road to Lee for the feature action during the Granite State Derby.
Tickets for the inaugural Granite State Derby presented by USA Insulation are available in advance at JDVProductions.com and will also be available at the track on race day. General admission for the event is $40. The Granite State Pro Stock Series feature should hit the track somewhere around 5 p.m. and will air live on RacingAmerica.TV for those who can't make it to the track.
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EPPING, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series schedule marched forth on Saturday night, with Bryan Kruczek taking a decisive win at his team’s home track. Kruczek led a seventy-lap caution-free run to the checkers to pick up his second career GSPSS victory in the Hedges Excavating 100 at Star Speedway.
The Newmarket, N.H. racer, who drives for track owner Bobby Webber, Jr., delivered the Webber family their first GSPSS win in last May’s Hedges Excavating 100. Not satisfied with a second-place run in the GSPSS’ fall visit to Star, Kruczek and Webber set out for a strong repeat performance this year.
And Kruczek delivered, winning everything but the afternoon’s “Star Derby” exhibition and the pre-race redraw.
Kruczek was fastest on the stopwatch in time trials, then bested Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. in their heat race. Renfrew drew the pole position in the redraw, with Kruczek lining up second. Renfrew led the opening circuits, but by lap nine, Kruczek had slipped past his young rival and into the lead.
On a lap-30 restart, though, Renfrew jumped the gun on Kruczek, drawing a penalty and earning a trip to the rear of the field. Luke Hinkley drew alongside Kruczek for the next attempt, with Kruczek making a clean break at the drop of the green.
Hinkley settled into second as Kruczek showed the way, hoping for a late caution flag on which to capitalize. But with clean racing through the field, no late yellow flag came out to threaten Kruczek’s advantage.
Instead, Kruczek cruised unchallenged to his second series win and his sixth Pro Stock/Late Model win since teaming up with Webber in 2019.
Hinkley held on for second, his third-straight GSPSS runner-up finish dating back to last fall. The veteran racer from Claremont, N.H. is knocking loudly on the door for his first touring win.
John Peters finished third in his first series start since 2018. The Maine native, who towed in from his home in North Carolina, has podium finishes in his last three GSPSS outings, all at Star Speedway.
Joey Doiron, the 2019 GSPSS champion, drove Jake Dore’s #05 to a fourth-place finish, edging out Connecticut’s Cory Casagrande, who finished fifth.
Renfrew, the championship hopeful, drove back to a sixth-place finish after his early penalty, unable to recreate the magic of his 2018 win at Star. Nick Cusack, Dylan Estrella, Casey Call and a visiting Derek Gluchacki rounded out the top ten.
With two of this year’s nine events in the books, Luke Hinkley sits atop the points standings. While the veteran has never chased a series championship, his results so far could have him considering the possibility.
The next race for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the Live Free 100 at Lee USA Speedway on May 21st. “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed” will welcome the GSPSS twice this year, with this visit part of the track’s inaugural Granite State Derby featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
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UNOFFICIAL RESULTS, Hedges Excavating 100, May 7, 2022:
1. (19) Bryan Kruczek
2. (31NH) Luke Hinkley
3. (09) John Peters
4. (05ME) Joey Doiron
5. (7CT) Cory Casagrande
6. (00) Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
7. (2) Nick Cusack
8. (46) Dylan Estrella
9. (90NH) Casey Call
10. (48) Derek Gluchacki
11. (82) Bobby Baillargeon
12. (55MA) Randy Cole
13. (01) Sammy Gooden
14. (05F) Bobby Frappier
15. (77) Jeremy Sorel