WALPOLE, N.H. — Rising Super Late Model driver Tyler Tomassi will look to break into Victory Lane for the first time with the Granite State Pro Stock Series this Saturday, May 8 at Star Speedway. Although Tomassi has no previous laps at Star, he’s hoping to become a quick study of the tricky New Hampshire oval and be there at the end of the Hedges Excavating 100.
“Having never been to Star before, I’ve been watching videos of the races and I think with any new track it’s going to be a challenge to learn,” Tomassi said. “I’m excited to see how this one goes.”
In his first two starts of the season with the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Tomassi had a 16th place finish at Stafford Motor Speedway and a 7th place run at Monadnock Speedway. Through two races, he does sit sixth in the championship standings.
“We’ve had some setup problems the last two races but I’m pretty confident that this team will be able to figure it out,” Tomassi said. “We found many things wrong with the car after the race at Monadnock, and we have fixed them, which will definitely make us more competitive this weekend. It’s important for my career to run with the Granite State Pro Stock Series, to help with learning how to drive new tracks every week and go up against the best of the best. I’ve always wanted to run with Granite State since I started racing, as I would always look forward to their show at Seekonk Speedway. I’m thankful for the opportunity to run this season.”
With 13 races remaining on the GSPSS schedule, starting with this Saturday at Star Speedway, Tomassi is hoping to improve on his finishes, earn his first career top-five and chase that elusive first win. His background includes Bandolero race cars at Seekonk Speedway, Late Models at Seekonk and across New England, and now, Pro Stocks.
“The goals for the season are to finish every race and take what the car will give me,” Tomassi said. “I feel like as long as we keep it clean every race, we will keep improving and get a good points finish. As the year goes on, maybe we will be able to grab our first victory — but right now we need to just focus on getting some solid, consistent runs under our belt.”
Without the support from his entire family, supporters, friends and sponsors, Tomassi wouldn’t be able to compete at a high-level with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.
“I have to thank my dad, my mom, my crew members, just everyone,” Tomassi said. “Emily, Grant, Ray, my spotter, Michael, my girlfriend Kaitlyn… the team has been working very hard every week on and off the track and it wouldn’t be possible without them.”
The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the track for race three of the season on Saturday, May 8 at Star Speedway — the Hedges Excavating 100. Practice begins at 12:20 p.m., with time trials set for 1:30 p.m., and qualifying heat races and the 100-lap feature to follow. The estimated green flag for the race is 5:15 p.m., and it will air to a live audience on Speed51.TV.
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