Barry Gray of Belchertown will make a return to the Granite State Pro Stock Series full time this season. Gray told 22News that he is very excited. He will be racing a new car this season that Jeremy Davis built up in New Hampshire.
“He really knows what he’s doing. He wants to work with ya and I am very excited to be going back,” said Gray.
Gray was one of three contenders for the Granite State Pro Stock Series championship. Gray will tell you there is a lot of different competition that comes in and goes throughout the season but it always fun to race and always have a good time with it.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be apart of the second annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire coming up in June. Gray told 22News that he and his team learned a lot racing at the Magic Mile last year.
“I am excited to be running there again. Its cool to be able to go up there and do that. We had a lot of fun. We just had some issues unforeseen in the car. We had rear end problems. We had been battling it that for a little bit. It kind of put us behind the eight ball. We got that sorted out. I am excited to go back and do it again,” said Gray.
The series will open up this weekend at Claremont Speedway in New Hampshire. Gray likes the track and has run well there in the past. Gray did a test at Claremont a couple weeks ago.
For the first time in series history, there will be Triple 35’s at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, May 26.
Gray told 22News that it will be a lot of fun, “As long as everybody keeps their head on their shoulders and don’t try to wreck out on the first 35. You’ve got to be there at the end. To finish first, first you must finish. That’s the biggest thing. Everybody on the series their talented. I think it will be fine.”
Gray was heartbroken when Hudson was taking off the schedule. The series will be heading there on Sunday, July 15. Gray can’t wait to go there. For him going to Hudson has that old school feel.
“Rough track. No traction. No bite. Its a driver’s track,” Gray said.
Gray likes Star Speedway up in Epping, NH as they will race there as part of Star Classic weekend on September 9. Gray told 22News any place you to go to race can be fun. He feels if you have a bad car then you have had a bad day.
“I like going to different places and different things. Its kind of exciting,” said Gray.
Gray finished third in points last standings. The biggest ups and downs were when the team had a piece in the rear end that was cracked and they chased it forever and it was a bummer for Gray.
October is a very busy month for tracks in the region with having their season finales and having two-three day events. The Granite State Pro Stock Series will take part in the season finales of Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway, The World Series Of Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Each of these events is multiple day events. The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be a one-day event at all three of these races.
“When you got to be there that extra day. Its kind of a burden. It cost more money. The only way to make a small fortune in racing is start with a big one, ” Gray said.
Gray likes the one-day shows.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series season will start this Friday at Claremont Speedway.