12 yrs-old Thunder Lights Division at Hudson Speedway – Car – VW GTI – 130hp 8 Feature Wins and 15 top-3 finishes – Awarded Rookie of the Year
13 yrs-old Road Runner Division at Hudson Speedway – Car – Ford Mustang – 160hp 2 Feature Wins and 11 top-3 finishes – Awarded Rookie of the Year
14 years old Outlaw / Super Late Models at Hudson Speedway – Car – Chev. Camaro – 500hp 2 Feature Wins and 9 top-10 finishes – Finished 5th in season points despite missing 4 races
14 yrs-old Outlaw / Super Late Models at Hudson Speedway – Car – Chev. Camaro – 500hp 2 Feature Wins and 9 top-10 finishes – Finished 5th in season points despite missing 4 races
16 yrs-old Granite State Pro Stock Series, Fl. Speedweeks- Car – Toyota Camry – 500HP Competed in Florida Speedweeks, versus some of the USA’s best Super Late Model and Pro-Stock drivers, while holding his own for many races. Looking to start off his Granite State Pro Stock season at Hudson Speedway in July 2013.
17 years old Granite State Pro Stock Series. Derek had a great year in his MOM’s of Manchester Toyota Camry, Derek finished in 2nd place on multiple occasions and feel’s that a win will come very soon.
Derek captured his first Granite State Pro Stock Series Championship by winning 4 races in 2015. It was a breakout year for the Hudson, NH native.
First Super Late Model Win
18 year-old Derek Griffith knew the time was coming, he couldn’t pinpoint the exact race but knew that his MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing Toyota Camry was close to visiting victory lane. On Saturday, April 24th, Griffith make it to victory lane in the 125-lap Granite State Pro Stock Series race. Many times before he’s been relegated to second place, this time however Derek had the car to beat, fastest in his heat race, Griffith started second in the thirteen car field. Derek jumped out to an early lead and led the majority of laps and was really never challenged for the win. In a pre-race radio interview Griffith mentioned that this was the first time he had ever driven on the 1/3rd mile of Claremont Speedway and when asked how the car was reacting in practice, Derek remarked, “This is one of the best cars that Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] has ever given me, this may be our night.” His night, it certainly was. Griffith would power his Tyngsboro Motors Toyota through lap traffic, which held off any potential competitors. This is the confidence booster the No 12 race team needed as they head to Monadnock Speedway on May 23rd. Derek mentioned “We now got the monkey off our back, Now we know how to win in this series, let’s go get number two.”