About Derek Griffith

Derek is a native of Hudson, NH. Griffith began racing at the young age of 12 yrs old and has had a lot of success at Hudson and Star Speedways. Being able to quickly adapt to a wide variety of race cars has allowed Derek to move through divisions very quickly and with his talent and with the equipment his crew puts before him equals feature event wins and allows Griffith to make a name for himself in the New England region. Here is a quick look at Derek’s success throughout the years.

Griffith began his career at Hudson Speedway in the Thunder Lights Division racing a Volkswagen GTI with just 130 horsepower. He claimed eight feature wins and was awarded Rookie of the Year. After his first season he moved up to the Road Runner division and finished that year with two wins and awarded Rookie of the Year once again. The next year he moved up to the Outlaw/Super Late Model division at Hudson Speedway, and won another two races while missing four races and still being able to finish fifth in the final points standings.

Derek Griffith started to make his name heard in 2012 when at the age of 15 he started touring with the Granite State Pro Stock Series. He ran in the highly competitive series all year and finished second in the David’s House 106 at Monadnock Speedway and was awarded Rookie of the Year. In 2013 he competed in Florida Speedweeks, versus some of the nations best Super Late Model and Pro-Stock drivers, while holding his own for many races.

After a competitive 2014 where he finished second on the tour many times, he had his breakout season in 2015 while winning four races and taking the Granite State Pro Stocks Series Championship. In 2016, he competed in various PASS and Granite State events in the Northeast, and is looking for more wins going into 2017 and to continue his climb up the racing ladder.
2017 Season complete for Griffith finishing 5th in the Pro All Stars North Series points and 3rd in the PASS National Points. US Pro Stock/ SLM National winner at Seekonk Speedway.

2018 KDDP Driver Development Program
2018 Pro All Star National Champion
2018 Team PFC
2018 Pro All Stars North 4th in Points

2019 KDDP Driver Development Program
2019 NSB Speedweeks Winner
2019 PASS Thunder Road Winner
2019 PASS Speedway 95 Winner
2019 PASS WMMP Winner

2009

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

2010

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

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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.

2014

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.

2015

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.”

Granite State Pro Stock Series Champion