For Immediate Release
(Claremont, NH) – After visiting Claremont Speedway for the first time ever in 2015 and coming away with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) victory, Derek Griffith rolled into town on Friday, June 17th with a repeat on his mind.
The 2015 GSPSS Champion started the night off right by capturing his heat race victory. Derek then drew an invert of 8. The young Hudson, NH native would roll off in 8th place on the 17-car field.
Griffith moved through the field quickly and was in the top-5 within the first 15 laps of the 100-lap event. DJ Shaw and eventual winner No. 09 of Jeremy Davis all battled it out in the later part of the race.
Griffith and Shaw would swap the lead out several times, with Davis riding in the third spot and as the laps winded down, Derek and DJ got into an incident which caused Shaw to spin, then on the white flag lap, Derek got loose which allowed Davis to drive underneath him and grab the checkered flag over Derek.
Griffith was upbeat but disappointed in his post-race comments, “When you can have a battle like that with the caliber of drivers such as Jeremy and DJ, it’s fun. I feel bad for DJ toward the end, that’s not the way a racers day should end and congratulations to Jeremy on the victory. We wanted a repeat win and we came up just short.”
The Hitman Firearms & Industries/FEP Insurance Toyota Camry race team now turns its focus back the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) as the tour invades Lee USA Speedway on Friday June 24th. Derek currently sits 6th in the season-long points battle and should contend for his first PASS victory. The last time PASS visited Lee Speedway [June 26, 2015], Derek captured an 8th place finish.
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