Griffith Leaves Thunder Road Satisfied With 6th Place Finish

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(Barre, Vermont) – It’s widely known that Thunder Road Speedbowl, the infamous quarter-mile oval, dubbed the “Nations site of excitement” is one of the hardest tracks in New England to get acclimated to.

Derek Griffith,  the young New Hampshire racer needed just a few feature laps to start to feel comfortable and really find the fastest way around the race track. Griffith and his No. 12 FEP Insurance/LCM Racing Toyota Camry race team were racing in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model portion of the 54th annual Memorial Day Classic.

Griffith came into the event sitting well into the top-10 in season points for the PASS North tour. The teenager just wanted to finish the event with the car in one piece, he explains, “After we broke in practice last year and had to go home early, we just wanted to come away with a solid finish. After we started sixth in the feature, I was able to quickly work my way up to second. We got pushed into the front stretch wall a couple times, and let me tell you, that’s pretty easy to do at Thunder Road. Other than those issues, I really think that Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] gave me the fastest car there.”

Derek ended up coming away with a sixth place finish and is continuing to raise, more than a few eyebrows within the talent-laden series. Griffith, the 2015 Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) Champion has decided to run all of the PASS events this year and select GSPSS events and he will make his 2016 GSPSS debut on Friday, June 3rd as the series rolls into Lee USA Speedway for 100 green-flag laps. The post time at Lee is scheduled for 7 PM.

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PR-Eric LaFleche     Photo – Sharlene Morris-Meyer