(Epping, NH) – 18-year-old Derek Griffith was able to keep his The Club/LCM Racing Toyota Camry moving towards the front in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race.
Griffith, making his first start of the season in the PASS series, got off to a shaky start as he was caught behind a slower car and did not qualify for the main event from his heat race. Derek ended up starting fourth in his consolation race and finished in the second spot; this ensured him a spot in the feature event.
Derek rolled off in the 20th starting spot and quickly set a plan into motion that included side-by-side racing with some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the Eastern United States, Griffith and 2013 PASS Champion No. 77 Cassius Clark moved their way toward the front and both were in the top-10 for quite a few laps. A couple of cautions cost Derek a couple positions as he wound up finishing a very respectable 12th.
Griffith responded by saying, “I thought our car was easily a top-10 or top-5 car. The heat race didn’t go as planned and we needed to make the race through the consolation race, in the consi. we did show what our No. 12 Tyngsboro Motors/FEP Insurance Toyota could do and ended up qualifying. Starting 20th in the feature changes your game plan, it’s kind of like you can’t really think about gaining too many positions too quickly. It worked out pretty good, we were as high as eighth, I think we should have got at least a top-10 but I am so proud of this whole race team, they worked their tails off.”
The Derek Griffith race team will be back in action on May 23rd at Monadnock Speedway, as he tries to extend his points lead in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, he leads veteran driver Barry Gray by 10 points, going in to the third points race of the year. The post time from the May 23rd event is 6:00pm.
Please visit MonadnockSpeedway.com for more event information. Follow Derek on Facebook at facebook.com/derekgriffith18 and on Twitter at twitter.com/derekgriffith12.
PR – Eric LaFleche/Photo – Chip Cormie