(Lee, NH) –Derek Griffith rolled in to Lee USA Speedway really not knowing how his No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester Toyota Camry was going to treat him, as a mechanical issue cost them their engine in the last Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) event and prevented the young New Hampshire driver a shot at winning his third event in a row.
The 18 year-old driver rebounded in a big way and raced his way to a second-place finish in the Seacoast 100 from Lee USA Speedway on Friday night.
Coming in to the Seacoast 100 as the GSPSS season long points leader had never really entered Derek’s mind and he explains why, “The team really doesn’t put much thinking into the points right now, we had to put a new engine in our car after the last GSPSS event [Speedway 51, Firecracker 151] so our focus was getting our car race ready.”
Derek was excited for his chances in the feature event after his qualifying heat race, “The car that Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechildes] gives us was extremely fast in practice, we were turning 15.2’s consistently. I was very pleased with that and the way the car raced in traffic during our heat race was encouraging as well.”
Griffith started on the outside pole in the 22-car Seacoast 100 feature event and was able to keep up a torrid pace set early on by pole sitter No. 14 Matt Frahm. Only slowed by a couple cautions, the LCM Racing/FEP Insurance No. 12 team had to content with not only Frahm but a surging No. 09 of Jeremy Davis.
Davis would go on for the victory and Griffith would bring his Pro Stock to a second place finish and Matt Frahm would come away in the third spot.
Derek remarked after the feature event, “I really like the way the GSPSS cars race this track, we got our first Pro Stock win here at Lee, 3 or 4 years ago at the Oktoberfest event, so to come away with a podium here is satisfying.”
Derek Griffith will be looking for his fourth victory of 2015 when the Granite State Pro Stock Series visits the high-banks of Monadnock Speedway on August 8th for the John-Boy Hoyt Memorial 100.
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PR-Eric LaFleche / Photo – Dolly Mechalides