For Immediate Release
(Thompson, CT) – The 2016 Ice Breaker is generally regarded as the kick-off to the northeast race season. This year’s event however also signified the return of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) to the high-banks of the historic Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Griffith, the 2015 Granite State Pro Stock Champion was looking to prove to himself and his fans that he could also compete with the best of the best in Super Late Model racing.
Derek entered the weekend with a very fast Louie Mechalides race car. The #12 McKennedy Masonry/LCM Racing/Tyngsboro Motors team tested at Thompson a few weeks prior, in preparation for the Ice Breaker and Derek really felt that was instrumental in their great finish; he explains “The track conditions when we tested at Thompson were very similar to this past weekend. Louie was able to put a great set-up in the car that was very good for the short and long runs.”
Griffith rolled out 12th in the 75-lap feature after finishing 4th in the heat race. The Hudson, NH native really adapted to the fast pace, that race leader Trevor Sanborn was displaying. Griffith worked his way into the top 5 by the halfway point in the race and after a few mid race cautions; the young driver was battling for the lead.
Finishing second to race winner Garrett Hall was still satisfying to Griffith, Derek goes on to talk about the last few laps of the race “Garrett was back on the gas before I was, he ran a heck of a race. I had to pass a bunch of my childhood heroes just to get to the top-3 and I may have used up a little too much tire in the process.”
You can watch the #12 race team in action as they head to Oxford Plains Speedway on April 17th.
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