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First PASS Super Late Model win for Derek Griffith in Hight Chevrolet 150 at Speedway 95

June 21st, 2017

Hermon, Maine – Derek Griffith of Hudson, New Hampshire nailed down his first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model victory Sunday afternoon in the Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC 150 at Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine.

Griffith and his LCM Motorsports 12 car pulled away from the pack in the closing laps after an unusually-competitive battle saw five different drivers lead – many on more than one occasion – over the first 100 circuits of the tricky, 1/3-mile oval track.

When the time came to seal the victory, Griffith, who started third, had plenty of car and rubber left to fend off all challenges and earn that first PASS Super Late Model triumph.

Former PASS champion Travis Benjamin of Morrill gave Griffith his toughest test in the waning laps, earning runner-up honors in the Belfast Variety 7, and staying close to the championship points leaders in a tight championship battle. Scarborough’s Garrett Hall took a couple of turns leading the Hight 150 before eventually crossing the line in third position in his NAPA-sponsored 94.

DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire, the reigning PASS North Super Late Model champion, was the only driver among the top six finishers who did not lead a lap. Shaw started 12th in the Precision JLM 60 and ended up in fourth position. Local, self-sponsored landscaper and paver Mike Hopkins of Hermon raced hard with the leaders, led the race on several occasions and claimed a hard-earned, fifth-place finish.

Cassius Clark of Farmington also set the pace aboard the Hight 77, finishing up in sixth position. Dave Farrington of Jay, Glen Luce of Turner and Ellsworth’s Andy Saunders were the last three cars on the lead lap, in seventh through ninth finishing positions, respectively. Frankfort’s Bobby Seger rounded out the top ten.

Benjamin and Hopkins prevailed in the 12-lap clarksscrapmetals.com heat races that set the grid for the Hight 150 Super Late Model finale.

Ben Tinker of New Gloucester won his fifth straight PASS Mods 40-lapper, but it took a bit of racing luck to keep the streak alive after dominant performances in the first four events this year.

Andy Shaw, the five-time series champion from Center Conway, New Hampshire, held a half-straightaway lead when a late-race caution flag put Tinker alongside for a restart with three laps to go.

Tinker prevailed, Shaw earned runner-up honors, and local favorite Scott Alexander of Glenburn filled out the podium. Bruce Helmuth of Wales posted a fourth-place finish, with Lebanon’s Mike Carignan rounding out the top five.

Austin Teras of Windham raced to an impressive victory in a 20-lap race for INEX Legends Cars. Belmont’s Colby Benjamin claimed runner-up honors, with Bryan Lancaster of Skowhegan claiming the third-place trophy. Charlie Buxton of Windham was credited with a fouth-place finish, ahead of Nova Scotia competitor Austin MacDonald. Teras also won the heat race.

The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model event is set for Friday, June 23 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. For more information visit proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865.

First win for 19-year-old is final series race before 43rd HP Hood Oxford 250 August 28

August 15th, 2016

Lee, New Hampshire – Pro All Stars Series rookie Derek Griffith of Hudson nailed down his first victory on the region’s premier Super Late Model circuit, scoring near home in Friday night’s 150-lap race at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire.

Griffith was impressive aboard the Louie Mechalides-prepared racecar, chasing former Thompson Speedway Super Late Model champ Derek Ramstrom for the first 50-plus laps, swapping the lead with the West Boylston, Massachusetts native for most of the remaining laps before pulling away from his rivals during the final handful of laps.

Ramstrom claimed runner-up honors after an entertaining, late-race battle with six-time PASS champion Johnny Clark of Farmingdale, Maine. Clark started the race in tenth position and crossed the finish line third behind Griffith and Ramstrom, remaining a serious threat to claim his seventh series title.

Travis Benjamin of Morrill, Maine was fourth under the checkered flag after starting 16th. Jeremy Davis of Tamworth rounded out the top five. Heat race wins were posted by Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson and Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine.

Griffith’s recent win in a 50-lap Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway had already established the youngster as a serious HP Hood Oxford 250 threat, and winning the final PASS race before the 43rd annual classic has short track odds makers rethinking their strategies.

Ben Tinker of New Gloucester, Maine prevailed in the 30-lap race for PA S Mods. It was the second win of the season for Tinker, a rookie in the class. Tinker is no stranger to victory lane at Lee USA Speedway, with a couple of victories in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Small Block Supermodifieds on his resume.

Geoff Rollins of Groton, Massachusetts, another racer with extensive experience at Lee, led the early laps and chased Tinker across the start-finish line. Dana Reed of Shapleigh, Maine claimed the third-place trophy.

Reigning PASS Mods champion and current points leader Andy Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire was the fourth-place finisher, with Dixfield, Maine’s Ryan Robbins rounding out the top five.

The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model race is the 43rd annual HP Hood Oxford 250, scheduled for Sunday, August 28 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. For more information please visit proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865.