THOMPSON, Conn. — Recap by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Thompson Speedway photo —
For the first time in his career, Garrett Hall sat in Pro All Star Series victory lane on Sunday afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
The Scarborough, Maine driver put himself in position when he took the lead away from Trevor Sanborn on a lap 51 restart and was able to hold off defending Granite State Pro Stock Series champion Derek Griffith in the final laps, notching his first career PASS trophy in the 75 lap season-opening race for the North Super Late Model class.
“After running down at New Smyrna in Speedweeks and not having what we wanted there, I’m really glad to come back here and win this race,” Hall said. “If we didn’t run down in Florida, it definitely wouldn’t have been like this. I obviously have to thank my father, my mom, my sister, my spotter Scott and everyone else that helps us do this.”
Hall started third on the starting grid and ran inside the top-five for the entire distance behind the wheel of his No. 94 Quinns Installation Super Late Model.
Trevor Sanborn and Larry Gelinas lead the field to the green flag for the 75 lap feature, with Gelinas jumping out front early on. It was those two drivers that swapped the lead back and fourth for the first ten laps, before Sanborn got clear of Gelinas and took off by 10 car lengths out front by lap 15.
While those drivers battled for the lead, former PASS champion Johnny Clark was sent to the wayside early on with a flat right-front tire on his No. 54 Clark Scrap Metals machine. Clark slowed around the 5/8 mile oval until he was finally forced to pit lane to get the tire replaced, ending his chances at capturing the checkered flag.
While Hall, David Garbo Jr. and Gelinas battled for second on lap 24, defending PASS champion Mike Rowe went spinning at the end of the backstretch in his No. 24. The front end of Rowe’s car smashed the outside wall, sending him to the pit area and eventually the garage and out of the event.
At green, Sanborn went back out front, with Garbo in behind him in second spot. The front of the field got single file, while others were vying to improve their position. Sanborn, Garbo, Hall, Gelinas and Griffith crossed the start/finish at lap 30 inside the top-five.
Griffith jumped up to fourth spot on lap 36, while Hall went after Garbo for second by the time the field crossed at lap 43. Sanborn brought the field across the line to the caution flag on lap 51, when Berkley, Mass. native Jake Vanada spun down the frontstretch and collected a few other drivers who were trying to slow down to avoid him.
After running just two laps under the green flag, Derek Ramstrom spun in turn one, drawing another caution at lap 53 behind the wheel of his No. 35. The field doubled back up before long and Griffith tried the inside of Hall for the lead. The two drivers went side-by-side for a moment, but Griffith wasn’t able to slide up in front of him and that ended up being the difference.
Hall was able to scurry away from Griffith, gapping him in the final laps and taking the checkered flag. “We had a really good car ever since we unloaded — we were just a little snug there in the race,” Griffith said. “Garrett (Hall) races clean, I had a good race, I’ve really gotta thank everyone. It’s huge to be here and actually do well in a PASS race. I’ve really gotta that Louie, he setup a rocketship all weekend.”
Behind Griffith across the stripe was a hotly contested battle for third between Garbo and Sanborn that was won by Garbo. The No. 8 took himself a third place finish from the Thompson Speedway Sunday, but he says that he actually had a better car then what we showed on the track.
“This Chevy was definitely fast,” Garbo said. “I’ve gotta thank all the guys, especially everyone who came to support me today. As a team and as a driver I think we just got out-experienced this weekend, I struggled a little bit with learning the track.”
Early race leader Sanborn, who dominated the first half of the 75 lapper, finished fourth Sunday. Rounding out the top-five was Ben Rowe. A late-race drive put Mike Hopkins sixth, outside polesitter Gelinas seventh, Joey Doiron eighth, defending Oxford 250 winner Glen Luce ninth and Ramstrom rounded out the top-10.
The Pro All Star Series North tour returns to action next Sunday afternoon at Oxford Plains Speedway with a 150 lap feature event on the schedule.
RESULTS: Pro All Star Series Super Late Models IceBreaker 75; Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; April 10, 2016
- Garrett Hall
- Derek Griffith
- David Garbo Jr.
- Trevor Sanborn
- Ben Rowe
- Mike Hopkins
- Larry Gelinas
- Joey Doiron
- Glen Luce
- Derek Ramstrom
- Donald T
- Angelo Belsito
- D.J. Shaw
- Jeremy Davis
- George Bessette
- Cory Casagrande
- John-Michael Shenette
- Travis Stearns
- Reid Lanpher
- Johnny Clark
- Bryan Kruczek
- Jake Vanada
- Matt Matheson
- Eric St. Gelais
- Mike Rowe
About the Writer
Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.
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