LEE, N.H. — Pro All Stars Series North rookie Derek Griffith nailed down his first victory on the region’s premier super late model circuit, topping Friday night’s 150-lap race at Lee USA Speedway.
Griffith was impressive aboard the Louie Mechalides-prepared race car, chasing former Thompson Speedway champion Derek Ramstrom for the first 50-plus laps and swapping the lead for most of the remaining laps, before pulling away from his rivals during the final stretch.
Ramstrom claimed runner-up honors after an entertaining late-race battle with six-time PASS champion Johnny Clark. Clark started the race in 10th and crossed the finish line third behind Griffith and Ramstrom, remaining a serious threat to claim his seventh series title.
Travis Benjamin was fourth under the checkered flag after starting 16th. Jeremy Davis rounded out the top five.
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 prevailed in the 30-lap race for PASS Mods. It was the second win of the season for Tinker, a rookie in the class.
RESULTS: Pro All Stars Series North; Lee USA Speedway; Aug. 12, 2016
Feature (150 laps): 1. Derek Griffith, 2. Derek Ramstrom, 3. Johnny Clark, 4. Travis Benjamin, 5. Jeremy Davis, 6. D.J. Shaw, 7. Ben Rowe, 8. Mike Hopkins, 9. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., 10. Mike Rowe, 11. Glen Luce, 12. Kyle DeSouza, 13. Todd Stone, 14. Tracy Gordon, 15. Joe Squeglia Jr., 16. Bryan Kruczek, 17. Steve Dickey Jr.
CREDIT: Pro All Stars Series