Fifteen-year-old Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. claimed his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win in the most unthinkable way Saturday night at Star Speedway. The local favorite from Candia, New Hampshire rebounded from a ride deep into the turn two woods to win the Nocella Paving 100.
Renfrew started the 100-lap race from the pole position, but the first part of the race belonged to Luke Hinkley. On Lap 24, Renfrew flew off the track in turn two and slid all the way down the embankment and into the trees. He then set about methodically carving his way through the field, taking the lead for the first time on Lap 82. From there, he never looked back, building up to a 0.4-second lead by the end of the race.
“I thought we had a pretty good shot, we were starting on the pole,” Renfrew said after the race. “I figured if we could just maintain, ride to the end, and save our stuff we’d have a shot. Real early we got put in the woods and I really thought it was over, but the car was going so good. I can’t thank the guys at Renfrew Motorsports enough, the car was just so good tonight.”
The win marks Renfrew’s first victory with the Granite State Pro Stock Series in just his fourth attempt. It also comes during the biggest event of the year, the Star Classic, at his home track.
“Oh, it’s awesome,” Renfrew said. “My dad used to race [Pro Stocks], he used to win in them all the time. It’s always been my dream to win in one of these, and today was the day.”
John Peters, who was fastest in time trials, finished second for the second year in a row at the Star Classic.
“I was in a great position with 35 laps to go but the car was super tight on the bottom,” Peters said. “I feel if I just had one good corner I could have set sail.”
Luke Hinkley completed the podium Saturday night with another solid third-place run.
“We just finished [the car] last week before Claremont. We do everything ourselves and we are happy with it,” Hinkley said. “It’s me and a bunch of my best buddies going back 10 years to my Super Street days, and I do it all for them.”
Points leader Cory Casagrande finished fourth and Ray Christian III rounded out the top five.
Jacob Dore, Joe Squeglia, Jeremy Davis, Devin O’Connell and Josh King completed the top 10.
Race fans can watch the full on-demand broadcast of Saturday’s Star Classic now on Speed51.com.
-Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: John A. Miller / GSPSS