Griffith Continues Hot Streak at Thompson Icebreaker

In racing, when you’re hooked up, you’re hooked up.  And so far in 2021, nobody’s been more hooked up than Derek Griffith.

 

The New Hampshire driver led wire-to-wire to win the PASS North portion of the Thompson Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, his third win in the last eight days after sweeping both Easter Bunny 150s at Hickory Motor Speedway last weekend.

 

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With his win Saturday afternoon, Griffith has still yet to finish outside the top-ten in a Super Late Model this season.  That includes his World Series of Asphalt Super Late Model championship down in Florida and a fourth in his Rattler 250 debut at South Alabama Speedway last month.

 

“I don’t know, we just unload and we’ve been good.  It’s kind of tough, we’ve been racing for such a long time now and me and Louie (Mechalides) work so good together and we’ve had this car for a few years now,” Griffith told Speed51.  “Everything’s just working right, we get to go run all over the place and it doesn’t get old.  I love what I do and I’m lucky to be doing this.”

 

Griffith started on the front row by virtue of his heat race win and he quickly showed who had the strongest car during the race.  An early yellow was the only stoppage during the event and nobody got close enough to challenge him for the lead.

 

Even with a dominating effort, Griffith was still saving his equipment just in case of a late yellow.

 

“It was good right off the bat.  I knew we had to ride it out there and do the best I can to save something if there’s a restart at the end.  I’m surprised that it basically went green to checkered with only one yellow.  I was happy because I knew Eddie (MacDonald) is a really good racer and I knew he would give me a good run for my money at the end of the race, especially if I was caught sleeping or something like that.  I was happy to see it stay green for sure.”

 

Derek Griffith has now won three races in the past eight days. (Speed51 Photo)

 

MacDonald was the only driver to keep Griffith within sight during the race, finishing 1.6 seconds back at the checkered flag.  While he was able to stabilize the gap between himself and the leader, he doesn’t believe a late caution would have had the potential to change the outcome.

 

“We were pretty happy with the car today, I guess we needed a little bit more to run with the No. 12, he was pretty fast.  It would’ve made it a little bit more racey but he was pretty fast,” said MacDonald.  “It would be nice to have seen what could’ve happened on a restart but he was out there and riding.”

 

Former Oxford Plains Speedway champion Gabe Brown was third, while Ben Rowe and Rowland Robinson, Jr. completed the top-five.

 

-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo

 

PASS North Icebreaker Results:

  1. Derek Griffith
  2. Eddie MacDonald
  3. Gabe Brown
  4. Ben Rowe
  5. Rowland Robinson
  6. DJ Shaw
  7. Johnny Clark
  8. Cory Casagrande
  9. Michael Scorzelli
  10. Dan Winter
  11. Josh King
  12. Jake Matheson
  13. Anthony Constantino
  14. Keith Rocco
  15. Kate Re
  16. Brandon Turbush
  17. Kevin Folan
  18. Brandon Barker
  19. Devin O’Connell
  20. Jake Johnson
  21. Garrett Hall

Griffith Continues Hot Streak at Thompson Icebreaker