Griffith Excited for First PASS Race at Home Track

In 2015, Derek Griffith caught the eyes of the Northeast race fans with four Super Late Model wins, including at his home track Hudson Speedway, in route to the Granite State Pro Stock Series title. Since then, he has continued to win races and titles, capturing the attention of the entire country in the last 18 months.


This Sunday the kid from Hudson, New Hampshire is ready to race at home for only second time proceeding that 2015 win. Griffith will help usher in the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models into the Hudson record books, as the tour makes its first ever appearance at the old quarter-mile.


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It’s an event that is the culmination of a lot of hard work in the past three years by track owner Ben Bosowski and his crew who took over track ownership and operation in 2018. While Griffith has had only one opportunity to race Hudson in that time, he has maintained a close tie to the track with Hudson Speedway serving as a primary sponsor for the No. 12G Louis Mechalides owned team.


“Everything they have done up there, it’s just awesome. I’m really good friends with Ben, he’s been a huge supporter of mine for the last handful of years since he’s taken ownership of Hudson Speedway. My business sponsors the track and he sponsors us on the car. It’s been really fulfilling to see how the track has undergone a complete surgery practically,” Griffith told Speed51.


Improvements in track safety, a new scoring system, and scoreboard are just some of the improvements that have come to Hudson since Bosowski stepped into the ownership. It is a campaign that has local racers, including Griffith, bragging about their home track ever since.


“The stands have been rebuilt, the infield has been cleaned up, the pits have been paved and expanded, the food there is good; they’ve done a good job at cleaning it up and making it the ‘Family Fun Track’ it’s always had that name, and to this day its always been the family fun track.”


Hudson is very much the track Griffith got his start at, starting in Mini Stocks a decade ago. He knows his way around, especially compared to the many PASS full-timers who have never logged a lap there. But Griffith knows that it is far from a guarantee of being able to run circles around his competition.


“It’s one of those places that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get around by any means, but it’s not the easiest track to get around either. It’s a tight quarter-mile, banked, bumpy, bullring. You can very easily overdrive it. It’s a cool little place to turn some laps in any racecar. I’m curious to see how the PASS guys adapt and how they do.”


2021 has been a year that has seen Griffith win a second straight New Smyrna World Series title, make his Rattler 250 debut at South Alabama Speedway with a Top-5, dominate the start of the PASS season with three wins, finish runner-up at Berlin Raceway in Michigan to local star Carson Hocevar, and being selected Number One in the 2021 Speed51 Short Track Draft.


This weekend is one that Griffith has circled in ink, especially with his last appearance at Hudson in 2018 not going so well.


“For sure. The last time we ran there we had this old perimeter car that Louie was going to sell and then got completely destroyed under caution by someone. I’m hopeful that we’re going to have a pretty good run here, have a good showing for our sponsor ironically running at our sponsor’s racetrack. It’s going to be cool to see the home crowd and great to race just three minutes from my house for once instead of three hours.”


Can’t make it to Hudson Speedway on Sunday? You can watch the Pro All Stars Series live on Speed51.TV this Sunday evening with your Speed51 yearly or monthly subscription.


-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo credit: Speed51

Griffith Excited for First PASS Race at Home Track