After a scare during Friday’s opening night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, defending Super Late Model champion Derek Griffith cruised to victory lane Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. The Hudson, New Hampshire driver powered underneath early leader Connor Mosack on lap 8 and never looked back en route to his third career World Series victory.
When qualifying was rained out earlier in the day, Saturday’s lineup was set based on Friday’s results with an invert of six. That put Wisconsin driver Justin Mondeik and young gun Connor Mosack on the front row, with Mosack jumping out to the early lead from the outside. Meanwhile, Griffith charged up the outside lane from his fourth starting position to take over second on the opening lap.
Griffith hounded the rear of Mosack’s No. 22 Super Late Model for a handful of laps before diving to the inside to challenge for the lead. After nosing ahead of Mosack by a whisker on lap 8, Griffith cleared Mosack one lap later and went unchallenged from there.
“It just feels good, especially after last night,” Griffith said on the NBC Trackpass broadcast. “I know we finished podium, but we got tore up and had all sorts of issues yesterday. To come out and prove ourselves as someone who belongs here, it feels good. This is a small family-owned team, and it’s cool to come down here and compete with these guys.”
Griffith’s win on Saturday night was his seventh podium finish in his last nine World Series starts. He dedicated the victory to Chuck Sanborn, a respected member of the Northeast racing family who passed away earlier this week.
“I want to dedicate this win to my good friend Charlie. His dad just passed away, his name is Chuck. It killed all of us back at home. I want to dedicate this win to him, for sure.”
Following a fifth-place finish on Friday night, Mosack secured his best career Super Late Model finish with a runner-up performance in the Wimmer Motorsports No. 28.
“I was just trying to hit my marks and run a little different line, pick up throttle a little differently and try to gain a little speed where I could,” Mosack said. “Some things seemed to be working, but eventually I think I just wore the tires out. Just a little too tight, I couldn’t roll into the corner like he could. Hopefully we get this thing turning a little better tomorrow and we can be over [in victory lane].”
Mondeik recorded his best career World Series finish by completing the podium in third. Minnesota racer Jacob Goede finished fourth and Jett Noland, who won Saturday’s Pro Late Model race, completed the top five.
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