Griffith Hops to Easter Bunny Victory Lane at Hickory

Derek Griffith of Hudson, New Hampshire took the lead on lap 28 and never looked back to take the win for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models Friday night in the 15th running of the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

“I can’t thank my guys enough, this thing was a rocket ship from the start. I’m just so happy, we’ve started the season off strong. DJ [Shaw] made me work for it. He did a better job of saving his stuff and made it hard on me at the end.” – Derek Griffith

After just edging out Shaw in qualifying, Griffith started the 150-lap race in fifth while Carson Hocevar would move to the pole. Hocevar jumped out to the lead over Shaw at the start, but Griffith was wasting no time as he made his way toward the front. By lap 20 Griffith was in second and just eight laps later moved around Hocevar for the lead.

The first caution of the night did not wave until lap 63 for a spin by Jeremy Sorrell in turn four. The next caution would not wave until lap 105 when 11th-place runner Joey Doiron spun in turn four as he tried to avoid contact with Kyle Desouza. Just six laps later, Nick Loden spun exiting turn four after a bump from Trevor Bleau.

Through it all, Griffith continued to maintain a slight lead over Shaw. Griffith’s biggest challenge from Shaw came after a restart with 20 laps to go. The two battled side-by-side for several laps before Griffith would eventually separate himself from Shaw in turn one. Griffith led the rest of the way to take the win over Shaw, Mike Hopkins, Travis Stearns, and Joey Pole. Rounding out the top 10 were Desouza, Ryan Kuhn, Gabe Brown, Ben Rowe, and Derek Kneeland.

With one win under his belt, Griffith will look to double up Saturday afternoon in the 16th running of the Easter Bunny 150. Fans can watch the race live via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.TV. Tickets for Saturday’s broadcast can be purchased by clicking here.

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-Pro All Stars Series Press Release

-Photo credit: Speed51 / Brandon Zumbach

Easter Bunny 150 Unofficial Results

1 12G Derek Griffith
2 60 DJ Shaw
3 15H Mike Hopkins
4 85 Travis Stearns
5 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
6 1 Kyle Desouza
7 72 Ryan Kuhn
8 47b Gabe Brown
9 4 Ben Rowe
10 90 Derek Kneeland
11 1vt Evan Hallstrom
12 14 Carson Hocevar
13 7 Travis Benjamin
14 43 Devin O’Connell
15 29 Trevor Sanborn
16 4NH Trevor Bleau
17 52 Jake Matheson
18 7ct Cory Casagrande
19 10 Kate Re
20 90w Craig Weinstein
21 1s Charlie Sanborn
22 7Ct Tyler Church
23 99 Ben Ashline
24 43L Nick Loden
25 38 Joey Doyon
26 40 Jordan Miller
27 12 Dennis Spencer
28 21 Joey Doiron
29 5 Jerry Artuso
30 77 Jeremy Sorrell
31 66vt Jason Corliss
32 14me Anthony Constantino
33 12C Annabeth Crum

Griffith Hops to Easter Bunny Victory Lane at Hickory