The day may not have started how Derek Griffith hoped, but he hopes to finish strong with a win at New Smyrna Speedway.
The New Hampshire driver entered Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series event at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 30th after a lap 27 crash. However, Griffith made the trip from Daytona to New Smyrna Beach for Saturday night’s Orange Blossom 100 to close out the Super Late Model portion of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
Griffith set fast time in qualifying for the Orange Blossom 100, clocking in at 17.756 seconds around the half-mile New Smyrna Speedway. Griffith then drew a four for the invert, keeping him on the second row for the 100-lap feature event.
Griffith enters the race on the verge of his second consecutive Super Late Model championship in the World Series. He leads Ryan Moore by 32 points entering Saturday’s finale, with Moore lining up ninth.
As a result of the four-car invert, a pair of familiar foes will line up on the front row. Fourth-place qualifier Stephen Nasse will start on the pole, with Bubba Pollard joining him on the front row. Jesse Love will join Derek Griffith on row two after qualifying second.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo / Will Bellamy