(EPPING, N.H.) — In his first full season competing on the Granite State Pro Stock Series circuit, Connecticut driver Dillon Moltz was becoming increasingly frustrated as circumstances out of his control continued to get in the way of his first career win in the series. He knew that he had a car capable of winning, but something always seemed to get in the way through the first eight events of the season.
Sunday afternoon and in one of the biggest races in series history, Moltz started from the pole position and dominated the NH Classic 100 to score his first career win in front of a huge crowd that showed up for the annual Star Classic event at Star Speedway (NH).
“It’s awesome to finally get this win,” Moltz told Speed51.com powered by JEGS after the race. “We’ve been fast week in and week out. We’ve been contending for the win almost every single race. The first time we came here (to Star) I was leading and got wrecked by a lapped car. Then it was like three or four weeks in a row that we had flat tires.”
After experiencing tough luck throughout the season, it may have been easy for Moltz and his team to give up but with two cancer survivors – his dad Dave and crew chief Ricky Rolfe – supporting him that wasn’t going to be an option.
“It gets you down,” Moltz said of the bad luck. “But it’s how you rebound from all of those flaws. It’s not how you get knocked down, it is how you rebound. My team never gives up. My car owner never gives up.
“I have two cancer survivors on my team, my dad and my crew chief Ricky Rolfe. They’re both cancer survivors so the word quit is not in our vocabulary. With everyone that is standing behind me, you can’t give up.”
Moltz led Sunday’s race wire-to-wire, but he didn’t get away unchallenged. Both Matt Frahm and Derek Griffith provided strong challenges on restarts before Moltz was eventually able to pull away.
“I knew I had to pace myself there at the beginning and save something for the last half,” said Moltz. “I knew once we made it to lap 50 I could let it loose from there. Frahm and Derek did a hell of a job and ran a great race. It had to have been a good show. I knew if I just kept a couple car length distance on them the whole race that we’d be fine. The car was flawless the whole race.”
Frahm would end up winning a fierce battle with Griffith for the second position. As Moltz began to pull away in the latter stages of the race, Griffith and Frahm were side-by-side battling for the runner-up spot. As they approached a lapped car, Griffith would take Frahm up towards the wall in turn four as the two attempted to work by the slower car.
Frahm showed his displeasure with Griffith’s move a few laps later under caution and then used the ensuing restart go get back by Griffith.
“That really aggravated me because he had somewhat of a fast car at the start there,” Frahm said of Griffith’s move. “Working through traffic, I think we were still only halfway through, and he decided he wanted to bonzi in over my left front. The lapped car was there and he just kind of did whatever he wanted to and turned right. I don’t forget it, but it wasn’t the night to retaliate tonight because we’re in a tight points battle. My guys work too hard for me to lose my head.”
Frahm, who entered the night with a 12 point lead over Larry Gelinas in the championship standings, will extend his lead as a result of Gelinas’ fifth-place finish.
“Second-place tonight is a good points night for us again to try to keep a lead in the points instead of swimming back in the standings,” said Frahm. “I think this is the third week in a row that we’ve finished second. I’m getting a little bit sick of it, but we’ve been consistent and that’s the reason why we’re leading the points.”
Griffith would settle in to finish third on Sunday behind Moltz and Frahm, while Brad Babb charged from the 13th starting spot to finish fourth. Gelinas rounded out the top-five.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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GSPSS NH Classic 100 Unofficial Results
September 7, 2014 – Star Speedway
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