It was the Derek and Derek show at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday night as the Granite State Pro Stock Series came together for the season finale as a part of the inaugural Bemer’s Super Bowl of Racing, in a 150-Lap feature event with Derek Ramstrom taking home the race win and Derek Griffith finishing second in the race to clinch the 2015 season championship.
Barry Gray lead the field to the green flag from the pole with Griffith starting seventh and Ramstrom 13th. DJ Shaw took over the lead early on, but Ramstrom had the fastest car overtaking Griffith and eventually running down Shaw for the top spot, taking the lead on a restart just past the halfway point.
Disaster would strike Shaw just as he was looking to go back by Ramstrom when the No. 60 would lose power and ground to a halt in turn two. Griffith would assume second with many in the 23-car field falling prey to mechanical failures or on track incidents.
Despite a number of late restarts, Ramstrom would hold on for his second career win in Granite State competition, nearly a year after his last GSPSS win at the Thompson World Series in October 2014. The victory was also the first ever for Ramstrom at the Speedbowl.
“It’s a shame that DJ broke, he was going to be a real contender for the lead. It’s amazing, this track is great. This is an awesome place to run Pro Stocks. I hope to come back here next year,” Ramstrom told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Despite finishing second, the championship celebration wasn’t dampened a bit for Griffith.
“It’s an amazing feeling," said Griffith. "A couple of seasons ago we couldn’t even finish in the top five, and now we can come out and win a championship. It’s huge for me and my guys.
“I definitely wanted the win. I’d have liked to close off the season with a win. Ramstrom had a really good car. But I can’t complain at all because the car was fast. We were rough in the back of the pack and it was a good race.”
Griffith doesn’t plan on slowing down for the offseason with the team looking into running races down south including the Governor’s Cup at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway, and even the Snowball Derby at Pensacola's Five Flags Speedway to continue building his short track resume.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Contributor - Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Rick Ibsen/Speed51.com