What Won the Race: Derek Griffith slipped up off of turn two on the final lap and Jeremy Davis took advantage, making a last-lap pass for the win.
The Skinny: Derek Griffith and DJ Shaw made contact while battling for the lead with three laps to go. The contact sent Shaw spinning and to the pit area while Griffith retained the lead. On the final lap, Griffith slipped up allowing Jeremy Davis to slide underneath him. The two drag raced to the line with Davis winning by inches.
Winning Quote: “I probably could have taken them three wide two or three times, but I race with those guys all year so I didn’t. I tried to ride and I kind of let Derek go and tried to save it in case we had something late. We had just enough.” – Jeremy Davis
Notebook: This is the first of two stops for the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Claremont in 2016. Claremont Speedway is the track where the series hosted its inaugural race.
DJ Shaw edged Derek Griffith and the only practice session of the day. Griffith said that Shaw joked afterwards that he “got him” after Griffith has had the edge in practice sessions throughout the year both in GSPSS and PASS North competition.
Tommy O’Sullivan, the brother of Mike O’Sullivan, is making his first start of the 2016 season here tonight. He is in a Hamke race car that was previously driven by Southeast Late Model racer Jeff Choquette.
Heat race winner Derek Griffith drew an invert of eight to put Mike O’Sullivan on the pole for tonight’s 100-lap race.
Title Fight: Barry Gray leads the way in the point standings by 18 points over series founder Mike Parks.
Car Count: 17 Super Late Models are in the pit area.
Winning Chassis: Dale Shaw Race Cars
Winning Engine: GM Crate
Winning Crew Chief: Mike Davis (father)
Winning Shocks: “One on every different corner”
On the Move: John Salemi started from the 12th position and moved his way to fourth, a gain of eight positions.
Biggest Loser: DJ Shaw suffered damage after contact with Derek Griffith and retired from the event with a 16th-place finish, a loss of 11 positions.
Consolation Race Results: There will not be a consolation race for tonight’s race.
Heat Race Results:
Qualifying Heat #1 Unofficial Results
Qualifying Heat #2 Unofficial Results
Qualifying Results: Derek Griffith and Jeremy Davis picked up qualifying heat race wins.
Practice Results: DJ Shaw led the only practice session over Derek Griffith, Mike O’Sullivan, Cory Casagrande and Jeremy Davis.
Event Schedule: The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be the second of four features on the schedule tonight.
Who To Watch For: Derek Griffith is the defending GSPSS champion and the defending GSPSS winner at Claremont. He’s expected to be challenged by DJ Shaw and Jeremy Davis among others.
The Track: Claremont Speedway is a tight 1/3-mile oval located in Claremont, New Hampshire near the Vermont border.
Weather: It’s a picture perfect day for racing with temperatures in the high 70s and no chance of rain in sight.
Next Series Race: Next up for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH on July 2.