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Derek Griffith has built up a reputation as one of the top young short track competitors in the country.
And while the Hudson, N.H. driver might be recognized for winning big shows across the country, winning in New England still means plenty for the 24-year old.
Saturday at Thompson Speedway Griffith got to add another big win to that ever growing resume. Griffith proved dominant in cruising to victory in the 75-lap Pro All Stars Series feature Saturday at the Icebreaker 2021 at Thompson Speedway.
“I love it here,” Griffith said. “I tell people all the time about how cool the Icebreaker is and how big of a weekend it is. You know we travel everywhere and not everybody understands how big of a weekend it is. … So to come get another [win] here is pretty cool. It’s definitely one to mark off.”
Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. was second and Gabe Brown of Center Conway, N.H. third.
Thompson Speedway has long proved to be a place where Griffith has felt fully at home.
“It has a lot of characteristics like New Smyrna [Speedway] and we’ve been running down there for a long time,” Griffith said. “I think it just plays right into my driving style. A bunch of banking, big straightaways. You kind of have to maneuver through the straightaways and hit the corners just right. And just because you have a big motor doesn’t mean you’re going to be fast here. If you roll through the corner that’s really the biggest thing. Just a cool place, I always like coming here.”