Griffith to Start Off 2022 Season with SpeedFest Debut

Hudson, NH’s Derek Griffith’s top-notch 2021 racing season ended with the start of a new opportunity which will run throughout 2022, running in top Pro Late Model events through the Southeast for sponsor turned car owner Tyler Porter. While their first outing in the Snowflake 100 at 5 Flags Speedway did not generate storylines, it provided Griffith, Porter, and the Louie Mechalides(Lowell, MA)-led crew a springboard for the new year.

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Up first, SpeedFest 2022 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia, where Griffith is entered for the 100-lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event. With the all the focus of both driver and crew being on just the Pro Late Model effort for the January 28 & 29 race, they are looking to set a strong example before the racing schedule picks up.

“We left Pensacola and had some things that we worked on and got a little bit better. First time out with a car, you can’t complain too much with anything. We were pretty decent on the speed chart and everything went well, it’s just part of the deal not being fast out of the gate. Tyler has spent a bunch of time getting it dialed in, I think we’ll be good for Cordele,” Griffith told Racing America.

This will be the first appearance at SpeedFest and at the 3/8-mile Georgia oval for the Hudson, New Hampshire native. With many New England racing fans set to root for Griffith via the broadcast on Racing America, the #1 pick in the 2021 Short Track Draft has been spending time on Racing America to get to know the track that awaits him.

“I’ve watched a bunch of older races on Racing America, including Tullis and Nasse last year. I want to get the line down, play it from that angle. I’m not the kind of guy that takes a whole lot from another person. Not that I don’t want to, just for whatever reason I can’t get a lot of information out of someone just by explanation. I have to see the track first, then it makes sense.”


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