May 23, 2022

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Auto racing notebook: Josh St. Clair set to open 3 title defenses this year

Josh St. Clair of Liberty celebrates in victory lane pursuing a earn at Wiscasset Speedway previous time. Travis Barrett/Kennebec Journal

WISCASSET — How does one particular prime a history-earning 2021? To hear Josh St. Clair convey to it, minimize your anticipations for 2022.

“I have a declaring, “ mentioned St. Clair, of Liberty, who became the initial driver in Wiscasset Speedway to win a championship in three individual divisions during the same season previous summer season. “‘Expectations are premeditated resentment.’ It’s superior to hold the bar reduced and just go out and have entertaining and get pleasure from it.”

He’ll get that opportunity Saturday, when Wiscasset Speedway holds its initially racing of the time. The motion will get less than way at 2 p.m.

There was loads to delight in at the observe his grandfather, Dave St. Clair, the moment owned. The third-technology driver won nine characteristics a 12 months back — four in the Pro Stock division and a few in the Strictly Streets — en route to the championship in equally. In profitable the Professional Stock title, St. Clair grew to become the first in his household to assert a championship in the track’s premier weekly division.

He also received two Late Model functions en route to that title.

“To get started with, I’ve been performing this given that 2004 and it’s the first time I’d received a person championship. To get 3 at as soon as, it’s like … what???

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Josh St. Clair, leading, and Andrew McLaughlin study the problems on a race motor vehicle in the pit location at Wiscasset Speedway last year. Travis Barrett/Kennebec Journal

“The more I see people today in the course of offseason, everybody needs to know the exact same matter — how are you going to defeat that? I did not intend on that occurring. It all just shook out for me.”

Though he continues to be in a little bit of shock as to what he’s been equipped to execute, there is continue to a person extra detail still left on St. Clair’s bucket listing.

“I’d appreciate to complete off the Manager Hogg,” he mentioned of the race named just after Dave St. Clair, an yearly 150-lap Pro Stock open up event. “I’ve led it previous two yrs and then some thing occurred at the conclusion.

“That’s the one thats been at the best of the listing for very a very long time.”

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It’s been a whirlwind thirty day period presently for Hudson, New Hampshire’s Derek Griffith.

Griffith, who posted a podium end in previous August’s Oxford 250, designed his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut for Sam Hunt Racing at Richmond Raceway in Virginia on April 2 and then went to Martinsville Speedway the place he threatened the Prime 10 all night in his second occupation start out in the sequence.

Then he joined the Pro All Stars Sequence at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Easter Sunday and factors didn’t go really as efficiently.

Griffith was gathered in an accident during his qualifying race that morning, 1 that despatched his car or truck upside down and careening into the very first-change wall at the 1.058-mile monitor. He said it was the toughest hit he’s ever taken in a race auto.

Hudson, New Hampshire, driver Derek Griffith is in his 2nd year with SpotOn as a sponsor. Griffith made his Xfinity Series debut this season. AP photograph

“We manufactured it three laps in our heat race and bought absolutely ruined,” Griffith explained. “It was a actually major heartbreaker. It’s one particular detail if I could fault myself for generating a miscalculation or racing for the get. But I pulled up to enable guys go and they wrecked every other.”

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If there was just one positive out of the incident, it was that Griffith was basically unharmed.

“I’m totally good,” mentioned Griffith, 25. “I have a single small bruise on my elbow. This gnarly head cold I have had all week has bothered me extra than that did.

“We’ve often felt like it’s not worth it to conserve dollars on on a utilised seat or for one thing that doesn’t in shape fairly right. We have never ever sacrificed on products when it will come to basic safety. I have often produced guaranteed that I have the suitable things that matches and is tightened up the way it need to be.”

Griffith mentioned that he’s suffered concussions while racing in the past, resulting from a lot less substantial impacts. Although his car — the only Move-authorized Tremendous Late Product he has — was totaled and he’ll pass up this weekend’s Pass race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut, he was not injured.

“I acquired unfortunate wrecking, and then I bought lucky although I was remaining unfortunate,” Griffith explained.

Griffith explained he expects to be again on track with Move on Might 7 at Oxford Plains Speedway. His up coming scheduled Xfiniy Series race is at NHMS on July 16.

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