FREMONT, Ohio – While he is only 25 years old Caleb Griffith of Sandusky has been racing a long time. He would be the first to admit when he was younger and things didn’t go his way, he would lose his cool and it would have an impact on how he finished races.
However, on Saturday at Fremont Speedway, he showed his racing maturity, not losing his cool when he was passed for the lead and then stormed back around four time UNOH All Star Champion Tim Shaffer with four laps to go to claim the 410 sprint feature win.
Griffith’s first 410 win at Fremont Speedway came on Vision Quest Hall of Fame Night. Prior to the racing, 12 individuals were inducted into the track’s hall of fame.
Griffith jumped into the lead early with Shaffer taking over on the second circuit. But then on lap 9 Griffith would blast under Shaffer and execute a slide job in turns three and four to regain the lead. As he raced into lapped traffic, Shaffer would use one of the back markers as a pick to regain the lead on lap 19, but Griffith didn’t give up and executed another slider for the lead on lap 26 and went on to his fourth career Fremont win. It was the first victory for Griffith in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints and gives him valuable points as he chases the Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series title and its $10,000 reward.
“I got a good start…the first lap was decent. I rolled it down in this end and it was way loose and I about blowed it off the end. I was like ‘yeah we’re done.’ So Byron (Reed) gets by me and it takes a little while for me to get calmed down. I have the winged yanked back early and I’m thinking ‘this isn’t good.’ I looked at Tim’s (Shaffer) wing under the caution and he hasn’t even moved it yet. He’s running the bottom and I’m not real good off the one and two end but I just keep waiting and it got to the point where I could slide him and he passed me back. I was like ‘shoot…keep your mo(mentum) up, keep your mo up don’t get flustered.’ I’ve been there before and blew it off the end. I don’t know how close the slider was but I was going for the win,” said Griffith.
“I have to thank Al Davis, Vic…they stuck with me last year when I got hurt. They had to take Chris (Bell) down to Little Rock and race a little bit to get their fix. I have to thank all the sponsors. I know everyone says it, but we really couldn’t do this without their help and support,” added Griffith. “I’ve been waiting for this since 04. For a long time I’ve had a love hate relationship with this place…I just loved to hate it but this makes up for a lot that.”