THOMPSON, Conn. — Garrett Hall of Scarborough nailed down his first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model victory in the 75-lap season opener for the PASS North Tour, also offering national championship points, Sunday afternoon at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Hall outgunned early race leader Trevor Sanborn of East Parsonsfield midway through the race to claim the top spot after an extended, spirited battle. He then held off a determined challenge from Derek Griffith of Hudson, N.H., to post the win.

Hall, 21, credited a February trip to Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway with helping himself and the team to dial the car in on New England’s biggest and fastest oval short track.

“We would have never been able to do this without that trip to New Smyrna, even though we didn’t run well there,” Hall said.

Griffith made things interesting in the late stages of the race for a while, dueling with both the eventual winner, as well as third-place finisher Dave Garbo Jr. of Stonington, Conn.

Early race leader Sanborn dominated the first half of the event and finished fourth. Multi-time PASS North Super Late Model champion Ben Rowe of Turner rounded out the top five. Rowe unofficially took over the PASS Super Late Model National Championship points lead on the strength of that finish.

Mike Hopkins of Hermon and Larry Gelinas of Buxton ran sixth and seventh, followed by Joey Doiron of Berwick, Glen Luce of Turner, and Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Mass.

Saturday afternoon heat race victories were posted by Sanborn, Gelinas and Hall.

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