PENSACOLA, FL – It had been three months since two-time Snowball Derby Champion Augie Grill had last visited victory lane in a Super Late Model event. On Friday night, all the stars lined up for his return to his winning ways as the moon was nearly full and Grill returned to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida – a track where he had dominated at so much in the past few years. When the dust settled on Friday night, it was just like old times as for Grill as won the pole and the race in the USA Digital 100, the third round of the Blizzard Super Late Model Series.
“This feels way better than any other Blizzard win we have had,” said Grill. “It’s been kind of a lack-luster year for us as far as victories go. This was a good one. The car could have been like this the last Blizzard race, but I messed up and didn’t set it up that way. This win also says a lot about our business because Grand American Race Cars have won the last five races in the Blizzard Series, so I am happy on two fronts, but most importantly it’s good to be back in victory lane.”
Grill passed Chase Elliott, who won the last Blizzard Series race, just after the halfway competition caution. He never looked back from there. Even a late race yellow couldn’t help the field track down Grill from scoring his fifth career Blizzard Series win – which is one behind Scott Carlson for the all-time Blizzard Series lead.
“We are all about being consistent and we did that again tonight,” said Elliott. “Augie was a little bit better than us tonight. I could almost keep up with him for a while, but we were just a tick off tonight.”
Casey Smith rebounded from some recent bad luck to finish third, Bubba Pollard and Mike Garvey were the rest of the top five.
“The Grill (GARC) cars were really good tonight, but we’ll get things figured out with our Hamke Race Car and get them next time,” said Smith. “We have had some tough luck with finishes lately, so this feels really good for us.”
With the win Grill, moves up to fourth in the Blizzard standings, while Chase Elliott takes the lead by six points over Bubba Pollard and Johanna Long with two rounds remaining. The top two spot in the standings will earn an automatic starting berth for the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby in December. The Blizzard Series will be back in action on Friday, August 13th for the fourth
100-lap Super Late Model event of the 2010 season.