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Chase Elliott Benefits From Late Yellow to Win Alabama 200 at Montgomery

August 28th, 2013

MONTGOMERY, AL – Three races in a row now have produced a first-time winner in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco. The latest winner is 17-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Chase Elliott who took down the 49th Annual Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL).

Elliott elected to wait to take tires and had two fresh Hoosiers left when a caution flew on lap 185. Elliott was one of the cars who was involved in the caution allowing him to pit out of fifth to put on fresh tires. He then charged from sixth to take lead on lap 195 from Bubba Pollard and hold on as the distance stretched to 208.

“We need a caution and I didn’t want to be the caution, but it worked out in our favor as we didn’t hit anything,” said Elliott. “I am really proud of Ricky and all the guys. It’s been a while since we have won a Super Late Model race and this is a big win for us here. I wanted to come run this race and I’m glad we got to celebrate in victory lane with the fans.”

The early part of the race saw yet another classic battle with Alabama’s Augie Grill, who was racing for his fourth Alabama 200 crown, and Georgia driver Bubba Pollard who came into the event as the point leader. Grill led the opening 101 laps as Pollard led a 61 lap stretch in the middle. Both Grill and Pollard were never separated by more than a second when racing for the top spot.

“I had a good time racing with Augie tonight,” said Pollard who ended up second. “We respect each other a bunch and we both work hard on our race cars. We know we can race side-by-side and not hit wreck each other.”

“When Chase got those two new tires I knew we were racing for second,” said Grill who ended up third. “I think Pollard and I have a lot of respect for each other and we are both good drivers. It’s easy to race like that when you can respect the other driver.”

Pollard got the lead from Grill on the lap 192 restart only to lose it to Elliott on lap 195. Pollard ended up second, Grill finished third after a pit stop as Mike Garvey and defending race winner Mason Massey rounded out the top five.

Bubba Pollard started the evening by winning the Fast Time Award and the $500 check presented by RW Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Ford Racing, Progressive Racing Engines, and Hamner Racing Engines. This was his eighth fast time award of the season.

“We can definitely use the extra money to keep us going,” said Pollard. “We want to win races. We know that winning the fast time awards has helped us a bunch to become the championship leader.”

The Next Southern Super Series event will be the Buddy’s Homer Furnishing Blizzard Series finale at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Friday, September 20th. That will be the first of a two-day weekend where the Southern Super Series will race at Mobile Int’l Speedway (AL) the following night on Saturday, September 21st.

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Southern Super Series Honoring Montgomery’s 60th Anniversary with Alabama 200 August 24 Event to Cap off Track’s Monumental Season with 200-laps of SLM Action

August 1st, 2013

CONCORD, NC – After a storied history at multiple tracks around the Yellowhammer State, the Alabama 200 has found its home once again at Montgomery Motor Speedway and this year’s 49th running of the event, during the track’s 60th anniversary celebration, is sure to live up to the hype.

The 2013 edition of the event will fly under the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Super Late Model banner. The Super Late Model series will bring its biggest stars to battle in the track’s season-finale event on Saturday, August 24.

The event will be the advertised 200-lap distance with an optional break at halfway in an effort to appease all teams.

“It will be the normal 200 laps with cautions counting and we will have a competition caution at lap 101,” said Montgomery Motor Speedway’s Paul Boswell. “But it’s not a mandatory pit stop. In other words you don’t have to pit then, but if you do you won’t lose any spots except to any cars that elect to stay out. That will give a chance to some of our smaller teams to make their stops and not have to worry about losing laps and things like that but also leaving the strategy out there for some of the teams that want to try to play the strategy game and short pit or pit late or anything like that.”

The Alabama 200 has produced such historic winners as Neil Bonnett, Jody Ridley, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and more recently Augie Grill, Mason Massey and Hunter Robbins.

The 49th Annual Alabama 200 will be the final verse of the track’s 60th Anniversary season. Track officials are hoping that the choice to team with the Southern Super Series for the event will make it even more memorable.

“We’ve been celebrating our 60th anniversary this year,” said Boswell. “In fact, we had a Twin 60′s Pro Late Model race to commemorate it earlier in the season. It’s been a great year for us and we’re excited to have the Southern Super Series as part of it and to finish out the year strong with the Alabama 200.”

Ticket information and more on the Saturday, August 24 Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway can be found on

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Augie Grill Nips Bubba Pollard in Classic Southern Duel

June 2nd, 2013

MONTGOMERY, AL – When the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco was formed last winter, fans quickly voiced support for the tour for one key reason. They would finally get to see the South’s finest talent go toe-to-toe in a unified and competitive series. And the battle most of these fans clamored to see was Augie Grill and Bubba Pollard, two drivers who gave it all they got whenever they were in the same race in recent years.

These fans’ hopes came to fruition Saturday night at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama as the race came down to the Deep South duo. Grill and Pollard were glued together over the final 50-lap run, swapping paint and the lead multiple times. In the end, Grill proved to be the victor, nipping Pollard for his third Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory of the 2013 season.

It was Grill’s second consecutive series victory after winning last weekend at Mobile and also is his second consecutive series victory at Montgomery Motor Speedway. He won the series’ first visit here in May. Montgomery, in fact, has been Grill’s most prolific track over the years and despite the challenge he faced it was no surprise to see him in Victory Lane here once more.

“The first time I’ve ever raced here I finished second and for some reason I’ve always liked this place,” a smiling Grill said in Victory Lane. “We’re really running well everywhere right now. Winning three of six is great, but winning 10 of 16 would be better.”

Augie Grill started the night by winning the Fast Time Award and the $500 check presented by RW Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Ford Racing, Progressive Racing Engines, and Hamner Racing Engines. It was the first Fast Time Award for Grill in the series and he marked the fourth different driver to win the award this season.

Grill then rolled a two on the dice to invert the field for the feature, but he quickly powered by T.J. Reaid to lead the first lap. Grill would go unchallenged to the lap 75 competition break though there was plenty of action behind him. A musical chairs game for second ensued for that first segment, as Reaid, John Hunter Nemechek, Mike Garvey, and Pollard all took turns in that spot. Grill ultimately led Garvey and Pollard as the field came to the break.

After the 10-minute break, the dice roll inverted the field by three, leaving Pollard to the lead. Grill quickly moved to second on the restart and, though a few cautions for some minor incidents would slow the pace of the race down for a bit, would take the lead for good on lap 84. But Pollard never fell more than a car length behind Grill after losing the lead and by lap 100 it was clear he was going to fight Grill tooth and nail over the final few laps.

Pollard made a few runs at Grill, pulling alongside numerous points during the final twenty-five laps, but could never make it past Grill’s door. In the last ten laps, Pollard got particularly creative, diamonding the corner on some laps and on others trying to make a crossover move. But in the end, Grill’s car stuck the best and he used a good launch off turn four coming to take the white to withstand Pollard’s final charge.

“It was a little free there at the beginning of the race, but we just rode around there and I didn’t think I was abusing it,” Grill said as he looked back on the night’s activity. “At the break, we should have made a little adjustment there to make it better, but we were still all right. I guess Bubba was taking care of it for the first 75. I think he was actually a little better than me, but just wasn’t as aggressive as I might have been in that same situation. He didn’t wreck me, we didn’t wreck each other, and here we are with another victory.”

“The restart when he [Pollard] was leading, he chose the inside and that was kind of shocking for me. Bubba’s usually an outside line kind of guy. The car was really good on restarts and would be plain fast for a few laps before it started to get a little free. So I’m glad I was able to get ahead of him when I did because, like I said, I think he was just a tick better than us there at the end.”

Pollard had mixed feelings after the runner-up effort. He has been locked out of Montgomery victory lane since the track was last repaved and the competitor in Pollard always wants especially to beat a rival like Grill. But the second place run was a solid boost to his points lead over 4th place finishing Daniel Hemric and was fantastic in light of a practice crash that hindered the team’s effort Friday afternoon.

“I sure hate that we wrecked the car Friday in practice,” Pollard said after the night’s action. “The guys did a great job fixing it. We tore it up pretty good as we went the right plate and left front suspension. And to come out here after that and just be able to run with the 112 [Grill] is pretty cool to me. I don’t like running second but I would rather run second putting up a fight than running second a half track behind.”

“I think we could have been in Victory Lane tonight. Our two cars were pretty equal there. I think we had a little better racecar than him in the last 10 laps, but I wasn’t going to rough him up to pass him. I would rather run second than get that bad reputation.”

Garvey wound up third. When Grill and Pollard began to dice it up for the win it seemed as though Garvey had the fastest car on the track. However, he made some contact with the wall exiting onto the backstretch and said his car never felt the same from that point on. Still, the third is Garvey’s best run yet in the Southern Super Series and his team seems to be heading in the right direction with back to back top-five’s.

Hemric was fourth and Stephen Nasse rounded out the top-five. The Next Southern Super Series event will be the SSS 125 presented by Penske Racing Shocks at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Friday, June 21st. That will be followed on Saturday by the SSS 125 Presented by Five Star Racecar Bodies.

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Jake Griffin Claims First Dirt Open Wheel Modified Win of 2012

June 14th, 2012

Quincy, Illinois- Just a week removed from his first career win in an Asphalt Open Wheel Modified, 13-year-old, Jake Griffin raced to his first Dirt Open Wheel Modified win of the season on Saturday night by topping a field of twenty-four competitors at Montgomery Motorsports Park (New Florence, Missouri).

On Friday night it was back to business for the team with a Weekly Racing Series Event at Hawkeye Downs Speedway (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) that also included the Keith Fleck Memorial Wall of Fame festivities. In the Asphalt Modified division he won his heat race before finishing third in the feature behind race winner, Mike Schulte, and Brian Gibson. The Late Model division also witnessed Griffin winning his heat race before racing to an eighth place finish in the main event. Jake is now in the top five in the point’ standings in both divisions. Full results and the latest standings from both
divisions are available at .

Jake enjoyed a great outing on Saturday night by charging through the field to his second feature win of the year with a triumph at Montgomery Motorsports Park (New Florence, Missouri). With twenty-four entries on hand Jake earned the eighth starting spot for the main event, and would begin working his way forward through the pack at the drop of the green flag. With just five laps remaining he bolted to the top spot, and despite a last lap caution that forced a green-white-checkered restart he would go on claim the feature win!

On Sunday evening the team concluded the three race weekend by entering the UMP Open Wheel Modified and UMP Super Late Model divisions at Quincy Raceway (Quincy, Illinois). In the UMP Open Wheel Modified division Jake began his night by charging from the seventh starting spot to a second place finish in the third heat race, which locked him into the third starting spot for the main event. In the feature he raced in the top five for the duration of the feature before crossing the finish line in fifth behind race winner, Michael Long, Steve Delonjay, Dave Wietholder, and Jared Schlipman.

The UMP Super Late Model class found Jake starting third in his heat race he charged to the heat race lead and was just half a lap from claiming the win, when the right-rear axle broke ending his night early. Full results for both divisions are available at .

In the last issued standings, which did not include this past weekend’s events, Jake is now currently second in the standings in the UMP Northwestern States Region and is 64th in the UMP National UMP standings. Full standings are available at .

This week, June 12th-17th, will be a busy time for the team as the look to enter six events in six days. On Tuesday, June 12th the team will be in action in the NASCAR Night at Macon Speedway (Macon, Illinois) in their Dirt Open Wheel Modified. Wednesday and Thursday night will see the team competing with their Dirt Open Wheel Modified in events that will be held in conjunction with the UMP DIRTCar Summernationals events at Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) and Kankakee County Speedway (Kankakee, Illinois). On Friday night at Hawkeye Downs Speedway (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Jake will go after his second straight win at the facility as he takes part in the Open Wheel Modified and Late Model divisions. On Saturday night, the team will return to Montgomery County Speedway (Florence, Missouri) for a Weekly Racing Series Event before concluding the weekend at Quincy Raceways (Quincy, Illinois) on Sunday night. For more information on the events please visit,,, and .

Jake Griffin Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including Fierge Auto Parts, McPike’s Pawn Shop, Crawdad’s Classics Gourmet Hot Sauce, Triple R Machine Shop, Microtel Inns & Suites, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Johnny Spaw Race Cars Kelly’s Restaurant, Powder Coat Plus, Wilco Fast Breaks, Green Smart Builders, and Outdoor Power Inc.

For more information on Jake Griffin Racing, please visit .