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Southern Super Series Heading to Montgomery for a Rumble

June 30th, 2017

Fireworks won’t be the only thing causing a rumble in Montgomery, Alabama during the July 4th holiday weekend. Saturday night’s Rumble by the River 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway is creating just that, quite a rumble. With only 33 championship points separating the top five in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco standings, the July 1 race takes on a role of vital importance.

Georgia youngster Chandler Smith currently sits at the top of the standings, but the likes of Stephen Nasse, Kyle Plott, Garrett Jones, Bubba Pollard and Paul Kelly are all within striking distance. Add in heavy hitters like defending SSS champion Donnie Wilson, Montgomery favorites Augie Grill, Casey Roderick and a host of others, and the House of Speed will be alive with action.

What better way to show some American pride than by watching some of the best racers in the country battle it out with some short track racing?

Additionally, after the June 17 Show Me the Money Pro Late Model event gave way to heavy rains, series sponsor Black Sheep Woodlands stepped up to offer the highest finishing Pro Late Model a $500 Bonus to compete in the Rumble by the River 125 on July . SSS officials will use the designated CARS TOUR regulations on the Crate Motor cars, which includes a 40-pound weight break and 200 rpm increase to allow them to compete. In addition to the high powered Super Late Models, the Modifieds of Mayhem Tour will also be in action, along with the Late Model Sportsman.

If quality short track racing with multiple divisions isn’t enough, there will also be a firework extravaganza to celebrate Independence Day.

For more information, contact Stan Narrison at 334-262-6101. Entry forms can be found at www.southernsuperseries.com.

-Southern Super Series Press Release

Cole Anderson celebrates his first career SSS win at Montgomery

June 21st, 2016

(Montgomery, AL) – Cole Anderson tackled the Rumble By The River 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway as if he were a prize fighter chasing a title belt. He bided his time, felt out his opponents, picked the perfect opportunity to attack and never relented until the final bell sounded. Anderson pounced on leader Kyle Grissom with 52 laps to go, and never looked back to capture his first Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory.

“It feels really good to get back in victory lane after the rough couple of weeks we have had,” Anderson said. “This win is a total team effort and I can’t say enough about how great this team is. ACR (Anthony Ciampi Racing) worked really hard in testing the last few weeks, and it paid off big time tonight.” Anderson took the Super Late Model world by storm in January, winning the Red Eye and Orange Blossom at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida.

Saturday’s trip to victory lane in Montgomery was his first checkered since the stellar opening month. The dominant night on the Alabama half-mile has Anderson primed for a second-half charge. With the win, Anderson etched his name in the Montgomery Motor Speedway winners’ book, alongside NASCAR legends Tim Flock, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and David Pearson, as well as short track aces Dick Trickle, Gary Balough, Dave Mader and Bobby Gill.

“It means a lot to be mentioned with those guys that have won here before,” Anderson said. “I am just proud I am able to say that I won at the same place they did. It’s really cool.” Grissom’s quest for a third straight Southern Super Series win looked promising in the middle part of the event, but ultimately came up one spot short. With two wins and a runner-up in his last three SSS races, Grissom kept on smiling.

“We were pretty good tonight, but he (Anderson) was just a bit better than us,” Grissom said. “We have been working hard on this deal this year, and have been fortunate to bring the car home in one piece most nights. That has helped us at the shop a lot, and we are going to keep building on it.” Series points leader Donnie Wilson set fast time in time trials, and looked to be a contender in the late stages of the race, but was doomed by a flat tire. In the end, Wilson came home with a disappointing ninth-place finish.

“We kind of got bit tonight and had a right rear go down on us late,” Wilson said, shrugging his shoulders. “We we came in after the race, the right rear had 12 pounds (of air pressure) in it. We had a really good car tonight, but when that happened; it was all she wrote.” Casey Roderick finished third, Chandler Smith came home fourth and veteran Allen Karnes turned in a season-best fifth.

The 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season continues on July 9 when the series visits South Alabama Speedway. For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit www.southernsuperseries.com. Rumble by the River 125 Southern Super Series

Elliott Captures Second Alabama 200 Win at Montgomery

September 15th, 2015

(MONTGOMERY, AL)- Just 48 hours and 700 miles after snapping his winless streak in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Chase Elliott left Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) with his third career Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco win, and second Alabama 200 triumph.

Elliott set second fast-time Saturday evening but after a re-draw started second for the start of the 200 lap affair Sunday afternoon. The reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion didn’t like how things went during the first half of the race and used the halfway break to reset both driver and car for the final 100 lap run.

“I don’t think I went about things correctly,” Elliott said of the first half of the race, “I think I used (my car) up a little too much in that first half. I tried to set a better pace in the second half”

A “better pace” did not necessarily mean a slower one as roughly two-thirds of the way through the event, Elliott locked into a tight battle with four-time Alabama 200 winner Augie Grill to pull into third after the pair spent more than a dozen laps fighting for the podium spot.

Just when it looked like Elliott was going to battle Kyle Grissom and Donnie Wilson for the top two spots, the No. 9 slowed to a stop in turn two, bringing out the caution.

“I got a flat right-front. I guess as I was down shifting I got it hung up in gears and couldn’t get it back going.”

Elliott restarted 10th and made quick work of the field before racing past Grissom to take the lead on lap 176. It would be short-lived however as a late-race caution gave Grissom another shot at the top spot.

Grissom, who led the most laps on the afternoon, prevailed on the restart and held off Elliott for a half-dozen laps but the Dawsonville, Georgia driver was just too strong in the end, taking the lead for the final time on lap 183 and never looking back.

“I appreciate him (Grissom) racing me clean.” Elliott said after the great duel that played out in front of the packed grandstands, “I had been working him for a bunch of laps there and finally got a run on him. Then that caution came out and I had a really bad restart. I had to work twice as hard just to get back by him again.”

Grissom raced inside the top three for the entire race and hung on for the runner-up finish. Behind the top two, Ross Kenseth worked his up from a 10th starting spot to round out the podium.

Next up for the Southern Super Series will be the season finale on August 26 at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway where the Super Late Models will run for 150 laps in front of a national audience. The final race of the season will be broadcast live on Speed51.com thanks to support from PFC Brakes. For more on the Southern Super Series, visit www.southernsuperseries.com, follow @SoSuperSeries on Twitter and “Like” Southern Super Series on Facebook.

Donnie Wilson Walks Away From Montgomery With Third Southern Super Series Win

July 1st, 2014

(MONTGOMERY, AL) – Donnie Wilson is using the 2014 season to prove that the past year’s bad luck is far in his rear-view mirror.

After being shut out of victory lane for a variety of bad-luck reasons in 2013, Wilson, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, earned his second-straight and third overall Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory Saturday night at Alabama’s Montgomery Motor Speedway.

Donnie Wilson celebrates his third Southern Super Series victory of the season at Montgomery. (Speed51.com photo)

When Augie Grill crashed out of the lead after showing the way for the first 99 circuits, Wilson inherited the lead that he would not relinquish over the final 26 laps. The 43-year-old Wilson then sped away from a torrid battle between Hunter Robbins, Bubba Pollard and Daniel Hemric for second that he was happy to watch from well out in front.

“After Augie’s unfortunate incident, it was smooth sailing,” said Wilson in Montgomery’s victory lane. “He had a great car and I don’t know if I had enough stuff to get by him. I tried to get by him in the first 75, but I couldn’t get off the corners. We made some good adjustments at the (lap 75) break and it was kind of on a rail after that.”

Wilson’s best Southern Super Series finish in 2013 was third in the season-opening event in Nashville, Tennessee. That also was his only top-five Southern Super Series finish in 2013. When the 2014 Southern Super Series season-opening event at South Alabama Speedway was rained out and moved to a week later in March, Wilson was forced to sit the race out due to a prior commitment. Since then, Wilson has finished no worse than fourth in seven races with three victories to his credit.

“It’s a combination that’s working right now,” added Wilson. “We put a lot of work into these cars and it’s paying off. I won two races in back in 2001 and that’s the most I’ve had in a year. I could end the year now and not have a bad word to say about it.”

Augie Grill earned the $500 Southern Super Series Fast Time Award, presented by Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, RW Engines, Ford Racing and Progressive Racing Engines, in qualifying. Grill, a three-time Southern Super Series winner in 2013, dominated the first 99 laps of the event before making an admittedly uncharacteristic mistake.

It was a rookie mistake,” admitted Grill. “I had all rear brake in it trying to make it turn. The only place I could run was up top. I just ran in there and lost concentration for an instant and it got out from under me.”

Montgomery native Hunter Robbins came out on top of a hotly-contested battle for the runner-up spot. He, Bubba Pollard and Daniel Hemric put on a thrilling show for the second spot down the stretch, but it was Robbins who prevailed. It was the best finish of 2014 for the 22-year-old, who competed in his family-owned No. 18 after parting ways with longtime car owner Ronnie Sanders before the Montgomery event.

“It feels good to run good at Montgomery,” said Robbins, whose second-place finish was his first top-five finish of 2014. “This car has been great since we took it to the All-American (400) last year. We were able to just fine-tune on it and we had a good piece. The way the race played out and the way the track changed, I couldn’t be happier. I wouldn’t be here without Dubz Thermal Products and the support of my parents. They really stuck behind me and scraped up enough funds just to show up here. I don’t know when our next race is going to be, but we had a lot of fun this weekend.”

Pollard, the Southern Super Series point leader, held onto his point lead with a third-place finish. The four-time Southern Super Series winner in 2014 held off Hemric and Anderson Bowen, who rounded out the top five.

Grill, by leading at the halfway point of the Yellowhammer 125, earned a $500 cash bonus from Dubz Thermal Products.

The Southern Super Series will return to action on Saturday July 12 at Jefferson, Georgia’s Gresham Motorsports Park. Entry forms and fan information for this event can be found on the track’s website, www.racegmp.com.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com.

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The series is also on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.