Grill Holds Off All Challengers at South Georgia by Allison Fulson
New Car is Christened in Victory Lane at South Alabama
After four attempts at a green, white, checkered finish, Augie Grill held off Bubba Pollard to win the Pro Late Model 100 at the South Alabama Speedway this weekend.
“It was starting to get nerve racking [with the restarts] and Bubba had me worried,” Grill reflected in victory lane, after the first time out in his new red 112 machine.
Grill ran second most of the night behind David Hodges, before slipping beneath him coming off turn four on lap 82. From there, he was chased to the finish by Bubba Pollard, who looked beneath him several times but was not able to secure the position.
“If we would have gone green, at the end, I believe he would have gotten me, but our car was just a little bit better on the short green run there,” Grill noted.
Dwayne Middlebrooks, who was said to have retired earlier in the season, followed Pollard in third while Andy Pugh and pole sitter David Hodges rounded out the top unofficial top five finishers.
However, in Ricky Brooks' room of doom, Pollard and Pugh were disqualified; which allowed Jeff Morgan and newcomer Brandon Johnson to move into the fourth and fifth positions after post-race technical inspection.
Viper Series regular Brandon Odom, who finished third at Five Flags Speedway on Friday night, came in seventh behind local favorite Sam “Shanky” Smith after a late race scuffle.
In other news, it was announced, during the South Alabama event, that Ronnie Sanders, who has amassed multiple NASCAR Cup Series starts, numerous track championships and a 1977 Snowball Derby win, will conclude his 41 year racing career at the South Alabama Speedway's next event, the Alabama 200 on October 18th and 19th.
Fans at South Georgia got to check out plenty of racecars, but none ended up better off than the new red #112 of Augie Grill. (Allison Fulson Photos)