Augie Grill Tops Fellow Title Contenders In
Carpenter’s Campers 100 Blizzard Series Race
Two-Time Derby Champ Bests Pollard & Long at Five Flags
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After round four of the Blizzard Super Late Model Series at Five Flags Speedway (FL), it is evident that there are three drivers in a league of their own this season. Augie Grill, Bubba Pollard and Johanna Long, who are the current top three in the points standings, also dominated the top three positions in Friday night’s Carpenter’s Campers 100 with Grill bringing home the victory.
Although Grill started on the pole, his journey to victory lane wasn’t as easy as it may seem. Five Flags veteran Eddie Mercer quickly took the lead from Grill and paced the field for just over 30 laps before Grill was able overtake him for the lead. However after a cycle of pitstops, Grill found himself restarting in fifth with 38 laps remaining. It was this restart and Grill’s quick thinking that he credits his win.
“There on the restart, after we came in, I could see that the cars in front of us were falling off and weren’t as good as they had been,” commented Grill. “The leaders had stayed out and they were on older tires so I figured they might be a little slower on the start. I decided that I would try to get them on the outside on the start and it worked out and we held on. Bubba was really strong but we just had a great car tonight and were able to pull it off.”
Pollard, who is the current Blizzard Series points leader, as well as Johanna Long who is third in the standings, both had to make pit stops with only one lap completed in the event as Pollard had carburetor issues and Long had a flat tire. Both Pollard and Long restarted the race in the rear of the field and worked their way back up through the field to post their top three finishes.
“We fell back on the start and had to come in,” explained Pollard. “Then we had to work hard to get back up to the front without burning all of our stuff up. We had kind of a slow pit stop there but we had fresh tires and worked hard to make those spots up but we just didn’t have enough time to get back up to Augie since we were working all night to get to the front.”
Despite pitting out of sequence with the rest of the leaders, Long held her position in the top three on much older tires after making a comeback from her lap one pitstop.
“It was a little rough at first,” said Long. “We felt like we had a really good start at first and then the caution came out at lap one and had to come in, we had a flat tire and we put an old tire on and made it back. I felt like I was a sitting duck and not going to go to the front and we thought it was going to be a good points night for us but the three of us [Grill, Pollard, and Long] finished one, two, and three again.”
Stay tuned for the final Blizzard Series event on September 25th where the 2009 Champion will be crowned.
For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Carpenter’s Campers 100 or the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.