51 Leftovers: Gulf Coast Championship Series
Records, Videos, and a Good Points Battle
By Elgin Traylor and Ally Fulson
Track Record Machine
Augie Grill and his Super Late Model has set three track records in less than a month. The flying #112 now holds several track records at the tracks in the Southeast.
Here is where Grill appears in the record books:
Five Flags Speedway (FL) - 16.440 - 109.489mph - 4/9/2010
Mobile International Speedway (AL) - 16.804 - 107.117mph - 4/10/2010
Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) - 16.169 -111.324mph - 3/13/2010
Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) - 18.088 - 99.514mph - 10/3/2009
South Alabama Speedway (AL) - 15.098 - 95.377mph - 3/7/2009
Ryan Lawler Okay After Tumble
Ryan Lawler went for a wild side-over-side ride at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday night.
Lawler was running second when something in the motor dropped fluid under his car and sent him off the track at a high rate of speed.
“I didn't see anything,” said Lawler. “I just closed my eyes and waited for the car to stop.”
Lawler had started the weekend out on a high note with a third-place finish at Five Flags Speedway the night before.
Grill and Smith Cost Each Other Shot at Victory
Augie Grill lead the opening nine laps at Mobile before contact with Casey Smith sent the #112 off the top of the track in turn one. Smith then went on and led most of the race before the pit stop.
After the stop Grill ran Smith wide down in turns three and four putting an end to both their chances at victory.
“I was going to more over and let him go, but he got wild,” said Grill. “He drove it in there and turned me around. It just so happens I came out of the pits behind him. I didn't want to spin him, but I wanted to let him know I was angry. I really should have done that because it messed our car up.”
Casey Smith managed to come back to finish fourth, but says the problems on the race track came from one person.
“We were passing for the lead and Augie did his typical deal and came down and wrecked us,” said Smith. “We think a shock started binding things up about halfway. It was still a good run for us.”
Points Battle Tight as Always
The first two rounds of the Gulf Coast Championship Series are in the books and the points have quite a different look then one would expect. Jeff Fultz leads over Chase Elliott by a single point. Most people don't realize that points are awarded for qualifying and that is why Fultz holds the lead despite a 3.0 average finish compared to Elliott's 2.5 average.
Gulf CoastPoints 1. Jeff Fultz 324 2. Chase Elliott 323 3. Casey Smith 304 4. Bubba Pollard 302 5. Johanna Long 285 6. Donnie Wilson 278 7. Josh Hamner 265 Ryan Lawler 265 9. Augie Grill 245 10. Eddie Mercer 221 11. Mike Garvey216 12. Allen Karnes 208 13. Dave Mader, III 179
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Jeff Fultz made the most of a late race pit stop and won the battle off pit road and held off Josh Hamner to win the second leg of the Gulf Coast Championship Series.
14-Year-Old Chase Elliott continues to get stronger as he takes two podium finishes at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL),
Bubba Pollard took the Sanders 18 Super Late Model to victory lane for the first time in several years. It was also car owner Ronnie Sanders return to the track after beating cancer about a month back.
Augie Grill set a new track record and led over 90 laps before a broken seal on the rear end took him out of the event four laps from the finish.
David Rogers took a hard hit into the third turn wall at Five Flags Speedway (FL). He was ok after the wreck, but the car is pretty banged up.
Augie Grill holds the track record at Five Flags and Mobile. (51 Sports Photo)
Jeff Fultz leads the Gulf Coast standings after two races. (Late Model Digest Photo)
Bubba Pollard scored his third-career Blizzard Series win. (51 Sports Photo)
Augie Grill gets checked by tech man Ricky Brooks during the caution period. (Late Model Digest Photo)