51 Leftovers: Gulf Coast Championship Series
Casey Smith, Spinners and Speeders
By Elgin Traylor
The Points Chase is On
Chase Elliott can look at the Gulf Coast Championship Standings and sees his name at the top of the list. But many seasoned veterans are chasing the second-generation driver. Elliott scored his first win at Five Flags Speedway and will look to hang on to the top spot when the series returns in June.
Gulf Coast Standings
Official Points after 3 of 10 races
1Chase Elliott 495 2Bubba Pollard 467 3Jeff Fultz 445 4Johanna Long 439 5Casey Smith 422 6Josh Hamner 422 7Donnie Wilson 404 8Augie Grill 400 9Mike Garvey 359 10Ryan Lawler 336 11Eddie Mercer 293 12Allen Karnes 284 13.Chris Davidson, 248 14.Dave Mader, III 240 15.Jeremy Rice 227 16.Danny Bagwell 201
17. Wayne Niedecken, Jr. 174
18.Rocky Boyd 161 19.Brandon Carlson 158 20.Casey Roderick 149 21.Paul Kelly 144 22.Ron McDonald116 23.John Bolen, 106 24.David Rogers, 104 25.Steven Davis 99 26.Korey Ruble 76 27.Tyler Millwood 59 28.Mike Fritts 50 29.Dale Little 46
Augie Grill Still Searching For Right Combo
Augie Grill has been scratching his head all season long. Nothing has changed on the house car for Grand American Race Cars, but that little bit of luck needed to win races is gone. In April, Grill led 90 plus laps in the Blizzard Series opener and didn’t even finish the race. The next night, he was leading when he got run over on the racetrack. At Five Flags, the second time around he had an average fourth-place finish. Don’t count him out, he could be a real factor soon.
Radar Guns and Penalties
Ricky Brooks hasn’t had to toss anyone out this season in the Gulf Coast Championship Series, but he’s already made some changes for the next event. Brooks told the drivers at Mobile that radar guns will now be used on pit road after Josh Hamner sped off pit road at a high rate of speed raising everyone’s eyebrows.
“That was one of the stupidest things I have ever seen on pit road,” said Brooks.
Many questions were asked, but the drivers got the message. We’ll see who get’s stopped by Brooks’ officials first in June.
Points Leader Has Bad Night
Many people are wondering what happened to Jeff Fultz at Five Flags Speedway. He went into the race as the point leader, but was never a factor in the race.
“That was embarrassing,” said Fultz. “We broke something in the rear end. We got it fixed, but we were lucky to still get a top 10 at the end of the night.”
Fultz slipped to third in the overall standings, but still leads the Miller Lite Standings at Mobile international Speedway.
Casey Smith, John Bolen, Mike Garvey, Eddie Mercer, Allen Karnes and several others had problems that left them without a chance to race in the Miller Lite 100 on Saturday. However, the weather was the saving grace for them as the event was not run keeping them in the hunt for both the Gulf Coast Championship Series and the Miller Lite Series at Mobile.
Hamner Turns the Corner with KBM
Don’t look now, but it seems as if Josh Hamner has turned the corner and his effort with Kyle Busch Motorsports. After an off qualifying run, Hamner worked his way to fifth and then got the lead on a great pit stop. Hamner help on to the top spot for a few laps and then slipped back to second.
Hamner was also very fast at Mobile which means he could be the next winner in the Gulf Coast Championship Series.
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Chase Elliott beats Josh Hamner and Bubba Pollard to the line in the Blizzard Series Papa John's 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola,
Casey Smith made the most out a wrecked racecar and race back to the top five before a pit stop set him back several spots. Still with a banged up car he finished 11th.
Ryan Lawler went for a wild flip in the first Super Late Model event of the season at Mobile International Speedway (AL). Lawler tells Speed 51 how it went down.
Chase Elliott leads the Gulf Coast Standings. (51 Sports Photo)
Josh Hamner didn't get a ticket, but he raised some eyebrows going off pit road. (51 Sports Photo)
Jeff Fultz didn't have the type of weekend he would like to have had. (51 Sports Photo)
Casey Smith finished the race with his door banged up. (51 Sports Photo)