Chase Elliott Chasing History in
Blizzard Super Late Model Series at Five Flags Speedway
Teenager Looks To Become Blizzard Series Champ at the Age of 14
51 Sports PR Report
It’s no secret that two-time Snowball Derby winner Augie Grill has been tough to beat at Five Flags Speedway (FL) in recent years. Grill’s six career victories means that he is currently the all-time winningest driver in the history of the Blizzard Series. Sometimes, it seems like he can’t be beat, but it’s about to happen. 14-year-old Chase Elliott enters the final event of the Blizzard Series as the point leader and can lock up the championship with a solid finish in Friday night’s season finale.
“It definitely would be awesome and it would mean a lot to all the guys for all the hard work we have put in this season,” said Elliott. “We tried something new in the last Blizzard race and it didn’t work out. What we learned that night and since then is going to be a good combination for the last race. I am really excited about it.”
Elliott will have that on his mind as a busy weekend awaits him. On Friday and Saturday nights, Elliott will be battling for three Super Late Model titles: the Blizzard Series title, the Miller Lite Series title at Mobile International Speedway and the overall Gulf Coast Championship Series – which consists of events at both venues.
“We are going there to win the race,” said Elliott. “We did win the last Gulf Coast race and we still felt we could have been better. We want to go to win and we know if we take care of things by running well then we can let the points take care of themselves.”
Elliott has been very consistent and holds a 29-point lead over Grill, who has won each of the last two Blizzard Series races. The two drivers have been the cream of the crop in the Deep South Super Late Model ranks, but they know one poor finish can spoil the weekend.
“We can’t count on Chase having bad luck,” said Grill. “He had a tough night in the last race and they have too good an organization to allow that to happen again. I know they won’t come back that way. He is going to be tough to beat for the championship.”
Grill won’t be left empty-handed though if he comes short of beating Elliott. There is more to race for than a title as both the Blizzard champion and second-place points finisher will get an automatic lock into the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby in December. Grill can grab that win a solid run, but he is also looking for a third-straight Blizzard win which has never been done at Five Flags Speedway.
Fans unable to attend the Five Flags Blizzard Series’ event can hear it live on RaceTalkRadio.com, a presentation of Speed 51 Radio. The five Blizzard Series and five Miller Lite Series events at Mobile International Speedway will make up the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship series, where drivers competing at both tracks are eligible for overall Championship.
For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Rubber & Specialties100 or the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.
Chase Elliott leads the points going into the final race. (Cindy Elliott Photo)
The opening round rear-end problem might be the one thing that stops Augie Grill from winning a Blizzard Series title. (Late Model Digest Photo)