Saying that Augie Grill needs to get back on track at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida might raise an ear of any race fan. After all, Grill has won a pair of Snowball Derbies, the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and four races in the Blizzard Super Late Model Series in just the past few years.
More recently though, dominating performances have turned into heartbreak for Grill at Five Flags. In both the most recent Snowball Derby and the most recent Blizzard Series race, he was quick and had issues that kept him from victory lane. He’ll look to put those troubles all behind him on Friday night in the Papa John’s 100.
“I don’t know what we can do different to change our luck,” said Grill. “All we can do is keep our heads up and keep taking good cars to the race track. We led pretty much the whole race at Five Flags last time, but something in the rear end broke and had to pull off with two laps to go. It was tough, but we’ll bounce back.”
Grill dominated the Blizzard Series opener after setting a new track record in qualifying. A 15th place finish set him back in the quest for the Blizzard Series Championship, but with weather information reporting temperatures in the 80’s this week it will make for chasing the right set-up a little tougher then April’s race.
“The heat really slows the track down,” said Grill. “Sometimes you want to try new stuff and that’s not always the best place to do so. We missed the set up one year down there and were junk for most of the race. We managed to come back and score a top-five finish. We are going to be ready and hopefully we end the night in victory lane.”
Grill finished second to Bubba Pollard in last years Papa John’s 100 after a near photo finish at the line. This time, Grill he hopes to reserve the roles and end up with the win.
Augie Grill will have to deal with the best of the best in the Super Late Model world with the likes of Miller Lite Series champion Bubba Pollard, Defending Blizzard Series Champion Johanna Long, former All American 400 winner Mike Garvey, former Winchester 400 winner Ryan Lawler, 2005 Snowball Derby Winner Eddie Mercer, Former Blizzard Series Champion Josh Hamner, Super Late Model youngster Chase Elliott and Gulf Coast Championship Point leader Jeff Fultz.
Qualifying for the Papa John’s 100 will begin at 6:45pm, with the feature events set to take the green flag at 8pm. The Modifieds, Sportsmen, and Bomber divisions will also hit the Five Flags half-mile.
Fans unable to attend the Five Flags Blizzard Series’ event can hear it live on RaceTalkRadio.com, presented by 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 Papa John’s 100 or the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.