Blizzard Series Points Leader Augie Grill Not “Points Racing”
In Miller Lite 100 Finale
Two-Time Snowball Champion Racing Toward First Five Flags Title
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Only one more race remains in the five-race Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series Season at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida and teams are gearing up with their A-game. Teams are preparing to fight for the prestigious title of Blizzard Series Champion and battle for top-10 points finishes that grant them eligibility for provisional starting spots in the 44th Annual Snowball Derby in the final pre-Derby tuneup, the Miller Lite 100 on Friday, September 23rd.
Blizzard Series point leader and two-time Snowball Derby winner Augie Grill, who is chasing his first Blizzard Series title, will be sticking to his long-standing strategy of racing for wins, not points. Grill has traditionally picked specific events to run and raced for wins only, rarely choosing to run a full season and battle for a points championship. And even with this season’s Blizzard Series Championship trophy in sight, he’s still not changing his strategy.
“We’ve just got to race to win,” said Grill. “If we win, it won’t matter where the points fall. So we’ll just try to do our best to win the race and if that doesn’t happen then we’ll just try to finish the best we can and hope the points still fall in our favor. We’re just going to try to do the same thing we’ve been doing all season by finishing all the laps and hopefully being out front at the end.”
By way of two wins, a second and a third-place finish in the four races thus far on the season, Augie Grill holds the lead in the standings by 12 points over Fairhope, Alabama’s Grant Enfinger and 32 points over Bubba Pollard, who recently captured his 50th career late model victory.
As Grill looks to win the championship, others look to get a lock into the Snowball Derby, held on Sunday, December 4th. The top two in the point standings get automatic starting spots in the Derby. If they qualify in on time, or make it in through the last chance race, then the provisional starting spots move down through the final standing to the 10th spot. Right now 2010 Snowball Derby champion Johanna Long is 10th with Scott Carlson one point back, and Jeremy Pate is two points back in 12th. Long has a spot as the defending champion, Carlson and Pate will have to race for every point possible Friday night.
The Miller Lite 100 is final race of the Blizzard Season on Friday night, September 23rd at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.
For more information about Five Flags Speedway or the 44th Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.
Augie Grill has been on top of his game this season at Five Flags. (Speed51.com Photo)