PENSACOLA, Fla. – Augie Grill won the Snowflake 100 for pro late models for the third time in his career on Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway.
Grill started 21st, but battled his way to the front of the field to take the race lead away from defending race winner and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular John Hunter Nemechek in the closing stages of the event.
“It has been a rough last couple of years,” Grill said. “Sometimes we’ve had good cars, but then they’ve gone kaput.
“This is a big race. It may not be the Snowball (Derby), but it’s still the best Pro cars in the country. Outrunning John Hunter is special, but to go from 21st to first, that’s what is really special.”
A year after winning the Snowflake, Nemechek finished second and 14-yar-old Chandler Smith rounded out the podium in third.
Grill, now 40, was overcome with emotions in victory lane, letting out multiple fist pumps, screams of adulation and sharing long embraces with his team, family members and friends.
It was his third-career Snowflake 100 win, tying him with NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year Chase Elliott for the most all-time victories in the race for pro late models.
Grill will look to pull of the weekend sweep during the 49th annual Snowball Derby Sunday when the green flag waves at 2 p.m.
Kyle Ivey finished fourth and Ryan Paul completed the top-five.
Stephen Nasse won the 50-lap last chance race to qualify for Sunday’s 300-lap Snowball Derby finale. Dalton Sergeant, Raphael Lessard, Derek Kraus and Connor Okrzesik also advanced to the Snowball Derby.
Jarrett Parker won a wild 50-lap Pro Truck feature to close out the evening.
Augie Grill, John Hunter Nemechek, Chandler Smith, Kyle Ivey, Ryan Paul, Cole Butcher, Cole Anderson, Stephen Nasse, Anthony Cataldi, Mason Diaz, Derek Scott Jr., Jeremy Pate, Spencer Davis, Jeff Choquette, Scott Tomasik, Derrick Griffin, Carter Stokes, Bailey Currey, J.R. Needecken, Justin South, Kyle Plott, Connor Okezesik, Chase Purdy, Travis Braden, Dalton Grindle, Brandon Oakley, Bret Holmes, Bill Burba, Casey Roderick, Brandon Johnson, Bobby Knox Jr., Cole Daffron, Kyle Donahue, Zack Knowles, Christopher Tullis, Dustin Smith.