MONTGOMERY, Ala. – When the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco was formed last winter, fans quickly voiced support for the tour for one key reason.
They would finally get to see the South’s finest talent go toe-to-toe in a unified and competitive series. And the battle most of these fans clamored to see was Augie Grill and Bubba Pollard, two drivers who gave it all they got whenever they were in the same race in recent years.
These fans’ hopes came to fruition Saturday night at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama as the race came down to the Deep South duo. Grill and Pollard were glued together over the final 50-lap run, swapping paint and the lead multiple times. In the end, Grill proved to be the victor, nipping Pollard for his third Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory of the 2013 season.
It was Grill’s second consecutive series victory after winning last weekend at Mobile and also is his second consecutive series victory at Montgomery Motor Speedway. He won the series’ first visit here in May. Montgomery, in fact, has been Grill’s most prolific track over the years and despite the challenge he faced it was no surprise to see him in Victory Lane here once more.
“The first time I’ve ever raced here I finished second and for some reason I’ve always liked this place,” a smiling Grill said in Victory Lane. “We’re really running well everywhere right now. Winning three of six is great, but winning 10 of 16 would be better.”
Augie Grill started the night by winning the Fast Time Award and the $500 check presented by RW Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Ford Racing, Progressive Racing Engines, and Hamner Racing Engines. It was the first Fast Time Award for Grill in the series and he marked the fourth different driver to win the award this season.
Grill then rolled a two on the dice to invert the field for the feature, but he quickly powered by T.J. Reaid to lead the first lap. Grill would go unchallenged to the lap 75 competition break though there was plenty of action behind him. A musical chairs game for second ensued for that first segment, as Reaid, John Hunter Nemechek, Mike Garvey, and Pollard all took turns in that spot. Grill ultimately led Garvey and Pollard as the field came to the break.
After the 10-minute break, the dice roll inverted the field by three, leaving Pollard to the lead. Grill quickly moved to second on the restart and, though a few cautions for some minor incidents would slow the pace of the race down for a bit, would take the lead for good on lap 84. But Pollard never fell more than a car length behind Grill after losing the lead and by lap 100 it was clear he was going to fight Grill tooth and nail over the final few laps.