MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Winning is a family tradition for Augie Grill.
The two-time Snowball Derby winner learned how to build cars from his father Frankie. When he was at the track with his No. 112 Late Model in the Southeast and beyond in recent years, Grill could often be found in victory lane with his wife Courtney and young son Owen at his side holding the trophy and checkered flag at the race’s end.
Saturday night, Grill was able to add more memories for the family scrapbook when he scored his first Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory at Alabama’s Montgomery Motor Speedway. It was the first race that the newest addition to the Grill family, newborn son Nayson, was able to attend.
Grill, of Hayden, Ala., slipped beneath Daniel Hemric with 20 laps remaining in Saturday’s Southern Super Series 125 presented by Grand American Race Cars for his first series victory and for Nayson Grill’s first victory lane photos.
“Tonight was special as I had my new little boy in victory lane,” said Grill. “Owen went to victory lane at his first race and now so has Nayson. To do it at home is really nice and in one of these Southern Super Series races means a lot because it was our first in the series.”
Grill qualified second and started third following the post-qualifying invert of four. He quickly worked his way to the lead by lap five and continued to show the way through a long green-flag run that ended with the lap-75 competition yellow flag period. Another invert at the break forced Grill to start third for the final 50-lap sprint to the checkered flag.
Daniel Hemric, who won the Southern Super Series pole award presented by Ford Racing, Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Progressive Racing Engines and RW Engines earlier in the day, led initially after the lap-75 restart, but Grill immediately started reeling him in.
Grill worked his way inside Hemric’s No. 98 on lap 105 and took the lead that he would not relinquish over the course of the final 20 laps.