MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Donnie Wilson is using the 2014 season to prove that the past year’s bad luck is far in his rear-view mirror.
After being shut out of victory lane for a variety of bad-luck reasons in 2013, Wilson earned his second-straight and third overall Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory Saturday night at Alabama’s Montgomery Motor Speedway.
When Augie Grill crashed out of the lead after showing the way for the first 99 circuits, Wilson inherited the lead that he would not relinquish over the final 26 laps. The 43-year-old Wilson then sped away from a torrid battle between Hunter Robbins, Bubba Pollard and Daniel Hemric for second that he was happy to watch from well out in front.
“After Augie’s unfortunate incident, it was smooth sailing,” said Wilson. “He had a great car and I don’t know if I had enough stuff to get by him. I tried to get by him in the first 75, but I couldn’t get off the corners. We made some good adjustments at the (lap 75) break and it was kind of on a rail after that.”
Wilson’s best Southern Super Series finish in 2013 was third in the season-opening event in Nashville, Tenn. That also was his only top-five Southern Super Series finish in 2013. When the 2014 Southern Super Series season-opening event at South Alabama Speedway was rained out and moved to a week later in March, Wilson was forced to sit the race out due to a prior commitment. Since then, Wilson has finished no worse than fourth in seven races with three victories to his credit.
“It’s a combination that’s working right now,” added Wilson. “We put a lot of work into these cars and it’s paying off. I won two races in back in 2001 and that’s the most I’ve had in a year. I could end the year now and not have a bad word to say about it.”