Augie Grill has won virtually everything there is to win in the Deep South, in almost any car imaginable. However, the Birmingham, Alabama driver had never been to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway – until now.
Now, Grill is already a winner in the Pro Late Model division after visiting victory lane on Monday. He also brought a Florida Modified to the World Series, which was in contention for a win Monday night before a late-race incident with Wayne Parker.
Grill was overjoyed with his win in the Pro Late Model, in just his second race of the World Series after Saturday’s program was rained out.
“It feels pretty good, to get one the second night,” Grill told Speed51. “The car wasn’t exactly like it needs to be. It feels good to start the week off pretty good with a win. Hopefully we can get some more.”
The reasoning behind Grill taking a stab at the World Series in two different classes this year was pretty simple.
“Rick Pollaro wanted to come down here and try it out,” Grill said. “I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We came down.”
No matter what car Grill straps into, or who it belongs to, racing is a passion.
“Over the years, I’ve had other people ask me to drive their cars here and there and run my own stuff in the same race,” Grill explained. “Sometimes I bring my own two or three cars. It makes it tougher at times. You’ve got to love this stuff to do it. I guess I love it a lot.”
Ultimately, that is why Augie Grill is at New Smyrna this week. He’s here because he loves racing and is thoroughly enjoying his first World Series experience.
“It’s been fun so far,” Grill said. “I wish we could have had a couple more nights of racing. It’s been pretty fun. Making a little gain on both cars. It doesn’t take much to make a big improvement. We’re just doing all we can and trying to be as quick as we can at the end of the day.”
While the Florida Modified’s title chances took a hit with Monday’s incident, Grill has finished fourth and first in the two Pro Late Model races.
“I would hope so,” Grill said. “If we can just keep a streak of good finishes going, I think we’ll be alright. We’ve just got to gain on it a little more.”
Both the Pro Late Models and Florida Modifieds will be back in action Tuesday at New Smyrna Speedway for Night Five of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. The Florida Modifieds will contest their ‘main event’ on Tuesday, running for 75 laps around the New Smyrna half-mile.
Speed51 will have Trackside Now coverage of the event, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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