Alabama Driver Headed North for Canadian Short Track Nationals

The Canadian Short Track Nationals picked up a little more southern flavor when two-time Snowball Derby winner Augie Grill threw his name into the hat for this weekend’s 250-lap race at Jukasa Motor Speedway (ON).  The Alabama driver has had big success in recent years with his Pro Late Model, with three Snowflake 100 wins and an Alabama 200 win in March to bring his win total in that race to five.

 

It will be Grill’s first trip north of the Mason/Dixon line for a race since the 2014 Winchester 400. With a $75,000 (CAD) payday to the winner of the Canadian Short Track Nationals, it was ultimately an easy decision to journey to Canada for the second running of the event.

 

“It’s hard not to go with what it’s paying to win and just what it’s paying to do everything,” Grill told Speed51.com.  “We’ve got help from a few people and we’ve got a few customers up in Canada.  We’ve been to a few new places this year that we haven’t normally raced at in the past, so we decided why not.”

 

Grill enlisted the help of a fellow Southeast Late Model shoe for nuggets about the Ontario 5/8ths mile before embarking on the long trip.  After what he heard from the inaugural winner of the Canadian Short Track Nationals, he heads into the weekend with confidence after strong runs at other similar tracks.

 

“I feel pretty good, I messaged Bubba Pollard the other day just asking him a few questions about what the place is like,” he said.  “He says it’s a lot like Montgomery and maybe Memphis mixed together.  I run pretty good at both those places, so I’m going into it with high hopes, hopefully we’ll have our ducks in a row and be able to come home with a real good finish.”

 

It will be one of the most anticipated short track races for years to come, with a purse increase to $1 million dollars (CAD) to come in 2021.  Grill is excited to see how the race grows and the possibilities of what it could do with short track racing back home in the Southeast.

 

“I hope it’s a move in a right direction,” he said.  “People say short track racing can still be alive and hopefully it can open some eyes down in this neck of the woods and some of the bigger races down here, hopefully one of these days they’ll pay a little more money.”

 

With a high-payout race expecting over 70 cars in Canada, Grill is approaching this weekend’s Canadian Short Track Nationals the same as he would any other race.  However, the first goal for he and his team is to just make it into the race.  From there, it will be about having a clean race and being there at the end.

 

“It’s the same as always, it’ll take a real good car and staying out of trouble,” he said.  “The way it sounds, just making the race is the first obstacle with that many cars.  Just keeping your nose clean and having a good enough car.  If you’re still in it at the end you’ve got a good chance to maybe race for the win.”

 

Race fans who are unable to join Grill at Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend will be able to watch a live pay-per-view broadcast of Sunday’s race on Speed51.com. Click here to order your pay-per-view video tickets today.

 

Saturday’s action will also be streamed live to premium (monthly/yearly) subscribers on the Speed51 Network.

 

Canadian Short Track Nationals Entries:

  1. PLM #18 – Patrick Freel, London On. – Simtech supply chain management
  2. PLM #55 – Gary Adriaensen, Belmont, On. – Dowler-Karn Fuels
  3. PLM #8 – Jordan Howse, Hillsburgh, Ontario – Paul Howse & Associates
  4. PLM #38 – Bill Pearsall, Puslinch, Ontario – Ponderosa Nature Resort
  5. PLM #18 – Tyler Emond, Leduc, Alberta – Alco & Alco Smart Roughneck System
  6. PLM #42 – Kyle Reid, Fort McMurray, Alberta – Robby’s Towing
  7. PLM #2 – Chris Reid, Fort McMurray, Alberta – Ella Mae Energy Services
  8. PLM #41 – Taylor Holdaway, Orillia, On – Holdaway Automotive
  9. PLM #12 – Matthew Shirley, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – R&R Rentals
  10. PLM #84 – JR Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, On. – TBA
  11. PLM #28 – DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ontario – WMI Race Cars
  12. PLM #14 – Chris Davidson, PEARLAND, Texas – Davidson Electric Company
  13. PLM #13 – Cassius Clark, PICTOU, NS – King Racing Competition Parts & Fabrication
  14. PLM #13m – Austin MacDonald, PICTOU, NS – King Racing Competition Parts & Fabrication
  15. PLM #14 – Carson Hocevar, Portage, MI – KBR Development
  16. PLM #71 – Johnny VanDoorn, Nunica, MI – TK Racing
  17. PLM #13 – Shane Maginnis, Hagersville, On – High Reach Cranes
  18. PLM #15 – Derek Lynch, Warkworth, On – HASIUK TRAILERS
  19. PLM #3 – ShaeGemmel, Dorchester, On -North Country Property Maintenance Inc.
  20. PLM #91 – Patrick Laperle, St Denis sur Richelieu, Quebec – Frameco
  21. PLM #70 – Trent Seidel, Grasswood, SK – Elance Steel/Pro Plus Automotive
  22. PLM #48 – Dwayne Baker, Stayner On – G D Coates Used Car Super Store
  23. PLM #9 – Brandon Watson, Barrie, On – Shear Metal Products
  24. PLM #62 – Travis Wilson, Bartow Florida – Travis Wilson Racing
  25. PLM #77 – Darrell Lake, Mount Brydges, On – London Drive Systems
  26. PLM #10s – Gord Shepherd, Oro, On – Paragon Office Installation Services Ltd
  27. PLM #52 – Jake Sheridan, Mt. Brydges, On – Pride Seed / Vibrent Farms
  28. PLM #99 – Donnie Wilson, Oklahoma City, OK – Rowdy Manufacturing
  29. PLM #47 – Brian Campbell, Wyoming, Michigan – Daily Deals
  30. PLM #33 – Weston Griffith Jr., Harvey, IL – Solid Steel
  31. PLM #48 – Sam Fullone, North Collins, New York – Fullone Trucking Inc.
  32. PLM #35 – Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA – Matthews Truck Service/ Ramstroms Service Center
  33. PLM #26 – Bubba Pollard, Senoia, GA – Harrison’s Workwear
  34. PLM #13 – Jaden Chapman, Sarnia, On – Refined Fool Brewing
  35. PLM #14 – Connor Okrzesik, Grand Bay, AL – Metro Glass
  36. PLM #71 – Dawson Fletcher, Canton, GA –FireAde
  37. PLM #59 – Reid Lanpher, Manchester, ME – EJP Racing
  38. PLM #3 – Shawn Ritchie, Echo Bay, On – McColl Racing Enterprises
  39. PLM #24 – Colin Garrett, South Boston, VA – Propel GPS
  40. PLM #8 – Kelly Admiraal, Edmonton Alberta – Swan Rentals
  41. PLM # 9 – Ian Admiraal, Sherwood Park, Alberta – Swan Rentals
  42. PLM #12G – Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH – LCM Motorsports/ Tyngsboro Motors
  43. PLM #80 – Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Quebec – McColl Racing
  44. PLM #12 – Sammy Smith, Johnson, IA – TMC
  45. PLM #17 – Josh Stade, Chesley, On –Rona, MEI Paving, APC auto parts, Tiremaster
  46. PLM #54 – Johnny Clark, Hallowell, Maine – COM
  47. PLM #03 – Ray Morneau, Windsor, On – Hallmark Memorial
  48. PLM #83 – Dale Shaw, Guelph, On – Wellington Systems
  49. PLM #79 – James Horner, Fraserville, On -Custom Forming
  50. PLM #88 – Tim Norris, Waterdown, On – Bryan’s Auction Services
  51. PLM # 08 – Nicholas Naugle, Dartmouth, NS – Brycon Construction Limited
  52. PLM #32 – Treyten Lapcevich, Grimsby, On – Mohawk Farms
  53. PLM #16 – Cayden Lapcevich, Grimsby, On – Ron O’Brien Remax
  54. PLM #03 – Dario Capirchio, Gilford, On – Jenco Equipment
  55. PLM #78 – Jo Lawrence, London, On – Pennzoil
  56. PLM #10 – Kevin Dyck, Saskatoon, SK – Wheaton GM
  57. PLM #47 – Jordan Sims, Sault Ste. Marie, On – Sims Countertops, STUFFF Lubricants
  58. PLM #21 – Matt Pritiko, London, On – Global Warranty
  59. PLM #33 – Albert Francis, Painesville, OH – Francis Engineering
  60. PLM #62 – William Hale, Mount Juliet, TN – Hale Mechanical
  61. PLM #112 – Augie Grill, Hayden, AL – Grand American Race Cars
  62. PLM #21 – Terry Jacques, Mt. Brydges, On – Attridge Concrete
  63. PLM #17MA – Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA – Lemieux Builders
  64. PLM #46 – Billy Zardo, Brampton, On – MC Mechanical
  65. PLM #41 – Harold Fair Jr., Milan, MI – Ross Mortgage
  66. PLM #81 – Andrew Gresel, Allenford, On – Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park
  67. PLM #73 – Cole Powell, Mt. Brydges, On – The Tricar Group
  68. PLM #84 – Martin Latulippe, Vallee- Jonction, QC, – FramecoLtee
  69. PLM #44 – Steve Laking, Guelph, On –Spira Fire Protection
  70. PLM #94 – Dustin Jackson, Sault Ste. Marie, On – Laird Raceway, Laird Towing.
  71. PLM #0 – Eldon King III, Freedom, NY – D & H Excavating
  72. PLM #93 – Carson Nagy, Mt. Hope, On – Jukasa Group of Companies
  73. PLM #5 – Tyler Hufford, Vicksburg, MI – Q it up Left Coast Catering

 

-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com

 

Alabama Driver Headed North for Canadian Short Track Nationals