The final race of the 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season takes place this Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. While the season champion, Donnie Wilson, has already been crowned, bragging rights are up for grabs heading into the 49th annual Snowball Derby in December.
To get you prepared for the big race, Speed51.com’s resident “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor gives you a look at the race “by the numbers.”
0: The margin for the 2016 Blizzard Series title at Five Flags Speedway entering the final race. 2015 Blizzard Series champion Casey Roderick is looking to become the first Blizzard Series champion to go back-to-back since Eddie Mercer in 2004 and 2005. Roderick enters the race tied with Zane Smith as the two will go down to the wire for the title in the finale this weekend.
2: 2016 Southern Super Series champion Donnie Wilson will be in town for one thing: to win. After a heartbreak last year, Wilson is still seeking his first win at Five Flags. Last time out at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL), he captured the Alabama 200 and the series championship.
10: The top 10 drivers in the final Blizzard Series points have a shot at the Blizzard Series provisional at the Snowball Derby. The top driver is locked in and if he makes it on time it goes back to the next person in line, all the through the top 10. The log jam for 10th finds Casey Smith leading Ryan Luza by one point for ninth. Behind Luza, David Rogers is five points back, Kenzie Ruston is seven back, and Augie Grill is 11 points back. The top 10 battle will be close as always.
There will also be a battle to stay in the top 10 in the Southern Super Series points.
11: There have been 11 different winners in the last 20 Blizzard Series races.
51: For the second year in a row, the Southern Super Series finale will be broadcast live on Speed51.com. The broadcast will be presented free of charge, courtesy of PFC Brakes. Race fans will need a free, basic membership to Speed51.com in order to watch.
112: Augie Grill is due for a win and what better place than Five Flags Speedway. The two-time Snowball Derby champion has eight Blizzard Series wins, it would only be fitting that he goes out with a win to end the 2016 regular season.
150: The season finale for the Blizzard Series will be 150 laps for the Super Late Models. Several drivers will be in town getting prepared for the 300-lap Snowball Derby in December.
Dare you Say 9?: It’s been a while since a number-nine car reeked so much havoc at Five Flags Speedway. No, we are not talking about Chase Elliott, we are talking about Jeff Choquette in the Kurt Jett Motorsports car. Choquette has had plenty of success in Pro Late Model competition at the track in 2016, but he’ll be there Saturday in a Super Late Model looking to add another win to his hot summer.
I am Tied, You are Tied, We are all Tied: The top two drivers are tied for the lead and behind them there is another log jam. Chris Davidson, Donnie Wilson and Bubba Pollard are tied for fourth in Blizzard Series points, 43 points back of the lead.
Past Blizzard Series Champions
2015 Casey Roderick
2014 Bubba Pollard
2013 Daniel Hemric
2012 Bubba Pollard
2011 Augie Grill
2010 Chase Elliott
2009 Johanna Long
2008 Josh Hamner
2007 Scott Carlson
2006 Dave Mader III
2005 Eddie Mercer
2004 Eddie Mercer
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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