Justin South is no stranger to going fast at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Saturday afternoon the Alabama Pro Late Model driver captured his second career Allen Turner Snowflake 100 pole and dedicated it to a close family member
“(Car Owner) Larry (Blount) and them have just given me everything I’ve needed as a driver to go out there and do my one simple job, which is go fast,” South told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “All of my guys have worked their butts off too and joined forces. We’ll see if we can put the 'Corruptor III' in victory lane.”
South started from the pole in the 2012 running, but faded late in the event outside the top 10. The former ARCA competitor knows what it will take to run up front, but also is aware that it can change from race to race.
“The pace is so different every time,” South explained. “I think that if we could just keep the rear tires and the right front tire on it, I think we’ll be there at the end.”
Another driver that agreed about the race being about conservation has finished second the last two years. Coincidentally, John Hunter Nemechek will line up second in Saturday night’s 100 green flag lap feature, which does not allow for tire changes.
“It’s all a saving game, and that’s why I lost the past two years,” the defending Snowball Derby winner stated. “I feel like we have a very fast car all weekend so hopefully we can stay up there.”
Perhaps turning the most heads in qualifying was third place starter Bobby Knox Jr., a young Alabama racer who topped his seventh place qualifying run. Impressive considering the Montgomery Motor Speedway regular was not present during Thursday practice due to being in school.
“I had a test on Thursday night and finally got down here,” Knox noted. “These guys just worked their butt off. It wasn’t me at all. I actually kind of screwed up coming off turn two.”
Much like the front row starters, Knox agreed that it will come down to those four tires that each competitor qualified on.
“We’ve been here a couple times this year and it’s always been a tire race, whoever can save tires the best.”
Defending Snowflake winner Bubba Pollard will start outside of Knox with Dwayne Buggay and another former event winner Chase Elliott lining up in row three.
Kaz Grala won the 50-lap last chance qualifier. Most notably failing to make the field was Southern Super Series top rookie Garrett Jones, who despite charging through the field after an alternator change came up one spot shy of making the field.
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-By Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Central NY & PA Editor – Twitter: @aaron_creed
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