A pair of drivers who had good nights on Friday at Five Flags Speedway (FL) during the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club carried that momentum into qualifying for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model event on Saturday.
Augie Grill, the winner of Friday’s Modifieds of Mayhem feature, outqualified Snowball Derby polesitter Derek Thorn to take the top starting spot for Saturday’s Snowflake 100. Grill was uncertain how quick he would be in qualifying, but found he has plenty of speed in his Pro Late Model.
“Going into qualifying, I didn’t really know what I was going to run,” Grill told Speed51. “I know it was good in practice, but we never put tires on it, I didn’t see the use. I’m kind of surprised by the speed.”
Grill acknowledged the nerves of the Snowball Derby have gotten to him over the past week, but confidence built from success last night has eased that tension.
“I’m just really excited going into the race tonight knowing I’ve got a really good piece. Confidence is a really big thing. Making the Snowball was confidence into the Modified race. Winning the Modified race was confidence into today. I’ve felt really comfortable today and I’ve been a nervous wreck all week.”
Derek Thorn backed up his fast time during Country Pleasin’ Pole Night for the Snowball Derby on Friday by qualifying second in his Pro Late Model. The California native admits he still doesn’t have a great read on his car entering tonight’s race.
“So far, the weekend has been pretty good to us. To come here and get first in the Super and second in the Pro, I think that says how good these guys are. Came up a little bit short in the Pro deal, but it’s impound so you don’t know until you get in the race. We haven’t raced that car in over a year and a half, so hopefully tonight it is as good as we need it to be to win.”
Ohio’s Brandon Oakley took the third spot in qualifying. With the sun setting between qualifying and the start of tonight’s race, the Midwestern racer knows he will have to prepare for a different track under the lights.
“I don’t really know this place real well. I assume it’s going to tighten up a little bit. I think we have a pretty good balance on it. Obviously, I expect to get a little free on the long run. We’ll just try to save tires as best as we can and go at the end.”
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Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Qualifying Results
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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