Augie Grill will get back behind the wheel of a race car this weekend in Lebanon I-44 Speedway (MO) at the Show Me State Showdown presented by Speed51. The two-time Snowball Derby winner is eager to race once again, especially at a track where he has not competed at before.
Grill will make the trek from Alabama to Missouri for the event, the first points-paying race for the ARCA/CRA Super Series. He is looking forward to getting back to racing after months away from the cockpit.
“It’ll be nice to get back to the race track and race a little bit,” Grill told Speed51. “It’s been a while since I’ve been anywhere. I feel pretty good about it.”
This will be Grill’s first appearance as a racer at the 3/8-mile facility. However, he has been to the track working with his Grand American Race Cars (GARC) customers, and has an idea what to expect from the track.
“I’m a little excited to go somewhere I’ve never actually raced at. I went with a customer a few years back to help him, but I’ve never driven anything there,” he stated. “It looks like it’ll be a fun a place to get around.
“It just looked like it’s pretty racey. You could run down at the bottom, in the middle or up at the top with the progressive banking. The grip was pretty good when I went there. I don’t know if it’s gotten worse or it’s about the same. We’ll go back to our notes from then and see what I think we need to do and go from there.”
Like many racers in the south, the period away from the car during the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the longest of Grill’s career. He admitted that some cabin fever has set in, and he is itching to get back on the road.
“It’s nice to get back to somewhat normalcy. Being off from racing this long has been odd. I’ve been home so long; I don’t know how to act. It’ll feel nice to go out of town to go to a race.”
While he has been to a couple of local events helping GARC clients, Grill admitted it’s not the same as putting on the firesuit and going racing himself.
“I’ve been to the race track a couple of times with some customers. I’ve helped some friends at the track locally, but it’s not the same as racing myself. I’m looking forward to getting back to what I’m used to. Hopefully we’ll have some fun, run good and go from there.”
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