Just 15 laps into the Southern Super Series race at Five Flags Speedway (FL) this past Friday, the No. 112 of Augie Grill went hard into the backstretch wall at the famous half-mile oval. Scooting away from the area was the No. 2w of Donnie Wilson as Grill’s car limped into turn three with a trail of sparks behind it.
Wilson went on to score a top-10 finish, while Grill went home with a crashed race car and some hurt feelings.
“He just came off the corner and went up to the wall like I wasn’t even there and put me in the wall,” Grill told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
“I was passing him and my spotter said he was at my bumper,” said Wilson. “I thought I gave him enough room down the back and I didn’t. That’s all there is to it. It was my fault.”
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Wilson said that it was way too early in the race for someone to have their car get torn up like that. He also said it was entirely accidental.
“It’s not like I did it on purpose or anything,” Wilson said. “I just misjudged and he was at my right rear corner and I just didn’t give him enough room. By no means did I want to tear his car up because need all the cars we can get at each race.
“I feel terrible, because it was just dumb.”
Grill and Wilson talked mid-week about the incident. Wilson explained to Grill that the accident was entirely his fault, but the apology doesn’t have Grill feeling any better.
“Yeah I talked to him, but that doesn’t help matters,” said Wilson. “I don’t blame him for being upset. It’s just a bad deal.”
Grill said he appreciated the call, but it doesn’t help out the situation.
“No my car is still torn up so it doesn’t really do much.”
Grill, who hasn’t raced much in 2015, said he is unsure of the next time he’ll be back at the race track. He also said he’s unsure if what happened on Friday night will impact the way he races around Wilson in the future.
“I don’t know, honestly,” said Grill. “I can’t plan on that. “I just have to go to the next one and race the best we can and hopefully we won’t have any more issues.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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