Augie Grill is preparing for a busy month of February in the state of Florida. With the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing approaching at New Smyrna Speedway, the Hayden, Alabama driver has plans to compete in at least two divisions during the nine-day event.
While Grill has not made as many Super Late Model starts as he’s had in the past, he is still as busy as ever behind the wheel with a Pro Late Model and Modified in his arsenal. The two-time Snowball Derby champion is currently entered in all three divisions for the World Series, but will put his primary focus in two of the divisions for his second World Series trip.
Which Late Model class he will mainly compete in has yet to be decided, due to a late crash in the Snowball Derby that has him starting from scratch on the Super Late Model side.
“The plan is tentative but my actual plan is to get a new Super done and run every night with the Super, then with the Modified. The car I wrecked at the Snowball was my Super and it’s pretty much out to the pasture now,” Grill said on Speed51’s “The Bullring” on Monday. “If I can’t get this new Super done I’ll probably take the Pro down there and run Pro and Modified all week.”
Grill pulled double-duty in last year’s World Series before a wreck in the third Pro Late Model race ended his week in that division. He admits preparing two cars over a span of nine nights can be challenging, yet it’s something he and the team still enjoys.
“It’s a little much at times. I ran the Pro and the Modified last year the first three nights, then we crashed the Pro out on that third night. Up to that point it’s a hustle-bustle,” he stated. “You’re getting after it to make every practice session you need to make and get all the things done after a race, whether you tear something up or not you’ve still got to prep for the next day. It makes for a late night and everybody wants to go unwind somewhere and have a few drinks, so it makes for a harder morning the next morning. It just carries on from day to day.
“It’s a lot of fun if you have a good week and it could be a lot of fun if you don’t have a good week, it’s what you make of it,” he added. “I know when the week’s over it is really wearing on the body.”
With the 2020 season in full swing in the Southeast soon after the World Series, Grill sees the World Series as an extended test session to prepare for the long haul. With a brand-new Super Late Model nearly completed, he’s excited to get to the Sunshine State to kick off the new year.
“Nine days is plenty of time to try fifteen things if you want to, or not try them. Hopefully it’ll be good right out of the gate and we don’t have to try to reinvent the wheel on it. It’ll definitely be a long week test session, basically.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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