Donnie Wilson dominated Saturday night’s Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco race at Mobile International Speedway (AL), but when all was said and done it was Kyle Grissom who climbed out of his car and celebrated in victory lane. With the win, Grissom became the fifth different winner in five races for the series in 2016.
After engine failure relegated him to a backup car during Friday’s practice at Five Flags Speedway (FL), Wilson, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, took the backup car to the top of the speed charts with a late practice mock qualifying run, and proved it was no fluke by setting fast-time during time trials.
Wilson started fifth after the redraw and worked his way to the lead before setting a torrid pace up front.
2015 Mobile winner Grissom started sixth and wasted little time moving himself into second place, following Wilson by early leader Chris Davidson just 12 laps in.
A red flag halted the field on lap 16 when Nathan Davis’ No.5 went off track in turn four, and when the green came back out it stayed out the rest of the way.
After following in Wilson’s shadow for 66 laps, Grissom was able to capitalize when Wilson slipped up in turn one. Grissom took the lead and never looked back on his way to victory lane.
“I just tried to take care of my tires and luckily Donnie slipped up and I was able to capitalize,” Grissom stated in Victory Lane. “This place has been tough on me the last few years, I struggled to get a handle on it.
“It’s awesome coming down here and racing against these guys. These are the best in the business.”
Wilson hung on for second after his tires faded during the later stages of the race.
“We led a lot of laps. We just weren’t as good as Kyle,” stated Wilson. “After last night, I’ll take a second. It’s a good rebound.”
In an impressive run, rounding out the podium, was young Riley Herbst. The driver of the No. 19 started 14th and worked his through the field during the long green flag run to finish third, rebounding from a disappointing 17th-place finish the previous night in Pensacola.
Defending SSS champion Casey Smith finished solidly in fourth with Zane Smith rounding out the top five.
Grissom’s win on Saturday night, combined with a fifth-place finish on Friday night at Five Flags, make him the favorite to win the $1,000 Tri-Track Bonus Bucks when the series heads to Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia on June 4.
The bonus, announced earlier in the week, will award $1,000.00 to the driver with the best average finish over the course of the three Southern Super Series presented Sunoco events at Five Flags, Mobile and Cordele. Grissom leads the way with an average finish of third with Wilson hot on his heels averaging a fifth-place finish.
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