Every Super Late Model driver who drives down Pine Forest Road in Pensacola, Florida this weekend will have visions of winning the 150-lap Southern Super Series season finale; however, only a handful of divers will have a chance to become a champion this weekend in Pensacola.
Series point leader Casey Smith comes into the race only needing to finish in the top 20, not including qualifying, to lock up the SSS title. Smith has had a fine season in the Southern Super Series with two wins while finishing all 12 races in the top 10. Smith has been a model of consistency.
“We have had a good season,” Smith told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. ” The stressful part of this year is you have worked your butt off all year and you don’t want it to slip away in one race. Hopefully we don’t have any mechanical failures or anything silly like that.”
Smith is also eyeing a Blizzard series, which would be his first. All the key players in the Blizzard Series title are chasing their first track championship at Five Flags.
Casey Roderick leads the way having won a race earlier this season.
“I’m confident in what we’re taking down there,” said Roderick. “I feel like I have a really good shot at winning the race. I love Pensacola and I get around there really well. I just need a car that stays underneath me for 150 laps.”
Smith is nine markers back behind Roderick in the Blizzard standings.
“I think we would have to run in the top three to have a shot at the Blizzard Series title,” said Smith. “We really want to win at Five Flags because we have not won there yet. We have the Mobile title this year and to cap it off with a Blizzard title and a Southern Super Series title would be huge.”
Also in the mix is Donnie Wilson who is 17 back in the Blizzard Series and second in the SSS points. For him to be a champion in either series, he will have to come from behind.
“Casey (Smith) has had a great year,” said Wilson. “We kinda had that year last year and missed a race and still had a shot at the title at the end of the season. We have been running well the last few weeks and the only thing we can do is go set fast time and win the race and see what happens.”
Both point races have more meaning then just the championships. The top driver in the Southern Super Series and the Blizzard points get an automatic starting spot in the Snowball Derby. If the locked-in driver makes the race on time then the next driver in points is available to take the provisional. It’s good all the way back to the 10th spot.
The entire night of action can be seen live on Speed51.com as 51 TV will have live flag-to-flag coverage of all the nights action for free.
The free live broadcast will be headlined by the 150-lap Southern Super Series finale. Fans will also be able to watch the 20-lap Bomber feature, 35-lap Pro Truck feature and 25-lap Sportsman feature.