Casey Smith went down to the Gulf Coast this past weekend with the objective of growing his points lead in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco. With a fifth-place run at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, and a runner-up finish at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama, he certainly did that.
Now he’s in a great position to become the third champion of the Southern Super Series with three races left. Smith leads the standings by 76 points over the next closest driver, and he said he believes that his run at Five Flags on Friday sets him up well for the championship race there on September 26.
“I’m pretty confident going into Five Flags again,” said Smith. “We learned a lot this weekend. The only thing is when we go back it will be a lot cooler compared to how it was on Friday night. That track changes quite a bit with temperature changes.”
Smith overcame a power steering failure to still score a top five on Friday night at Five Flags, but he still believes the track is his biggest obstacle separating him from the championship.
“It’s probably been my weakest track all year,” said Smith. “I feel like at the rest of them we’ve had a chance to win at every other track. At Five Flags I feel like we’ve had a third or fifth place car all year.”
But Smith believes he knows what he has to do to hold his points lead and win the championship. It’s no different then what he’s been doing so far this season.
“The biggest thing is we have to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Smith said. “We just have to be smart and points race. All year we’ve been trying to do the best we can do and so far it’s been working out.”
One added bonus to the season finale at Five Flags Speedway on September 26 that has Smith excited is the recently announced live broadcast of the race on Speed51.com. Now Smith’s potential championship can be seen by people all over the country, in addition to those that are able to make it out to the race track.
“I think it’s really cool and I hope we’ll get a lot of people tuning it,” Smith said. “Speed51 has done an excellent job for short track racing. They’ve really brought it to the forefront. Hopefully people will be watching the last race before the Derby and we’ve also got a championship on the line. Hopefully we can pull it off.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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