One of the bigger gains this season to the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco roster was the addition of second-generation driver Kyle Grissom. The 2012 PASS South champion moves over to face the challenges of the Southern Super Series and high speed facilities that make up the schedule in 2014.
"We wanted to make the change to run against better competition and on some of these tracks I have never had the opportunity to race on," said Grissom. "These guys are the cream of the crop down here in the deep south. My dad ran down here for years and now I get to run some of the same places he did."
Kyle's father Steve Grissom not only ran in the deep south, but won the 1985 All Pro Super Series Championship. That series was created by Bob Harmon, whose vision led a new generation of short track aficionados to create the Southern Super Series, now in its second season.
One of those tracks that the elder Grissom ran on was Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee. Steve's family grew up in nearby Gadsden, Alabama which was only three hours to the Fairgrounds track. In his Championship season, Grissom finished fifth and 16th in the two All Pro starts at Nashville.
"It seems like dad would always talk about Nashville," said Kyle Grissom. "I have only run there once and I enjoyed it, but I want to do better. We want to run well. We know success will take time, but if we could win a race then we know we have accomplished a lot."
Grissom hopes to roll out a brand new car for the high-banks of Nashville this weekend. He'll be making the switch to the Grand American Race Car for the 2014 season.
"When you come down south here you need to have something a little extra for these big tracks," added Grissom. "I am really excited to have a Grill car (GARC) to race with down here. Having the ability to talk to Augie Grill and get information and others guys like Bubba Pollard will help me get up to speed at these new venues to me."
It didn't take long for Grissom to make a splash in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco. His first time out saw him keep his nose clean for 200 plus laps and then fight for a hard-earned fourth-place finish at the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. Surprisingly a check of the records show that his uncle Phil Grissom also finished fourth in the Rattler back in 1980.
"We have struggled at some of the tracks we have run at," said Grissom. "Gresham and Pensacola have not been kind to us, but we want to get better and contend each week. It's a long season and we want to be in the mix all year."