SSS: Hemric Edges Out Thrilling Southern Super Series Finale Win; Pollard Holds on to Claim Title

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IRVINGTON, Ala. — official release — Speed51.com photo — The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco reached an epic conclusion to its 2014 season Saturday night at Alabama’s Mobile Int’l Raceway.

Defending series champion Daniel Hemric came out on top of a three-wide battle for the win over Augie Grill and Jeff Choquette on the final lap. The top three were separated by just 0.008 seconds at the checkered flag.

Just like Saturday’s race, as well as the series championship in 2013, the battle for this year’s Southern Super Series championship went right down to the final lap. Behind the three-wide finish at Mobile, Bubba Pollard finished fourth to capture the Southern Super Series title by seven points over Hemric.

It was a tale of redemption for Pollard, who held the point lead into the series’ final event at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in 2013, only to be involved in a crash that cost him the championship by one point to Hemric.

“It makes up for last year,” said Pollard. “We have had a great year I can’t say anything bad about it. I hate to say we were point racing tonight, but we were doing what we needed to do to be the champion. We stayed up front and got the finish we need to be on top.

“I am proud of the season we have had. It’s an honor to be the champion and to race with this group.”

Pollard had the best view in the house of the three-wide battle on the race’s final lap.

Hemric, who entered the 2014 season finale 13 points behind Pollard, ran beside Jeff Choquette following the final restart. When the two got sideways together off turn four headed for the checkered flag, Augie Grill, who won Friday night’s SSS race at Five Flags (Fla.), made a bold three-wide move to their inside. At the start-finish line, it was Hemric’s No. 98 car ahead of Grill’s No. 112 and Choquette’s No. 29 for the season-ending victory.

“They were two wide for the last nine laps,” said Grill. “I had nowhere to go so I tried to make it three wide for the finish. It was a lot of fun and great finish for the fans. We came up just a bit short, but all in all a good weekend.”

While Grill ended up second on the bottom groove, Choquette was third in the middle of the last-lap sandwich.

“That was a first,” said Choquette. “In all my 19-years of racing I have never been a part of a three-wide finish like that. Too bad we came out on the short end, but we had a great car tonight and we’ll head to the (Snowball) Derby from here.”

In addition to the Southern Super Series title, the Mobile Miller Lite Championship, which is comprised of the track’s four Southern Super Series events, and the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship (Mobile and Five Flags Speedway events combined) were also awarded to Pollard Saturday night.

Behind Hemric, Grill, Choquette and Pollard, Mike Garvey rounded out the top five.

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