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Southern Super Series Boasts Impressive Doubleheader Entries

Super Late Model teams can double down, down south this weekend

Bruce Nuttleman

 

It will feel like old times in the Southern Super Series this weekend with a Friday-Saturday doubleheader at Five Flags Speedway and Montgomery Motor Speedway.

This is not totally a new concept.

In the formative years of the southeastern Super Late Model tour, Pensacola and Mobile International Speedway would play host to four doubleheaders over the course of the summer, providing two chances to race within close proximity of each other.

With Mobile off the schedule until this year, the doubleheader format was shelved until its de facto revival as a Pensacola Montgomery twin bill and the Super Late Model industry has responded positively with two impressive entry lists.

There are 32 drivers on the paid entry list for Pensacola with 23 on provisionally heading north to Montgomery.

Southern Super Series championship leader Stephen Nasse is the headliner for both races with short track contenders Matthew Craig, Kyle Plott, Kodie Conner, Connor Okrzesik, Chris Davidson and Jeremy Pate also committed to both events.

Perhaps the most fascinating one-off for Pensacola is the returning Ross Kenseth with the returning Carswell Motorsports.

Daniel Hemric captured the inaugural championship in the blue and white 98 in 2013. Kenseth actually briefly drove for the team in 2015 when Hemric’s NASCAR opportunities began to materialize.

“It should be really fun, I’m looking forward to it.  The car they have now is newer than the one I drove when I was with them. I know Jake (Carswell) and them are excited to get back into it after taking a little break there,” Kenseth told Speed51. “When we ran with them last time, I think we were second at Pensacola, I feel like we have a decent history there so hopefully we can pick up where we left off and have a good run.”

While Carswell hasn’t entered an event since the 2019 All-American 400, Kenseth broke a five-year hiatus when he raced for Jim Webber at the final race in Pensacola last summer and again in the Snowball Derby with finishes of seventh and 23rd respectively.

NASCAR Truck Series contender Grant Enfinger will also enter Pensacola in his third start for Go FAS Racing since joining the team at the Snowball Derby and Rattler 250. Chandler Smith will also begin his preparation for December with Donnie Wilson Motorsports. Johanna Long Robbins and Hunter Robbins will both compete at Pensacola with Hunter making the trip to Montgomery on Saturday.

West Coast standout Jeremy Doss has a new Hamke Chassis and intends to race in all four Southern Super Series events at Pensacola in advance of the biggest race of the year.

“I think most of it is wanting to do well at the Snowball Derby,” Doss told Speed51. “It’s hard for guys like us to only run once a year and be successful.  We’ve had good qualifying efforts, but come race time, being able to only run one time or one race, it’s hard for us to get a platform down.

“We felt it would better our team to run there three or four times before the Derby and better our chances of bringing that Tom Dawson Trophy home. I feel like it’ll be a lot better. As we all know, the best car doesn’t always win. You definitely have to have luck on your side at that race as well, but I definitely think it would better our chances.”

Jeff Choqutte will be taking over the Larry Blount No. 21 starting this weekend at Pensacola after an 18 month hiatus from Super Late Model racing.

“The most that I’ve done since then is some iRacing with my buddies,” Choquette told Speed51.com. “We’ve mostly ran dirt cars, Big Block Modifieds, Dirt Late Models. My involvement has been absolutely zero. I’ve been spending time with the family, working for a family business. The Florida economy is strong and going, so we’ve been working hard and spending time with family.”

Pate has moved over to the Fab Specialties No. 42 entry.

Notably absent from the list is Bubba Pollard, who remains on hiatus building a new car, and managing the dirt track in Senoia his family reacquired over the winter. It’s not impossible for Pollard to be a last minute entrant but it’s unlikely at this point.

Both races of the Southern Super Series doubleheader, including the Blizzard Series opener at Five Flags and the Rumble By The River 100 at Montgomery, will be broadcasted live on Speed51.TV.  Friday’s race at Five Flags will be available as a pay-per-view broadcast for $19.99, while Saturday’s race at Montgomery will be available to Speed51.TV monthly and yearly subscribers.

Each race will pay $5,000 to win, with a $1,000 bonus paid out to the driver with the best average finish between the two races. A $500 bonus will also be offered to the driver with the fifth-best average finish. Earnest Performance will offer a free set of Hoosier Racing Tires to the Hard Luck Driver each night during the doubleheader. Hoosier will also give two free tires to six drivers who enter before the deadline.

The list of known entries for both events can be found below.

FIVE FLAGS ENTRY LIST, FRIDAY

  • Jackson Boone
  • Kyle Bryant
  • Jeff Choquette
  • Kodie Conner
  • Matt Craig
  • Ryan Crane
  • Chris Davidson
  • John DeAngelis
  • Jeremy Doss
  • Justin Drawdy
  • Jesse Dutilly
  • Daniel Dye
  • Grant Enfinger
  • Jake Finch
  • Jake Garcia
  • George Gorham
  • Jace Hansen
  • Michael House
  • Johanna Long Robbibs
  • Connor Mosack
  • Stephen Nasse
  • Nick Neri
  • Jett Noland
  • Connor Okrzesik
  • Jeremy Pate
  • Kyle Plott
  • Hunter Robbins
  • Casey Smith
  • Chandler Smith
  • Sammy Smith
  • Lee Tissot
  • Dusty Williams

MONTGOMERY ENTRY LIST, SATURDAY

  • Jackson Boone
  • Johnny Brazier
  • Kyle Bryant
  • Kodie Conner
  • Matt Craig
  • Ryan Crane
  • Chris Davidson
  • Daniel Dye
  • Jake Finch
  • Mike Garrett
  • Jace Hansen
  • Stephen Nasse
  • Nick Neri
  • Jett Noland
  • Connor Okrzesik
  • Jeremy Pate
  • Perry Patino
  • Kyle Plott
  • Bobby Reuse
  • Hunter Robbins
  • Casey Smith
  • Chandler Smith
  • Sammy Smith
  • Taylor Stricklin

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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