The work of a man by the name of Lee Fields is one of the major reasons why Mobile International Speedway is on the map as one of the premier short track racing facilities in the Southeast. The short track facility built by Fields and located in the small town of Irvington, Alabama hosts some of the best racing in the Deep South and now the track’s marquee event will move back to prime time as a Super Late Model show. The 12th Annual Lee Fields Memorial 150 will be the next-to last extra distance race on the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco schedule in 2015
Fields passed away in 2000 and a Late Model race has donned his name ever since. The race was a Super Late Model show up until 2008 when it was switched to a Pro Late Model event. Now it’s back to a Super Late Model show and will be a major event in deciding championship points for the 2015 season.
In addition to auto racing, Fields was a wrestling promoter who did a lot for the local sports in the 80’s. Now, the winner of the Lee Fields Memorial gets a championship belt for besting the best of best in an all out 150-lap royal rumble on the Mobile high banks.
In addition to the battle for the belt, the track title will also be on the line as Casey Smith leads Donnie Wilson by 17 points heading into the final event in the track’s Miller Lite Series. For Wilson it would be his first track title in Alabama, but for Smith it would be his second after winning the track title in 2007.
Next on tap in the whole scheme of things is the Southern Super Series title it’s self. Smith has a larger 82-point lead over Wilson in the overall standings, while it’s nearly 100 points back to Casey Roderick in third.
Despite the large lead, Smith is not going to celebrate until the checkered flag flies on the series’ final event on September 26, which will be broadcast on 51 TV. He knows that the competition is stiff and anything can happen, just like it has the previous two seasons.
The other title fight is the Gulf Coast Championship Series which has the same players. Smith leads Wilson and Roderick, but the margin is less than 40 points. A deep field and a poor night could play havoc on a driver’s championship hopes.
Mobile has been one of the most competitive tracks on the circuit as it has produced six different winners in nine races. The law of average would point to another new face in victory lane which could be Casey Roderick, Garrett Jones, Kyle Grissom or Anderson Bowen.
Bubba Pollard has won the Lee Fields race a record five times in five starts. Now he will look to put his undefeated record on the line at one of his best tracks. Pollard is well out of the points after a rash of poor finishes in the spring and a disqualification earlier this year for an engine infraction. He’s only going for wins and that could be bad news for the rest of the field.
Other notes of success to watch include Hunter Robbins and Johanna Long, they have each won the race and have never finished outside the top five. It is not clear whether ether driver will be at Mobile, but they have a good track record if they do show up.
Past Lee Fields Memorial Winners:
2014 Bubba Pollard (PLM)
2013 Hunter Robbins (PLM)
2012 Bubba Pollard (PLM)
2011 Bubba Pollard (PLM)
2010 Bubba Pollard (PLM)
2009 Bubba Pollard (PLM)
2008 Johanna Long (PLM)
2007 Cale Gale
2006 Eddie Mercer
2005 Jay Middleton
2004 Eddie Mercer
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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