After multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Super Series season finally got underway at South Alabama Speedway Sunday with the Rattler 250. The Super Late Model crown jewel event always brings big names and plenty of excitement, and the 44th Rattler Weekend delivered on that history.
We reflect on the 2020 Rattler 250 with this edition of “By the Numbers.”
0: Stephen Nasse’s pole in the Baby Rattler 125 keeps the streak alive for no repeat pole winners in the 15-year history of the Pro Late Model event.
3.0: Giovanni Bromante finished second in his second Rattler 250 start. He won the Rattler 250 a year ago and was sixth in his only other race at South Alabama Speedway, which was in the Baby Rattler 125 in 2017. Those performances give him an average finish of 3.0 in three races at the Kinston, Alabama oval.
3: Ty Majeski won his third Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. His third win ties him with Ronnie Sanders for the most in the event’s history. This was his third win in only four starts at SAS.
4: With a third-place finish Saturday night, Stephen Nasse scored his fourth career podium finish in the Baby Rattler 125. Nasse won the race in 2016 and was second in 2010 and 2017.
4: For Bubba Pollard, it was his fourth Rattler 250 podium. Pollard won the race in 2012 and is now a five-time Baby Rattler 125 winner after winning Saturday night.
4: A fourth-place finish gives Stephen Nasse his fourth top-five performance at the Rattler 250. Nasse has yet to win the big snake, but he was second in 2013.
8: A total of eight drivers finished all 250 laps in the Rattler 250 on Sunday. That is an improvement over the five drivers that completed the full distance in 2019.
14: A total of 14 drivers finished on the lead lap in the Baby Rattler 125.
292: Bubba Pollard has now led 292 laps in the Baby Rattler 125. He’s led the race eight times and has won the event five times. Pollard also has 10 top-five finishes in this race.
469: Ty Majeski has now led 469 laps in his five Rattler 250 appearances. He led 133 laps this past Sunday for his third Rattler 250 win.
$10,000: Ty Majeski could be in line for a $10,000 bonus with the Southern Super Series “Double Down at the Next Town” bonus, which will be on the line if he can win at Five Flags Speedway on June 26. We are unsure if he will be able to compete in this race due to his NASCAR Truck Series commitments.
Rookie Run: In his first Baby Rattler 125, Wes Griffith finished second after a wild night of racing saw him rebound from two separate spins.
Fast Man: Bubba Pollard won the pole for the Rattler 250 on Sunday. It was the second time in his career that he’s led the field to the green flag at The Rattler. Pollard has now won 28 poles in the Southern Super Series and he’s had at least one pole in every season since the first year in 2013.
-Text by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy
-Photo credit: Speed51