During most race nights at Mobile International Speedway (MIS), trying to keep your fenders clean and your car in one piece is the order of business. However, this Saturday night at MIS, there will be a reprieve from that mantra- at least for a little while.
When the night’s five feature races come to a close, the infield at Alabama’s fastest half-mile will clear out- making room for the annual demolition derby.
A crowd favorite when it rolls around every year, the drivers entered in the demolition derby will actually make it goal to crash their car as much as possible in an attempt to be the last car running when all is said and done. Sure, its sounds easy, but getting your car to survive the carnage that will ensue on Saturday night is the real challenge.
With $1500 awarded to the eventual winner, demolition derby drivers from all over the southeast United States and beyond will descend upon MIS for what is sure to be a can’t-miss event.
If you’re a fan of automobile carnage, beating and banging, smoking engines, wobbling tires and bent hoods, then Mobile International Speedway is the place to be on Saturday night, June 10.
Pro Late Model:
The last time the Pro Late Model division was on track at MIS, Wayne Niedecken, Jr. scored an emotional victory on the eve of Mother’s Day—just days after the passing of his mother.
Now, a month later, the tight battle for the division’s point standings takes center stages and is getting hot just like the weather outside.
By virtue of winning the opening PLM race of the season, Niedecken enters Saturday night’s double-feature with a scant eight point lead in the division’s point standings over Justin South. A three-way tie for third in the standings has left the standings extremely tight as Ryan Luza, Derek Scott, Jr. and Riley Thornton are all 16 points back.
The defending champion of the series, Josh Bragg had a less-than-stellar start to the season one month ago and is currently 11th in the standings and 35 points back. Saturday night will be a crucial race in his championship defense, and reverting back to the double-feature quite possibly benefits him more than any other driver.
Time trials will determine the starting lineup for the first race- a 20-lap dash for the checkers. Then, to determine the starting lineup for the second race, a 30-lap event, the field will be inverted based on their finishing order in the first race. Simply put, if you win the first race, you will start in the back for the second. With a limited numbers of laps available for those who start in the rear in the second race, a flat-out and wide-open strategy will be needed in order to make it to the front of the field to score precious points.
Barry’s U Pull It Pro Trucks
After a one-month break, the Pro Truck division returns to action on Saturday night. In the opening two races of the season for this growing division there have been two different winners: Jake Moore and Southern Super Series standout, Bubba Pollard.
Recording a second and seventh-place finish in the two races, Theodore’s Jay Jay Day enters the weekend with the division point lead by three markers over Eric Courville.
Defending division champion Okie Mason sits third, six points back; with Howard Langham and Ryan Worsham rounding out the top-five.
With the top four in the standings being separated by only 12 points, Saturday night’s 25-lap feature will be critical for Day in extending his lead and even bigger for those behind him as they attempt to gain ground on him.
Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman
Three weeks ago, Lee “Red Dog” Reynolds put a period on his battle back from a hard accident during Snowball Derby weekend at nearby 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, by scoring his first feature win of the season and the first in his new No. 32 car. Following the victory, Reynolds enters this weekend with a 52-point lead in the standings over Florida’s Dayton Sidner.
Further back, Jonathan Langham, Michael Ledlow and Brannon Fowler round out the top five in the standings—but have work to do as they first through fifth in the standings are separated by 178 points.
With that being said, every race for the remainder of the season is critical for those trying to catch Reynolds in the standings. Their pursuit begins Saturday night during the division’s 25-lap feature.
Island Motors II Bombers
The last time the Bombers were in action, Mobile’s BJ Leytham ended the night’s 20-lap feature in victory lane—scoring two victories in consecutive races. The victory catapulted the division’s defending champion to fourth in the championship standings, but still has work to do as he is 102 points off the lead.
Finishing second to Leytham during the last week, Mathew Jackson enters the weekend with a 54-point lead in the standings over Irvington’s Tommie Blocker. A two-time winner in the division this season, Jackson has been the model of consistency in 2015 and looks to continue the trend on Saturday night to further his lead in search of the championship at season’s end.
Just two points behind Blocker in the standings sits Rusty Powell, Jr. in third who has a quiet but strong start to the season.
Always entertaining when they take to the track, storylines are aplenty as the Bombers return to action Saturday night for their 20-lap feature.
With a thrilling demolition derby, along with competition from the Pro Late Model, Pro Truck, Sportsmen and Bomber divisions, Mobile International Speedway is the place to be for race fans this Saturday night, June 10. Priding themselves on being a family friendly entertainment destination, children five and under are always admitted to the grandstands free of charge.
About Mobile International Speedway: Mobile International Speedway is the longest continuously operating sports facility in Mobile County. It was built in 1964 and has presented weekly motorsports events every year since then. As an indication of increasing community acceptance and enthusiasm, both the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Mobile Sports Authority became MIS partners beginning in 2013.
Family attendance and participation have been the keys to the track’s continued success. Kids 5 and under are always admitted free to the grandstands. Family nights and family-oriented shows have always been staples of the annual MIS schedules. Over 30,000 people will attend the 14 scheduled MIS events in 2014.
– Mobile International Speedway press release
– Photo credit: Mobile Speedway Facebook