Casey Roderick will lead the field to green for Sunday’s Hardee’s Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway, the season opener for the Southern Super Series.

 

Roderick claimed the pole with a time of 15.224 seconds, five one-thousandths of a second quicker than Stephen Nasse.

 

Both Roderick and Nasse did not expect such strong qualifying runs.  Roderick and his Ronnie Sanders Racing team made some adjustments prior to the time trial session.

 

“We were a good bit free in practice,” Roderick told Speed51.  “Spent the whole time tightening it up.  We made the right adjustments for qualifying.  All the guys did a great job this weekend.”

 

The pole effort, along with a second-place effort in qualifying for Saturday night’s Grasshopper Pro Late Model 125, is part of a triple-duty weekend, with two races Saturday and one on Sunday.

“We’ve got a lot going on this weekend, running three race cars,” Roderick said.  “Modified, Pro, and Super.  There’s a lot going on, so it can be hard to focus.  I’m just glad we were able to pull off a pole.”

 

Nasse didn’t mention many adjustments, just a strong response from a race car he had been “badmouthing” since showing up in Opp, Alabama.

 

“I’ve been talking all week that I didn’t have the speed for the pole,” Nasse admitted.  “I feel like every time I do that, I bust off a lap somehow. The ol’ girl surprised me today. I’ve been badmouthing her all weekend, I’ve been used to the car I’ve got.  We had a lot of problems, but to come back and have a shot at the pole like that, be so close, I can’t be mad.  We’re starting second, so it’s going to be a good day tomorrow.

 

Bubba Pollard lines up third for Sunday’s race, looking to repeat his 2012 victory in the Rattler.

“We had some good speed there,” said Pollard.  “We probably could have run a little faster, but that’s about all it has.  We weren’t going to run much faster than those guys, they put in a good lap.  It’s a long race, we’ll see how it goes.”

 

“There’s some good cars here.  Just see how it plays out.  You’ve got to be there at the end to win these long races.  As long as we do that, we’ll be fine.”

 

The Rattler 250 starts Sunday at approximately 2:00 p.m. Central time (3:00 p.m. Eastern).  Fans can watch live on Speed51’s pay-per-view broadcast, available here.

 

Fans can also watch Saturday night as Roderick, Pollard, and more compete in the Pro Late Model ‘Baby Rattler’.  Click here for more information.

 

-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo

Former Race Winner Snags Rattler Pole in Qualifying