When the green flag flies over The Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway on March 15, it won't be Mike Garvey behind the wheel of the Tracy Goodson Racing No. 1 Super Late Model. Instead, it will be Justin South piloting Goodson's race cars that weekend.
"It was kind of a surprise," South said about being asked to race Goodson's cars. "Tracy called me Monday around lunch. He didn't really have anybody and wanted to go to Opp. I'm in kind of a transition period with leaving my old team and starting a new team. I'd say by 3:30 we had a plan to run both cars at Opp."
As previously reported, Mike Garvey is stepping out of the driver's seat and into a driver development role, and will also be the crew chief for Goodson's team.
That left the seat open for The Rattler, and Goodson came to South to see if he was available. Getting a phone call from Goodson was a real treat for South.
"Any time you get a call from somebody asking you to drive their race car it's flattering," South told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. "I'd like to think they could have called anybody. Especially since it's Tracy and Mike and that 1 car and it's a really successful team."
South said that as of now it's just a one race deal, but he's hoping that there could be more if he runs well at South Alabama Speedway. He also believes that running well there is something that the team is very capable of doing.
"I think either way we'll have a really good car," said South. "I'd like to have good track position which means qualifying up front in both races. I think at least one win out of the weekend and a top three in the other race isn't too much to expect."
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Justin South Facebook