Kyle Plott enters the Southern Super Series season-opening Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway on the heels of a strong 2018 in Super Late Model competition. Although he’s hoping to get to victory lane in Sunday’s prestigious race, the Georgia native plans to stay far way from the Alabama rattlesnake in victory lane.
Last year, Plott earned his first victories in both the Southern Super Series and the CARS Super Late Model Tour when he won at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA) and Orange County Speedway (NC), respectively.
The current plan for Plott is to compete in the vast majority of Southern Super Series races, while making sporadic starts with the CARS Super Late Model Tour. He is looking for a good run at South Alabama Speedway this weekend to help propel him to success as the season begins to pick up.
Plott has not had the best luck in the Rattler in years past. He earned his career-best finish of 10th in last year’s race, but otherwise has not finished in two of his four starts. He his hoping his fifth start will lead to a better run than he’s had in the past.
“We’re going to go down there and get the car all squared up. We’ll see how it goes,” Plott told Speed51.com. “We have to get our hands under it. I’m looking forward to it, I haven’t had a good run at the Rattler in a while so I’m planning on having a really good run there. I’ll just go from there and try to start the season off strong at the Rattler and go on to Pensacola.”
Plott admits he has not been able to do all the work he has wanted to do on his race car since CRA SpeedFest in January. He has made minor changes in the month and a half between then and now, but overall it will be the same piece that led him to an 11th-place finish at Crisp Motorsports Park.
“I’ve worked on it as much as I can but at the same time I’ve got to make money too and I’m the one that works on all my own stuff,” Plott stated. “We converted a few different things over and we’ll try some new stuff, but it’s pretty much still the same car. There’s a few little differences here and there.”
Over the years, The Rattler has become one of the premier races in the Southeast. Despite his lack of success in the race, it is one that Plott looks forward to every year. He compares the feeling of race day to the biggest race in the country, the Snowball Derby.
“It’s a cool race,” he began. “It’s just absolutely in the middle of nowhere, there’s not much to do around there. You can race and then go out and eat food after. John Dykes and them are a bunch of great people to run that track and I always look forward to going there. It does have a little bit of a different feel to it, almost like a Derby type of feel. I’m really excited for this race.”
Plott is admittedly not a fan of the famed rattlesnake that gets adorned around the neck of the winner. Even if he does win the Rattler, he still does not want to go anywhere near the snake in victory lane.
“No. I will not be anywhere near that snake,” Plott said matter-of-factly. “I’m terrified of snakes and I have been my whole life. It can stand in front of everybody but I don’t want that thing across my back.”
Race fans unable to make it to South Alabama Speedway for the 43rd Annual Rattler 250 will be able to watch a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Discounted two-day video tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Melissa Strahley