The Southern Super Series kicks off the 2021 season with the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. More than 30 drivers have entered the event looking for a date with the rattlesnake in victory lane.
Here is our rankings for the field of drivers for the 2021 Rattler 250.
#1) Ty Majeski – The Wisconsin driver is arguably one of the best to ever compete at the Rattler, having finished no worse than sixth in any of his five starts. He can make history on Sunday with his fourth Rattler win in six tries, leaving no doubt as to who’s done it the best in race history.
#2) Stephen Nasse – Nasse has finished in the top-five four times in the Rattler, but has yet to visit the snake in victory lane. While he has one win already in 2021, he’s also had several close calls at his home track of Showtime Speedway.
#3) Bubba Pollard – While Pollard has struggled in recent months, South Alabama Speedway would be the place he gets back on track. He has earned 23 wins at Opp over the years, including the 2012 Rattler and five Baby Rattlers.
#4) Casey Roderick – The 2014 Rattler winner enters this weekend’s event perhaps more confident than ever. Roderick is coming off an All American 400 win back in November and a runner-up effort out in California in the All-Star Showdown.
#5) Grant Enfinger – Enfinger is making his first Rattler start since he won the event back in 2011. While this will be only his second Super Late Model start since 2016, he was part of the Final 4 in the NASCAR Truck Series last fall.
#6) Carson Hocevar – Nobody had a better season in Super Late Model racing in 2020 than Hocevar. The reigning Winchester 400 champion also had wins in the Redbud 400, Money In The Bank 150 and Show Me State Showdown.
#7) Derek Griffith – The New Hampshire driver will be making his Rattler 250 debut after winning his second consecutive World Series of Asphalt Super Late Model title. He also finished top-ten in last December’s Snowball Derby.
#8) Brian Campbell – After his first winless season in nearly two decades, Campbell is hungry to get back to his winning ways. He is another driver making his debut in the race.
#9) Tyler Roahrig – Known for being one of the top stars in both Outlaw Super Late Models and Sprint Cars, he has made more appearances in the template SLM world as of recent and even scored a win at Berlin Raceway. He has one other Rattler start to his credit, a sixth in 2011.
#10) Sammy Smith – Smith already has two wins in 2021, one with Wilson Motorsports during the World Series and an ARCA Menards Series East win at Five Flags. He finished fifth in his first Rattler start last season.
#11) Jake Garcia – Everything started to click for Garcia on the Pro Late Model side last season, winning the Alabama 200 and two other Show Me The Money Series events. A Snowball Derby runner-up in 2019, he is in search for his first Super Late Model win.
#12) Jeremy Pate – Pate was the Southern Super Series points leader for most of last season before ultimately finishing runner-up in the season standings. He’s finished sixth in the Rattler twice, including last year.
#13) Hunter Robbins – The final Viper Pro Late Model Series champion made his full-time return to racing last year driving for three-time race winner Ronnie Sanders. Robbins has a Rattler runner-up himself, coming all the way back in 2007.
#14) Michael Atwell – Atwell became $10,000 richer after last weekend’s Triple Crown SLM finale at Showtime Speedway in exciting fashion. He has one previous Rattler 250 start to his credit, coming back in 2016.
#15) Austin Nason – The two-time ARCA Midwest Tour points runner-up is no stranger to winning big races, having won the Joe Shear Classic and at the Milwaukee Mile in the past. This will be his second Rattler 250 after an early exit in 2019.
#16) Kyle Plott – Plott completed all the laps in the Snowball Derby for the first time last December, and he was rewarded with a top-ten result. Now he looks to reverse his fortune in the Rattler, where he also has a best finish of tenth.
#17) Rich Bickle – Bickle’s final season behind the wheel resumes with his first Rattler 250 start. Even with pushing 60 years old, the five-time Snowball Derby champion is still showing that he can get it done behind the wheel, having finished second at Oktoberfest last October.
#18) Connor Okrzesik – Okrzesik scored two Super Late Model wins at Crisp Motorsports Park in 2019, one of which came at CRA SpeedFest after beating Kyle Busch. South Alabama has been a hit-and-miss track for him with three top-fives between the Rattler and Baby Rattler, but he has also finished outside the top-15 in all but one of his Rattler 250 starts.
#19) John DeAngelis – He has been knocking on the door of his first Super Late Model win in his home state of Wisconsin for a few years now. With other Badger State drivers having compared South Alabama to tracks in the Midwest in the past, the Rattler could be his best shot at knocking down a big win.
#20) Willie Allen – The longtime Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway shoe will be making his Rattler debut on an off-weekend from being an owner in the NASCAR Truck Series. Allen finished seventh in last November’s All American 400.
#21) Anthony Sergi – After winning the first two NASCAR Truck Series races of the season as a Race Engineer for Ben Rhodes, the Florida native gets back behind the wheel for his third Rattler start. Sergi won his most recent race in a Super Late Model, winning the Bill Bigley Sr. Memorial in a photo finish.
#22) Michael House – House has been one of the Southeast’s top Pro Late Model drivers over recent years, but he has yet to find the same success in a Super. He is one of a handful of drivers set to make his Rattler 250 debut this weekend.
#23) Jake Finch – After nine nights of gaining valuable experience at the World Series of Asphalt, Finch’s rookie season in a Super Late Model continues with the Rattler. He visited victory lane in a Pro Late Model in the final months of 2020 with Anthony Campi Racing.
#24) Colin Garrett – Garrett returns to the Super Late Model ranks after spending most of 2020 making NASCAR Xfinity Series starts. He turned heads in his only previous Rattler start, finishing seventh in 2019.
#25) Jett Noland – The Florida driver joins Anthony Campi Racing for a race the team won in 2019 and finished second in 2020 with Giovanni Bromante. Noland himself has already won with ACR in a Pro Late Model at Crisp Motorsports Park and New Smyrna Speedway.
#26) Daniel Dye – Dye made the jump to Super Late Models last season and quickly took to it, scoring top-tens at last year’s Rattler and at other races such as SpeedFest and the U.S. Short Track Nationals. His strongest run last season was a second place finish to Bubba Pollard at the Florida Governor’s Cup.
#27) Michael Hinde – Hinde has shown promise in his limited Super Late Model starts in Central Florida for Jett Motorsports. He will be a busy driver this weekend, competing in both the Rattler 250 and the Baby Rattler 125.
#28) Logan Bearden – The Texas driver has two previous starts at the Rattler, with a best finish of 17th to show for it. Bearden finished a career-best sixth in the 2020 All Star Showdown at Irwindale.
#29) Nick Neri – One of the up-and-comers in the Central Florida racing scene, the Rattler will be just his third time racing outside the Sunshine State. Neri has finished top-three in three of the four Full Throttle 100’s that have been contested.
#30) Kyle Bryant – Bryant’s best run in a major Super Late Model race came in his first Rattler 250 appearance in 2014, when he finished seventh. Sunday’s event will be his sixth start in the race.
#31) Dusty Williams – This will be Williams’s first race in 13 years. He is a former winner of the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series, winning at South Boston Speedway in 2005.
-Story by: Speed51 Staff
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