Feature Notebook: Lap 1 – Green! Jeff Choquette grabs the lead ahead of Ruble and Paul.
Lap 22 – Roderick edges out in front of Choquette after a furious five-lap battle.
Lap 27 – Caution. Brandon Curren makes contact with the wall in turn four. He is able to drive away.
Lap 40 – Roderick enjoys a comfortable lead over Choquette and Paul.
Lap 44 – Caution. B.J. Holley spins off the top of turn one.
Lap 45 – Choquette forces his way to the way of Roderick.
Lap 50 – Roderick back by Choquette.
CHECKERS – Roderick beats Choquette by 0.027.
Pre-Feature Notebook: Tonight’s race has been shortened to 50 laps.
During his time trial run, Casey Roderick never got up to full speed and pulled back in to the pit area. Reports are that he had something break in the car.
Roderick made repairs to his machine, and will start the feature on the rear.
Time Trial Results/Starting Lineup:
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Car Count: Seven Pro Late Models are here for tonight’s event.
18 – Ryan Paul
9 – Jeff Choquette
66 – Korey Ruble
00 – Brandon Curren
18 – Casey Roderick
7 – Ryan Worsham
35 – B.J. Holley
Qualifying Format: Each car will take time in traditional two-lap qualifying.
Who to Watch For: Casey Roderick has won seven races in the Deep South this year, including last week’s Pro Late Model race at Montgomery Motor Speedway. Jeff Choquette won last night’s Southern Super Series event at Five Flags, and is looking to sweep the weekend.
The Track: South Alabama Speedway is a 4/10 mile track with 12 degrees of banking in the corners. The track is home to one of Late Model racing’s biggest early-season events, The Rattler. Rattler weekend brings in top Super and Pro Late Model racers from across the country to South Alabama in search of a win, and the infamous victory lane rattlesnake.
Weather: There is a slight chance of rain today at South Alabama Speedway. If rain arrives, it won’t be here long as the showers in the area are of the pop-up variety. It is 78 degrees at the track, with 80% humidity.
What Won the Race: Roderick went to the high line on the last lap to edge Jeff Choquette at the line. Choquette tried to force Roderick out of the groove in turn three, but Roderick saw the move coming and made a counter move to set up the winning pass.
Winning Quote: “I was looking out the window to see how close we were. When we went across the line, I couldn’t call it either way.” – Casey Roderick
Winning Crew Chief: Ronnie Sanders & Billy Fulson
Winning Chassis: Grand American Race Cars (GARC)
Winning Shocks: Penske Shocks
Winning Engine: RW Race Engines (Robbie White)
On the Move: Roderick started at the tail of the field an ended the night in victory lane.