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What Won the Race: Following the first restart of the race on Lap-6, Ty Majeski stormed past William Byron and Stephen Nasse to take the lead on Lap-8. Majeski held the lead for the rest of the race only being challenged once by Christian Eckes, who had fresher tires following a Lap-100 pitstop. A near perfect racecar and smooth driving from Majeski got him to victory lane.
|17||01||Derek Scott Jr.|
|24||X2||Dennis Reno Jr.|
The Skinny: Christopher Bell spent most of the race in the middle of the top ten but marched up to the front after the final break on Lap-200. Christian Eckes shot to second after the Lap-100 break and was the only driver to hang with Ty Majeski for a long period of the race. Eckes battled Bell and Harrison Burton late in the race, with Eckes moving Burton up the track in the closing laps to hold on to the third spot.
Winning Quote: “It’s not too often you get a racecar like this. I just did my best to do my job.” – Ty Majeski
Notebook: Augie Grill, a two-time Rattler winner, will roll off 30th today. One would think he won’t remain there for long.
No driver has swept the Rattler Weekend late model races. Stephen Nasse could write history today.
There are 11 former Late Model (SLM/PLM) winners at South Alabama Speedway in today’s race: Bubba Pollard, Stephen Nasse, Casey Smith, Christopher Bell, Brandon Odom, Logan Boyett, Brett Holmes, Korey Ruble, Chris Davidson, Augie Grill, and Johnny Brazier. Four of those – Pollard, Bell, Grill and Brazier – are former Rattler champs.
At the start William Byron got the lead from polesitter Bubba Pollard.
Logan Boyett brought out the first yellow after sliding hard into the inside wall on the backstretch. He was able to climb from the car.
Ty Majeski took over the lead on the first restart, Stephen Nasse followed to second.
Second caution occurred when Brandon Odom slammed the outside wall head on the backstretch on Lap-14. He too climbed from his car.
On Lap-36 Bubba Pollard spun after contact from William Byron, Quin Houff hit the wall trying to avoid.
Cody Coughlin has made the outside work on restarts as he rises through the field.
In a long green flag run of over 60 laps, Ty Majeski built a three second lead on Casey Smith before a 10 minute break at Lap-100.
After an early crash, Quin Houff got the free pass on the lap 100 restart to bring lead lap cars to 19. Majeski, C. Smith, Nasse, Burton, and Pollard the top five.
Korey Ruble stopped to bring the yellow out on Lap-113. Brett Holmes got the free pass.
After moving to the the top five after the Lap-100 break, Christian Eckes took away second from Casey Smith on the outside on the Lap-113 restart.
On Lap-132, Nasse got out of shape racing Kyle Plott, Nasse got drilled in the left rear by Bubba Pollard. Nasse continued, Pollard dropped out.
Quin Houff made it to the top ten after getting the free pass early.
Eckes shadowed Majeski for 60 laps, but did not made a move. Majeski again pulled away until the Lap-200 break.
Car Count: 33 Super Late Models will start the Rattler 250.
Title Fight: This event is the first of the 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season.
Winning Chassis: Lefthander
Winning Engine:McGunegill Engine Performance
Winning Shocks: Penske
Winning Crew Chief: Toby Nuttleman
On the Move: Quin Houff went down a lap early and has fought back into the top ten.
Biggest Loser: Bubba Pollard fell out of the race after running into Stephen Nasse, Pollard was the polesitter.
Starting Line-Up: All drivers will start as qualified.
Last-Chance Race Results: No last chance race.
Heat Race Results: No heat races.
Rattler 250 Qualifying Results
|20||01||Derek Scott Jr||15.325|
|33||X2||Dennis Reno Jr||15.696|
Qualifying Events: All 33 cars took laps in traditional two-lap time trials on Saturday afternoon.
Practice Results: There will be no practice today. Teams had a full day of practice on Friday, and two sessions yesterday. Ty Majeski was quickest on both days, with a 15.146 on Friday and lap of 15.097 on Saturday morning.
|9:30————-||Driver’s Meeting, Grandstands Open,|
|10:00———–||All Enclosed Haulers Removed From Inside Pit Area|
|10:00-11:30—-||Church Service, Live Gospel Band|
|10:15———–||Qualifying Tires Released|
|10:30———–||All Cars to Tech and straight to grid|
|12:15———–||All cars on Starting Grid|
|1:00-1:30—–||Autograph Session (All Cars Lines Up)|
|2:00————||40th Annual Rattler 250|
Who To Watch For: Bubba Pollard won the Rattler in 2012, and has more than two dozen wins at South Alabama Speedway between SLM, PLM and Modified action. Camping World Trucks rookie Christopher Bell went to victory lane here one year ago, and is looking for a little redemption following his disqualification at the Snowball Derby last December. Texan Casey Smith, the defending Southern Super Series champ, is always near the front at South Alabama. Stephen Nasse took the checkered in last night’s Baby Rattler race.
The Track: South Alabama Speedway opened on June 9, 1973 as Twin Cities Speedway. The track was built as a 1/2-mile oval, with 12 degrees banked turns. It was later discovered that a mistake had been made in measuring and the track actually was 4/10 mile. Current owner John Dykes purchased the speedway in December of 1997, and repaved the aging track surface in 2007. The first Rattler took place in 1974, and has grown in to one of the nation’s biggest short track events.
Weather: A bright sun is shining on South Alabama Speedway this afternoon. Rain was a factor on Friday, but today is “severe clear.” Temps will reach a high of 62 degrees. The main weather factor today is the wind. Winds are coming out of the northwest (from turn three to turn one) at 12 miles per hour, with gusts up to 18 miles per hour.
Next Series Race: Round two of the 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will take place at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on April 8-9. The series will go for 100 laps around the famed Music City half-mile.
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