Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. With a big race on deck this weekend at South Alabama Speedway, we decided to challenge our staff once again.


This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the Rattler 250?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Harrison Burton and Ty Majeski (five votes each) who were named the favorite to win the race  Overall, seven different drivers received votes from our panel of 17 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the Rattler 250 below.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Ty Majeski

Fortunately for the 2018 field, Ty Majeski wasn’t on track after winning the 2016-2017 editions of the race. This weekend, the snake will see a familiar face back in victory lane, as Majeski will win again.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent

Pick: Harrison Burton

Harrison Burton is my pick for this year. He won it last year and he will do it again this year. He has a great team, experience at the track and he’s there for one reason only: to stand in victory lane with a snake around his neck.


Blaise Dillner, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Connor Okrzesik

Coming off a big win in his young career, what better way to keep the hot streak going with a Rattler 250 win. I believe that Okrzesik will get the job done.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Stephen Nasse

I’m going with Stephen Nasse because he can get it done if it comes down to a war, which this race can be.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Casey Roderick

Roderick is a former Rattler winner but has struggled in his last three Rattler attempts. It’s hard to imagine a driver of Roderick’s caliber can be held down again at South Alabama Speedway.


Not to mention, Roderick is hungry to win more Super Late Model races in 2019.  He’ll have a good chance to work towards that goal this weekend at The Rattler.


Casey LaJoie, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Connor Okrzesik

Connor pulled off a huge win at Speedfest earlier this year over the most stacked Super Late Model field we’ve seen since the Derby. Opp and Cordele are very similar speedways, so I believe he will be just as fast as he was in January. Okrzesik will slither his way to victory this weekend.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

After collecting more than $30,000 in the Winter Showdown, Majeski and the Toby Nuttleman led team showed plenty of strength and speed on the West Coast. He’s worn the rattlesnake twice before, so there’s no reason he can’t do it a third time.


Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Ty Majeski

The two-time Rattler winner is making his return with a new car and lots of momentum after a runner-up in the Snowball Derby and a win in the Winter Showdown. Look for him to charm the snake for a third time as he chases history.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Harrison Burton

As the returning champion of the Rattler 250, Burton will be one of the favorites going into this event. The experience Burton has will have him even more prepared than last year and I would bet that he wants to see his mom hold that snake in victory lane, as she tweeted “I told @HBurtonRacing if he repeats I’ll hold the snake.”


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Ty Majeski

It’s always a safe bet to go with Majeski. He’s a former winner of the Rattler and no doubt he’ll be primed for another meeting with the rattlesnake in victory lane.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

He’s overdue for Rattler number two. Pollard has not ran well in this race after a long stretch of good runs. Perhaps having four Super Late Model wins before this show will help him out. Pollard is the pick for a snake dance at South Alabama.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Connor Okrzesik

The last time my gut told me to take Okrzesik I didn’t and he went on to win the race. This time around, I have a feeling once again that the young gun will take the checkered flag, this time getting a kiss from the rattlesnake.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Augie Grill

He’s a veteran driver that calls Alabama his home. He’s won three Rattlers in his career. It’s been awhile since he’s had the snake but this weekend the veteran venom is going to strike the field as Augie Grill takes home another Rattler win.


Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Harrison Burton

I’m gonna have to go with Harrison Button because he won this race last year, and I think with him getting back in the Super Late Model he’s going to really want that win. Plus, his mother Kim said she would hold the snake and I want to see that!


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Harrison Burton

A lot of strong contenders will be vying for their visit with the resident Rattler, and I expect last year’s winner Harrison Burton to continue his success in Opp. Majeski (2019 Winter Showdown winner) and Pollard (2019 World Series champion) will both be in the mix, but we have some outsiders like Josh Brock and locals like Casey Roderick knocking on the door as well. I’m expecting a very competitive Rattler, with Burton besting the field.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Harrison Burton

My pick for the 2019 Rattler is Harrison Burton. I am going with the young gun due to the fact that he’s won the race before, he’s already won the big ARCA race in Daytona and he’s run well in his limited NASCAR Truck Series starts.


Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

Majeski returns to the Rattler after one year away, looking for a third win in the event. Coming off a win at the Winter Showdown and a runner-up finish at the Snowball Derby, there’s little doubt Majeski will be quick this weekend.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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Speed51.com Picks: Who Will Win the Rattler 250?