Grand Bay, AL — Highway 90 is undergoing an expansion.
The Highway 90 Challenge Series, that is. The inaugural series has been a wildly popular addition to the Gulf Coast short-track racing schedule this season at both Sunny South Raceway in Grand Bay and Mobile International Speedway (MIS) in Irvington.
On the heels of its first-year series’ success comes the Pro Truck Invitational presented by Judy’s Place on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Sunny South.
Beginning this season, those two tracks teamed up to create a 12-race championship series for Sportsmen and Bombers classes. The Pro Truck Invitational is a welcomed spinoff Highway 90 Challenge Series officials assured drivers of before the year began.
“When we announced the Highway 90 Challenge Series for Sportsmen and Bombers, we promised the local racers that we’d add an additional race for an additional class, if possible,” said Bill Roth, the series’ organizer and announcer at both tracks. “With the success of the Highway 90 series, we’re excited to add the Pro Trucks to this season’s Sunny South schedule.”
The Pro Truck Invitational will be the only show around on the weekend of Aug. 27 — no other asphalt track in the southeast has a trucks race slated that specific weekend. Because of the open date, trucks drivers who compete in other series won’t have to sacrifice positioning in their respective points standings.
Operated by Wayne Okrzesik, Sunny South is a ¼-mile banked asphalt oval that sits less than 6 miles away on U.S. Highway 90 from its big brother, the ½-mile MIS. The Highway 90 Challenge Series has been a rousing success, especially at Sunny South.
“The guys have really appreciated the close, tight racing,” Roth said. “You can get five Bombers on a quarter-mile (track) and it’s going to be good racing. I think that’s why it’s been so exciting.”
With the blessing of Five Flags Speedway promoter Tim Bryant, the Pro Truck Invitational will follow Five Flags and MIS technical inspection rules and the purse payout.
The race is being sponsored by Judy’s Place, a wonderful establishment located at 4054 Government Blvd. in Mobile and a popular eatery frequented by a slew of local race teams.
While entrants have yet to be announced, Roth remains hopeful that he has a leg up in attracting some of the brightest young stars in trucks racing today.
Along with the Pro Trucks Invitational, Sunny South’s normal racing schedule with local divisions will compete. Visit sunnysouthraceway.org or call 251/865.9055 for more information.
– Sunny South Raceway Press Release
– Photo Credit Speed51 Netowork