Two months after its originally-scheduled date, the 44th Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway is set to take place this weekend, May 22-24. It will play as the Southern Super Series opener for the seventh time, which has seen the likes of Casey Roderick, Christopher Bell, Ty Majeski, Harrison Burton, and Giovanni Bromante score a date with the rattlesnake to kick off the season.
The race had been scheduled for March 20-22, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the reschedule of the marquee event. It had been rescheduled to April 17-19, but that was postponed after Governor Kay Ivey declared a stay-at-home order for the state.
The track also experienced significant damage from a severe storm in April, damaging several structures at the facility. The facility is ready to go for this weekend.
Many of the top drivers from the Southeast and beyond are scheduled to be in attendance, including NASCAR Truck Series driver and two-time Rattler 250 winner Ty Majeski. Other former winners expected to be at South Alabama include Bubba Pollard, Casey Roderick, Augie Grill, and defending winner Giovanni Bromante.
Casey Roderick has used the down time to his advantage, having started his own Super Late Model team for the 2020 season. The Rattler will be his debut his his own No.25 Super Late Model.
It all kicks off Friday with open practice for Late Model teams, with a complete local show to follow. The green flag will drop at 7:00 p.m. CT with Mini-Sportsmans, Coyotes, Cuplites, Street Stocks, and Super Stocks highlighting the evening.
Super Late Model teams will qualify on Saturday before the Pro Late Models take center stage with the Pro Late Model Rattler 125. The "Baby Rattler" saw many twists and turns one year ago before Casey Roderick went to victory lane. Mini-Cups, Modifieds, and Roadrunners will also be on the card, which starts at 7:00 CT.
The main event, the Rattler 250, will take place on Sunday at approximately 2:00 p.m. CT. Super Late Model racing's best will go at it for 250-laps around the 4/10ths mile oval for a chance to meet the famed Rattlesnake in victory lane.
Speed51 will have a live broadcast of the 44th Annual Rattler 250. Stay tuned to Speed51 for further details regarding this weekend's broadcast.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent - Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo