Thursday, March 14, 2019

Racecontrol: Schedule, Facts & Info from the 43rd Annual Rattler 250

The biggest names in Super Late Model racing converge in Opp this weekend for the Rattler 250 on March 17th 2019. Erik Jones competed in this race several times, including for his family-run team in 2011. (Daniel Vining/PixelatedSPEED)

By: Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

OPP, Alabama (March 14, 2019) — Year seven of the Southern Super Series kicks off on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at South Alabama Speedway with the 43rd Annual Ratter 250. The top Super Late Model teams in the country will face off for 250 laps around the 4/10 mile oval situated just off of a peanut farm. At the end, the winner will receive a handsome purse, a strong start to the Southern Super Series season, and will be adorned with a rattlesnake in victory lane, among other awards. Saturday will feature the Baby Ratter 125 for Pro Late Models, and Friday’s focus is on South Alabama Speedway’s many local divisions.


South Alabama Speedway is a 4/10 mile asphalt oval situation in Kinston, Alabama… just outside of Opp, Alabama. The racing surfaced was repaved prior to the 2007 season, and features 13 degree banked turns.

The primary pits/garage stalls for late models are situated outside of the track, along the backstretch and wrapping around turns three and four. Inside the track, local divisions will fill the infield pits on Friday, then on Saturday and Sunday, late model teams will set up pit stalls for their feature races.

SCHEDULE: (All times are Central, CST)

Thursday, March 14th

10 a.m. - Pits Open
12 p.m. - Late Model Practice

Friday, March 15th

9 a.m. - Pits Open
9:30 a.m. - Driver's Meeting
10 a.m. - Tech Opens for Late Models
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Late Model Practice (30-Minute Intervals)
3:30 p.m. - Super Late Model Qualifying Tire Selection (Pro Late Models to follow)
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. - Modified Practice
4 p.m. - Local Tech Opens
4:30 p.m. - Local Practice
5 p.m. - Grandstands Open
5 p.m. - Late Model Tech Closes
6:30 p.m. - Local Driver's Meeting
7 p.m. - Local Features
Mini Sportsman (20 laps)
Coyotes (30 laps)
Cup Lites (25 laps)
Street Stock (25 laps)
Super Stocks (35 laps)

Saturday, March 16th

9 a.m. - Pits Open
9:30 a.m. - Late Model Driver's Meeting
9:45 a.m. - Super Late Model Race Tire Selection Begins
10:30 a.m. - Practice Begins (SLM & PLM Alternate)
12:30 p.m. - Practice Ends / Late Model Tech Closes
12:30 - 1 p.m. - Modified Practice
2 p.m. - Grandstands Open
3:30 p.m. (approx.) - Speed51's Live Qualifying Broadcast Goes Live
3:30 p.m. - Super Late Model Qualifying (Top 24 Locked In)
To Follow - Pro Late Model Qualifying (Top 24 Locked In)
5 p.m. - Local Practice - Modified, Roadrunners & Mini Cups
5:45 p.m. - Local Driver's Meeting
6:15 p.m. - Modified Qualifying
6:30 p.m. (approx.) - Speed51's Live Broadcast Begins
To Follow - Pro Late Last Chance Race (If Needed)
To Follow - Rattler 250 Last Chance Race (If Needed)
7 p.m. - Racing Begins
Mini Cups (20 laps)
14th Annual Grasshopper Pro Late Rattler (125 laps)
Modifieds (50 laps)
Roadrunners (35 laps)

Sunday, March 17th

9 a.m. - Pits Open
9:30 a.m. - Driver's Meeting & Qualifying Tires Releases
9:30 a.m. - Grandstands Open
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Church Service / Live Gospel Band
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Autograph Session (All Drivers Must Be Present)
12:15 p.m. - Pre-Race Ceremonies
1 p.m. (approx.) - Speed51's Live Broadcast Begins
1 p.m. - 43rd Annual Hardee's Rattler 250


Super Late Model

Kyle Plott
Casey Roderick
Kyle Bryant
Harrison Burton
Stephen Nasse
Dawson Fletcher
Donnie Wilson
Bubba Pollard
Brandon Herbert
Nolan Pope
Casey Smith
Josh Brock
Austin Nason
Connor Okrzesik
Jack Dossey III
Corey Heim
Steven Davis
Jeff Choquette
Jett Noland
Gio Bromante
Ty Majeski
Jeff Fultz
Colin Garrett
Logan Bearden
Anthony Sergi
Steve Dorer
Augie Grill

Pro Late Model

Casey Roderick
Justin South
Dawson Fletcher
Aiden Eldridge
Connor Okrzesik
Jack Dossey III
Hunter Byrd
Perry Patino
Brandon Curren
Ken Pettis
Cody Brake
Craig Cussone
Korey Ruble
Daniel Dye
Jake Garcia
Brandon Brilliant
Blaise Rutherford
Tyler Porter
Martin Latulippe
Jolynn Wilkinson
Steve Dorer


While being at the track is always the best way to watch, will be on site, providing their Trackside Now coverage and Speed 51 Network live broadcasts. For more information log on to will be on location, providing updates throughout the weekend on twitter, @PixelatedSPEED, on Instagram and on Facebook with videos, stories and photos from everything going on at South Alabama Speedway.


An adult 3-day pass will run you $45.00, but admission tickets are available for each day of the event.

Friday - Adults $10.00, Kids $5.00
Saturday - Adults $20.00, Kids $10.00
Sunday - Adults $20.00, Kids $10.00

Reserved tickets are also available. See speedway website for details.


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