Saturday, May 18, 2019

Race Control: Mobile Speedway’s Start to a New Era; Schedule & Ticket Info May 18th Weekend

Driver Ronnie Roberts pilots his machine around the high line at Mobile Speedway during the season opening weekend back in March 2109. The Winged Sprint Cars will again be featured this weekend on May 18th. (Daniel Vining/

By: Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

IRVINGTON, Alabama (May 18, 2019) -- The stars and cars of the Mobile International Speedway return to action tonight for another night of fast-paced action at the half-mile high-banked amphitheater of speed, and PixelatedSPEED will be there to chronicle the sights and sounds of a day at the races.

In case you missed it, a huge announcement hit the speedway last week with a changing of the guard as Competition Director Jason Smith finalized the purchase and gaining control over the Irvington landmark.

Gulfport, Mississippi native Smith has always considered Mobile Speedway his hometrack, being a former competitor in the Modified and Sportsman divisions.

In 2016, Smith attempted to purchase the property but after that fell through, he was offered the opportunity to serve as the track’s Technical Director in 2018.

At the start of the 2019 season, Smith moved from the tech shed to the tower, replacing the retiring Race Director Dan Spence as the speedway’s new Competition Director.

On Friday, May 10th, Smith completed the agreement that now sees him as the new promoter for the venue.

In talking with reporters, including myself, Smith is looking to revive Mobile International Speedway’s glory days with a 10-year plan that focuses on getting the track back to the basics by rebuilding the local divisions, then moving on to bringing back various other divisions, tours and series, including late models and the ARCA Menards Series.

Smith intends on continued efforts to find a balance between the track achieving a viable and stable revenue stream mixed with lowering the cost of racing for the racers themselves.

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Mobile Speedway took its first step in it’s new direction with the Thursday practice, lowering the cost of admission to $15 for each driver and $5 for everyone else.

Tickets for tonight’s show are at a very reasonable $10 for General Admission.

In action tonight is a full slate of local division racing featuring the Winged Sprint Cars with Pure Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaws and Modifieds.

SCHEDULE of EVENTS for May 18, 2019:

2:00 - Pit Gates Open
2:15 - Tech Opens
3:45 - Practice Starts (Two cycles of practice for each class)
5:00 - Main Grandstands Open
6:15 - Practice Ends
6:30 - Drivers Meeting
6:55 - Pre-Race Ceremonies

Heat Races:

  • Pure Stock
  • Sportsman
  • Outlaws
  • Sprints
  • Modifieds

Feature Races:

  • Pure Stock
  • Sportsman
  • Outlaws
  • Sprints
  • Modifieds

For more information, logon to the speedway’s website at, or check out the speedway’s Facebook page at

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