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Eckes Focused on Dominion After Solid Finish at The Rattler

GREENVILLE, NY — Christian Eckes appeared to be one of the cars to beat Sunday at the 41st annual Rattler 250. The 16-year-old driver put his Fury Race Cars No. 15 near the top of the charts throughout the weekend, however brake issues prohibited him for contending for the win during the 250-lap race. Despite the issue, the New York driver held on for a sixth-place finish.

“The weekend started off well, but definitely did not end how we intended it to,” Eckes said. “We were so fast in the beginning but unfortunately we had zero brakes in the race. We believe it was an issue with the master cylinder but we had such a great race car.”

Eckes qualified his No. 15 machine in the fourth position and quickly made his way into the second spot just a handful of laps into The Rattler 250. He slid back to fifth position at the lap 100 break and from there worked hard to stay in the top 10 for the final 150 laps. A late charge from ninth to sixth over the final 45 laps gave Eckes a solid finish.

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Majeski Wins So. Super Series Season Opener at The Rattler

Majeski Goes Back-to-Back at The Rattler

Kinston, Ala. — The trophy looks the same. The check is for the same amount. However, Ty Majeski’s win in the 2017 Rattler 250, the season opener for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, tells a vastly different story than his previous triumph.

Majeski grabbed the lead for the first time all day from Harrison Burton on a restart with just 19 laps to go on Sunday afternoon. In 2016, Majeski dominated the race, leading all but eight laps en route to his marquee win in the Deep South.

“We definitely didn’t have the car to win all day,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We were not in the race track quite where we needed to be. We weren’t the best car today, and probably shouldn’t have won. But in my opinion, those are the days that define you as a team and as a driver. When you win races you shouldn’t, they are always special.

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Kelley Joins Carswell for Run at Southern Super Series Championship

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Drivers hoping to contend for the 2017 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco championship just saw their road to the title get a whole lot tougher. The Carswell Motorsports team, which fielded a championship effort for Daniel Hemric in 2013, has brought in veteran ringer Paul Kelley to pilot their No. 98 Super Late Model this season.

Kelley will drive the team’s car full-time on the Southern Super Series with hopes of a championship effort in 2017.

“Jake (Carswell) called me last week and asked me if I would be interested in driving for him,” Kelley said. “I have known Jake & Deanna Carswell for years from having driven against them and now we are teaming up for the 2017 season. Jake said they wanted to go for the championship in the Southern Super Series and that’s what we are game for.”

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VanDoorn Ready to Wrangle Rattlesnakes in Rattler Debut

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Johnny VanDoorn has done a lot of winning throughout his career, but not recently. After putting his own driving duties on the back burner for a few years to get a driver development business off the ground, VanDoorn returned to the seat last year. The 2016 season ended up being what could be defined as “tumultuous.” VanDoorn is now hoping to put all of that behind him when he makes his Rattler 250 debut at South Alabama Speedway on March 19.

The Rattler serves as the season-opening race for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, and it will be VanDoorn’s season opener as well.

“This is the first time I’ll actually be racing myself,” VanDoorn explained. “I’ve been down there one time before with Erik Jones back when we were taking care of his cars in like 2011. But this will be my first trip back there in I guess six years and my first time driving it.”

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Rattler 250 to Be Broadcast on Speed51.com for Second Straight Year

One of the nation’s most unique Super Late Model races will be making its way to a worldwide audience for the second straight year.  In a partnership between South Alabama Speedway and Speed51.com, the 41st annual Rattler 250 will be broadcast live on Speed51 TV on March 18 – 19, 2017.
For the third year, the race will serve as the season-opening event for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco.
“The entire staff at South Alabama Speedway is really looking forward to bringing this exciting event to a national audience for the second straight year,” said John Dykes, promoter of South Alabama Speedway.  “Last year’s broadcast was a success and we’re hoping some of those people that watched will join us at the track this year.”

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#RoadToBristol: Southern Super Series Announces Criteria for Provisionals

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) on May 21, 2017, is one of the most anticipated short track racing events of the 2017 season. Three different sanctioning bodies will be able to award guaranteed starting spots for the race. The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco has decided to award its three provisionals to the top teams that participated in all four series events leading up to the Short Track U.S. Nationals.

To be eligible for the provisional starting spot, a competitor must race at the season-opening 41st Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway, the second annual North/South SLM Challenge at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee, the first race of the season at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and the first race of the season at Mobile International Speedway (AL).

“The Southern Super Series has chosen to reward our Series regulars by awarding those spots right out of our points standings after the first four races,” stated series competition director Dan Spence. “This opens the door to anyone who competes in the first four races, even if they weren’t able to make it to Victory Lane.”

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Stout Field Ready for 2016 Season Finale at Five Flags

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The final race for the 2016 Southern Super Series and Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway is set to be wide open with many drivers believing they have what it takes to take home the final trophy in Pensacola before the 49th Snowball Derby.

Jeff Choquette has become a master at Five Flags in the Allen Turner Pro Late Models this season and is confident that his momentum can carry on into this coming Saturday.

“Hopefully we can carry the momentum over from the Pro and it can translate into the Super. I always think our chances are always really good we put a lot of effort into the program, I think we got a good shot no matter where we go.”

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Wilson Tames the Bear, Clinches 2016 Southern Super Series Title

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Donnie Wilson has dominated races in the past, but said it will be hard to duplicate his strong run in the Alabama 200 Sunday afternoon at Montgomery Motor Speedway.

Wilson led 183 of the event’s 200 laps en route to not only a win in the prestigious Alabama 200, but also the 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Championship. With the win, Wilson mathematically locked up the 2016 title and a guaranteed spot in December’s 49th Annual Snowball Derby.

“I don’t know if I have ever had a car this good and been able to win with it,” Wilson said. “Today, the car was flawless .I just ran my pace the first 100 laps, and we didn’t really make any changes for the second half. I was expecting the track to change some, but it didn’t; so I just drove the heck out of it and we were able to get the win.”
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Practice Pays Off for Jones in Lee Fields Memorial

IRVINGTON, Ala. — When the green flag flew Saturday on the Lee Fields Memorial at Mobile International Speedway, all eyes were on the likes of Christopher Bell, Augie Grill, and Donnie Wilson. But when it was all said and done, a dominating performance by Garrett Jones was the topic of conversation.

Jones started the 150-lap Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco race from outside the top 10 but worked his way into third by the lap 75 break. When the race went back green, problems for leaders Augie Grill and Donnie Wilson opened the door for Jones who was more than ready to capitalize and run away with the lead.

Jones opened up more than a seven-second lead when the checkered flag waved to capture his first win in a Super Late Model.

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Davidson Eyeing Breakthrough SSS Victory at Mobile

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Many will think the 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco championship battle is over, but don’t tell that to Pearland, Texas driver Chris Davidson. Through a run of consistent finishes the 38-year-old driver has moved up to second in the season-long standings as the Southern Super Series heads to Mobile International Speedway for the Lee Fields Memorial 150 on Saturday night.

“It’s no secret that 2016 has been a struggle for us,” said Davidson. “We have been making minor gains and perhaps we can put it all together at Mobile. We love it at Mobile. The track is tough on tires and that will play into our hands the longer we go on a set of tire.”

Davidson is a multi-time champion out of Texas and a winner in the Southeast region. He even has a win at Mobile in the past. Davidson will be looking to keep the series championship trophy in Texas as fellow longhorn driver Casey Smith won the title a year ago. In the three year history of the series, the championship has never gone to the same state twice. Davidson hopes to end that run.
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Wilson Leads Southern Super Series Into Final Stage of 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. — As the month of August progresses, the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco prepares to enter its final phase of the 2016 season and teams are using the late summer break to their own advantage. Whether catching up with personal matters, taking a vacation, or putting time into the race cars, drivers are eager to return to action.

Current SSS points leader Donnie Wilson is among them; he has one of the boldest remaining schedules amongst the points leaders. The Oklahoma driver plans to compete in the final three SSS races of the season, while also taking a couple of trips up north.

“We’ve been in the process of building a new car and maintaining my other two cars. Our busiest time of the year is coming up,” Wilson said. “We’ve got Mobile, CRA at Winchester, then Montgomery, then off a week then we run Pensacola, then the All-American 400 and the Winchester 400. We’ve got six races in seven weeks.”

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Anderson Outduels Grill for Second Straight SSS Win

KINSTON, Ala. — Cole Anderson hails from Northfield, Minnesota, but he is right at home in Alabama.

Anderson outdueled Deep South legend Augie Grill over the last 40 laps to claim the win in the Diamondback 125 at South Alabama Speedway. The win is Anderson’s second in a row, and completes a mid-summer sweep of the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco events held in the Yellowhammer State.

On a restart with 40 laps to go, Anderson and Grill started side by side and stayed that way for eight laps. Lap after lap, Grill was glued to the bottom and Anderson worked the high lane. Ultimately Grill won the battle, but Anderson was setting up to win the war.

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Anderson Nets First Career Southern Super Series Win

Montgomery, AL — Cole Anderson tackled the Rumble By The River 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway as if he were a prize fighter chasing a title belt.

He bided his time, felt out his opponents, picked the perfect opportunity to attack and never relented until the final bell sounded.

Anderson pounced on leader Kyle Grissom with 52 laps to go, and never looked back to capture his first Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory.
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Grissom, Wilson Looking to Lock Up Tri-State Bonus Bucks at Cordele

Cordele, GA — Saturday night in Cordele, Georgia an extra $1,000 will be paid out to either Kyle Grissom or Donnie Wilson for winning the “Tri-State Bonus Bucks.”  That money will be awarded to either Grissom or Wilson for having the best average finish at the most recent Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco events at Five Flags Speedway in Florida, Mobile International Speedway in Alabama, and this weekend’s race in Georgia.

“That would be nice,” said Wilson.  “It would dang sure be nice.   We travel a long way.  This series has done good stuff to get people to the races.  This is just an added bonus.  I think it would be pretty cool if we could walk away with that and still have the points lead and everything would be great and wonderful.”

Grissom echoed Wilson’s thoughts on the bonus money.
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Roderick ‘Back in the Groove’ With Southern Super Series

Concord, NC) – A couple of years ago Casey Roderick had a shot at the big leagues of NASCAR racing. That shot came to an end after about 10 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Roderick’s name wasn’t heard from for a while, but now he’s one of the favorites to win the Southern Super Series race at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway this weekend.

Why is Roderick the favorite? Well, he’s the defending Blizzard Series champion at Five Flags and he already has a win there this season. In fact, Roderick is off to one of the best starts of his career with wins coming in the Super Late Model and in the Pro Late Model at Alabama’s Montgomery Motor Speedway.

And with the results comes confidence. Roderick’s confidence is at a level that it hasn’t been at since before his XFINITY Series (then Nationwide Series) foray.
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SSS Announces Tri-State Bonus Bucks Program for Racers

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Drivers competing in the next three Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco events will have a chance to pad their pockets with extra cash. The series will hand out a $1,000 “Tri-State Bonus Bucks” bonus to the driver with the best average finish in the upcoming trio of events at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on May 27, Mobile International Speedway (AL) on May 28 and Crisp Motorsports Park on June 4.

“We’re excited to kick off the upcoming three race Southern Super Series stretch with the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Doubleheader at Pensacola and Mobile,” said Southern Super Series Director Tim Bryant. “We realize that three races, in three states, in eight days might be tough on guys, so we’ve posted a little extra cash incentive to sweeten the pot. Overall, we’ve been extremely happy with car counts in 2016, so we hope we can keep things rolling with these races.”

While the Southern Super Series had three Gulf Coast doubleheaders between Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway in 2015, this weekend marks the only doubleheader of the 2016 season. A year ago on the Memorial Day weekend double header, it was Casey Roderick and Harrison Burton who found their way to Victory Lane. It was also Roderick who picked up the win when the series visited Pensacola just a month ago.

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Roderick Bests Smith in Battle of the Caseys at Five Flags

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Race number three for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco came down to a battle of the Caseys on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Defending Southern Super Series champion Casey Smith and defending Blizzard Series champion Casey Roderick duked it out throughout the 125-lap race, before Roderick eventually prevailed.

Three lead changes highlighted the battle between the Caseys before Roderick, the ‘local’ champ, stood on top of the podium after taking the lead on lap 78 and holding off Smith through three late restarts.

“We had a really good car tonight,” said Roderick with a smile after the 125 lap event. “That’s the best car I’ve ever had here.”
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Stout List of SSS Drivers Making Their Way to Five Flags

PENSACOLA, Fla. — With two races in the books already this season, the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco is ready to crank up the speed once again this weekend at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  The top Super Late Model drivers from the Deep South and beyond will make their way to Pensacola, Florida this weekend for the first of four races at the track this season. 

The list of pre-race entries and expected entries for the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series opener is shaping up to be a great collection of racing talent that will impress those in attendance this Friday night.  
 
Current points leader Donnie Wilson leads the charge into Pensacola, looking for his first career Southern Super Series win at Five Flags.  The Oklahoma driver is coming off a dominating effort earlier this month in the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee.  Wilson took the Music City by storm, first winning the 50-lap Southern Super Series points-counting race before coming back the next night to win the 75-lap North/South Super Late Model Challenge against stars from both the Southern Super Series and ARCA/CRA Super Series.

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Wilson Plays a Winning Tune Again in Nashville

Donnie Wilson won Friday’s SSS race at Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN — With a mid-race pass of Steve Wallace, Donnie Wilson was able to add a new piece of music memorabilia to his collection Friday night.

Wilson sped away in the second half of Friday’s Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco 50-lap feature at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville to earn the prized jukebox trophy bestowed upon him in victory lane. The new piece of hardware will make sweet music alongside the guitar the Oklahoman won from his first SSS victory in 2014.

“This place is awesome. It’s one of my favorite tracks,” said Wilson. “I won two years ago to get a guitar and won tonight to win a jukebox, so that’s pretty cool. Not very many people can say they’ve won here, but now I can say I’ve won at least twice. Last year we won one Southern Super Series race and two years ago we won three races, so hopefully this will boost us up where we can win a couple more this year.”

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Wilson Hopes to Overcome Bad Luck, Persevere at Nashville

If Lady Luck is on his side, Donnie Wilson will be among the group of favorites to win the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee on April 8-9. The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native led the most laps in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco race at the Fairgrounds one year ago, but a flat tire left him with a third-place finish instead of the win that he perhaps deserved.

Over the course of Wilson’s career, bad luck has been a theme. A flat tire here, a part failure there, if it can happen, it happens to the red and white No. 2w machine. He’s hoping that a visit to the Music City will help to cure those problems.

“I’ve been plagued with bad luck my whole career. I don’t know if I’m stupid or just dumb, but I keep at it,” Wilson said with a laugh. “That’s the only thing I know how to do is persevere. Just keep working hard and hopefully things turn around.”

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Christian Eckes Exceeds Goals in Rattler 250

GREENVILLE, NY — Fifteen-year-old Christian Eckes had never seen South Alabama Speedway’s pavement before the Rattler 250 weekend. There, he was going up against some of the nation’s top short track talents in the Southern Super Series, Super Late Model event. Those two factors combined led Eckes to a pre-race goal of a solid top-10 finish.

Armed with a fast race car, some good help on the radio and a gutsy pit call, Eckes left the track with results that far exceeded his initial goal.

Eckes used a four-tire pit stop following the lap-100 competition caution to gain momentum. With new rubber, he shot to second and challenged the leader ahead of him throughout most of the remaining laps before crossing beneath the checkered flag in the third position.

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Midwest Drivers Hoping for Strong Showings at The Rattler

(PENSACOLA, FL) – A handful of Midwest drivers will descend on South Alabama Speedway this weekend for the 40th annual Rattler 250, the season opener for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco. Ty Majeski – one of the hottest Super Late Model drivers in the country as of late – will look for his first Rattler win, while Cole Anderson and Travis Sauter will compete in the esteemed event for the first time.

Majeski heads to Opp, AL fresh off a dominating performance during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). The Seymour, Wisconsin driver never finished outside the top two while grabbing three wins and the overall Super Late Model championship.

“I think we really have a lot of momentum coming off of Speedweeks,” said Majeski. “Our consistency was unmatched and I think we really learned some stuff down there that will help us at the Rattler.”

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Grala Looks to Build on Success With LFR at The Rattler

Massachusetts Driver Working With Veteran Crew Chief at South Alabama

For the second time in 2016, Kaz Grala will team up with LFR Chassis this weekend for the 40th annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. Grala, a native of Massachusetts, will make his way to the 4/10-mile Alabama oval with his eyes set on a strong run and a meeting with the Alabama rattlesnake in victory lane.

Grala made his first Super Late Model start of the year with LFR Chassis at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in February and ran strong for much of that race before being involved in a late incident. He believes that everyone, including the driver himself, learned a lot in their first time out together and hopes to build on that this weekend.

“Greenville-Pickens was a great first experience with LFR,” said Grala. “I think everyone worked together really well, and I think we ran well from the moment we unloaded. This weekend, with such a stacked field, we are all going to be put to the test. If everything goes as well as Greenville did, I think we will be in good shape.”

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Quin Houff Announces New Benefit for Duke Cancer Institute

Short Track Racer to Debut New Paint Scheme at Rattler 250 
WEYERS CAVE, Va. (March 17, 2016) – Always looking to give back to the community, short track racer Quin Houff is excited to announce a new initiative to help raise awareness of cancer and cancer treatment options. The non-profit program looks to raise money for cancer research at Duke Cancer Institute through donations at www.beatincancerwithduke.org.

Houff and his family have an intimate connection with the institute as his mother, Kate Houff, is a two-time cancer survivor.

“This time last year, my mom went to a local hospital and was diagnosed with cancer for the second time,” explained Houff. “We were told that this something she couldn’t beat and would have to live with. That was a really low point for us, so we went to Duke for a second opinion and they said it was beatable, which was such a turnaround from what we had been told. Duke put her on an aggressive treatment plan, which started with six months of chemo and then six weeks of radiation, and it worked. The treatments did exactly what we had hoped for. She just went back to Duke recently for a checkup and is considered cancer free. At the same time though, my grandma on my dad’s side is also fighting cancer and we will continue to support her through her fight.”

Houff will debut a new paint scheme to raise awareness for “www.beatincancerwithduke.org” at the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway on March 20. Houff previously ran a black and pink paint scheme with the hashtag #beatincancer last season and is looking forward to expanding the awareness with Duke’s assistance.

“Last year we had the hashtag but I wanted to do something more this year,” said Houff. “The partnership with Duke came about and so we decided to freshen it up. We worked with our designer from last year who used “Duke Blue” and came up with a couple options and went from there.”

While Houff does not have a specific monetary goal in mind that he wants to obtain, he is excited for the impact the partnership will bring as he races across the country in 2016. He will personally be involved in the benefit by donating 50 percent of his winnings to Duke for any Top-10 finishes he secures throughout the season.

“I really like to do whatever I can with my racing career to give back to the community,” Houff stated. “Cancer is very common and directly affects a lot of people. If we can use this platform to give other people the hope that we received last year, that would be huge. I don’t have any other goal than representing the partnership well. Any and every donation would be great. I just want to show people what Duke has done for us and give them that hope as well.”

While he will personally promote this cause throughout the 2016 race season, Houff and his team are actively seeking sponsorship opportunities.
“We are still actively seeking sponsors for the year,” said Houff. “Sponsorships are what keep the race program and possibilities like this partnership happening. We’d love to incorporate sponsors into our www.beatincancerwithduke.org race car.”

To learn more about Houff and his Duke benefit, visit www.beatincancerwithduke.org or his Quin Houff Motorsports Facebook page. Houff can also be followed on Twitter at @P1_Houff.
 
Sources: Kayla Darrow/Zerolight Communications


About Quin Houff

Quin Houff began his racing career at age eight when he competed in Go Karts and Mini-Cup cars. He won over 20 races before moving on to Limited Late Models at age 13. After winning multiple honors and championships at his home track of Motor Mile Speedway, Houff joined the LFR Driver Development Group in 2015 in the Super Late Model division.  During that year, he scored one win at Tri-County Motor Speedway in the Cars Tour Super Late Model division and multiple Top-5 and Top-10 finishes. He also finished fourth in the series’ standings. 2016 will mark his second year racing for the LFR Driver Development Group.

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Talented Group of Early Entries for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge 125 in Nashville

First Look at Entries for CRA/SSS Combo Event at Nashville

(SALEM, IN and PENSACOLA, FL) – Officials from the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS and the Southern Super Series Presented by Sunoco have released the first group of names that have already entered for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge 125 Presented by Team Construction, which will take place at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on April 8th & 9th. The event will be the first time ever the two series have used this format of racing separate point event features then racing a 75 lap feature for all the money.

Topping the entry list is the hottest late model driver in the country so far in 2016, Georgia’s own Bubba Pollard. Pollard claimed the victory at SpeedFest 2016 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia, and then walked away with a $40,000 pay day by winning the Winter Showdown at Kern Country Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California on February 28th. Pollard, the 2014 Southern Super Series Champion, looks to keep that hot streak going by possibly winning two Guitar Trophies at Nashville.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Cody Coughlin and William Byron are both entered. Coughlin was the 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion while Byron was the 2015 NASCAR K & N Pro Series North Champion. Coughlin will be in his own equipment for Nashville while Byron will run a KBM late model.
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Quin Houff, Christian Eckes and Kaz Grala to Make Rattler 250 Debuts with LFR Driver Development Group

Next Generation Drivers Up for the Challenge of South Alabama Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 16, 2016) – The LFR Driver Development Group is ready for its next big race of the 2016 season, as drivers Quin Houff, Christian Eckes and Kaz Grala are all set to compete for the team in the 40th Annual Rattler 250. All three drivers will be making their debut starts in both the Rattler 250 and at South Alabama Speedway this weekend.

“It’s really cool to bring these young drivers to these big races for their first time,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “Watching them progress throughout the weekend and shine during the race really is something neat to watch and be a part of. With having the last weekend off, the guys at the shop had some extra time to get on the pull down rig and really focus on the minor details, so hopefully we can put it all together and have another strong run as a group.”

Quin Houff, the 18-year-old short track driver from Weyers Cave, Va., is looking forward to his first Rattler 250. Houff most recently competed in the World of Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway with the LFR Driver Development Group, where he had a strong run until motor issues cost him the win during the final event.

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Coughlin Hoping to Sink Fangs Into The Rattler

Cody Coughlin’s Late Model season is about to kick off with one of the toughest Super Late Model races in the country. His first test will be the season opener for the Southern Super Series, The Rattler 250 at Opp, Alabama’s South Alabama Speedway on Sunday, March 20.

Coughlin and his Team JEGS racing team compete for wins at every race they head to, but an ignition issue in last year’s race brought their bid for the win to a premature end. The 20-year-old driver said the issues in last year’s race are exactly why he and his team want to head back this year.

“It’s a challenging race track, and it’s a track that gives us challenges,” Coughlin said. “Those aspects are a big part of why it’s appealing to us. We want to try and conquer this place that hasn’t been perfected by us yet.”
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Sargeant Throws His Name Into the Ring for Rattler 250

Florida Driver Hoping to Meet Rattlesnake in Victory Lane

PENSACOLA, FL — The 40th Annual Rattler 250, the season opener for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, is garnering some of the biggest names in Super Late Model racing both young and old. One of the young drivers throwing his name into the ring for the 250-lap battle at South Alabama Speedway on March 20 is 17-year-old Dalton Sargeant.

Sargeant, of Boca Raton, Florida, will make his way to the Rattler paired with a fresh team being led by former Kyle Busch Motorsports Late Model Manager Bond Suss. The Rattler will be just the second event for Sargeant and the Bond Suss Racing team since coming together in the off-season, but he is already feeling confident following a smooth outing at the Winter Showdown in Bakersfield, California on February 28.

“It’s a great group of guys,” Sargeant said. “It’s a pretty new team but everyone has worked great together so far and only one race under our belts out in California at Kern County. It wasn’t the best, but it was a great start to the season and a good way to kick things off with a solid top-10 finish.”
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Rattler 250 to Air Live on Speed51 TV

One of the most unique and prestigious Super Late Model races in the country will soon be making its way to a worldwide audience. In a partnership between South Alabama Speedway and Speed51.com, both parties are are pleased to announce that the 40th annual Rattler 250 will be broadcast live on Speed51 TV. The race is the season-opening event for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco.

The live broadcast, which will be the first of its kind for the Rattler, will feature two days of racing action from the 4/10-mile oval located in Opp, Alabama. Super Late Model qualifying for the Rattler 250, as well as the 125-lap Baby Rattler for the Pro Late Models, will air live on Saturday, March 19 before the big show, the Rattler 250 on Sunday, March 20. The online pay-per-view video event will have a blackout region of 150-miles surrounding the facility.

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Anderson to Race Full Slate of SSS Events in 2016

PENSACOLA, FL — With a win in the Red-Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) less than one month ago, Cole Anderson put his name on the short track racing radar. Now, the Northfield, Minnesota native is hoping to become a household name in the Super Late Model ranks by competing full-time with the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco in 2016.

Anderson has made the decision to take on the challenge of racing with the toughest group of Super Late Model racers in the country and throw his hat into the ring as a potential championship contender next season.

After getting his 2016 season off to such a strong start at New Smyrna driving for Anthony Campi Racing, Anderson has already set a lofty goal for his initial Southern Super Series season.

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