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Wilson Gets Back to SSS Winning Ways at Mobile

August 24th, 2015

(MOBILE, AL) – After a three-win and near championship-winning season in 2014, signs pointed towards Donnie Wilson continuing those winning ways into 2015 on the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco. Through the first 10 races of the year, however, those signs were turned in different directions than victory lane. Wilson, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, changed all that and got back to his winning ways Saturday when he scored his first Southern Super Series victory of 2015 in the Lee Fields Memorial at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway. Wilson qualified second and started fourth following a re-draw, but got back to the runner-up spot by the race’s halfway point. He then worked past Kyle Grissom for the lead on lap 79 that he would not relinquish en route to ending a 17-race Southern Super Series winless drought. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Wilson in victory lane. “We just haven’t been as good this year, but it finally came together tonight.”

While Wilson was in command under green flag conditions, several late-race restarts set Wilson up for duels with Augie Grill, with whom he battled and collided with in July’s SSS event at Five Flags Speedway. When the green flag flew for the final time with four laps to go Saturday night, space became tight between Wilson and Grill once again. Grill got his right side tires off the pavement on the backstretch at Mobile, but was able to gather his car back up to finish second while Wilson drove his No. 82 to victory lane.

“I squeezed him at Pensacola and I admitted I did that,” said Wilson. “Tonight, it was a restart and he was on the high side. The high side here just takes you up automatically. He was at my quarters, kind of the same deal, but it was just one of those deals. I didn’t do anything on purpose. He thought I squeezed him again, that’s all there is to it.” Wilson and Grill exchanged their sides of the incident with one another during post-race ceremonies.

“We’re fine, he’s just upset,” added Wilson. “He races hard and he wants to win just like the rest of us. He’s just upset and thought I didn’t give him enough room. I thought we did and it’s all good.” Behind Wilson and Grill, 15-year-old Garrett Jones scored a career-best Southern Super Series finish with his third-place result. 2014 SSS champion Bubba Pollard was fourth, while current series point leader Casey Smith finished fifth. Smith has yet to finish outside the top 10 in the 11 Southern Super Series races this season.

The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will be back in action on Saturday, September 13 in the 51st Annual Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama.

For more on the Southern Super Series, visit www.southernsuperseries.com, follow @SoSuperSeries on Twitter and “Like” Southern Super Series on Facebook. Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco

Bubba Pollard celebrates his Gulf Coast sweep at Mobile (AL) on Saturday night.

July 30th, 2015

(PENSACOLA, FL) – Less than 24 hours after starting from the pole and completely dominating at Five Flags Speedway (FL), defending series champion Bubba Pollard climbed his way to the front at Mobile International Speedway (AL) on Saturday to claim his 10th career Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco win and complete the Gulf Coast sweep.

Pollard finished qualifying by grabbing his 14th career pole but drew a five for his starting spot.

After falling outside the top-five when his car jumped out of gear in turn two just shy of the halfway mark of the 100-lap race, the Senoia, Georgia driver began his march to the front.

“I didn’t know what happened,” Pollard said of his early setback. “I shoved it back in gear and we got it going again. I had to run most of the race holding it in gear.”

By then, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Donnie Wilson, who started from the pole, had opened up a full straightaway advantage on the field. With no cautions in the opening two-thirds of the race to bunch the field back up, Pollard had his work cut out for him.

After methodically working his way through the field, Pollard ran down Wilson who was losing the handling on his No. 2W machine. Running a full three-tenths quicker than Wilson by lap 69, Pollard took the inside lane, given to him by Wilson, in turn one and pulled away with the top spot.

“That’s why I like running this series,” Pollard said, pointing out the amount of respect the competitors have for one another.

“Donnie (Wilson), we caught him and he let us go. You’re not going to find too many drivers that’ll do that.”

For the second straight race, a long green flag run would set the tone for the race as just one caution slowed the event for a single car spin on lap 70.

Kyle Grissom, series winner from Five Flags Speedway back in April, restarted third and shot down to the inside of Pollard in turn one and held the advantage up front out of turn two and down the backstretch. But Pollard’s car was just too dominant and regained the advantage by the time they hit the stripe.

In taking the win, Pollard becomes the first Southern Super Series driver to record 10 career wins. The win also served as his 21st career Late Model wins at Mobile International Speedway.

“This is one (track) that I always look forward to coming to. I don’t know what it is about this place, it just fits my driving style.”

As Pollard drove away from the field over the final 30 laps, the story became young Garrett Jones in the Tracy Goodson Racing No. 1. After starting 13th, Jones picked his way through the field to pull into the top-five late in the race.

Behind Pollard, the podium was rounded out by series points leader Casey Smith, who drove from fourth to second in the final 15 laps, and Grissom.

Jones was trailed by early leader Wilson as they crossed under the checkered flag to round out the top-five.

The next race for the Southern Super Series will be back at Mobile International on Saturday August 22 for the 150-lap Lee Fields Memorial. Formerly a Pro Late Model event, 2015 will make the first time that the Super Late Models will honor the late Mobile International Speedway owner and operator.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit www.southernsuperseries.com

Harrison Burton Inherits First Southern Super Series Victory at Mobile

May 26th, 2015

Mobile, AL — Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway was one of those nights where everybody was racing for second-place. As it turned out, the battle for second-place ended up being the battle for the win. Bubba Pollard put on a Super Late Model clinic at the Alabama half-mile and completely dominated the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Mobile 100. However it was Harrison Burton who was credited with the win after Pollard was disqualified in post-race technical inspection for an engine intake violation. “It’s a big deal to us,” Burton, son of longtime NASCAR racer Jeff Burton, said after being declared the winner. “The guys worked really hard and it paid off. We put ourselves in position to win, but (Pollard) was just faster than us and not for the reason in which they were DQ’ed. Let’s be honest. But we’ll take it.” Pollard, the 2014 Southern Super Series champion, was found to have an intake that was in violation of the Southern Super Series rulebook.

“It is what it is,” Pollard said. “It’s just a mistake. That’s all it is. We all make mistakes. It isn’t the difference between winning and losing, that’s for sure. It’s not frustrating because I know I have fast race cars and we’re going to win again.” Pollard took the lead on the very first lap from Logan Boyett and never looked back. He and Daniel Hemric waged a wild battle for quite a few laps over the course of the first 78 laps.

Hemric was able to keep up with Pollard for much of the race, but was only able to make a legitimate challenge for the lead on one occasion. As he and Pollard worked lapped traffic, Hemric dove to the bottom of a lapped car to make it three-wide with Pollard on the outside going into turn three. Pollard was able to withstand that challenge from Hemric to hold the lead.

Bad luck struck Hemric during a red flag period on lap 78 when his right front tire went flat. The 2013 series champion rejoined the field in 10th and was able to make his way back to third at the drop of the checkers. With Pollard’s removal from the finishing order, Hemric was credited with second.

“You never know,” Hemric said when asked if he could have gotten by Pollard if not for the flat tire. “At the end of the day we had a good race car. But we’re not doing our job. We’re having too many parts failures night after night. We’ll rebound.

At the end of the day at least we’ve had speed.” Hemric’s charge to the front was stopped by the 14-year-old Harrison Burton who finished over 1.3 seconds behind Pollard on the track but brought the trophy back to his North Carolina home following the race. The win is Burton’s first ever in the Southern Super Series and his third behind the wheel of a Super Late Model. It’s also his first win with new crew chief Chris Wimmer. “We knew we’d be better with Chris,” Burton said. “He’s a great guy and has a lot of great ideas on setups. After our first race in Pensacola last night we were like, ‘Okay, we’re here to win for sure.’ Tonight we once again proved we are here to win so hopefully we can go out and get some more.”

Donnie Wilson backed up his runner-up finish Friday night in the Southern Super Series event at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway with a third-place run Saturday at Mobile. Dominque Van Wieringen and Chad Finley rounded out the top five.

Southern Super Series point leader Casey Smith finished sixth and left Mobile with a 36 point lead over Wilson.

The next Southern Super Series event will come on Saturday, June 6 as the tour makes its debut at Watermelon Capital Speedway at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia. For more information on the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco head to SouthernSuperSeries.com, and follow the series on Twitter (@SoSuperSeries) and Like it on Facebook (www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries.

Texas Driver Ends Long Winless Streak

May 1st, 2015

AUSTIN, TX. –This past weekend is one that Casey Smith and his team won’t forget for a long time. The Austin, Texas native made the trip to the Alabama/Florida border area memorable as he went home with a victory and the Southern Super Series point lead.

Smith ended a winless drought on Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama and finished third on Friday night to end the weekend as the point leader in the Southern Super Series.

On Saturday night, he dominated by leading every lap in the 100-lap event at the high-banked, half-mile oval.

“We have been struggling here. We dominated in 2007 and 2008 along with having a good car in 2009, but since then we have been struggling every since,” an elated Smith said in victory lane. “This is the best car we have ever had here and it feels good to be back in victory lane.”

The car was so good that Smith had a hard time slowing it down to conserve tires for the long run.

“My spotter got on the radio and reminded me that this is a 100-lap race. I couldn’t go any slower cause the car was that good,” Smith recalled. “I was worried that Bubba Pollard and Daniel Hemric may have been saving their tires and if we got a late race caution, I wasn’t sure if I could hold them off. But, luckily we were able to hold Bubba off and get the win.”

The win for Smith ended a drought that dated back to a Viper Series win at South Alabama Speedway on August 2, 2008.

“This feels good, because you don’t know when it will come again,” exclaimed Smith.

The night before, Smith went to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida for the Southern Super Series/Blizzard Series 100-lap event.

After starting eighth, he moved up sixth saving his tires for a late race run. On lap 65, he made the save of the night and lost a few spots.

“The car got pretty tight. I am not sure if I didn’t get my tires cleaned well or not. Hemric got up on the inside of me and I don’t know if I didn’t give him enough room or if he dive bombed me, but I almost ended up in the fence,” Smith recalled. “Several people told me that they never seen someone save it like that, I was lucky on that deal.”

Smith was able to get going and start marching his way to the front.

“We had a few quick cautions and were able to pick up some spots. I thought for sure we would end up second, but we ran third and it’s a good points night for us,” Smith said. “We were fast, but didn’t have enough time to gain all of those spots back.”

Smith now holds a 61-point lead in the Southern Super Series standings heading into the next Gulf Coast weekend on May 22-23.

Casey Smith Goes Flag-to-Flag for First SSS Victory at Mobile

April 29th, 2015

(Irvington, Alabama) When the Southern Super Series unloaded at Mobile International Speedway to wrap up the first Gulf Coast swing of the year, racing seemed like a long shot as torrential rains and thunderstorms battered the track all afternoon. All of the scheduled afternoon practice sessions were washed out, and teams were given one 40 minute session to get their cars dialed in.

The 100 lap main event would start based on current 2015 point standings putting Austin, Texas’ Casey Smith on the pole as point leader, after starting the year with three straight top five finishes. With nothing but clean race track in front of him, Smith took advantage at the start and drove away from the field, opening up more than a four second, full straightaway advantage in the opening 50 laps.

“(My spotter) got on the radio and said you know this is a 100 lap race? I was trying to go slower. Sometimes when you try to go slow and you back up your corner you have to get in the throttle sooner and it burns up your right rear. I couldn’t really go any slower than I was.” Smith said of his fast start.

Behind Smith, all eyes were on defending series champion, Bubba Pollard, who in contrast to Smith, started the year with mediocre results in the opening three races and would start back in the ninth spot.

After moving all the way into the top three just 40 laps in, he set his sights on Donnie Wilson who at that point had a three second cushion over third place. It took the Senoia, Georgia driver just over ten laps to catch and pass Wilson. From there he set out to catch Smith who still had a four plus second lead.

Pollard spent the next 30 laps using everything his car had to run down Smith and the two ran nose to tail for several laps before the only caution slowed the event with five laps to go.

“I figured Hemric and Bubba were saving their tires and I was afraid if we got a late race caution we might have abused (our tires) too much. So that concerned me but luckily we were able to hold Bubba off.”

Pollard’s car had all but lost it’s handling after using up so much just to catch Smith. Despite starting alongside with the late restart, Pollard felt he had no chance to head to victory lane,

“Having to start that far back just killed us” A dejected Pollard said after the race, “We had the best racecar. I ran him down from half a track back. We were just too free when I caught him to make the pass.”

“I pretty much knew we were done. We didn’t have a shot, we were too free. That caution didn’t help us or hurt us.” Pollard finished.

For Smith it was his first career Southern Super Series victory, and his first win at Mobile since 2007, “We dominated here back in ’07, and ever since, Bubba’s pretty much had everyone covered.” Explained Smith “This was the best car I’ve ever had here and it feels good to be back.”

“You get to a point where you don’t know if it’s ever going to come again and so you’ve got to cherish it if it does. It makes it just that much more special.”

The next stop for the Southern Super Series will be another Gulf Coast swing between Five Flags Speedway (FL) and back at Mobile on May 22nd and 23rd.

For more information visit, www.SouthernSuperSeries.com

From real estate to racing, hometown Promoter Praytor busy in preparation for ARCA Mobile 200 coming March 14

March 6th, 2015

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Keeping up with two full-time gigs, sometimes three, is no simple thing, as many in the motorsports industry already understand. Mobile, Alabama’s Tommy Praytor, like a lot of people out there trying to move and shake the world, knows this as much as anyone.

“There are days when I think we do a really good job of keeping up with most everything, and there are days when we don’t,” Praytor said. “Our secret is the great people that work with us. Most of the crew understands what we’re trying to accomplish with Thomas (Praytor).”

On this particular day, Praytor was managing a press conference regarding the upcoming ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile Int’l Speedway. His son, Thomas “Moose” Praytor, was testing their DK-LOK Ford Fusion at Mobile on the same day, as was Mason Mitchell Motorsports with drivers Mason Mitchell and Austin Wayne Self.

That all seems like a lot, and it is, but we haven’t mentioned the two full-time gigs yet.

Praytor is the owner of Praytor Realty, a full-service realty company in Mobile.

“Praytor Realty is every day. I’m responsible for every transaction that goes through this building. That can be more than a hundred transactions a year.”

He’s also responsible for a full-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race team, which he fields out of his shop in Mobile. But before he and his mob of volunteers can get to the shop in the evenings, there’s that family business to run.

“It’s always been a family-owned business with a built-in sense of community, you could say. My family’s been here in Mobile for a hundred years. My mom and dad were very successful in this community. My dad was a banker for 40 years and mom had the real estate company. They were both heavily involved with the community, charities, you name it. That sense of community was instilled in me right from the start…that you need to give back as much as you can.

“For us, everything’s here (in Mobile). Thomas went to the same high school I did. When I went to college, it was at the University of Southern Alabama here in Mobile…same place Grant (Enfinger) went.”

Praytor graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

“Out of college, my mom finally convinced me to get into commercial real estate. At that time, her company was all residential. Didn’t know a lot about it at the start, but I had a lot of help from a lot of people and the business really grew. I’m a Certified Commercial Investment Member and I’ve served as President of the Board of Realtors. I probably served on every committee there is to serve on around here…it was that sense of community that my parents instilled in me…you gotta give back.

“Once I got more comfortable with the business, we started a bunch of side businesses that did really well…had one of the largest art distributor companies in the world. Our company sold art from San Francisco to New York…overseas to England…all over the world.”

Then, just for grins, Praytor added the racing category to the mix.

“As the story goes, then we start racing.”

The racing actually started with Tommy, who raced for years before he put his son behind the wheel. Thomas, as the next generation, has been racing since he was 12 in go-karts, Bandolero cars, super stocks and eventually late models, all prior to his budding ARCA career.

“Then, seven, eight years ago, mom gets sick with cancer. We were going to focus on racing full-time when she got better, but she doesn’t get better…so I stayed with the real estate business ever since.

“We continued to race here locally with Thomas, then I got involved with the PR side of the business…started doing all of Rick Crawford’s PR work right up until he finished racing. Then I had the opportunity to do TV, so we went in that direction for a while.”

Praytor was the host of ARCA Racing This Week, which ran on the Outdoor Channel for four seasons. During that time, he also spotted for ARCA driver Dan Pardus as Pardus moved from ARCA to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and eventually, Cup.

“Most fun I ever had in racing is when we started the TV show. I remember my very first interviews in ARCA were with Shawna Robinson and Bill Baird…that would have been in ’99, when Baird won the championship.”

Then the opportunity to go ARCA racing with his son seemed to come out of nowhere.

“We never made a conscious decision to go ARCA racing…never felt like we’d ever have the resources to do that. Then Andy Belmont called back in 2102, the year of the inaugural ARCA Mobile 200. Belmont said that Thomas needs to be in that race, and we couldn’t disagree, so we made a deal with him to start the race. Then we made a deal to go to Talladega. Then we took Andy’s speedway car to Daytona and made the race. Then Wayne Hixson called and said that he had plenty of equipment. If we’d make ‘em go, we could go racing with him, which is what we did for two years.”

In those two years, Thomas went from ninth in national champion point standings in his first full season in 2013, to seventh overall in 2014.

“I think driving for Mr. Hixson did more for Thomas than anything could. Thomas went down to Soddy Daisy…to Hixson’s shop and worked right alongside his guys. Thomas learned these cars inside and out, and how much work and effort it really takes to get one ready to go racing at the national level. It was the very best learning experience he could have ever had. Wayne taught him a lot about so many things he could not have gotten here. Thomas and I both will always be grateful for Wayne, and all he taught Thomas. The experience was invaluable.

“In the meantime, we were accumulating equipment of our own so we could eventually do our own thing back in our hometown. And for us, that meant moving our team back to Mobile, which is what we did for the 2015 season. We’ve got six cars we’re working with…a superspeedway car, an intermediate-specific car, some short track cars and one car that could go either way – short track or intermediate. We’re working out of my shop…same shop we’ve been working out of the last 18 years.”

And there you have it – the two full-time gigs – realtor by day and full-time ARCA race team owner by night, weekends, and/or whatever it takes to make it all happen. There is also Tommy Praytor the promoter, which, this time of year, is yet another full-time adventure. Praytor, as he has been from the start, is the Promoter of the ARCA Mobile 200 since its inception in 2012.

“Our goal is to make the ARCA Mobile 200 another signature event in Mobile, and it’s rapidly becoming that. We want to get it on the same level as the Senior Bowl and the Go Daddy Bowl…where the community takes it as seriously as we do, and we’re getting there…but it takes the community and a lot of work to do that.”

So while Praytor works to promote the race, he’s got those other two full-time gigs that need his attention.

“When we’re done with the real estate part of our day, we all go to the shop at night after work. Our normal work day ends about 10 (at night). It’s all volunteers that come over and help…a lot of the same cast of characters that have been coming around for 20 years…mostly Thomas’s friends from high school…basically his late model team that he grew up with. They all have their jobs they work all day, then they head over here and help. Like last night in the shop…we had a mechanic, an engineer and a Marine…quite a cast. I’ll tell you…there is nothing on Thomas’s racecars that happens that he doesn’t know about. I’d say no one knows more about his cars right now than Thomas.

“Then the UNOH kids show up and take over at the race track. Pretty cool deal all the way around.”

It was a “pretty cool deal” that almost never happened.

“Back in 2003, Thomas was 13…he won 44 races in Bandoleros that year. One of the last races he was running, he hit the wall so hard the seat became detached. Thomas’s head hit the wall. He got life-flighted out in a coma. He sat out the entire next season…football and racing. In that year, I made him rebuild the car. I told him that when he got done, if he still wants to do it, I’d put him back in the racecar. I guess the answer was yes…ever since then, he picked up right where he left off.”

NOTE: One of Thomas Praytor’s high school friends is two-time University of Alabama national champion quarterback AJ McCarron. McCarron is now on the active roster of the Cincinnati Bengals. Praytor, during his senior year of high school, hiked footballs to McCarron as the team’s starting center. The team won the championship that season.

ARCA raceweek schedule of events at Mobile; starts with Fan Fest at USS Alabama The ARCA Mobile 200 gets underway with the ARCA Fan Fest at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile Thursday, March 12. The USS Alabama Fan Fest is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and features an ARCA driver autograph session from 5:00-6:00. From there, haulers will cast off from the Battleship in a hauler parade to Mobile Int’l Speedway to prepare for Friday’s on-track activity. The hauler parade will mark the beginning of the Causeway Seafood Jubilee as ARCA fans, teams, and drivers enjoy the great seafood offered by restaurants on the Causeway.

The Home Mortgage of America Green Flag Party will follow Thursday night with headliner Holli Mosley of Mobile. The venue has been changed to Holiday Inn Tillman’s Corner, the host hotel for the ARCA Mobile 200. Fans can expect to hear from Ronnie Bowman and fellow hit maker Mark Collie on Thursday night also. Bowman has written No. 1 songs for country music stars like Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Lee Ann Womack.

New Green Flag Corporate Partners, Mobile Shoe Hospital, Intertek and Shoreline Communication joined the ARCA Mobile 200 family.

It was also announced that a partnership between Venturini Motorsports and So Good Entertainment will bring songwriter Bowman to sing the National Anthem before the race at 2 p.m. Saturday.

On-track activities begin Friday with the first practice session from 2:30-3:15 p.m., followed by the second and final practice session from 4:15-5:00. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will take place at 7:00 Friday night. Raceday, Saturday, March 14 features an on-track autograph session from 12 noon-1:00 with driver introductions following at 1:30. The ARCA Mobile 200 is set to get the green flag at 2:00.

ARCA’s new Short Track Challenge Championship takes off at Mobile

February 25th, 2015

(TOLEDO, Ohio) There’s a brand new season-long awards program up for grabs in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, and it reaches right back to the tour’s short track roots.

ARCA Racing Series competitors can now compete for yet another title with the introduction of the Short Track Challenge for 2015. Similar to the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge, which began in 1984, the Short Track Challenge will provide another opportunity to claim championship status inside one of the world’s most versatile racing circuits.

The Short Track Challenge will consist of 11 ARCA Racing Series short tracks on this year’s schedule. Short tracks, as deemed by series officials, are tracks one mile in length or less. The first event on the Short Track Challenge is the next event on tour – the ARCA Mobile 200 in Mobile, Alabama coming Saturday, March 14.

From the 11 short track events that make up the championship series, a competitor’s best 10 finishes will count towards overall point totals. The 11 tracks in the Short Track Challenge include Mobile Int’l Speedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, both events at Salem Speedway, Toledo Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Berlin Raceway, Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The short track event producing the least results will not count toward overall point totals, essentially allowing a driver’s worst finish to be discarded from the equation.

While the overall national championship will always be the series’ biggest prize, the Short Track Challenge opens new doors for competitors who do not necessarily compete on some or all of the superspeedways. That includes drivers who are not eligible to race at superspeedways due to age restrictions and teams electing to run less than a full 20-race season.

Just like the Superspeedway Challenge, points for the Short Track Challenge will be allocated for race performance only beginning with 200 for first, and falling in five-point increments from there.

ARCA raceweek schedule of events at Mobile; starts with Fan Fest at USS Alabama The ARCA Mobile 200 gets underway with the ARCA Fan Fest at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile Thursday, March 12. The USS Alabama Fan Fest is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and features an ARCA driver autograph session from 5:00-6:00. From there, haulers will cast off from the Battleship in a hauler parade to Mobile Int’l Speedway to prepare for Friday’s on-track activity. The hauler parade will mark the beginning of the Causeway Seafood Jubilee as ARCA fans, teams, and drivers enjoy the great seafood offered by restaurants on the Causeway.

On-track activities begin Friday with the first practice session from 2:30-3:15 p.m., followed by the second and final practice session from 4:15-5:00. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will take place at 7:00 Friday night. Raceday, Saturday, March 14 features an on-track autograph session from 12 noon-1:00 with driver introductions following at 1:30. The ARCA Mobile 200 is set to get the green flag at 2:00.

For ticket information, go to ARCAMobile200.com or call 251-343-2929251-343-2929.

Fourth annual ARCA Mobile 200 coming Saturday, March 14

February 21st, 2015

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – On the heels of ARCA’s marquee event at Daytona Int’l Speedway, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is preparing to rev-up its short track schedule with the tour’s annual visit to Mobile Int’l Speedway Saturday, March 14 in Mobile, Alabama. The fourth annual ARCA Mobile 200 is set to go green at 2:00 p.m. local time.

“The combined efforts of everyone associated with the ARCA Mobile 200 have clearly created a winning formula for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “For the fourth consecutive year, we will bring the series directly from the season opener at Daytona in February to Mobile in March for the second race of the season. The ARCA Mobile 200 is now talked about all season long by the entire ARCA community-race teams, fans, media and officials. We’re pleased and proud our series has found a home on the Gulf Coast.”

Since the inaugural ARCA Mobile 200, the hometown favorites have been unstoppable beginning with Mobile’s Cale Gale going to victory lane in 2012, followed by back-to-back wins from Fairhope, Alabama’s Grant Enfinger.

Enfinger, who finished second in national championship standings in 2014, comes with a head of steam resulting from his huge win in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona last Saturday, his second consecutive victory at the “World Center of Racing.” Enfinger drives the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

ARCA Mobile 200 promoter Tommy Praytor, who also fields a full-time ARCA team for his son Thomas “Moose” Praytor, is ready for ARCA’s annual visit.

“The community has embraced the ARCA Series and the ARCA Mobile 200 has become much more than a race; it’s a happening,” said Tommy Praytor. “The Mobile Sports Authority, Mobile Convention & Visitors Bureau and Alabama’s Tourism Department all realize the importance of this race to Mobile and it takes everyone to make it happen.”

ARCAracing.com will feature complete coverage of all on-track activities to include live timing and scoring, live chat, and live audio.

Mobile International Speedway is part of a long tradition of Alabama tracks ARCA has competed on…the ARCA-Alabama connection reaching back to 1961 when, on November 5, Ernie Derr won a 250-lap race at Birmingham. ARCA race events at the Fairgrounds in Montgomery in 1962, at Huntsville Speedway in 1963 and 1965, followed by a long tenure at Talladega Superspeedway (1969-present), have kept ARCA’s presence in Alabama alive over the decades.

ARCA raceweek schedule of events at Mobile; starts with Fan Fest at USS Alabama The ARCA Mobile 200 gets underway with the ARCA Fan Fest at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile Thursday, March 12. The USS Alabama Fan Fest is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and features an ARCA driver autograph session from 5:00-6:00. From there, haulers will cast off from the Battleship in a hauler parade to Mobile Int’l Speedway to prepare for Friday’s on-track activity. The hauler parade will mark the beginning of the Causeway Seafood Jubilee as ARCA fans, teams, and drivers enjoy the great seafood offered by restaurants on the Causeway.

On-track activities begin Friday with the first practice session from 2:30-3:15 p.m., followed by the second and final practice session from 4:15-5:00. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will take place at 7:00 Friday night. Raceday, Saturday, March 14 features an on-track autograph session from 12 noon-1:00 with driver introductions following at 1:30. The ARCA Mobile 200 is set to get the green flag at 2:00.

For ticket information, go to ARCAMobile200.com or call 251-343-2929251-343-2929.

ARCA returns to Mobile Int’l Speedway in 2015

November 27th, 2014

(MOBILE, Ala.) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to Mobile, Alabama on March 14, 2015.

Two-time defending ARCA Mobile 200 winner and Fairhope, Ala. native Grant Enfinger cranked up a packed house media event in Mobile Tuesday early afternoon.

“As the guy who has two ARCA Mobile 200 Jukeboxes, I’m planning on being the first to take home a third,” Enfinger said. “I’m really happy to announce that the ARCA Racing Series will be back at Mobile International Speedway in 2015.”

ARCA Week will begin on Saturday, March 7 with an open practice for ARCA teams and culminate with the fourth running of the ARCA Mobile 200 on Saturday March 14. “Mobile will again be the second race on our schedule, following the season opener in Daytona,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Our teams and officials talk about the Mobile event all year long and it has become one of the most anticipated stops of the series. The energy and community involvement we experience in Mobile is incredible.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to race all over the country but there is nothing like racing in front of the hometown fans at Mobile International Speedway,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor, who finished seventh in the 2014 ARCA Championship standings. “Grant has won the last two. I hope it’s time for another Mobile driver to win.”

Mobile will mark the first short-track race on the 2015 schedule. The full, 20-race schedule will be announced Wednesday.

“In just a few short years the drivers, teams, fans and the people of Mobile have made the ARCA Mobile 200 one of the crown jewels of the ARCA Series,” said ARCA Mobile 200 promoter, Tommy Praytor. “ARCA Week is a massive undertaking with a thousand moving parts that wouldn’t be possible without the Mobile Sports Authority and the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. I can’t wait until we rock the jukebox in March!”

Opened in 1964, Mobile International Speedway is Alabama’s fastest half-mile and is currently host to the Sunoco Southern Super Series and Miller Lite Super Late Model Series along with a regular schedule of Saturday night racing. Lee and Ida Fields purchased the Speedway in 1972 and for almost 40 years the duo produced “The Fastest Fun Around.” The track is currently managed and promoted by Tim Bryant who is also the owner/promoter of Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway, the home of the Snowball Derby.

Mobile International Speedway is part of a long tradition of Alabama tracks ARCA has competed on. The ARCA Racing Series history in Alabama reaches back to 1961 when, on November 5, Ernie Derr won a 250-lap race at Birmingham. ARCA race events at the Fairgrounds in Montgomery in 1962, at Huntsville Speedway in 1963 and 1965, followed by a long tenure at Talladega Superspeedway (1969-present) have maintained ARCA’s presence in Alabama for the decades.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 29 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375-mile to 2.66-miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season.

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. In its seventh decade of competition having completed hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.

Epic Finish at Mobile Lands Hemric in Victory Lane

September 23rd, 2014

Pollard the SSS Championship Top-Three Finishers in Season Finale Separated by 0.008 Seconds. A screen grab from the Speed51.com video of the three-wide finish at Mobile with Hemric (98) edging out Augie Grill (112) and Jeff Choquette (29 to the checkers.

(IRVINGTON, AL) – The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco reached an epic conclusion to its 2014 season Saturday night at Alabama’s Mobile International Raceway.

2013 series champion Daniel Hemric came out on top of a three-wide battle for the win over Augie Grill and Jeff Choquette on the final lap. The top three were separated by just 0.008 seconds at the checkered flag.

Just like Saturday’s race, as well as the series championship in 2013, the battle for this year’s Southern Super Series championship went right down to the final lap. Behind the three-wide finish at Mobile, Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard finished fourth to capture the Southern Super Series title by seven points over Hemric.

Bubba Pollard and his crew celebrate the 2014 Southern Super Series championship.

It was a tale of redemption for Pollard, who held the point lead into the series’ final event at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in 2013, only to be involved in a crash that cost him the championship by one point to Hemric.

“It makes up for last year,” said Pollard Saturday. “We have had a great year I can’t say anything bad about it. I hate to say we were point racing tonight, but we were doing what we needed to do to be the champion. We stayed up front and got the finish we need to be on top.

“I am proud of the season we have had. It’s an honor to be the champion and to race with this group.”

Pollard had the best view in the house of the three-wide battle on the race’s final lap.

Hemric, who entered the 2014 season finale at Mobile 13 point behind Pollard, ran the final nine laps side by side with Jeff Choquette following the race’s final restart. When the two got sideways together off turn four and headed for the checkered flag, Augie Grill, who won Friday night’s SSS race at Five Flags (FL), made a bold three-wide move to their inside. At the start-finish line, it was Hemric’s No. 98 car ahead of Grill’s No. 112 and Choquette’s No. 29 for the season-ending victory.

“It’s pretty awesome when you can start 25 cars and have a finish like that after 125 laps,” said Hemric. “That’s why fans pay the money to see this series race. When we have finishes like that it keeps them coming back. I am just proud to be a winner on the final night with Carswell Motorsports.”

While his reign as Southern Super Series Champion ended at Mobile, Hemric still finished season with a victory at Mobile. (Speed51.com photo)

Grill’s second-place finish clinched the third position in the final point standings behind Pollard and Hemric.

“They were two wide for the last nine laps,” said Grill. “I had nowhere to go so I tried to make it three wide for the finish. It was a lot of fun and great finish for the fans. We came up just a bit short, but all in all a good weekend.”

While Grill ended up second on the bottom groove, Choquette was third in the middle of the last-lap sandwich.

“That was a first,” said Choquette. “In all my 19-years of racing I have never been a part of a three-wide finish like that. Too bad we came out on the short end, but we had a great car tonight and we’ll head to the (Snowball) Derby from here.”

In addition to the Southern Super Series title, the Mobile Miller Lite Championship, which is comprised of the track’s four Southern Super Series events, and the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship (Mobile and Five Flags Speedway events combined) were also awarded to Pollard Saturday night.

Behind Hemric, Grill, Choquette and Pollard, Mike Garvey rounded out the top five. Casey Smith, Anderson Bowen, Donnie Wilson, Dalton Sargeant and Casey Roderick made up the rest of the top 10.

Choquette started the night by capturing the $500 Southern Super Series Pole Award, which is presented by Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Progressive Racing Engines, Ford Racing and RW Racing Engines. It was his first SSS pole of the season.

Choquette was also the Dubz Thermal Products halfway leader and pocketed $100 for leading lap 63.

The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco has now completed the 2014 regular season. The best of the best in the Super Late Model world will now head to the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on December 7th. During the Snowball Derby pre-race festivities, the Southern Super Series champion will be crowned before the most prestigious Super Late Model race in the country.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries.

The series is also on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

New Car, No Problem for Bubba Pollard at Mobile Dogfight With Donnie Wilson Results in Six Lead Changes, Ends With Pollard on Top

July 29th, 2014

(MOBILE, ALABAMA) – Two of the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco’s top drivers put on a whale of a show on Saturday night during the Miller Lite 125 at Mobile International Speedway (AL).

Bubba Pollard, who was sporting a new Grand American Chassis that had two races on it, and Donnie Wilson entered the night having won seven of the first 10 races on the 2014 Southern Super Series schedule. The two Super Late Model heavyweights combined to lead all 125 laps on Saturday night and swapped the lead a total of six times before Pollard got the better of Wilson to claim his fifth win of the season.

Bubba Pollard celebrates his fifth SSS win of 2014 at Mobile International Speedway. (Speed51.com Photo)

“To win in this new car means a lot,” said Pollard. “We were off with it last night at Five Flags and tonight it was good. There isn’t a better group to race with then the guys in the Southern Super Series. Donnie and I swapped the lead a half dozen times, like the announcer said, and that was just awesome.”

The cat and mouse game between Pollard and Wilson started in the first half of the race with lead changes on laps 20, 30, 38, 47, 65 and the final one on lap 73. Both drivers said they were going hard at the break and an adjustment to Pollard’s car during the break was the cake that allowed him to lead the final 50 laps of the race.

“We had to do our homework after last night,” said Pollard. “We took a big swing at it at the break to help tighten the car up and it worked. (Donnie) Wilson stayed with us for a while, but we got away from him enough to seal the deal.”

For Wilson it was his 10th consecutive top-five finish. That consistency has him in the top-five in the season long Southern Super Series championship standings despite missing the season opening race at South Alabama Speedway.

“We didn’t want to burn our stuff up so I’d let him by and he’d left me by,” said Wilson of his battle with Pollard on Saturday night. “We were waiting here for the last 50 (laps) and at that point our cars were even-steven. Hey, it’s another good finish and a solid weekend.”

Rounding out the top-five were Mike Garvey, who was also on the podium at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Friday night, Daniel Hemric, and Harrison Burton. The rest of the top-10 included Anderson Bowen, Kyle Grissom, Augie Grill, Allen Karnes and Korey Ruble.

Bubba Pollard started the night by capturing the $500 Pole Award Winner, which is presented by Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Progressive Racing Engines, Ford Racing, and RW Racing Engines. It was the 12th time in his career that he’s earned that honor in Southern Super Series competition.

Pollard was also the Dubz Thermal Products halfway leader and will pocket $100 for leading lap 63.

The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will be back in action on Saturday, August 9 at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) for the 31st Annual World Crown 300.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries. The series is also on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Donnie Wilson Stops Pollard’s Streak with Mobile Southern Super Series Victory

May 27th, 2014

Saturday night’s Miller Lite 125 brought about the end of two streaks. The 125-lap Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event saw Bubba Pollard’s four-race win streak snapped when Donnie Wilson drove his No. 2 to victory lane at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama. Wilson’s victory also ended a streak where he had not won a race on the track in nine years.

Wilson was declared the winner at the Southern Super Series’ event at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) earlier in the season, but that win was given to Wilson in technical inspection after the unofficial winner was disqualified. Saturday night, there was little doubt that Wilson’s on-track winless drought would come to an end, as he took the lead for good on lap 78 and never looked back.

“It feels good to be here,” said an elated Wilson in victory lane. “We didn’t win Nashville like we wanted to, but we won this one like we wanted to. That’s all that matters. This car was super strong tonight and I just drove it as hard as I could.”

Wilson outran Anderson Bowen, who mounted a late charge to finish second. Saturday’s Miller Lite 125 was Wilson’s second official win of the season and his sixth top five-finish of the year in the series’ seven races.

“I’m old. I am getting too old,” joked the 43-year-old Wilson. “We have had a lot of seconds here at Mobile and this is Bubba’s place. So to get the win here and break Pollard’s streak is something special. It’s going to be a fun ride back to Oklahoma.”

Pollard is a multiple-time winner at Mobile and things looked like he’d be in victory lane again after he led the first 17 laps. Pollard’s No. 26 car faded in the final 50 laps and finished fourth, which ended his four-race win streak in the Southern Super Series.

“The car was a bit off tonight,” said Pollard. “I hate to make excuses, but we missed the setup a bit tonight. All good things have to come to an end at some point. Congrats to Donnie. I know we’ll see him at the next one.”

Late in the going Wilson dropped a tire off in the dirt with a handful of laps to go. That allowed Bowen to close up to under a half-second gap at the finish, but the Suwanee, Georgia driver ended up second.

“Running second for us is big at Mobile,” said Bowen. “Second is frustrating, but this is our best run here so that’s something to work on. I know we were second at the Rattler and third at Nashville. One day we’ll get one.”

Rounding out the top five were Augie Grill in third, Pollard in fourth and 2013 Southern Super Series champion Daniel Hemric in fifth.

Hunter Robbins started the night by capturing the $500 Pole Award, which is presented by Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Progressive Racing Engines, Ford Racing and RW Racing Engines. Robbins marked the sixth different driver to win the pole in seven Southern Super Series races this season.

Race winner Donnie Wilson was the Dubz Thermal Products halfway leader and pocketed a $100 bonus for leading lap 63.

The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will be back in action on June 28th at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL). That will be the second stop at Montgomery this season. Bubba Pollard won the first race there this season.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries. The series is also on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Bubba Pollard Completes Southern Super Series Gulf Coast Sweep with Mobile Victory

April 30th, 2014

Strategy was the name of the game for Bubba Pollard Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama. Instead of taking advantage of a series pre-season rule change like many of his competitors did, Pollard made a later pit stop that proved to be the winning plan for victory in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and Miller Lite Super Late Model Series combination Mobile Lumber 125 presented by VDL Fuel Systems event.

Southern Super Series officials adjusted the rules regarding the lap 75 competition cautions in their 125-lap events before the 2014 season took the green flag to allow teams to take their allotted two tires at any point in the race. Previously, teams were required to take their fresh rubber during the competition yellow.

After several teams made the call to pit while under yellow for an extended caution at lap 63 Saturday night, Pollard, who was leading at the time, elected to stay out and wait for the scheduled lap-75 caution. It was a move that required a lot of confidence in his machine on Pollard’s part, but it paid off when Pollard was able to rifle back through the field after his pit stop to score the victory.

Saturday’s win at Mobile completed the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series weekend sweep on the heels of his victory in the Mountain Dew Kick Start 125 presented by JRi Shocks Friday night at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

“We had a good racecar from the beginning,” said Pollard following Saturday’s victory. “We just didn’t know how much to save with this tire. I just didn’t know what to expect really, but man we had an awesome racecar. I had these guys working their tails off all day and we made it work. It’s fun coming here and having the strategy like that that plays into it. I felt like tires were going to be the key at the end of the race and I felt like we had a good enough car to make it to the lap 75 and be able to get back through the field.”

When several of the top-10 cars pitted early, Pollard was confident in his strategy, but did have some hesitations about being able to overcome the stiff competition that would be in his way to victory lane.

“I knew we had a good car,” said Pollard. “But you don’t want to get stuck back there behind them because you never know what they’ve got back there. Augie (Grill) has a good racecar and it goes through your mind. But I was confident and I was confident in our racecar and I felt like we could get the job done.”

Casey Smith brought home the runner-up honors in his No. 99 Chevrolet, marking his best finish of the season thus far after swapping cars after last night’s Mountain Dew Kick Start 125 at Five Flags Speedway.

“Last night at Five Flags we were fighting motor issues,” explained Smith. “The car was awesome but we were having major motor problems with that other car. And then tonight I think I over drove it a little bit because my warm up lap was faster than my qualifying lap. We got a little bit tight in that first run and burned up the right front. We came in early, 10 laps before that break, and took our tires and made a bunch of changes that helped a lot.

“We weren’t as good as Bubba, but we’re happy with second for points. It’s still not where we want to be. We used to be dominant like Bubba is here and we’ve still got a little bit to go for that. But we’re working a little bit at a time. Second is good but we want a win.”

Friday night’s runner-up finisher, John Hunter Nemechek, was scored in the third position Saturday at Mobile followed by Donnie Wilson, while Mike Garvey rounded out the top-five finishers.

Earlier in the night at Mobile, John Hunter Nemechek scored his first career Southern Super Series fast time award with a lap of 16.961, the only qualifier in the 16-second bracket all evening.

Next up for the Southern Super Series will be another 125-lapper in the Yellowhammer State, the Montgomery 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday night, May 10.

For ticket information and more on the Mobile 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway, visit www.montgomerymotorspeedway.com.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Kimmel nails down 33rd consecutive top-10 finish in ARCA Mobile 200

March 26th, 2014

(MOBILE, Ala.).- Frank Kimmel’s No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota looked a little skinned up after Saturday’s ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile Int’l Speedway, but the 10-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion shook it off with a smile, adding yet another top-10 finish, his 33rd consecutive reaching back to 2012.

Kimmel battled from the back-end continuously for a variety of reasons and ultimately finished fifth.

“All in all a pretty good day,” Kimmel said after the race. “We had a car that was set up for long runs. I felt, in the long run, we were the second best car on the race track, but no one had anything for Grant (Enfinger). He was in his own zip code. But I felt like if it had stayed green, we probably had a second or third place car.”

Unfortunately for Kimmel, 11 cautions for 70 laps kept the race pace down so he never got that long run he was hoping for. However, he got plenty when it comes to ARCA’s new double-file restart procedure, a first on a short track for the 62-year-old sanctioning body.

“The double file restarts were interesting to say the least. I can see why the fans love it. It created some excitement that’s for sure; it also created more contact.

“Spencer (Gallagher) got up into us. His car got loose and he corrected up into us. That knocked us back to about 10th and we just kept coming back.

“Then the 66 broke a transmission and we ran over his left rear; I’m glad we didn’t run completely through him. Fortunately, it didn’t get the radiator, and we were able to keep racing.

“All in all it was a good day, a good points day; we’ll take those. We dodged a lot of bullets all day and raced from the back. We didn’t wreck the car too bad.”

But even with the long run scenario, Kimmel admits there was no catching Enfinger, who won his second straight at Mobile.

“No one could run with Grant. We talked before the race. His car was very impressive, even more so than it was last year. He worked really hard on it, and it definitely showed. As good as his car was, let’s not forget how great of a racecar driver Grant is. He’s definitely the complete package.”

While Enfinger, from Fairhope, Alabama, was clearly the hometown favorite, Kimmel will get that same opportunity when the ARCA Racing Series returns to Kimmel’s home track – Salem Speedway – for the Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch’N Nutter Sunday, April 27.

Kimmel hopes to keep his top-10 finish streak alive, but even more so, the Clarksville, Indiana driver would like to revisit Victory Lane at Salem. He’s the all-time winner at Salem with nine victories, but his last win on the historic, high-banked, half-mile oval was in September of 2008.

“It’s been way too long at Salem; there’s no place I’d rather get it done. But our top-10 streak is a pretty cool deal. I don’t really like to talk about it because I’m afraid I’ll jinx myself. But now to be able to extend that with a new team is really a neat deal.”

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Anderson Teams With Koons for 2014 and Beyond

February 7th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Three time Lucas Oil MLRA Champion John Anderson has teamed with fellow Omaha, Nebraska racer Bill Koons for the 2014 season and beyond. The two have long been friends, and the timing was right for both to put a solid program in place. BK Motorsports will start the year in two new Rocket Chassis Race Cars and Custom Race Engines will provide the power.

“We’re going to put our best foot forward and see how it goes,” said Anderson. “It’s really hard for me to just go run Lucas oil MLRA and not shoot for a title, because it’s what we’ve done so much in the past.”

Anderson was certainly glad the call came from Koons. “I was at kind of a crossroads in my career and I really wanted to race more. When Bill decided he wanted to travel, this really turned into a great opportunity. I started in Rocket’s with Shop Quik Racing, and they really seem to be rolling good right now. I’m glad to get the chance to drive one again.”

Koons was ready for a change too. Having raced around Nebraska the last couple of seasons, he missed the competition on the Lucas Oil MLRA tour. “I got away from racing at the level we were because of the expense, but I really liked the different tracks and competitors. It seemed like I was sharper behind the wheel when I was running with MLRA.”

Koons was also quick to point to the Winner’s Circle program, which pays an additional $200 per car in the top ten in points, with perfect attendance, at each stop, as a good incentive to help offset the travel costs.

“John also wasn’t ready to just hang it up and retire,” Koons added. “He’s got a lot left to accomplish and is one of the top drivers in our region. The logistics work well to with us being so close in proximity. I’m ready to get going.”

The first race of the season will take place at I-80 Speedway on Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska.

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ARCA returns to Mobile Int’l Speedway in 2014

October 28th, 2013

(MOBILE, Ala.) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to Mobile Int’l Speedway in Mobile, Alabama on March 22, 2014.

Defending ARCA Mobile 200 champion and Fairhope, Alabama native Grant Enfinger led a star-packed media event Wednesday in Mobile.

“It is my honor as a Mobile International Speedway driver and the defending ARCA Mobile 200 champion to announce that the ARCA Series is coming back to Mobile in 2014,” Enfinger said.

ARCA Week will begin on Saturday, March 15 with an open practice for ARCA teams and culminate with the third running of the ARCA Mobile 200 on Saturday, March 22.

“The combined efforts of everyone associated with the ARCA Mobile 200 have clearly created a winning formula for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “For the third consecutive year, we will bring the series directly from the season opener at Daytona in February to Mobile in March for the second race of the season. The ARCA Mobile 200 is now talked about all season long by the entire ARCA community-race teams, fans, media and officials. We’re pleased and proud our series has found a home on the Gulf Coast.”

Local Mobile, Alabama driver Thomas “Moose” Praytor, who finished ninth in 2013 ARCA championship standings, said, “Mobile International Speedway has been a launching point for each level of my racing career, my first stock car start, my first ARCA start and this year our effort at Mobile led to 19 more races with Hixson Motorsports in the Realtor car. After all the new tracks this year I’m really happy ARCA is coming back to my home track.”

Local Mobile drivers Enfinger and Cale Gale have provided story book endings to the first two ARCA Mobile 200s, winning in front of the home town fans. While the ARCA series has raced at over 200 different tracks since its inception in 1953,
the 2014 ARCA Mobile 200 marks only the third appearance at Mobile International Speedway.

“The community has embraced the ARCA Series and the ARCA Mobile 200 has become much more than a race; it’s a happening,” said ARCA Mobile 200 Promoter, Tommy Praytor. “The Mobile Sports Authority, Mobile Convention & Visitors Bureau and Alabama’s Tourism Department all realize the importance of this race to Mobile and it takes everyone to make it happen.”

Opened in 1964, Mobile International Speedway is Alabama’s fastest half mile and is currently host to the Sunoco Southern Super Series and Miller Lite Super Late Model Series along with a regular schedule of Saturday night racing. Lee and Ida
Fields purchased the Speedway in 1972 and for almost 40 years the duo produced “The Fastest Fun Around”. The track is currently being managed and promoted by Tim Bryant who is also the owner/promoter of Pensacola’s 5 Flags Speedway, the home of the Snowball Derby.

Mobile International Speedway is part of a long tradition of Alabama tracks ARCA has competed on. The ARCA Racing Series history in Alabama reaches back to 1961 when, on November 5, Ernie Derr won a 250-lap race at Birmingham. ARCA race events
at the Fairgrounds in Montgomery in 1962, at Huntsville Speedway in 1963 and 1965, followed by a long tenure at Talladega Superspeedway (1969-present), have kept ARCA’s presence in Alabama alive over the decades.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers
and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season.

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. In its seventh decade of competition having completed hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.

Rain Washes Out Southern Super Series Event at Mobile Int’l Speedway (AL) Race to be Made Up on Saturday, October 5th

September 23rd, 2013

IRVINGTON, AL – Southern Super Series officials have been forced to postponed the Miller Lite 125 Presented by RE Suspension at Mobile Int’l Speedway. Persistent rains and a poor forecast made it imposable to hold any racing today in Irvington, AL.

The race will be made up on Saturday, October 5th as this will be the conclusion of the Miller Lite Series points at Mobile in addition to the Gulf Coast Championship Series presented by Sunoco. The Gulf Coast series is a combination with races at Five Flags Speedway (FL). This will be the next to the last race for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco as the year will conclude on Saturday, November 2nd at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) as a part of the All American 400.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Rain Washes Out Southern Super Series Event at Mobile International Speedway (AL) Make Up Date Will Be Announced at a Later

July 29th, 2013

MOBILE, AL – After attempting to wait out a strong weather pattern, Mobile International Speedway (AL) track officials were forced to cancel the Mobile 125 Presented by RE Suspension due to rain and a poor forecast for the remainder of the evening. The Saturday night event has been postponed to a future date that will be announced by the track at a later date.

Sunoco Southern Super Series drivers were able to get on the track for two roundsof practice before the rains came and washed out the remainder of the program. Kyle Benjamin and Mike Garvey paced those rounds of practice.

The next race for the Southern Super Series will be the 30th Annual Slack Auto PartsWorld Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA. The historic racewill have fireworks presented by Royal Oak as a part of the one day show on SaturdayAugust 10th. Visit RaceGMP.com for more information.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located atwww.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. Foradvertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Daniel Hemric Completes Southern Super Series Weekend Sweep with Mobile Thriller

June 24th, 2013

MOBILE, AL – Just a night after inheriting his first-ever Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory in the tech shed, Daniel Hemric earned one the hard way Saturday night.

Hemric, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, swapped the lead with 15-year-old John Hunter Nemechek numerous times in the closing laps of Saturday night’s The Great Race 125 presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway. Nemechek and Hemric dueled side-by-side, both racing hard and clean, before Hemric pulled away on the final lap to score his second Southern Super Series victory of the weekend.

Friday night, Hemric inherited his first series win at Florida’s Five Flags Speedway when Augie Grill was disqualified in post-race technical inspection. He left Five Flags hungry to win one on the track, one that came just a night later at Mobile.

“Yesterday, we may not have deserved it, but today I can promise you we did,” said Hemric. “That’s all I had. The whole team never gave up. I cannot thank (team owners) Jake and Deanna Carswell enough for believing in me and the whole team for having faith. That’s the team motto. Never give up.”

Bubba Pollard was the class of the field for much of the 125-lap event, but blew an engine while leading with 16 laps remaining. Nemechek inherited the lead, but lost it to Hemric on a late restart. From there, Nemechek and Hemric swapped the lead and ran side-by-side for the final 10 laps until Hemric pulled away on the last circuit.

“It’s really emotional,” added Hemric. “It’s one of the biggest wins of my career. These are the best people to race against, these guys in the deep south. They don’t mess around. They’ve been doing this a long time. It took us a couple races to get into the habits of what it took and what the tires like and what the series liked. Nobody ever gave up. It feels good to be in victory lane, holding the checkered flag and to do a back flip (Hemric’s trademark victory lane celebration) down here in the deep south.”

Hemric and Nemechek left the crowd at Mobile amazed with the art of hard, yet clean, racing for a win.

“I can’t speak for it, but I know the fans had a great show,” said Hemric. “I don’t think I ever got to take a breath. I’m pretty sure the brain cells went out the window, driving our hearts out. It was awesome racing with him, racing clean. We barely touched maybe once or twice and we changed the lead at least 10 times. He’s an awesome racer and he has a really bright future.” Nemechek finished second to Hemric a night after placing third at Five Flags.

“It was fun, it was frustrating and it was intense all at the same time,” said Nemechek. I messed up on that last restart and (Hemric) got out in front of us. I got back up to him, but I used up my tires trying to get back by him. It seemed like he had a little bit better tires than I did at the end. We raced hard, we raced clean and we earned respect for each other, and that’s what matters.”

Chris Davidson crossed beneath the checkered flag in third, but was disqualified in post-race technical inspection for unapproved fuel. That moved Hunter Robbins up to third in the official finish. Texan Casey Smith was fourth and Oklahoman Donnie Wilson was fifth.

The next race for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco comes on Thursday, July 4 with the running of the Slack Auto Parts World Crown 300 at Jefferson, Georgia’s Gresham Motorsports Park. For more details on this event, visit www.southernsuperseries.com and www.racegmp.com.

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Bubba Pollard Collects Fourth Lee Fields Memorial Title Belt at Mobile Pollard’s Lee Fields Memorial Domination Continues at Alabama Half-Mile

September 13th, 2012

CONCORD, NC – It’s no secret that Bubba Pollard knows his way around Mobile International Speedway. He has amassed many of his career wins at the Irvington, Alabama track. This weekend, Pollard continued his Mobile mastery by taking home his fourth consecutive Lee Fields Memorial 150 belt since 2009.

“We get around this place well,” said Pollard. “We have found the setup for this place and I really like coming here. Mobile is one of my favorite places to come to and we always seem to run well. We used to come down here a lot when I first started racing and we kind of struggled. Then we hit on a couple things later and got the race car driving the way I like it. I think the racetrack fits my driving style now.”

Although Pollard had to best a stout field of cars to take the checkers, it was veteran short tracker Mike Garvey who was his strongest competition throughout the Sunday afternoon event.

“He had a really good car,” said Pollard. “He had problems early on, but came on toward the end. He has been really good the last couple of months. I missed a shift on a restart late and he was able to get around us. On the last restart I made up my mind that I was not going to miss. Luckily our car was good enough to hold him off.”

At the scheduled lap-75 halfway break, Pollard and his JEGS No. 26 crew made the changes they needed to get out in front of the field and stay there until the end.

“We just made our car a little better,” said Pollard. “We needed a little bit more grip because the sun was out. The 22, (Josh Bragg), he doesn’t race that much and I don’t think they made the adjustments they needed, they had a great car in the first 75 laps though. Mike (Garvey) has been doing this a long time, and he made the right adjustments.”

Pollard, seemingly with ease, dominated the final stages of the event to hold the top spot all the way to the checkered flag at lap 150. Now Pollard will shift his sights back to Super Late Model racing and the ARCA/CRA JEGS 100 at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) on September 15.

“We are a little short on cars and are going to have to swap some motors around,” said Pollard. “We are really looking forward to coming back down here for the last Gulf Coast weekend. But we are going to head to Gresham and try to run well up there first. We had a good run up there at the World Crown and are excited to go back.”

For more on Bubba Pollard, please contact Elgin Traylor at 51 Sports at Elgin@51sports.net, or visit his website at www.bubbapollard.net.

Sean Corr and Empire Racing Making Strides Entering Salem After Thrilling Packed House at Mobile

March 13th, 2012

(MOORESVILLE, NC – M) Empire Racing and driver Sean Corr head to Salem Speedway next, after a strong run at the ARCA Racing Series’ first-ever race at Mobile International Speedway in front of a packed house at the half mile oval.
“The team kept working on the car and making it better throughout the race,” said Corr. “Too many cautions hurt us on track position, but the Roush-Yates power and a great team added up to gaining 13 positions to make it a good race for us with a finish in 14th.

“Long runs took their toll on the tires, but Empire’s great crew kept us in the hunt all day with fast stops and adjustments to the car that kept making it better. If we had been able to run green flag for the whole last part of the race, the car was working well and we’d have gained even more places.”
The next race on the ARCA calendar is another short track: Salem Speedway started its long history in 1947 and has hosted of the best racers in America since that opening race on the high banked, .555 mile oval.
“We’re looking forward to taking the same car to Salem. It’s a little like the tracks I started my career on,” says Corr. “The track’s heritage and layout make it one of the great tracks for racers and fans.”

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Tom Hessert; Ken Schrader Racing Prepared To Keep Momentum Train Rolling At Mobile

March 7th, 2012

MOBILE, Alabama – Off to his best start in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in nearly three years, Tom Hessert III, often known in the garage as TH3 heads to Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway vying to build on his team’s top-10 performance at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last month. Hessert, driving the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet for legendary Motorsports figure Ken Schrader knocked out a 10th place finish in the season-opening ARCA event at Daytona but now the Cherry Hill, New Jersey native admits that real start of the season can officially begin with Saturday afternoon’s Mobile ARCA 200.

“In a way, I’m glad that Daytona is over with, because we’re going back racing where a lot of the elements that a team can handle come into play,” offered Hessert. “Believe me, we are thankful to go to a place like Daytona – but it’s nice to move on and head to a track like Mobile – where I feel the show is going to be spectacular.”

Hessert’s thoughts on Saturday’s second race of the season have justification. Last week, the Ken Schrader Racing (KSR) team led by veteran crew chief Donnie Richeson participated in a private test session at the half-mile oval where the team left the Southern Alabama racetrack with confidence. “The test went real well,” sounded the 25-year old. “As a team, we felt it was important to go and test because we knew that this race would have some big players. Cale (Gale), Bubba (Pollard) and Chase (Elliott) – this is their stomping grounds, so we went to test to see if we can’t get us an early weekend advantage. From the test, the guys took our No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet back to the shop and made some tweaks, so I think we’ll be in good shape when practice begins on Friday afternoon.” The former NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car driver wasn’t afraid to talk about what type of race everyone can expect on Saturday afternoon. “I think it’s going to be one of the best shows of the season, honestly,” the ARCA veteran said. “The track is incredibly unique but very fast, so those two elements alone together usually means the grandstands will be packed. It’s a good thing too – because it’s a great thing for the ARCA Racing Series to be heading to a new short track venue.”

If you’re also keeping track, it’s fair to note that Hessert and his KSR team really showed immense strength in there short track, especially in last October’s season finale at Toledo Speedway where Hessert bolted to second career Menards pole, led a ton of laps and finished inside the top-five. “I think one of our strongest suites as a team last year was on the short tracks and that focus continues for 2012,” Hessert offered. “We’re not bringing the same car we took to Toledo Speedway last fall, but we’re extremely confident in the chassis that we are bringing to Mobile this weekend. It’s a piece that we ran at a lot of the smaller tracks last year and there isn’t a question in my mind that with its capabilities and the calls from the KSR team, we’ll be in the hunt for the win on Saturday afternoon.”
While the chase for the ARCA championship marches on this weekend, Hessert who currently occupies 11th in the championship standings, just a mere five points from climbing into the top-10, TH3 knows that another good showing this weekend can catapult the Federated Auto Parts Racing team easily into the top-five.

“I know a lot of the guys that went to Daytona aren’t showing up in Mobile, so that’s our gain. But, in order to make that leap in the points, we have to keep the fenders on our No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet to the checkered flag. That’s exactly what I plan to do.” Entering Mobile, Hessert has 84 career ARCA Racing Series starts. In those
outings, he has maneuvered two poles, one win, 19 top-fives and 44 top-10s.

The Mobile ARCA 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the second of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The first ARCA race held at MIS is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, March 9 with a three and a half hour practice session planned from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day at 7:00 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched in on race day, Saturday, March 10 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will not be televised on SPEED but additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com . All times are local.

For more on Tom Hessert III, please visit tomhessert.com  . Hessert has joined the Twitter crave. Follow and connect with him @TomHessert.

Pollard Sets Record With Third-Straight Extra-Distance Pro Late Model Win at Mobile

October 4th, 2011

SENOIA, GA – The late Lee Fields prided himself on the promotion of his racetrack, Mobile International Speedway in Alabama. When NASCAR star and local hero Rick Crawford took over as promoter of the half-mile track earlier this year, he wanted to add to the tribute of the Lee Fields Memorial 150 in his honor. Starting in 2011 the championship trophy would be a championship belt like in wrestling which Fields also took part in as a wrestler in his early years.

Two-time defending Lee Fields Memorial champion Bubba Pollard had his eyes on the unique new prize as he hoped to earn the “three-peat.” Pollard, already having won 16 races coming into the Pro Late Model event, was the top contender for a part of history and he didn’t disappoint by scoring the win after taking the lead in the late stages of the 150-lap race.

“We have won it three years in a row, but Rick (Crawford) and Ida (Fields) have done a great job to bring out something different for us drivers to race for,” said Pollard. “Nashville has their guitars and now we have the belt at Mobile. It’s very nice, custom made and it’s really neat to have a trophy like that.”

To get the belt, Pollard had to work his way through a caution-plagued race before taking the lead just after the race’s halfway point.

“We wanted to get the lead before halfway, but they kept having so many yellows so it slowed our progress,” said Pollard. “This race, being 150 laps, was one of the longer ones of the year so we hope we were able to takes some notes away from this in preparation for the big shows coming up at the end of the year.”

The victory marked the 17th win of the 2011 season and fifth in his last six starts for Bubba Pollard, his family team and Ronnie Sanders Racing. They set the bar high at the beginning of the year hoping to cash in with 20 wins. What started as a lofty goal now may become a reality.

“We have had a year to remember,” said Pollard. “I know it’s tough to win one, two or even three races, but we have been solid everywhere we go and had a chance to win the race. We thought 20 wins would be a goal to shoot for and I am not sure if we really thought we could get there. Now that we are getting closer it makes it that more special.”

The Pro Late Model Allen Turner Tune Up will be up next for the Senoia, Georgia hot shot who leads the points at Five Flags Speedway heading into the final 100 lap event on Saturday, October 9th. Pollard could lock himself into the Snowflake 100 like he did the Snowball Derby just a few weeks back. The top two finishers in the Super Late Model and Pro Late Model points get automatic starting spots in the December events, Pollard was second in the Blizzard Series points.

For more information visit www.BubbaPollard.com or email Elgin Traylor at Elgin@51sports.net

TBARA from Mobile Int’l Speedway

October 19th, 2010

IRVINGTON, Ala. – Dude Teate made it two for two on the TBARA Gulf Coast swing Saturday night as he again bested the winged sprint car feature at Mobile International Speedway. Polesitter Johnny Gilbertson hustled to the lead at the drop of the initial green flag but the first of two yellow flags waved on lap three when Bo Hartley ran off the backstretch. The field regrouped with Hartley at the rear and Gilbertson still in command until lap five when Teate’s fleet No. 0 powered to the point of the 17 car field. Point leader Shane Butler gave chase and ran side by side with Teate for several laps until shredding his right rear tire. The second and final yellow of the evening waved on lap 14 when D.J. Hoezle suffered a flat and looped his car out of harm’s way. When the green flag waved again it was all Teate as he powered to his fourth tour victory of the season. Hartley charged back after his early spin for second money ahead of Mickey Kempgens, Shane Butler and Steve Heisler. Heat race victories went to Hartley, Butler and Kempgens.

The tour moves to DeSoto Super Speedway in Bradenton on Oct. 30 and wraps up the 2010 season at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness on Nov. 6

Smith Returns to Pensacola and Mobile for 2010 GulfCoastChampionship

April 7th, 2010

Austin, TX- Casey Smith will once again chase the Gulf Coast Championship in 2010. Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Floridaand Mobile Int’l Speedway in Mobile, Alabamamake up the ten race championship with five double header race weekends over a six month period.

At Mobile Smith, the 2007 Mobile Int’l Speedway track champion; actually struggled for consistency throughout the ’09 season. However, it was the complete opposite at Pensacolaas Casey produced his best performance ever in all five Blizzard series races with several strong showings including three top fives with one more top ten. “We’re really hoping we can just get back to where we were at Mobilea couple of years ago,” said Smith. “Obviously after winning the championship there in ‘07, we have our goals set very high at Mobile. At Pensacolawe wanted to improve, which we did by far, having the best year we’ve ever had there. So now we expect to be in contention to win at both tracks every time we show up.” Just as smith stated, a win at Five Flags Speedway is something that is more of an expectation than a goal this year. He has never won a race at the famous high banked
half mile but feels that in 2010 that could all change.

“That is one thing that has eluded me for a while now and really gets to me when I think about it much,” stated the Texasbased racer. “We were close there a couple of times last year, finishing second and third but that only counts when your playing horseshoes and that’s how were doing so its all about getting it done at the end of the night. Unlike the last few years, Smith and the #99 Rapid Disposal team are carrying momentum into the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship after a third place finish in this
year’s Rattler 250, a race that has been a mechanical nightmare for Smith. “Usually after the Rattler we are either having to fix a wrecked racecar or buying new parts because we’ve broken something major so it will be nice to do just a normal preparation for a change before we head to Pensacola,” joked Casey. “We’ve got to have a good run that first race because there are only five races at each track, so you don’t really have any room for error. One bad race will put you out of the points quick.”

For all the latest news on Texasnative Casey Smith visit his website at www.caseysmithracing.com. For pr and web related issues with Casey Smith Racing contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at cragle02@yahoo.com or call 704.706.3666.

Johanna Long Pulls the Trifecta in the Gulf Coast Championship Finale at Mobile

November 1st, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL – Seventeen-year-old Johanna Long captured two more highlights to her remarkable breakout Super Late Model racing season on Saturday, October 24th. Having already secured victories throughout the Southeast and a Blizzard Series championship at Five Flags Speedway in Florida earlier this month, Long added another pole, win and the Gulf Coast Championship to her resume all in one event at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway.

Long emerged from behind two other Super Late Model stars, Bubba Pollard and Augie Grill, in the standings to win the Gulf Coast Championship series by setting fast time and leading the final half of the 100-lap feature in the final SLM race at Mobile, which was also the finale of the track’s Miller Lite Series.

“It feels amazing to win the race and the championship,” said Long. “I never thought going into the final races that we would have a chance. Augie Grill and Bubba Pollard are really good Super Late Model drivers. I didn’t know if we could get enough points to pass them, but everything seemed to work in our favor and we ended up with the overall championship. I couldn’t ask for a better season.”

The Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship was a season-long contest combining competitors from Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway. Points accumulated based on finishes at both tracks. Long won the Blizzard Series Championship on the back of two victories in the five-race series at Five Flags. That momentum brought her into the final Gulf Coast Championship race at Mobile just 11 points behind Grill. Long made up the difference in qualifying as she earned the pole, which brought her to within two points of the lead.

“I knew it was going to be close,” said Long. “Freddie Query and my dad (Donald Long) kept telling me to just run my own race and not to worry about it. It wasn’t easy because Augie has been really good at Mobile all season. We had to work on the car because the track was very cold, but everything we did worked for us and the car.”

Long ran second for the first 40 laps until a caution sent the leaders to pit road. From there, her pit crew took over and got her back on the track first for the final half of the race. Despite a number of nail-biting restarts, Long held off Grill for the win and took the championship by only three points.

“I was nervous during the restarts,” admitted Long. “I have struggled all season on restarts, but I nailed those final three in the last 20 laps. It’s really hard to believe that we made it up and won the championship. I have to thank all the guys on my team and my parents. This year has really been unbelievable.”

For Long, the season continues with a trip to Nashville to run with the CRA Super Series in their 250-lap portion of the All American 400 on Sunday, November 1st. That, of course, is just a buildup for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway on December 6th.

For more information on Super Late Model Champion Johanna Long, please contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 2, and be sure to check out her website at JohannaLong.com

Hogan Ends Frustrating Gulf Coast Weekend with Top Five

April 2nd, 2009

Cleveland, GA – While much of the Southeast was rain soaked all weekend the RC Cola/MoonPie ASA Southeast series was able to kick off their sophomore season. The series kicked off the ’09 season with a Gulf Coast weekend double beginning Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama then turned around the very next day and traveled some sixty miles east to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway for a Sunday afternoon matinee.

For Jason Hogan the first race at Mobile International wasn’t exactly the way he had hoped to start a run towards a championship. A third place qualifying effort is where the Georgia driver took the green flag but it sure wasn’t where he finished. A
double file restart with just a handful of laps remaining lead to a multi car wreck taking out a majority of the top ten racers including the #92 of Hogan. The damage resulted in a fourteenth place finish, a finish that wasn’t exactly up to par if you
ask Jason.

“Double file restarts are nothing new to me but this series just doesn’t have the drivers with enough experience for double file restarts. I know a lot of people say it’s up to us to make them work but when it takes three or four cautions and ten wrecked racecars later to get the checkered flag I’d say there’s a problem no matter whose fault it is,” stated Hogan after race one of the weekend doubleheader.

From there it was off to Five Flags Speedway where Hogan qualified his Hog an Lumber Chevy Monte Carlo tenth before taking the green flag. Early on Hogan raced hard to stay in the top five in an effort to stay away from the crashing and carnage he
experienced the night before. While it may have saved his racecar, the same couldn’t be said for his tires on the gritty Five Flags Speedway surface. A solid fifth place notched his third top five finish of the season and his first within the ASA Southeast series.

“I don’t race Five Flags too much so to be able to come out of here with a fifth place finish and my car in one piece is a pretty good feeling especially if you go look at my Mobile car. This is a real good series with the television package and everything and we are planning on running for the championship with these guys (ASA SAT) but if we have too many more weekends like this both myself and a lot of other guys will run out of funding pretty quick,” added Hogan  

Stay tuned to www.jasonhoganmotorsports.com for all the latest news and information regarding JHM 2009 scheduling information. For public relations information contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at cragle02@yahoo.com or call 704-706-3666.

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ASA SAT Announces Ride-On Tire as the Title Sponsor For the 100 Lap event at Mobile Intentional Speedway (AL)

March 29th, 2009

ATHENS, GA – The RC Cola / MoonPie American Speed Association Southeast Asphalt Tour has announced that Ride-On Tire Protection System will be the sponsor of the upcoming race at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, March 28th.

The Ride-On Tire Protection System (Ride-On TPS) is a revolutionary line of tire sealants that prevent flat tires, seal leaks and punctures, balance tire/wheel assemblies for the life of the tire, extend tire life and reduce downtime associated with tire failures. Ride-On Tire Protection System (TPS) tire sealants will eliminate 85-95% of your flat tires in tubeless tires. Ride-On tire sealants’ efficiency in tube tires is reduced to 55-65% since puncturing objects often tear the tube. Ride-On TPS tire sealants are great for cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, bicycles, skid steers, lawn mowers, etc.

For more information on this weekend’s doubleheader at Mobile International Racewayon Saturday, March 28th, and at Five Flags Speedway on Sunday, March 29th, please visit www.asasoutheast.com.

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Casey Smith Starts Defense of Mobile International Speedway Championship Title

April 11th, 2008

“Last year was a great year to say the least but it’s a whole new year and it’s
anybody’s game. We just have to look at the things we did last year and see what we can do to improve on them; I think that’s what allows teams to repeat
championships. We obviously will have our work cut out for us but it should be a fun year,” said Smith with a smile.

However, for Smith a few things will be different compared to last season. In his first race of the ’08 season Casey was involved in a wreck with a lapped car destroying the front clip of his Hamke race car. It just so happens that was the car that he had dominated with just a year ago. So after a few days at Robert Hamke’s Mooresville, NC shop repairing the #99 Rapid Disposal Chevrolet Monte Carlo Casey Smith was back in business and if you ask him he says his team will never skip a beat.

“The Rattler was a tough race for us for the simple fact we tore up a real good
racecar. But that is in the past and I really don’t think that it will affect us too much; we have got two cars set and ready to roll. We have spent some time testing and I am pretty confident that we can pick up right were we left off. We struggled a bit last year on the more abrasive tracks but I think we have found something that will change that pretty quickly, so I am looking forward to racing.

I want to thank everyone on this Rapid Disposal/Gary Buchanan Custom Homes race
team, Hamke Race Cars, Five Star Race Car Bodies and everyone that has helped and will help with this team this year,” stated Smith.

The Casey Smith Racing team will get their first crack Friday at the Five Flags
Speedway at putting their hard work to the test for the team’s research work on
abrasive track setups and then start their championship title defense at Mobile
the following day.

For all the latest news, results, and autograph requests from the Texas native
Casey Smith visit his website at www.caseysmithracing.com. For public relation
topics contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at cragle02@yahoo.com or call 704.706.3666 for more information.

Race Information Quick Facts:
-Friday April 11th Five Flags Speedway Pensacola, FL
-Saturday April 12th Mobile International Speedway Mobile, AL

RC / Moon Pie ASA SAT Announces Major Television Affiliate Series TV Debut from Cordele to be Seen in 20 Million More Households

March 26th, 2008

“We’re thrilled to be able to add our ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour event
coverage to America One’s lineup of major sports properties starting in
April,” stated Rick Benjamin, play by play host for the ASA’s televised
events. “We will take short track stock car fans inside the pit wall and
up close on the race track starting in just a few weeks to showcase some of
the sport’s rising stars in what I know will be incredibly intense action,”
Benjamin added.

The ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour’s inaugural season began on Saturday, March
22nd at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama with North Carolina’s
Preston Peltier scoring the victory. The Tour’s television package begins
with the next event, on Saturday, April 5th at Watermelon Capital Speedway
in Cordele, GA. In all, at least ten ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour events will
be televised in a tape-delayed, one-hour format this season. Benjamin’s
Visioncast, Inc. and Carolinas Production Group Inc. are producing and
distributing the coverage.

America One’s coverage includes more than 160 individual broadcast
affiliates. Other major sports in America One’s lineup include the, FIM
Motocross, Aston Villa Soccer, professional boxing and MMA (mixed martial
arts), and action sports. America One’s programming is available in over
60% of the United States and Puerto Rico via broadcast stations and regional
cable sports networks. More information is available at
www.americaone.com.

The America One affiliation is a key part of a multi-network distribution
package that will showcase the new ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour in more than
50,000,000 television households in the Southeast and across the US
beginning in April.

The ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour will visit six southern states featuring the
best late model racers in exciting door to door action. All events are 100
green flag laps with double file restarts and an innovative race format.

Round number two of the RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour will
come on Saturday, April 5th, at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, GA.
Pit Gates open at 11:30am with practice commencing at 1:45pm. Qualifying is
slated for 6:30pm with the 100-lap feature scheduled for 8:30pm. If you
would like more information regarding the event, please visit the official
website of ASA SAT at www.asasoutheast.com.

For more media inquiries, sponsorship and promotional information regarding
the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, contact Stan Narrison at (678) 373-9851 and
be sure to visit www.asasoutheastasphalttour.com for all ASA Southeast Tour news. For technical and rule information, call Micky Cain at (678) 373-9851.

To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or
the American Speed Association Racing Member Track program, call (386)
258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information
from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed
Association, visit www.asaracing.com.

Michael Pope Comes Home Second at Mobile

March 25th, 2008

“The weekend went really well for us down at Mobile,” said Pope. “We qualified
third, but the top-10 had to draw for an inversion and I pulled 10th, so we had to start from that spot. Once the race got underway, we were doing pretty good. We got up to sixth, and the caution kept coming out.”

Having worked his way up through the top 10, it seemed as though Pope was set to be a contender for the victory. It wasn’t going to be an easy task, however; there were some obstacles that would be thrown into his way, with the first coming on lap 27.

“Around lap 27, under caution, we were coming through turns three and four and the motor just shut off. That’s the reason I had stopped down there in turn four. I had to be pushed off to get going. After that we couldn’t find anything wrong with it in the ignition system, so I just had to be careful and couldn’t let it shut off under caution or anything like that.”

Neither Pope, nor his team was going to let that obstacle stop them.

“Our team has so much motivation, we weren’t going to let that stop us. After that little incident we had to go to the back of the pack for the restart, so it was a whole new battle to get up front. But we were able to get back up front, and we got back up to the second-place spot, so overall it was a good night.”

As Pope worked his way up through the field, the cautions kept coming and that may have been the final obstacle that kept him from taking the checkered first.

“I think if we could’ve stayed on that one long run where we came from the back to the front, I could’ve gotten the leader, if we didn’t have any more cautions. My car was awesome during that run, but after that it seemed like the car got one too many heat cycles on them, and it was shoving the nose and breaking loose.

“We had a decent car tonight, and we made the best of it,” added Pope. “The car
would shove the nose going into the corner and then break loose up off, but we were able to get the job done. Basically just the help from Augie and Frankie Grill, my crew chief, my dad, and everybody in the shop is what helped us finish where we did. Augie and Frankie really helped us get a good setup from what they ran down here last weekend, and I owe all of them a big thank you.”

Michael Pope will be back in action on Saturday, April 5th, when the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour heads to Watermelon Capital Speedway located in Cordele, Georgia.

For more information on Michael Pope, please contact Amy Hayes at (770) 855-1461 and be sure to visit Michael’s website for all the latest racing news at
www.michaelpopeonline.com.

Peltier Drives to Victory in Inaugural RC / MoonPie ASA SAT Race

March 25th, 2008

“I tell you what, after a hard year that we had last year, this really means
a lot,” said Peltier with a smile. “We prepared most of the winter with
this crate motor and only got a few laps on it before we came here. We
really didn’t know what to expect, so this is awesome.”

The action happened early and often at Mobile Int’l, with Georgia driver
Jess Mattox grabbing the lead from his outside pole spot on the first lap.

Early in the race, Steven Davis and Peltier positioned themselves ahead of
the storm brewing behind them. During a few restarts, several cars got
jammed up in front of the healthy crowd on hand at Mobile.

Peltier, in fact, was a survivor of one of those mêlées. During a lap-27
restart, Peltier and fast-qualifier Jeremy Mullinex made contact. Mullinex
spun in turn one and sat broadside in the middle of the track as cars
attempted to dodge him. Two drivers weren’t so lucky; Logan Boyett slammed
into Mullinex and 2007 Georgia Asphalt Series Champion Russell Fleeman was
involved as well. The incident ended the night for all three drivers.

“We got good restarts behind Jess Mattox, and then the next thing I know, I
was around. Then Logan got in there and ran into me,” said Mullinex. “I
guess he didn’t have anywhere to go. It’s just a rough race. The 5-car
(Peltier) got into us, ran down onto the apron; I don’t really know what he
was thinking.”

On the ensuing restart, the field got bunched up at the front and contact
sent several cars spinning in turn one, including Jess Mattox, Josh Hamner,
Jay Middleton, and Tyler Millwood. Mattox went over to Peltier’s car during
the red-flag period and exchanged words with the eventual winner of the
race.

“I just told him I didn’t appreciate what he’d done. It was early in the
race and I was just riding, and I guess he just got a little impatient,”
said Mattox. “He tore up a lot of good cars. It was early in the race and
he was getting pretty stupid. He should’ve calmed down a little bit.”

Peltier expressed his opinion on the restarts and his view of the incident
with Mattox.

“There was something funny going on with the restarts,” said Peltier.
“They’d (the front row) speed up and they’d slow down and then they’d speed
up again, and they were jumbling guys up. They wrecked a ton of racecars
tonight. They need to keep a smooth, consistent pace when that pace car
leaves the racetrack, and when the green flag comes out you go.

“I don’t know, it was just one of those deals like I said with the restarts
and everybody was bunching up and the next thing I know, I’m into him and I
tried to turn down and there was nothing I could do about it.”

Peltier shook off the incident and went back to work when the race went
green again. He moved ahead of pole-sitter Stephan McCurley for second
place on lap 32 and then set his sights on Davis. Peltier grabbed the lead
on lap 36 and pulled away from the field. Davis, however, ran into problems
when a cut tire forced him to pit under green.

Meanwhile, a new set of drivers moved up to challenge Peltier during the
night’s longest green-flag run, including the two Moyer Motorsports entries
of Michael Seeright and Sean Bass, as well as Michael Pope. Seeright,
competing with a brand-new Dodge, got up to Peltier’s rear bumper when two
lapped cars tangled in front of the leaders coming off of turn four.
Seeright spun to avoid running into Peltier and the lapped cars.

“The car was lightning fast,” said Seeright, who then was plagued with an
overheating problem with his car. “We ran the leader down and were running
second, but just had a little bad luck.”

Following this critical turn of events, Michael Pope and John Bolen had
their turn at trying to catch Peltier in the remaining laps, to no avail.
Peltier claimed the victory and the large trophy that came with it.

“A couple lapped cars got together in front of me there while I was leading
the race, and man these AP Brakes are awesome, because they’re the only
reason I stopped.”

Peltier said his sponsors put up the money to skip a race closer to home
just so he could come down and race at the famed Mobile International
Speedway.

“I have to thank ARP Bodies, AP Brakes, and absolutely, definitely
Chevrolet. Without them, I wouldn’t be here tonight, that’s for sure. The
only reason I’m here racing is Chevrolet. We could’ve run at Hickory since
it’s real close to home, but Chevrolet’s backing us to run this ASA deal,
and as long as the money holds out, we’ll be here.”

Rounding out the top five in the Bayou 100 were Pope, Bolen, Chris Fontaine,
and Brandon Johnson.

Round number two of the RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour will
come on Saturday, April 5th, at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, GA.
Pit Gates open at 11:30am with practice commencing at 1:45pm. Qualifying is
slated for 6:30pm with the 100-lap feature scheduled for 8:30pm. If you
would like more information regarding the event, please visit the official
website of ASA SAT at www.asasoutheast.com.

For more media inquiries, sponsorship and promotional information regarding
the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, contact Stan Narrison at (678) 373-9851 and
be sure to visit www.asasoutheastasphalttour.com for all ASA Southeast Tour news. For technical and rule information, call Micky Cain at (678) 373-9851.

To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or
the American Speed Association Racing Member Track program, call (386)
258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information
from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed
Association, visit www.asaracing.com.