Garvey Eyes Lee Fields Memorial
Mike Garvey has only competed in two Pro Late Model races this season but he’s hoping the third time will be the charm, resulting in his first victory of the season this Saturday night in the Lee Fields Memorial 100
Garvey has placed all of his efforts this season into his Super Late Model program with Tracy Goodson Racing but hasn’t found the success he had last year while competing in both Late Model divisions.
A year ago, Garvey was the Pensacola Five Flags Speedway Pro Late Model champion and even won a Super Late race at the track.
“I think we have our stuff back to that level where we can be competitive,” Garvey said. “We don’t have that many races on the Gulf Coast as compared to previous seasons so we just don’t have the opportunity to analyze our equipment like we would prefer.”
Garvey instantly has to be considered one of the favorites given his previous success in the division but he doesn’t see it that way. He thinks his time away from the Pro Late Model game will actually play against him. While he’s been away competing in the Southern Super Series, drivers like points leader Josh Bragg, Bryce Dulabhan and Junior Niedecken have doubled-down on track time over the past year.
“You can’t take anything away from those guys,” Garvey said. “They have a lot experience on that track this year and with the crate engine cars and we don’t. I think it’s a good chance to test our program but I’m not singling out one driver that I feel like I have to beat. We’re focusing on our own stuff and hopefully we have enough to get it done.”
Garvey and his rivals are competing for a prize that includes a trophy and professional wrestling style championship belt intended to honor long-time Speedway promoter and professional grappler, Lee Fields. Garvey says he never had the chance to meet Fields but that his car owner, Tracy Goodson still speaks very highly of him.
“I’ve been told that Lee was a brilliant promoter who genuinely understood the sport, fans and what the demands of racing were,” Garvey said. “Beyond that, the idea of winning a championship belt trophy is pretty cool. We need more of that in racing. Everyone does a trophy so why not shake it up a little bit and Mobile has done a great job of that already this season with the ARCA Jukebox trophy. Those are the kind of trophies I look forward to collecting.”
Dulabhan is another one of the Pro Late Model stars looking to capture the belt. He enters the race 24 points behind Bragg and could use the win to cut into that deficit He says that he respects Garvey but isn’t too focused on him more than any other driver.
I’m not worried about having to be him or anyone else really,” Dulabhan said. “We have to go run our race and if everything goes as planned we should have no problem fighting for another win.”
Dulabhan, Bragg and Garvey will face a stout field of Pro Late Model rivals that will also include Southern Super Series contender Hunter Robbins and previous Pensacola race winner Steven Davis. It’s the most action-packed card of the year at Mobile Speedway and also includes feature races in the Island Motor II Bombers, Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman, Alabama Pipe and Supply Modifieds, Praytor Realty Pro Trucks, Super Stocks and Motorcycle divisions.
Saturday’s adult grandstand admission is $15. Seniors/Military/First Responders/Students 12-17: $12, children 6-11: $5, kids 5 and under free. Saturday’s pit passes are $25 (minor releases required). For complete information, call the speedway at (251) 957-2063 or visit our website at mobilespeedway.net