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The champions of Mobile International Speedway’s regular season have yet to be crowned but a title belt will be awarded to the winner of the Lee Fields Memorial 100 Pro Late Model spectacular this Saturday night at the Irvington half-mile.

Every short track across the country has one weekend that stands out above the rest — a signature event. For MIS, that event is the Lee Fields 100, a showcase of speed that both teams and fans continue to circle on their calendars at the start of each season.

It’s so important that a victory on Saturday night across any of the seven competing classes could be the difference between a failed or successful season.

The Labor Day weekend extravaganza is held annually as a tribute to the late Fields, a local wrestling champion and race promoter who headlined sporting events across the Gulf Coast for over 30 years. He was the owner and promoter of the Speedway for 28 years prior to his death in 2000 and this race has become his enduring legacy.

Fields once promoted a regional heavyweight championship bout at Ladd-Peebles Stadium that drew over 40,000 fans, proving his flair for the dramatic and spectacular — traits that have been passed down to the Pro Late Model event named in his honor.

Praytor Realty Pro Trucks driver JayJay Day compared the event to the Snowball Derby, saying that every driver wants to win on this weekend at Mobile more than any other. He added that his preparation reflects it too.

“There’s no question that it’s a big deal,” Day said. “It’s Mobile’s top event and we want to win it. Sure we want to win every weekend but this one means just a little bit more.”

But first up is a practice session on Friday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. followed immediately by a pit party to celebrate the track’s competitors.

Joining the Pro Late Models on track this weekend is the Island Motor II Bombers and Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman (both competing for double points due to recent rainouts), Praytor Realty Super Stocks, Pro Trucks, Alabama Pipe and Supply Modifieds and S.M.A.R.S. Motorcycles.

Bomber driver Gene Denmark made his debut at the event last year and fondly recalls leading his heat and finishing fourth. He wasn’t able to compete on the ARCA Mobile 200 weekend — Mobile’s other signature event — and wasn’t going to let anything stop him from racing this Saturday night. His car still had considerable damage form an accident earlier in the season and the Dauphin Island native says he worked overtime just to get his car ready for the show.

“I’ve literally been busting my butt all week just to run this race,” Denmark said. “This is the closest thing to the Snowball or ARCA that we have at Mobile and I’m still a little disappointed that I missed our ARCA race earlier this season.

“We’ve given this race a lot of attention.”

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:

mobilespeedway.net

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