Pitts & Sons Loving Being a Part of Demolition Derby Return

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By Chuck Corder

Todd Pitts loves everything about  Mobile International Speedway.

He loves the camaraderie with his  fellow fans. He loves watching the Saturday night racing, be it the ARCA- Mobile  200 or a door-to-door, local class battle.

Pitts, a proprietor of Pitts &  Sons Towing and Recovery, even loves being a part of the race. You can  occasionally find him steering the No. 32 Pro Truck.

“Man, I just like getting behind the  wheel,” he said, “and getting to enjoy myself. Just to  relax.”

Most of all, though, the 49-year-old  Pitts loves the family-oriented atmosphere that oozes through the grandstands  and down into the, ahem, pits.

“To be there with the whole family —  your family, to me that’s what makes it so great,” he  said.

Pitts and family will most certainly  be on hand this Saturday night as the title sponsor as the Demolition Derby  returns to MIS with $2,000 headed to the last clunker  standing.

The rules to enter are on the website  at http://www.mobilespeedway.net/drivers/rules/1812-2/

A night of crunching begins when the  grandstands open at 4 p.m. Saturday.

For $5 across the board — kids  5-under are still free — fans of all ages will get to see heat races, the  Maeco Fabrication  35-lap Sportsman  Spectacular, Modified, Super Stocks and Bombers features before the Demo Derby  starts delivering dents.

Pitts knows the event, whether  they’re outdoors or indoors, are always a showstopper for  fans.

“I’ve been at the last couple the  last few years at MIS, and I’ve been part of ones inside the Civic Center,” he  said. “It’s neat to watch ’em run across and hit each other. Just wadding cars  up intentionally.

“When you’re out there racing, you  definitely don’t wanna wad the car up. I know they’ll be very sore afterward  that’s for sure.”

And perfect clients for his business  once the dust settles.

Pitts & Sons has been serving the  towing needs of the Mobile-area car owners since 1946.

“We’re working on our fourth  generation,” Pitts proudly bragged.

Business has been so good to Pitts of  late that the company now has 15 trucks spread across south Louisiana, spanning  from Lafayette to New Orleans.

When their father retired 5 years  ago, Todd and his brother split the business into two divisions — towing and  specialized hauling, which aids in heavy equipment.

Pitts & Sons love being a part of  MIS. They’ll especially love it on this night.

“The Demo Derby and towing go  hand-in-hand,” Pitts joked.

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