Pitts & Sons Loving Being a Part of Demolition Derby Return
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.