Preview of Final Races of the Season
The Southern Super Series Miller Lite 125 was originally scheduled for two weeks ago but will be made up this Saturday night alongside the Alabama Pipe and Supply Modifieds, Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman and Island Motor II Bombers in an action-packed night of racing to close out the 2013 season at Mobile International Speedway.
With two races remaining in the inaugural Southern Super Series campaign, Bubba Pollard has the advantage in the race to the first championship, leading the standings by 46 over Daniel Hemric. But Hemric has a shot, having won at Mobile on June 22 while Pollard hasn’t won at Mobile since last season.
And with the All-American 400 in Nashville providing the expected largest field of the season, success at Mobile could go a long way towards determining who wins the championship.
“It definitely means a lot to me and my team to be in the running to win this first championship,” Pollard said. “I think it’s a good Series and hopefully we can be a part of it for a while to continue to grow the Series. To have finally gotten back to victory lane (on Sept. 20 at Pensacola) helps us for the rest of the season.
“With the All-American 400, there are a lot of variables at play with the out of state drivers and extra distance so we need to take care of business at Mobile and get as much points as we can.”
For Pollard and Hemric to do so, they’ll have to get past the current Mobile track championship leader in John Hunter Nemechek. The son of Front Row Joe Nemechek leads Hemric by 16 at Mobile so he has something to race for as well. Nemechek and former Pro Late Model track champion DJ VanderLey (fourth in track points) are also looking for their first wins of the season.
“It’s hard to ask for a better championship battle,” said track GM Tim Bryant “It’s going to go right down to the wire and when you throw in the overall battle for the Southern Super Series and those just racing for a trophy then it creates a recipe for a great race.”
Alabama Pipe and Supply Modifieds
Donald Crocker has a 13 point lead over Brandon Howell entering the final week of the season and will also decide their championship fates on Saturday night. Should Crocker be successful, it will be his second consecutive track championship at Mobile International Speedway.
But points will be hard to come by as Bubba Pollard, a long-time Gulf Coast Modified racer is expected to compete in both the Modified and Super Late Model divisions and could earn the clean sweep.
Bob’s Speed Shot Sportsman
While the championship in the Sportsman division is virtually decided, the game in which a driver will look to beat to Steve Buttrick to Victory Lane one last time is still very much in play. Buttrick has dominated the season at both Pensacola and Mobile and just recently secured the championship at the Florida half-mile.
Buttrick leads Bob Bryant in the standings by 107 points but Bryant, Mark Barnhill and a host of others will be looking to take their parting shots into the long off-season.
Island Motor II Bombers
Jayme Corry has dominated the Bomber division much like Buttrick has in the Sportsman. The defending Bomber division championship runner-up has closed up the championship this season, entering Saturday night with a 239 point lead over Collin Kraft.
But the Bombers are always a race of attrition and even Corry has suffered from crashes and mechanical failures this season so the field is wide open with a possible winner’s list that could include Corry, Kraft, BJ Leytham, Wesley Barnhill and more.
On Saturday, practice starts at 2:45 p.m. with SSS qualifying at 5:45 and racing beginning at 7.
Grandstand admission costs $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, military, first-responders and students from 12 to 17-years old. Children 6 through 11 get in for $5. Children aged five and younger are admitted free.