Racing Back This Saturday
Mobile International Speedway has been bit hard by the rainout bug this season. As much as this has disappointed fans at Alabama’s Fastest Half-mile, it has hit the drivers equally hard.
The drivers live and work to compete on weekends and are looking forward to making up for the long layoff this Saturday night when the Pro Late Models headline a card that also features the Pro Trucks, Sportsman and Bomber divisions. And best of all, there is a discounted grandstand ticket price for adults — $10 with kids 12 and under admitted for free!
Pro Trucks championship leader Jay Jay Day says rain is just a part of racing and something he comes to expect, especially on the Gulf Coast.
“Rainouts always stink,” Day said. “It’s like all the hard work all week that’s put towards racing and the Truck is all for nothing because there’s no race. But when the time comes, we’ve got to go out there and deliver because it is showtime and I plan on keeping the lead and winning the championship.
The rain is especially hard on drivers in the bombers and sportsman division as they race every night the gate is open. They don’t have the luxury of getting rain on a weekend they are not at the track.
They are the backbone of local racing and thus always at the track. Defending Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman division champion Brannon Fowler is one such competitor affected by the rain, especially when considering that be hauls out of Cantonment, Fla.
“Rain has always been and will always be a racers momentum killer,” Fowler said. “A racer can never fully prepare for rain.”
It’s the unpredictability of rain that’s the most frustrating to a driver. Beyond hauling to the track, a driver also has to enter a specific mindset in order to compete. Some call it ‘the zone’ while others call it ‘the racer’s edge.’
Whatever you call it, the rain disrupts it, leaving a driver having to regather his thoughts for his next time on the track.
“Even with a chance of rain we still move forward until that last moment and finally have to call the race,” Derek Kane Long said. “You build up and mentally prepare to get into your car to only have Mother Nature rain you out.
“You keep that fire inside you burning for the next race. I hate it we’ve been rained out so much this year.”
The drivers will again look to do battle with each other and the elements this Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway. All four classes are looking to compete, put on a show, and score top honors, putting the recipe together for an entertaining night of racing.
Remember — $10 adult grandstand tickers with kids 12 and under getting in for free!