STARS SHINE ON ALABAMA AT MOBILE INTERNATIONAL SATURDAY NITE
Mobile International Speedway has provided some really great racing moments already in 2013, but the drama that occurred on Saturday Night may have topped it all. Four divisions of racing action provided race fans with plenty of excitement in a fast paced evening in which 12 races were held, beginning at the new 7pm start time, and the final checkered flag falling at 9:38pm.
Alabama Pipe & Supply Modifieds
Donnie Hamrac rocketed from his outside front row starting position into the lead and looked to be sure to shake the proverbial monkey off his back, only to go up in smoke midway thru the event, victim of an overheating engine. This left heat race winner Donald Crocker, at the front of the pack with a lead he would never relinquish. It was the second win of the season for the Charlie McAdams team, as Crocker’s teammate Brandon Howell had won on opening night. Howell came in 2nd after a fierce battle with James Patrick, who in turn had to fight off Chris Cotto, who came home 4th. Steven Durbin rounded out the top 5. Crowd favorite Dave Mader III fell victim to a mechanical failure early in the evnt.
Praytor Realty Pro Trucks
In what is rapidly becoming a crowd favorite division among race fans, the Pro Truck Feature did not disappoint Saturday Night as veteran racer Okie Mason showed the way, picking up his 1st PT Feature of 2013, outdueling Jay Jay Day and Chopper Stagner. Mason worked traffic masterfully, coming from his 5th starting position. Howard Langham, Winner of the 1st PT Heat Race earlier, finished 4th in the Main with Chris Brownlee rounding out the top 5. Stagner also won an earlier Heat Race.
Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman
Sometimes the final standings don’t tell the whole story. Such was the case Saturday Night as the Sportsman Division racers put on a dramatic performance, with none other than Steve Buttrick scoring yet another Victory. It appeared as Red Dog Reynolds would prevail as he led the entire distance from the pole, but he drifted slightly exiting turn 4 coming to the white flag, allowing an eager Buttrick just enough room to crowd his Chevrolet underneath. A side by side battle ensued on the final lap, with Buttrick pulling ahead in the final turn to pick up the Win. Reynolds was followed to the stripe by previous Winner Mark Barnhill, while Bob Bryant and Chad Robinson rounded out the top 5. Heat Races were won by Brannon Fowler and Barnhill.
Island Motors II Bombers
Collin Kraft took the early lead in the Bomber Main Event, but it was Jayme Correy who prevailed on Saturday night, picking up his 3rd Feature race of the 2013 Season. Matt Jackson would eventually overtake Kraft for 2nd, while David Johnson and Wesley Barnhill completed the top 5. Barnhill and T. J. Thompson were the Heat Race Winners.
MIS is back in action this Saturday Night with another of the exciting double feature programs for the Midwest Cooling Towers Pro Late Models, plus Super Stock, Sportsman, and Bomber action. The Miller Lite Super Late Models will open their 2013 Season at MIS on Saturday, May 25th as part of the all new Southern Super Series. June 8th will be featuring Fan Appreciation Night with $5 admission, and feature the Pitts and Sons Towing Demolition Derby.