Who is Going to Victory Lane?



Total domination is the name of the game thus far amongst local classes at Mobile International Speedway. Jayme Corry, Steve Buttrick and Okie Mason have been the class of the field in their respective classes to begin the 2013 season.

But just as Steve Buttrick’s incredible streak ended last month, so too could the dominant runs maintained by the other title leaders at Alabama’s Fastest Half-Mile and that’s the primary story heading into an incredible night of racing this Saturday night in Irvington.

Island Motors II Bombers

Can anyone stop Jayme Corry?

That has to be the question posed by rival drivers in the Island Motors II Bomber division at Mobile International Speedway. Since coming off a runner-up in last year’s season championship, Corry has put together a remarkable streak of steady finishes to begin the 2013 season. Only two other drivers other than Corry have visited victory lane this season and one of them was Corry’s teammate and car owner Jimmy Day.

Day Racing Team has been the team to beat since long before Brandon Tipton captured the division championship in 2012. And that trend looks to continue on Saturday night.

Entering the festivities, Corry will have a 29 point lead over David Johnson and 90 over Matt Manuel. They and others will have to challenge for the win on Saturday or risk playing catch-up for the remainder of the season.

Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman

What can be said about Steve Buttrick and his 2013 campaign that hasn’t already been written elsewhere? He’s won four of the five feature events this season and finished second to Mark Barnhill in the other, seemingly only as a result of a mid-race accident.

Dominant. Flawless. Near-unbeatable…

Adjectives are starting to run dry as is the temperament of those chasing Buttrick. Several teams have talked about stepping up their efforts to match or overtake the Pensacola driver and those efforts may start to be realized this Saturday night.

Barnhill is second in the championship, 47 points behind Buttrick with Bob Bryant lingering just 51 markers out of the top spots. The have been the closest contenders to Buttrick early on with Lee Reynolds and Chad Robinson also showing signs of their previous dominance.

Expect the aggression to ramp up in an effort to keep Buttrick out of the top spot with the potential of a surprise winner on Saturday night.

Praytor Realty Super Stocks

The most competitive class this season at Mobile International Speedway has undoubtedly been the Praytor Realty Super Stocks.

While Okie Mason leads Gary Sutton and Bubba Winslow by 15 and 19 points respectively, the division is roughly 10-deep in regards to potential winners. The races at both Mobile and Pensacola Five Flags Speedway have come down to track position.

Thus qualifying and the luck of the invert has played a key role in deciding the outcome and will continue as the season continues this Saturday. With six drivers within one race of Mason’s championship lead, this weekend will play a huge role in championship momentum.

It’s just a matter of who is going to take it.

Championship Point Standings

Island Motor II Bombers

Jayme Corry

David Johnson -29

Matt Manuel -90

Wesley Barnhill -115

Matt Jackson -129

Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman

Steve Buttrick Ldr.

Mark Barnhill -47

Bob Bryant -51

Brannon Fowler -80

Lee Reynolds -106

Praytor Realty Super Stocks

Okie Mason Ldr.

Gary Sutton -15

Bubba Winslow -19

Michael Sanford -22

Randy Thompson -30

Midwest Cooling Towers Pro Late Models

Josh Bragg Ldr.

Bryce Dulabhan -4

Wayne Niedecken Jr. -8

Jeremy Pate -9

David Jones -20

Alabama Pipe and Supply Modifieds

Donald Crocker Ldr.

Brandon Howell -1

James Patrick -13

Chris Cotto -21

Donnie Hamrac -27

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