FRIDAY AT THE RATTLER: Practice Day and Local Division Features on Tap at South Alabama Speedway

Setting the fast time of the day, Jeremy Pate pilots the number 21 Larry Blount Motorsports machine during practice at South Alabama Speedway on May 21, 2020. (Ben Kilcrease/

OPP, Alabama (May 22, 2020) — The on track action begins in earnest on Friday at South Alabama Speedway with the official Practice Day leading up to the 44th Annual Hardee’s Rattler 250.

On tap for the day is a full plate of Late Model practice, as both Southern Super Series Super Late Model and Baby Rattler Pro Late Models will alternate throughout the day sharing time on the speedway.

In the afternoon, the focus will begin to shift toward the local divisions that are scheduled for the night, with alternating practice sessions for Mini-Sportsman, Coyote, Cuplites, Street Stock and Super Stock divisions.

Additionally, starting position for the Street Stock and Super Stock classes will be based on European Style Qualifying, decided during the last practice session for those classes.

On Friday night, local division racing takes center stage as drivers and teams from the surrounding areas battle to be the 2020 Rattler Champions for their respective classes.

Here’s the schedule for Friday, May 22, 2020 at The Rattler (Time are local, Central Standard Time):

9:00 AMPits Open (All Classes)
9:30 AMDriver’s Meeting
10:00 AMTechnical Inspection Opens for Late Models
11AM – 3 PMLate Model Practice (30 Minute Intervals)
3:30 PMSuper/Pro Qualifying Tire Selection
3:45 – 4:15 PMModified Practice
4:00 PMTechnical Inspection Opens for Local Divisions
4:30 PMLocal Division Practice
5:00 PMGrandstands Open
5:00 PMTechnical Inspection for Late Models Closes
6:30 PMLocal Division Driver’s Meeting
Mini-Sportsman, 20 laps
Coyote, 30 laps
Cuplites, 25 laps
Street Stock, 25 laps
Super Stock, 35 laps

Times and scheduling subject to change.

– Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

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