SATURDAY AT THE RATTLER: Pole Day & 15th Annual Grasshopper Pro Late Rattler 125

Giovanni Bromante looks to defend his title as the Rattler champion in a tribute scheme to fallen racer Joe Boyd. Seen here, taking a practice lap at South Alabama Speedway in May 2020 (Ben Kilcrease/

OPP, Alabama (May 23, 2020) — Race weekend for the 44th Annual Hardee’s Rattler 250 is in full swing as Saturday features a jam-packed day of practice, qualifying and racing at South Alabama Speedway.

The day begins with Pro Late Model and Super Late Model practice, followed by Pre-Quaflying Technical Inspection for both classes.

The Grandstands open at 2:00 PM CST with Super Late Model Pole Qualifying for the Rattler 250 beginning at 3:30 PM CST, followed by Pro Late Model Qualifying for the Baby Rattler 125.

In both classes, the top 24 cars in time trials will lock into their respective fields. After local division practice sessions, the schedule calls for last chance races for both Pro Late Models and Super Late Models, though with the number of entries in each class, it is unlikely that they will be needed.

Racing begins with the resumption of the Super Stock Feature that began on Friday night, but was postponed due to rain after 16 laps were completed. After the Super Stocks, the night continues with a 20 lap Mini-Cup feature, followed by the 15th Annual Grasshopper Pro Late Rattler 125 presented by Jr’s Lawn Mower Shop.

Following the Baby Rattler 125, the ground pounding Modifieds will contest a 50 lap feature, followed by a Roadrunner 35 lap affair to close out the night.

Here is the schedule for Saturday, May 23, 2020 (Times in Central Standard Time):

9:00 AMPits Open
9:30 AMLate Model Driver’s Meeting then Technical Inspection Opens
9:45 AM Super Late Model Race Tire Selection
10:30 AMLate Model Practice Begins
12:30 PMPractice Ends
12:30 – 1:00 PMModified Practice
1:00 PM Super Late Model Pre-Qualifying Technical Inspection
2:00 PMGrandstands Open
2:30 PMPro Late Model Pre-Qualifying Technical Inspection
3:30 PMRattler 250 Pole Qualifying & Baby Rattler 125 Pole Qualifying
5:00 PM Local Division Practice
5:45 PM Local Division Driver’s Meeting
6:15 PM Modified Division QualifyingBaby Rattler 125 Last Chance Race (if needed)Rattler 250 Last Chance Race (if needed)
7:00 PMSuper Stocks – resuming at lap 17 from Friday night
Mini-Cup Feature, 20 laps
15th Annual Grasshopper Pro Late Rattler 125
Modified Division Feature, 50 laps
Roadrunner Feature, 35 laps

Times and scheduling are subject to change.

– Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

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