BY THE NUMBERS: A LOOK BACK AT THE RATTLER
Updated: Dec 1, 2021
Original story from Speed51, posted with permission from Speed51
The 45th Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama has come and gone. We take a look back on the exciting event in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com
2 – Stephen Nasse won two pole positions during The Rattler weekend. Nasse set fast time and won the Baby Rattler 125 on Saturday night. On Sunday, he started from the pole and finished second. Only Augie Grill had won both poles in the same weekend. Nasse finished just one spot shy of a perfect weekend.
4 – Ty Majeski became the first driver to win the Rattler 250 four times. Fresh off his Snowball Derby win, Majeski passed Ronnie Sanders who had won the race three times over the course of three decades.
4 – Another note for Majeski is that he posted his fourth top-five finish in the Rattler 250. His only other finish was sixth. His average finish in six starts is 2.16, including those four wins.
5 – It was a fifth-place finish for Kyle Plott at the Rattler 250, a career-best run for him in this event. This was his 20th top-10 finish in 40 Southern Super Series races.
5 – For Stephen Nasse, his second-place finish in the Rattler 250 was his second time in the runner-up spot. It also marked his fifth top-five finish in the race. It also marks a strong start to the 2021 season as he chases a third Southern Super Series title. A good start can go along way for him if he wants to repeat as champion.
6 – In the past year Ty Majeski has won the Rattler twice, Oktoberfest, the Dixieland 250 event, the Slinger Nationals and the Snowball Derby. If someone was told that they could win those six events in their career that would be enough for some, but Majeski has done this in the last nine months.
7 – Bubba Pollard finished the Rattler 250 for the second-straight year and recorded his seventh top 10 in the race. Although it’s not what he’s accustomed to, the Super Late Model standout continues to post numbers that will be tough to beat down the road. Pollard will seek improvement, but the finish in the top 10 is a start.
12 – Derek Griffith, driver of the No. 12 Super Late Model, battled back from being a lap down to finish fourth in his Rattler 250 debut.
17 – The amount of positions Daniel Dye gained after starting the race from the 20th position. Dye made a steady charge to the front of the field and scored his first career Southern Super Series podium.
200+ – Ty Majeski led over 200 laps on Sunday and pushed his all-time Rattler 250 lap leader total to over 500 laps. That is the most of any driver and more than several drivers who have run the race longer than him. Keep in mind the race used to only be a 100 to 125-lap event in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
240: The lap that saw contenders Hunter Robbins and Colin Garrett eliminated from the race. Both drivers were battling in the top-five when contact from Carson Hocevar sent Robbins into Garrett.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51Photos.com