Rattler 250: 40 years and running

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 17, 2016


There is a big weekend of racing set for the South Alabama Speedway in Opp this weekend culminating in the 40th Annual Rattler 250 on Sunday.

“It should be a good weekend,” Mark Chisum said. “We have pre-sold more RV spots this year than we ever have.”

Race officials expect a large number of drivers competing in the various races of the weekend.

“There are quite a few drivers signed up in the different classes and we expect a few more,” Chisum said. “We have 35 entered in the Sunday race and around 28 so far in Saturday’s race.”

Racing action will begin on Friday night and run all weekend with the Rattler 250 concluding the action on Sunday.

The South Alabama Speedway was built in 1974 and this will be the 40th running of the Rattler 250.

Gates will open at least two hours before the racing starts and officials urge fans to come early to get a great seat and check out the vendors and food that will be found at the track.

“It’s crazy,” Chisum said. “We have people from all over coming to Opp. I talked to three guys from Wisconsin that are coming to race.”

Things get started off on Friday night with the Super Stock, Roadrunner, Coyote, CupLite, Mini Sportsman and Super Trucks all in action to kickoff the adrenaline-packed weekend. There will also be a firework show.

The gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday and the racing will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Gates open at 2 p.m., Saturday with qualifying beginning at 3 p.m, and racing starting at 6 p.m. In action Saturday will be Modified, Street Stock and the Pro Late Model Rattler 125.

The weekend of racing will come to a close on Sunday with the 40th Annual Rattler 250 beginning at 2 p.m.

Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and a church service will be held at 10 a.m. There will be an autograph session beginning at 1 p.m.