"Rattler 250" Planning $3,000 to Win Purse for Non-Qualifiers

“Rattler 250” Planning $3,000 to Win Purse for Non-Qualifiers

Based on 50 Cars Attempting to Make the Event, All Non-Qualifiers Will Compete for a Record Purse

Salem, IN (November 10, 2008)- Officials from Champion Racing Association (CRA) and John Dykes, owner of South Alabama Speedway, announced today a substantial purse for the Super Late Models that do not qualify for the 33rd Annual “Rattler 250” at the Opp, Alabama track, March 6-8, 2009.

Already making it possible for one Super Late Model driver to take home over $25,000 in cash and prizes if 50 Super Late Models are part of racing that weekend, the track is now posting, what is believed to be, the highest purse ever paid in a non-qualifiers race, dubbed the “Little Rattler 100.” The $3000-to-win/$250 to Start, 100-lap race will be on the same day as the Rattler 250, giving even more teams a chance to prosper and be recognized at the track?s biggest event of the year.

With at least 50 cars attempting to make the race, the 30 car field will be set with the fastest 24 in qualifying and the remaining six positions coming from last chance race(s). There are no points provisionals in the top 30 starting spots, which are open to all cars, regardless of affiliation. All cars that do not make the 30-car starting field of “The Rattler 250” will be eligible to race in “The Little Rattler 100.”

Drivers are encouraged to register their intent to race in “The Rattler 250” on-line at www.southalabamaspeedway.com as soon as possible. To ensure speedy responses from the teams, Speedway officials announced that qualifying order will be the reverse order that entries are received, thus, the sooner teams enter, the later they will be in the qualifying order.

Officials have previously announced that if 50 cars enter and attempt to make the race, track officials will pay $20,000-to-Win, plus bonuses. Another $2500 in lap money has been posted as well as a $1500 “Fast Qualifier and Win Bonus,” a $1500 “Start from the Rear and Win Bonus,” a $1500 ARP Bodies Certificate (Package “A” Body) for the winner, $250 Cash and a $500 Certificate from ARP Bodies for Fast Qualifier, $250 Halfway Leader Bonus, plus other awards to still be announced.

The “Rattler 250” will use Derby technical rules for the Super Late Models, which are very much in line with CRA Super Series rules. Official announced last week that CRA officials will be providing support in the areas of race control, procedures, scoring and technical inspection. Ricky Brooks will serve as Chief Technical Inspector for the race, with CRA Chief Technical Inspector Eddie Chew to serve in a support role for Brooks. For more information about Rattler 250 weekend be sure to visit, www.southalabamaspeedway.com. For more information on CRA visit www.craracing.net.