A Midwestern Flavor to Rattler 250 Practice Day

Fellow Midwestern drivers join Majeski atop the practice charts.


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In recent years, it hasn’t been a surprise to see Ty Majeski laying down fast laps at South Alabama Speedway during Rattler Weekend. On practice day for this year’s Rattler 250, some other Midwestern counterparts joined the fun.

Majeski was fastest in final Southern Super Series practice on Friday, while fellow Wisconsin native Gabe Sommers had the fastest lap of the day and Austin Nason was fastest in second practice.

Majeski logged the fastest lap of final practice, with a time of 14.453 seconds around the 4/10-mile oval.

“This is our Snowball Derby car, so it was our second run out on it,” Majeski told Racing America. “I’m really happy with the feel of it. We’ve got it really close, a comparable car to what we’ve had the last two years here.”

Sommers’ fast lap of 15.415 seconds came during a first round of practice when many drivers opted out, as it was the first track time following a lengthy morning shower. Sommers showed no such reluctance, quickly getting up to speed and laying down a lap that would not be matched for the rest of the afternoon.

Nason, last year’s National Short Track Championship winner at Rockford Speedway, was fastest in round two of Super Late Model practice and second-fastest in the final round. Jackson Boone was third-fastest in final practice, followed by Michael House and Stephen Nasse.

Another outsider, Michigan’s Evan Shotko, set the fastest lap in Pro Late Model practice at 15.718 seconds during the first round. Timothy Watson was fastest in round two, while Dylan Fetcho clocked the fastest lap in final Pro Late Model practice.

With an updated schedule for Saturday to avoid frigid evening temperatures, Late Model practice will begin bright and early at 8:30 a.m. CT Saturday morning. Qualifying will begin at Noon CT for Sunday's Rattler 250 and Saturday's Grasshopper "Baby Rattler" 125, which will roll off at 2 p.m. CT.

Fans unable to watch the action in person this weekend at South Alabama Speedway can watch live on Racing America.