Telford Making Return Trip to Alabama for the Rattler 250
Feb 25, 2023
Bakersfield, CA - The Midwest portion of the country will be well represented at the “47th Annual Hardee’s Rattler 250”, as three-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion Casey Johnson has entered the $25,000-to-win SRL National event, at South Alabama Speedway (AL) on March 17-19th. Johnson will make an infrequent trip to the southland, after four career visits to Five Flags Speedway (FL), and once to New Smyrna Speedway (FL). He will be making his first appearance in Alabama, and South Alabama Speedway. The “Rattler” has been on Johnson’s radar for some time, but 2023 is the year that the team will finally make it happen.
“The Rattler has always been on our radar to run, and this year we were finally able to make it happen”, Johnson stated. “My main sponsor, Joe Hougan, has attended the last few years, and he tells me it’s a great show. So, we wanted to be a part of it.”
The Rattler has always been on our radar to run, and this year we were finally able to make it happen. My main sponsor, Joe Hougan, has attended the last few years, and he tells me it’s a great show.
Johnson has been consistently fast on the short tracks in the Midwest, bringing in an impressive list credentials. He earned eight ARCA Midwest Tour victories over the last six seasons and three championships in the last four campaigns. He is a four-time Tundra Super Late Model Series champion as well as a two-time champion of the Big 8 Late Model Series, Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge, and the Red, White, and Blue State Championship Series. He also has a championship in the Alive for 5 Super Late Model Series and the Badgerland Challenge Series.
His weekly racing records are equally remarkable, scoring four track championships at Jefferson Speedway (WI) in the Late Models, two at Wisconsin International Raceway (WI), and two at Madison International Speedway (WI). He has big wins in the “National Short Track Championships” (2) at Rockford Speedway (IL), “Dells Icebreaker” at Dells Raceway Park (WI), ‘Howie Lettow Memorial” (2) at Madison International Speedway, and “Octoberfest” at Lacrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (WI). In 2022, he made only his second trip to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN), coming home fourth in a field of 37 Super Late Models in the “All American 400”.
Johnson will now travel to Opp, AL for the first time, seeking his first big victory in the South. It is a challenge that the Stoughton, WI driver looks forward to, with a new track and a mix of talented competitors from throughout the country.
With his record of success in the Midwest region, encompassing some of the most competitive fields of Super Late Model drivers in the country, Johnson should be considered a threat for the win. He would be happy with a strong finish, but what he really desires is the addition of a marque Super Late Model win from the south, to his growing resume.
“I’d consider it a successful trip if we could bring home a top-five, but we’re definitely going down there to win”, Johnson admitted. “So, hopefully we can hit the ground running and get dialed in quick.”
The "Rattler 250" will take place from March 17th - 19th. It will pay $25,000 to the winner with $1,600 to start. It is the first time the event has been sanctioned by the SRL National and will be Round #2 of the season series. For those unable to attend, the race will be broadcast LIVE on Racing America, with a subscription to RacingAmerica.TV.
Friday evening will see feature action for the Mini-Sportsman, Mini-Cups, Coyotes, Cuplites, and Super Stocks. Saturday night will see features for the Modifieds, Road Runners, and the “Baby Ratter 125” for the Pro Late Models. The three-day event will be capped off by the 47th Annual “Hardee’s Rattler 250”, scheduled to roll off at 2:00 PM.
-SRL National Tour Press Release