Casey Smith Earns Pole For Rattler 250
OPP, Ala. – Texan Casey Smith set fast time for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Hardee’s Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway with a lap of 15.170-seconds around the four-tenths-mile oval Saturday.
Smith will start from the pole in Sunday’s Hardee’s Rattler 250, the first race of the 2014 Southern Super Series season.
“I figured if we got a top-five I was going to be really happy,” said Smith after his qualifying run. “Because we put on one set of tires in practice, and it was the first set of (Hoosier F-45 tires) we’ve ever put on and I was a little bit free. But I was afraid to tighten it up too much and mess up the car for the race so I snugged it up a little bit. It still turned good and it had awesome drive off.
“I’m just really excited for the race,” said Smith. “I just can’t thank everybody at Port City Racecars enough for the help and all they’ve done to get me back to the top.”
Smith, who wasn’t sure what he had in his No. 99 machine before his qualifying run, was surprised by the result. It was Smith’s first-career Southern Super Series pole.
“My dad yelled at me over the radio that I was on the pole,” explained Smith. “But I still didn’t know what I ran. I knew it was pretty good, but I didn’t think it was that good because I felt like I left a little bit out there. I didn’t expect it to have all the drive off that it did, but I’m excited.”
Michigan’s Chad Finley will start on the outside of the front row in Sunday’s Rattler 250, while Bubba Pollard will start third. Korey Ruble qualified fourth in a car that will be piloted Sunday by Anderson Bowen, who was competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event Saturday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Bowen will start at the rear of the field Sunday. Georgia’s Hunter Robbins rounded out the top-five qualifiers.