HOLE WINS FIRST OF HOPEFULLY TWO RATTLER RACES by Jeremy Troiano
Sanders Dominates, Loses Lead Near The End
David Hole is one of several drivers at South Alabama Speedway this weekend running double duty. Not only is he running in Sunday’s 250-lap “Rattler” Super Late Model event, but he also participated in the 125-lap Pro Late Model event on Saturday night.
All of those drivers doing double duty this weekend, including Hole, Ronnie Sanders, Bubba Pollard, Steven Davis, Korey Ruble and Scot Smith, were hoping to be able to pull off double wins.
Sanders, the night’s quickest qualifier, dominated the race up to that point. Once he and the rest of the front runners came in to the pits on lap 91, it handed the lead to Hole and the few others that pitted with him. It didn’t take long for Sanders to come back to the front though, grabbing the lead back from Hole on lap 105.
But Hole kept up with Sanders. And the two pulled away from the rest of the field.
With the leaders all on different tire strategies, the racing was wild. There were constantly positions getting swapped among the top-seven cars.
The race came down to the cars of David Hole (#0, top) and Ronnie Sanders (#18, bottom). (51 Photos)
Then, following a late restart, Hole got a run on Sanders and passed him going into turn three for the lead for a final time on lap 117. The pass forced Sanders to drift high, losing two more spots and falling back to fourth. Determined to get back to the front, Sanders made it back to third, but it all allowed Hole to pull away for the victory.
“(The leaders) eventually had to come in and I got the lead. They caught up to me as did Ronnie. Ronnie had a great car, no doubt about it. The two of us just pulled away from everyone after that. Then, we had caution after caution. My car wasn’t good off of restarts. It took me a few laps to get going.
Hole came out on top in the end.
After Saturday night, Hole is the only driver that has that shot now.
Hole passed Sanders on lap 117 after a late-race restart to grab the lead for the second time during the evening and held on to win the Rattler 125 for the Pro Late Models (two-barrels).
“Wild. It was wild,” said Hole of the event. “I was driving it for everything it was worth. Jimmy (Garmon), my crew chief, was telling me to drive it for all it was worth and I did.”
Hole came into the pits around lap 75 for tires, much earlier than the rest of his competitors. That made for some interesting late-race battles.
“Our pit strategy wasn’t to come in that soon. I had 25 lap older tires than anyone else,” said Hole, when the rest of the leaders came in to pit around lap 91. “I thought I was going to be in trouble. When we came out, we came out first. I told my guys I was just going to get behind the leaders and ride and save my tires. That is what I did.”
“On one of the late restarts, Ronnie spun his tires and I gave it to him. On the next restart, he did it again. We went down into one and two and he washed up. I turned underneath him on the backstretch and he pinched me off coming down into three. I was right there. That was the break I needed.”
Now, Hole just needs to do the same thing on Sunday.
“That is my first win in a two-barrel,” said Hole. “Hopefully, we can follow it up on Sunday. Tonight, the car was perfect. I couldn’t’ ask for anything better. Tomorrow, I hope it all goes the same way.”