For the second time this season, Jeff Fultz has a weekend off from his duties at FURY Race Cars and he’s choosing to spend it behind the wheel of a Super Late Model … because of course.
The 50-year-old short track ace will again pilot the No. 54 Furniture By Walker Toyota Camry from Chris Walker Motorsports this weekend in the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway.
It’s been almost a decade since Fultz won the Rattler 250 back in 2010, and it’s been a race he has long wanted to participate in again.
“The Dykes family does a great job with the track, and they’re great people and we love going down to help support their event,” he said in a press release. “It’s a track I really love racing on, one where you can charge the corner and drive the heck out of the car. It’s really one of my favorite tracks and I think we should have fun this weekend.”
From Monday through Friday, you can find Fultz at FURY Race Cars, running the day-to-day operations of the burgeoning Super Late Model chassis builder. But the Ohio native believes he needs to semi-regularly be in a race car to be able to understand the business and simply enjoy it for what it’s supposed to be.
“This is fun for us,” he said. “We’re just a handful of guys going down to have fun. We don’t have any big team resources or professional crew guys. These are my lake buddies who I drink beer with and sometimes we go racing when all of our schedules match up. This is one of those times. But don’t get me wrong, I still want to run well and have a shot to win.”
The winner of the race traditionally gets to pose with a live de-venomed rattlesnake, but it’s something Fultz wanted no part of in 2010.
That might change if he can duplicate the fete this weekend.
“A few years ago, when I won that deal, they wanted to put that snake on my shoulders and I told ’em no way, keep it at arm’s length to take the photo and get it out of there; I hate snakes,” Fultz said with a laugh. “Of course, at my age, if we win this thing again I might ask them if it bites and how long before it takes effect. I might just be willing to risk going out on top.”
Fultz has proved he can still win marquee races with Walker Motorsports, winning the CARS Tour season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway back in 2018.
“We went to Cordele to shake the car down for the Rattler and the car was great,” Fultz said. “It took me about three laps to get into a groove and get comfortable. It’s just unfortunate we had a tire issue during the race which we couldn’t overcome, but the car did everything we asked it to do and I think it should be fast this weekend. I’ve always had fast cars there, just things breaking or bad luck happening late in the race. Hopefully that doesn’t happen this time.”
Friday is the practice day for the Southern Super Series Super Late Models while qualifying and the Pro Late Model Baby Rattler is scheduled for Saturday night. The Rattler 250 itself is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local) on Sunday afternoon.
The entire Rattler 250 race weekend will be broadcast online via Speed51.com’s 51TV pay-per-view service. Sunday only will cost $24.99 while both days run for $34.99.