Throughout the history of motorsports, race tracks both big and small have gained an identity for one reason or another. Even in recent times, tracks continue to gain new identities as the format of competition continues to adapt to changing times. In the State of Alabama, Montgomery Motor Speedway is one such track that has gained a new showpiece this decade while becoming an epicenter for Pro Late Model racing in the Southeast.
The single-track “Show Me the Money” Pro Late Model Series has become an annual tradition that brings together teams from all over the region and beyond. With an emphasis on big paying purses as the name suggests, the best in competition continue to show up for the six-race schedule.
While money is of great interest, General Manager Stan Narrison also believes that the competition is what rules the roost now, especially heading into the new season that begins this Saturday.
“I’m more excited about this year than I have been for any of them,” Narrison told Speed51.com. “The interest seems to be the highest since we started the Show Me the Money Series a while back. We got some great cars coming in. Montgomery has finally established itself as a place for Pro Late Model racing. We got cars coming out of the Carolinas, from Florida, and over from Texas.”
Ironically, the competition at MMS in the Show Me the Money Series has been ruled by one team, Casey Roderick and Ronnie Sanders’ No. 18. Despite this, teams have simply changed their goals for coming to Montgomery.
“There’s some folks that are hunting for Casey Roderick,” Narrison claimed. “They want to take away a little bit of his glory. He and Ronnie have worked hard to be dominant here, but there’s going to be some other people who bring their A-game.”
With the season opening R.S. Trucking Spring Explosion set to kick off the 2018 season this Saturday, Speed51.com will be on hand for a big one-two punch, providing a live broadcast of both the Pro Late Models and Modifieds of Mayhem on the Speed51 Network.
Narrison is a big believer in such coverage for all these years, leading to the growth of Pro Late Model racing at the Alabama race track.
“The fact that Speed51 is involved with the broadcast and Trackside Now is just fantastic. I had a couple of drivers out of Nashville, they wanted to be sure we were going to have the Trackside Now going for this season. Some of their sponsors are out there and may not be able to make it down for the race and Speed51 gives them the opportunity to see the action down here at Montgomery.”
The Spring Explosion is set to roll off a bit earlier than usual this Saturday, with gates opening at 4 p.m. CT, qualifying rolling off at 5 p.m. and a 6 p.m. post time for racing.
Race fans can watch the Pro Late Model season opener via a live broadcast on the Speed51 Network. All that is needed to watch the broadcast is a monthly or yearly subscription. Subscriptions can be purchased today by clicking here.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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