The Show Me the Money Pro Late Model Series added a first-time winner to its history books Saturday night at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL), as Colby Howard took the checkered flag in the 100-lap feature.
After establishing himself as one of the new young guns to watch in the Late Model scene, Howard joined Speed51’s “The Morning Bullring” Monday to discuss the victory.
“That was definitely a big win,” Howard said during the interview. “I’m still speechless about it. I don’t really know what to say. I knew Casey [Roderick] and Augie [Grill] were going to be two heavy hitters, two of the toughest guys to beat. I just listened to Anthony and my spotter Bruce, and we got it done.”
Howard scored the win driving for Anthony Campi Racing, continuing the team’s strong run in Super Late Model and Pro Late Model competition in the South. Giovanni Bromante has won the first two Southern Super Series events of 2019 with Campi, and Chase Purdy claimed the 2018 Snowflake 100 with the team.
Howard noted that not only are the cars fast, it’s a great environment for his development as a driver.
“Those cars are really top-notch cars,” Howard stated. “Anthony knows what he’s doing. But it’s also a really big family. They aren’t out there for the paycheck, they’re there to win that race. Gio was down at the races helping us out and talking to me. I had a lot of help going into that race with Anthony and everybody.”
This was Howard’s second start with the team, as he also competed in the Alabama 200 at Montgomery. Howard finished 18thin that race after an incident took him out of contention.
The South Carolina driver said lessons learned from the Alabama 200 assisted him on Saturday.
“Anthony and I were texting before the weekend pretty excited,” Howard explained. “We felt Montgomery owed us one from the 200. We had a really good car, Anthony has been really good the past few weeks and months. I knew the car would be there, the driver just needed to step up.
“During practice, I felt we had a pretty good car, a good long-run car,” Howard added. “When we mocked up the times weren’t there, so I was worried about qualifying. That’s how we got wrecked out in the 200, I messed up my qualifying. We had a late-race restart that took us out. Somehow we pulled a pretty good lap out, qualified on the pole and drew a two. We got around Casey on lap four, I just matched my times with him to stay in front of him. Anthony in my ear and Bruce helping me out, telling me what to do.”
Howard will continue to compete in Pro Late Model events throughout 2019, as well as adding a couple of ARCA Menards Series appearances.
“I have two, maybe three ARCA races coming up later in the year in June and October,” he revealed. “We’re doing all the Show Me the Money and Allen Turner stuff [at Five Flags Speedway]. The Snowflake isn’t on the schedule yet, but I’m trying to talk him into it.
“I don’t know if I’m really supposed to talk about it yet, but we’re going to Lucas Oil Raceway and Iowa,” Howard added. “I’m really looking forward to Iowa, I’ve been begging to go there since last year. Couldn’t get it worked out, but finally going this year. I’m really looking forward to that race.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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