A marquee event on the Pro Late Model schedule will be contested during the month of March next season. Montgomery Motor Speedway has announced that the 55th Annual Alabama 200 will be held on March 1-2, 2019.
In recent years, the event was held during the month of September. Instead of ending the season with their biggest event, the track will begin its 2019 season in style with the 200-lap Pro Late Model race.
“We’ve traditionally run the Alabama 200 going way back as late as November,” said Stan Narrison, the Promoter of Montgomery Motor Speedway. “We’ve had some pretty good crowds for our Alabama 200 the last couple years but we just felt like we could get a little bit more play out of it and start our year off with our biggest race.
Speaking of money, the race will once again pay a hefty $7,000 to the winner. Although the complete purse has not been finalized, Narrison believes it will once again be one of the richest Pro Late Model races in the country.
“We’re really working on the purse right now and some extra incentives, especially for the top 10 finishers,” he explained. “We’ll announce the rest of the purse at a later date but it will be very similar to what we’ve paid for the Alabama 200 the last couple years. That was originally a Super Late Model purse and we just rolled it over.”
This year’s event will also transition to just a two-day event to limit costs for race teams interested in competing in the event. An optional practice day will be held Friday, March 1 before qualifying and racing take place on Saturday, March 2.
“We’ve changed the format. We’re basically going to do an optional practice on Friday and get out of there on a decent time, and then come back and it’s going to be a Saturday night show this year. That will help the team on some of the costs on hotel rooms and a stretched-out weekend.”
With the State of Alabama celebrating its 200th birthday this year, Narrison believes the Alabama 200 will be a perfect fit with the festivities that will be taking place.
“This is the bicentennial for Alabama. It’s a perfect tie-in with the Alabama 200,” he said. “They were kind of looking for something early in the season, so I think this going to work well for all of us.”
A championship weekend for the track’s local divisions will still be held during the month of September; however, it will not feature the Alabama 200 like it has in recent years.
More information on the 2019 season, including details about the Show Me the Money Series, is expected to be released soon.
For more information, visit www.montgomerymotorspeedway.org.
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