Alabama 200 Winner Riding Momentum Into Home Track

Perhaps no driver in America has been as strong in the Pro Late Model ranks than Christopher Tullis so far in 2021.  After winning two races and the Show Me The Money Series championship one year ago at Montgomery Motor Speedway, the Georgia driver came out of the gates firing in the new year with an Alabama 200 win and a runner-up in the Baby Rattler 125 in back-to-back weeks.


With all the momentum in the world behind he and Chancy Motorsports, Tullis returns to his home track for this weekend’s Georgia Spring Nationals at Crisp Motorsports Park.  The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour non-points special gives him the chance to race in front of friends and family.


“I’m super excited and I feel like we’ll have a really good shot as far as racetracks and having laps.  I definitely have a lot at Cordele, especially since I started racing Late Models there.  Getting back home, it’ll be cool,” Tullis told Speed51.  “We have a ton of momentum going into this deal so hopefully we can put it on top Saturday night.”


After scoring his first two career Pro Late Model wins last season, he stepped it up in 2021 by winning the biggest of his career at the Alabama 200 with a late-race run through the field on fresh tires.  Tullis then backed it up with a runner-up effort in the Baby Rattler 125 at South Alabama Speedway the next weekend following a late battle with eventual winner Stephen Nasse.

Tullis recently won the biggest race of his career in the Alabama 200. (Speed51 Photo)


Amid a career-best stretch of races, Tullis believes it was a matter of time before the results came pouring in.


“I still can’t really put it into words.  I don’t want to say it hasn’t set in yet, I’m proud of what we have accomplished.  We’re just doing our jobs going to the racetrack and executing racing.  I know we’ve had the speed, now we’re going to the racetrack and executing and getting to where we need to be.


With some of the big names, I don’t want to say professionally racing but they’re racing all the time and they’re somewhere new every weekend.  We’re a small operation, just to go out there and run with those guys, much less outrun them in big races like the Alabama 200 and to race Stephen (Nasse) door-to-door there at the Rattler is a dream for me.  I knew we could do it, it’s just a matter of time and execution.  I definitely think we can do the same thing this weekend without a doubt in my mind, hopefully we’ll be a little bit better than him this weekend and we can get him at Cordele.


After races at Montgomery and Opp, he heads to a track that he considers a mix of the two.  Tullis mentioned the challenge that Crisp Motorsports Park throws to drivers.


“The biggest challenge at Cordele is you have two polar opposite straightaways and two polar opposite corners.  It’s rare to have a car that’ll handle perfectly around the whole racetrack.  You’ve got a tight, narrow corner going into one off a short straightaway, then you get all your momentum built up and you have a long one off turn two.  You just have to make sure you have a good turning car for three and four.  I think the race will be won in three and four, in one and two everybody’s kind of equal there.  I’m not going to say it’s my least favorite racetrack, it’s my home track and I enjoy going there, but it’s a challenge”


Tullis looks to keep the momentum rolling in his home state this weekend at the Georgia Spring Nationals.  He has already proved to himself he can contend week in and week out, now he wants to show that to the rest of short track racing.


“We’ve executed so well all year, it would just keep our momentum up and keep us rolling.  Having the two race cars we’ve had in the past few weeks at Montgomery and Opp, just to go there Saturday night would pretty much tell me and a lot of other people that we can go anywhere and win.”


The Georgia Spring Nationals will be live on Speed51.TV this Saturday, March 27. The broadcast will be available to Speed51.TV monthly and yearly subscribers.


-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo

Alabama 200 Winner Riding Momentum Into Home Track