One of the biggest Super Late Model races in the Northwest, the Montana 200, takes place this weekend at Montana Raceway Park. Speed51.com’s Elgin Traylor takes a look at the history of the race “by the numbers.”
4: Gary Lewis has the most wins with five in the Montana 200.
26: This will be the 26th running of the Montana 200. The first race was run back in 1991.
30: Early reports are showing close to 30 if not more cars will be entered for the race.
48: You might remember the car number 48 from the Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway (WA). That would be North Carolina’s Preston Peltier who almost pocketed the big prize in Washington. Now the former World Crown 300 winner is looking to be the first North Carolinian to win the 200 in Montana.
64: It’s a famous car number that Northwest racing fans know, and in 2014 Garrett Evans won the Montana 200 for the first time. Now at the age of 60, Evans seeks another big win. The former four-time NASCAR Northwest Champion has been first and second in his last two starts at the 200.
64:We have to also give some love to the other 64 that will be on the grounds at the Montana 200. That’s Brock Denney, the 2015 track champion in the Super Late Model class. He narrowly beat out Agni Howell for the honors by only four points.
73: The 73 of Gary Lewis has seven top 10 finishes in eight starts including four wins. Lewis also finished on the podium in 2011 at the end of his win streak.
200: The historic Northwest race is 200-laps long for the Super Late Models.
1995: Mark Owens won the race in 1995. Since 2001 he has a total of five top five finishes and seven top 10 finishes in 11 known starts. Some history of the race, like full results are unavailable. If you have information please email us at [email protected]
$15,000: The first-place prize for the Montana 200. The race also pays $1,000 to start.
Showdown Success: Tayler Riddle is fresh off the biggest win of his career and now he looks to add the rich Montana 200 to his list of accomplishments.
Big Splash: Drivers Trevor Emond. Alex Lessor, Ryan Wells and Bodie Morton all have something in common; they are former track champions at Montana. Despite none of these drivers having won the Montana 200 they are some of the local flavor that will have to be reckoned with. Emond and Wells have both won the GET Rich Montana Gold 212 in the past, an event that was discontinued after only a few seasons.
Former Montana 200 Winners
2015 Owen Riddle
2014 Garrett Evans
2013 Jonathan Gomez
2012 Jeff Jefferson
2011 Shane Mitchell
2010 Gary Lewis
2009 Gary Lewis
2008 Gary Lewis
2007 Gary Lewis
2006 Jeff Jefferson
2005 B.J. Tidrick
2004 Christian Roeder
2003 Kenny Kaltschmidt
2002 Tom Sweatman
2001 Ron Dexter
2000 Tom Sweatman
1999 Troy Conrad
1998 Tim Elliott
1997 Tom Sweatman
1996 Marc Groskreutz
1995 Mark Owens
1994 Cory Wolfe
1993 Marc Groskreutz
1992 Bob Schwieger
1991 Lance Wade
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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