One of the most prestigious races in the West is slated to take place this weekend as teams make the trip to the Montana country-side for the highly-anticipated Montana 200. If the racing isn’t enough, the 3/8-mile paved oval sits nestled into a hillside with the mountains and everglades as a breathtaking backdrop.
Last year, California’s Jeremy Doss captured the Montana 200 win and has plans on returning to Kalispell, Montana this weekend to defend last year’s race win.
“Montana is one of my favorite tracks to go to and this race is definitely near the top of my list. If we play our cards right I think we will have a shot at making it two-in-a-row,” Doss told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
The Montana 200 draws the attention from racers all over the west as far as Southern California and even some drivers north of the border from Canada. Every year the competition is tough but Doss feels like he knows what he is up against.
“I have ran against a lot of these drivers in California, Idaho, or in my Northwest Super Late Model starts,” he explained. “A lot of these drivers also run the Summer Showdown which we have raced as well. I think we will be really competitive and hope to be there at the end.”
Last year the race was pushed back to Sunday after a hailstorm took away the scheduled Saturday green flag. That set the scene for a beautiful and sunny Sunday to hold the Montana 200 and fortunately, for both racers and fans alike, the forecast this weekend for the Montana 200 shows nothing but sunshine.
The weekend of events kicks off Thursday, July 13 with open practice for all Super Late Model teams. The pressure is on Friday as there is practice, qualifying, and heat races to lock drivers into the feature.
Over $50,000 is up for grabs throughout the weekend at Montana Raceway Park. The winner of the 200-lap feature will go home $15,000 richer with a $5,000 bonus on the table if a driver can be fast qualifier, win their heat and then win the feature event.
“We aren’t a big team with a big budget so the chance to come home with some extra money in our pockets can really affect our season. Winning the 200 again would help us run some more races or set us up to be in a good position to improve our equipment for the next season,” Doss stated.
Speed51.com will on location at Montana Raceway Park and fans who can’t make the trip to Kalispell, MT can follow along with all the action with Trackside Now coverage of the race.
For more information on the Montana 200 visit www.mtracewaypark.com
Story by: Hannah Newhouse- Southeast Correspondent
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