The first marquee Pro Late Model race of the season sits just over a month out, with the 57th Annual Alabama 200 scheduled for March 5-6 at Montgomery Motor Speedway. Entries for the event are already starting to come in, with big names making their commitments to “Hunt for the Bear.”
Defending Alabama 200 winner Jake Garcia will be back to defend his win in the event. He could join Red Farmer, Augie Grill and Casey Roderick as the only drivers to win the race in consecutive years.
Christopher Tullis will start his Show Me The Money Series title defense on March 6 at the Alabama 200. He scored two wins at Montgomery last season on his way to the championship, having started the season off with a sixth in the Alabama 200.
Jett Noland will join Anthony Campi Racing in his chase for the Alabama 200 crown. ACR has won multiple Show Me The Money Series races with Giovanni Bromante and Colby Howard behind the wheel, and Noland has already won with the team at Crisp Motorsports Park and New Smyrna Speedway.
Justin Bonnett made his return behind the wheel at Montgomery last season, scoring two top-fives and a seventh in three starts to close out the Show Me The Money Series season. He now heads into his first Alabama 200 start looking to accomplish the same feat grandfather Neil Bonnett did in 1973.
Gage Rodgers and JoJo Wilkinson will both look to improve upon top-ten finishes earned in last year’s Alabama 200. Former Montgomery Motor Speedway Late Model Sportsman track champion Jeff Dawkins will chase after that same success in the Pro Late Model, while Tennessee’s Chase Johnson and Missouri’s Charlie Keeven are set for their first starts in the event.
This is the third straight year the Show Me The Money Series season begins with the Alabama 200. The winner’s purse is posted at $8,000 with $2,000 in lap money and a fast time bonus up for grabs, meaning the winner could take as much as $10,250 back home.
Stay tuned to Speed51 and Montgomery Motor Speedway social media channels for updates regarding the 57th Annual Alabama 200.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo