Next weekend, Pro Late Model teams in the Southeast will have quite the weekend lineup to compete in, as both Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) will each host 100-lap features on back-to-back nights. As a bonus for race teams, there will be some extra money on the line, too.
Sunoco fuel supplier Insinger Performance is putting up a $500 bonus to the driver who records the best average finish between the two events, starting with the Allen Turner Hyundai Series 100 at Five Flags on Friday, June 7 and then ending with the Show Me the Money Series Summer Clash at Montgomery on Saturday, June 8.
The bonus, plus the usual bragging rights on the line, have teams and promoters from both tracks excited for the weekend.
“We’re excited about doing a doubleheader, a lot of racers like it when they can catch two races in one weekend in fairly close proximity,” said Five Flags Speedway promoter Tim Bryant. Now Insinger Performance stepped up to the plate to give a little extra incentive for a guy to have two good nights in a row.”
While the main goal for most drivers will be to win both races, Bryant was quick to offer a reminder that there are also times when consistency may be the key to victory.
“Not necessarily looking for a sweep, anybody with a decent finish in the top five or top ten on Friday night at Five Flags will be eligible for that on Saturday night at Montgomery. But, both races are $4,000-to-win, so it could be a pretty healthy payday if somebody does sweep the whole thing.”
Ultimately, the bonus is just another way of the tracks and sponsors giving back something extra to those who go above and beyond in what is not a cheap form of sport.
“I don’t know if purses can ever justify the cost of racing, but every little bit helps; when everybody pitches in, it makes it better for the racers.”
The competition is set to be fierce, due in part to both track championship battles still ongoing. The timing of this particular doubleheader is also right, given that another Pro Late Model track in the region, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, is not in action this weekend.
“The one nice thing about a Five Flags – Montgomery doubleheader that weekend is we got good participation from the Nashville cars, which is an open weekend for them. A lot of those guys will drive south to Five Flags and catch another one at Montgomery on the way home, same holds true for the Georgia drivers. Logistically, it just works out as a good opportunity for all the teams that want to race.”
The nights of Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 will be must see for all fans of Late Model racing and if you can’t make it to Five Flags and/or Montgomery, you will be able to see both races live on Speed51.com with a monthly or yearly subscription to the Speed51 Network.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com