SNOHOMISH, Wash. — Fresh off a strong run in the Coors Light Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway back in late June, four-time Montana 200 champion Gary Lewis brings plenty of momentum with him into this weekend’s quest for win number five.
The race attracts the top late model drivers from across the country with entries from states as far East as North Carolina while also showcasing West Coast and several Canadian province’s top drivers.
“The Montana 200 is a race every late model driver wants to compete at during their career,” Lewis explained. “We’ve run with some of the best in the business over the years in this race and Saturday night will be no different. Anyone that enters the Montana 200 is here to win it and we’ll put forth an effort as strong or stronger to be there and challenge for our fifth victory in this great race.”
Lewis likes the direction his SuperGraphics Race Team is going with the 200 just around the corner.
“This team prepares our race cars to be able to compete with the best teams around and that means so much to me as a driver. It allows me to go out and do my job and rely on them to be able to make changes to the car that only will make us better. We ran well in Monroe for the (Summer) Showdown and found some things that worked well for our handling package from Mike Leary’s Shock Shop,” Lewis said.
The driver of the AR Bodies Chevrolet SS knows that setting the car up for qualifying is a big factor in how the overall weekend will turn out, he explained
“When you go to a race like the Montana 200 qualifying is everything, There are so many drivers at the 200 who have good cars that having that slight advantage in your qualifying set-up can really make the difference. We always bring a strong qualifying package to the 200 and that usually gives a good starting position in the (Fast 14) heat races to work our way into a solid spot for the 200.”
Once the 200-lap gets underway Lewis will use a handling and braking package that gives his car grip through Montana Raceway Park’s high-banked corners, he noted.
“With two days of practice you can use those sessions to work on setting the car up for the race itself especially knowing that you’re able to lock into the show. Our AP Brakes we awesome at Monroe which has some banking to it so when you factor that in with our shock package we should be good the entire weekend.”
Fans can follow Gary Lewis Racing’s progress in this weekend’s Montana 200 on the team’s Facebook page with near live coverage also be available at RacingWest.com and Speed51.com.
-Gary Lewis Racing Press Release.