The Show Me the Money Series has produces several young stars over the years. The Pro Late Model mini-series at Montgomery Motor Speedway has seen drivers such as Hunter Robbins, Bret Holmes, Giovanni Bromante, and most recently Jake Garcia get thrusted into the short track racing spotlight by scoring big wins at the half-mile.
Georgia driver Hudson Halder looks to become the latest driver to make their name known in a big way at Montgomery. He nearly did so in the most recent Show Me the Money Series race back on August 1, inserting himself into winning contention late before falling out with less than 20 to go.
“The car was really good, I was just saving at the beginning and then with about 40 to go, dad came across the radio and told me to go and I started going,” Halder told Speed51 about the event. “We got up there to the front and luck run out. We made contact with the No.7 car (Jackson Boone) and tore off the bumper.”
After falling out late with his first Late Model win in sight, they have decided to return to the Yellowhammer State looking to seal the deal Saturday in the Fall Brawl. His strong run back in August has him feeling more confident than ever.
“We decided to come back for some redemption. We just got this car rebuilt back together so we’re feeling pretty good about it.”
After spending several years in the Legends ranks, Halder moved into Late Model competition in 2018, driving for Dalton Grindle in two races before moving into family-owned equipment. He has since improved over the two-plus years since making the move, having scored his first Super Late Model top-five at Crisp Motorsports Park last month with the Southern Super Series.
“It’s going about how my whole racing career’s gone. We get into a new level of racing and we’re not that good, we get a little bit behind the eight-ball. It takes us about a year and once we get a year in under our belt we get rolling and everything starts clicking off. But so far, I think it’s been good.”
“That was really exciting,” he said about his fifth-place run at Cordele. “I knew we were coming, we just needed some more laps and I had a feeling we could’ve given the leaders a run for their money. We were coming for it at the end there.”
One of Halder’s earliest Late Model starts came at Montgomery, where he finished seventh with the Show Me the Money Series in June 2018. He has competed there three other times, with his most recent start his strongest showing despite the finish not showing it.
It has since become a track Halder looks forward to competing at.
“Montgomery’s an old facility and it’s been running for a while. It’s rough on the tires, it takes a driver to drive it.”
His search for his first Late Model win continues this weekend. Halder has come close to that maiden win elsewhere, having scored a second place at Crisp Motorsports Park earlier in the year. Once he gets that first win, he feels like the floodgates will then open for further success.
“Realistically, the overall goal is a top-three but we’re going for that win. The past three races I’ve been so close to getting that win, it just hasn’t come. Once we get that win, I feel like they’ll just keep coming.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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