The Show Me the Money Series was back in action at Montgomery Motor Speedway for their second to last race of the season. Hunter Wright was fastest in qualifying, but it was Christopher Tullis who drew the number one starting spot. Tullis never looked back once the green flag flew, leading every lap of the caution-free race.
“I knew that when we pulled that 1 on the invert, we were going to be tough to beat,” Tullis told Speed51. “We qualified second, I knew we had a fast car. The biggest thing here is just controlling the race, normally it is restarts but we did not have any of those tonight. It just fell in our favor to get our there and stretch our lead out and just maintain our lead there towards the end. I know they were catching us but I was saving just in case we had that late race five or four-lap run to make sure we had what we needed to get the job done.”
With the absence of the points leader, Jake Garcia, who was running his Super Late Model at Bristol for the Short Track U.S. Nationals, this win boosted Tullis into the points lead with one race in the series remaining.
“I really wish Jake (Garcia) would have been here, me and him are pretty good buddies and we do not live far from each other. I wish he could have been here to run straight up with us just to see because we both have two wins here now this year.
“This gives me some confidence going into the last race, I would rather be leading than trying to gain points. At he end of the day, the way I look at it, we show up and do out job, points really won’t matter and everything will shake out how it needs to.”
Hudson Halder started the from the second position, but fell back early in the race. Halder saved a lot of his equipment making a huge late race charge on the leader Tullis.
“I needed five, maybe three more laps, I think I could have had him. I was right there, reeled him in from about a straightaway back at 30 laps (to go). Just a few more laps, I think I could have had him, I was right on his bumper there at the end. It feels like a win, this is my first bigger race where I got top three, it just feels awesome and gives me a ton of momentum which just feels great.”
Still on his comeback tour from a scary wreck at the Snowflake 100 last December, Justin Bonnett was able to rally to a third place finish.
“Just started the race out and set my own pace that I wanted to run and it ended up working out. We had to battle lap cars a little bit more than we wanted to, which put us behind. Theres been a lot that has gone into this over me recovering. I was supposed to run here back in March and had a setback. Everybody has a hand that made it possible to get to here has been really good for me. We have a lot to build on here now, and we will be back at Pensacola October 24, and I feel like we will be pretty good going back.”
The Show Me The Money Series will return for their final race November 7th.
-Story by: Kyler Hope, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo