Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) will be showing the money to Pro Late Model racers once again in 2016. The first round of the “Show Me the Money” series, which features seven marquee events for Pro Late Models, is just days away and the speedway is already exploding with excitement.
Some of the best Late Model drivers in the Southeast have filed an entry for the “Spring Explosion 125” on March 12 and are preparing to battle for bragging rights, trophies and a large sum of cold, hard cash.
“As we look at this event one week out the excitement is palpable,” said Stan Narrison, the promoter of Montgomery Motor Speedway. “As we have seen all across the country, the Late Model events have been strong. The Spring Explosion 125 featuring Pro Late Model cars has a lot of people interested in being a part of this series.”
The top-three Pro Late Model finishers are guaranteed four figures on their checks, including a guaranteed $4,000 going to the winner of the 125-lap race on Saturday night. With so much on the line, the Pro Late Model entries have been building up during recent weeks.
Defending champion Brett Holmes returns to Montgomery amidst a very crowded 2016 schedule hoping to add to his career win total. Holmes, who will also be racing a limited amount of ARCA Racing Series events this season, is hoping to shine once again in his home state of Alabama.
A name that most racing fans will recognize, two-time Daytona 500 champion Sterling Marlin, will also have his sights set on the big check and is ready to mix it up with the youngsters to prove he still has the drive to win.
Defending Spring Explosion winner R.S. Senter will return to Montgomery for another lead-off performance to kick start the 2016 season. He will have company from 2015 Show Me the Money Series Rookie of the Year Luke Christian, as the second year driver looks to continue building on his momentum from one year ago.
The Show Me the Money Series will also feature a battle between in-state drivers such as Bobby Knox Jr, Bill Bethea III and Pro Late Model standout Justin South. They will be going up against a menagerie of drivers from throughout the country including Fredrick Moore, Dennis Reno, and 13-year-old Chandler Smith.
Saturday’s Spring Explosion 125 serves as just the tip of a seven event, nine-race schedule for the Show Me the Money Pro Late Models in 2016. The season will feature a wide variety of events with 50-lap shootouts, twin 50-lap races, 100-lap races, the 125-lap Spring Explosion and a 150-lap season finale.
The wide variety of race formats is just one of the many reasons the series continues to gain support from racers and fans.
“My staff truly appreciates the participants supporting Montgomery Motor Speedway and they do their best to make the drivers and crews feel welcome,” said Narrison. “We have a fair tech department that does their best to work with the teams on race day. I think the racers and crews also like the fact that our races are not impound events, so a team that might not have a great qualifying effort has the opportunity to try to make the car better before feature time.
“Our fanbase has also really embraced the ‘Show Me the Money’ events and have marked their calendars for these seven top notch events.”
After a great showing of cars and stars one year ago, 2016 has even more excitement looming as the best racers in the south hope to be “shown the money” at the end of each night.
Saturday will also serve as the first round of the 11-event Modifieds of Mayhem Tour schedule for 2016. Montgomery’s Street Stocks and Mini Modifieds will complete the Spring Explosion event lineup as they begin their championship drives as well.
For more information on the Show Me the Money Series and the Spring Explosion 125, visit www.montgomerymotorspeedway.org.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, Long Island, MA) - Twitter: @Connor51CT / Speed51.com Photo