This weekend at Kentucky’s Richmond Raceway, many storylines in Dirt Super Late Model racing will come to a head as the Southeast, Heart of America, and Mid-Ohio Valley tours of the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series come together for the 32nd Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial. Along with the $20,059 winner’s check, there are also the championships to think about, including the MOV chase which tentatively comes to an end this Saturday.
West Virginia pilot Ryan Montgomery leads the MOV standings coming into the Butterball Memorial. With so much on the line, he and his team are not taking any shortcuts on their preparation.
“We took this past weekend off, we’re changing a motor out of the car because we lapped out another motor,” Montgomery told Speed51. “We are putting a fresh one in and getting ready for some big money.”
Despite some bad luck in his most recent outing at Richmond during 2019, Montgomery feels good about his chances in chasing a win in the richest race in ULTIMATE history.
“It’s the biggest paying ULTIMATE Series event they’ve ever had, so that’s pretty cool,” said Montgomery. “We were down at Richmond earlier this year, so we got some good test laps there. Unfortunately, when we were down there, we had two flat tires in both of our heat races, but we still bounced back with a top ten finish.”
Ever the racer, Montgomery is also looking forward to testing his mettle against many top Dirt stars from across the map.
“There’s a lot of guys that are coming down for it,” noted Montgomery. “There’s a lot of guys that run the Lucas races in that area, so there should be some pretty heavy hitters from that tour. Plus I got all the guys from the ULTIMATE Southeast tour and they’re always very tough.”
Montgomery, though, has a lot on his plate with the MOV championship in mind. While winning the Butterball Memorial would be huge on the career resume, he’s not prepared to take any reckless chances that could cost him at title.
“Last year I won Rookie of the Year in the MOV series and our goal is to win the championship this year,” he said. “But, it depends on how I feel about the situation, where I’m at, and if I’m going to go after the big money or not. Since I was young we’ve raced for points, and I’m a pretty good at points racing. I can methodically plan things out and keep my mind straight. I think we’ll be good, Carpenter is second in points right now and he’s really good down there. But we’ve run with him before down there, so hopefully we can keep the lead in the points.”
This is not the first time Montgomery has found himself in this particular bind, looking back to his FASTRAK Pro Late Model days. The biggest key for him is simply not to let the lust for money drive him completely while on track.
“At the FASTRAK World Championship a couple of years ago, I was leading it and the track rubbered up and I pretty much gave it away almost,” said Montgomery. “Those big money situations make you nervous when you’re leading or running second and running the leader down. Money tends to make you stress out a little in the car, hopefully if I am in that situation I can stay calm and pay attention my guys in the infield to tell me what to do.”
Fans from all over the land can see how Montgomery and the rest of the ULTIMATE field fares this Saturday night at Richmond Raceway with Speed51’s Pay-Per-View broadcast of the Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial. Click here for more information and to order your video ticket today.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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