The 56th Annual Alabama 200 will be held Saturday night at Montgomery Motor Speedway to kick off the Show Me the Money Series season. While preparing for the first marquee Pro Late Model race of the 2020 season, we decided to rank the field based on past performances in the race, as well as in the Show Me the Money Series and at other events.
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Now, let’s take a glance at the rankings for Saturday’s big race in Alabama.
#1) Augie Grill – To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man. Grill heads into the weekend as the defending race winner and Show Me the Money Series champion. He also owns more black bear trophies than anyone else, with five to his credit.
#2) Justin South – A former winner in the Show Me the Money Series, South scored a top five in last year’s event. He’s already won one major Pro Late Model race in the Yellowhammer State, 90 miles south in Opp, Alabama in the Baby Rattler.
#3) Willie Allen – The former Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway track champion finished second in his most recent Alabama 200 start in 2017. While he’s been close in the past, Allen has yet to visit Montgomery Motor Speedway victory lane.
#4) Kyle Plott – While Plott has a third-place run to his credit in the Alabama 200, it came in a Super Late Model. The Georgia driver seeks to make just his fifth Show Me the Money Series start on Saturday.
#5) Jake Garcia – The recently-turned 15-year-old driver has done everything but win in the Show Me the Money Series over the past couple years. Garcia earned his first Pro Late Model wins at Crisp Motorsports Park and Lucas Oil Raceway one year ago.
#6) John Bolen – Bolen may have just one win in Show Me the Money Series competition, but he is a two-time series champion, most recently in 2018. He was the runner-up in the 2018 edition of the Alabama 200.
#7) Perry Patino – At just 21 years old, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity participant has just as many laps around the half-mile as any other driver in the field. He was crowned Late Model Sportsman track champion one year ago.
#8) Mason Keller – Keller is making the long haul from Indiana to make his maiden Alabama 200 attempt this weekend. He is a former JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour winner at Winchester Speedway, another half-mile but with a tad bit more banking.
#9) Jordan McCallum – The Georgia driver makes his return behind the wheel after a workplace accident kept him out of the Snowflake 100 last December. While he has ample experience at Montgomery, it will be his first start in the Alabama 200.
#10) Christopher Tullis – Tullis finished fourth in 2017 Show Me the Money Series points, which included a sixth-place result in that year’s Alabama 200. However, he’s only ran one race at Montgomery since then.
#11) Jason Furrow – The Alabama driver finished last season fourth in points, finishing in the top 10 in all but one race.
#12) Ryan Herbert – Herbert has a top 10 to his credit in the race and finished a career-best fourth in the Show Me the Money Series finale in 2019.
#13) Rafe Slate – The 18-year-old racer is expanding his Pro Late Model schedule outside Crisp Motorsports Park in 2020, where he had a strong run going in the Pro Late Model portion of SpeedFest before a late-race incident left him in 15th.
#14) Hunter Wright – The Tennessee driver had a strong showing during the World Series of Asphalt, with a top five and five top 10s while posting a seventh-place points result.
#15) JoJo Wilkinson – Wilkinson has two top 10s in three Alabama 200 starts, and was also second quick in open practice at Montgomery last Sunday.
#16) Hunter Byrd – While the Tennessee driver will be making his Alabama 200 debut this weekend, he does have a top 10 run in the Baby Rattler.
#17) Billy Melvin – Melvin has won at Montgomery with the Modifieds of Mayhem in the past, but this will be his first start in a Pro Late Model at the track.
#18) Chase Johnson – The former Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway track champion on the quarter-mile spent 2019 dipping his toes in the Pro Late Model world, making one start at Montgomery.
#19) Jeff Dawkins – A Late Model Sportsman track champion in 2018, Dawkins made the step up to Pro Late Models and was rewarded with a seventh-place points result.
#20) Joe Hudson – Hudson’s only Show Me the Money start came in 2015, finishing in 16th.
#21) Gary Sanford Jr – Sanford will be making his first Montgomery Motor Speedway start since 2016, and his first Show Me the Money Series start in over 10 years.
#22) Gage Rodgers – The accomplished Kart racer recently made the jump to Pro Late Models after earning a WKA Grand National Championship and winning at Daytona International Speedway.
-Text by: Speed51 Staff
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