Brothers Owen and Taylor Riddle are two of the most competitive Super Late Model drivers in the Northwest. When they arrive at a race track, they are instantly considered among the favorites to win. The prestigious Montana 200 at Montana Raceway park this past Saturday was no exception.
After qualifying on the front row Owen Riddle helped lead the field to the green flag on the outside of fast qualifier Preston Peltier. It wasn’t long before Owen took over the lead and brother Taylor followed in his trail as the two took over the top two spots.
From there, the two brothers from Naches, Washington never looked back on their way to a 1-2 finish in the prestigious race.
“It feels good to get my second Montana 200 win. Having my brother right behind me though is probably more nerve racking because he knows my every move and knows my car so I have to be really careful not to ever mess up,” Owen Riddle said after capturing his second Montana 200 victory.
“We are basically one team. We work out of one trailer and one shop so it is really good to see my brother win this if it wasn’t me,” Taylor told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
The brothers shared the same thought that their sibling is their toughest competition because they have the same knowledge of their cars and driving habits.
“It’s really tough because I know everything about his car and he knows everything about mine,” Taylor said. “I know his weaknesses and he knows mine so we get to racing really hard. You never want to run into each other and have bad blood or anything. It’s frustrating but it’s also really cool to know when you show up its your brother that you have to beat.”
East Coast driver Preston Peltier, recently relocated to Colorado, made the trip North to Montana for his second Montana 200 and many thought he would be the one in victory lane at the end of the night. Peltier slipped back and rode within the top five for a majority of the race before being involved in an incident with a lapped car that sent him to the back of the field late in the race.
With the laps closing down Peltier made a hard charge back through the field and still managed to round out the podium coming home in third.
“Peltier was fast all weekend and I was told he was coming through the field. Fortunately, the end of the race went green because I feel like if there was a caution at the end there would have shaped up to be some serious racing between the three of us,” Owen Riddle said.
All three podium drivers are gearing up and heading for the next big West Coast race this weekend at Evergreen Speedway for the Summer Showdown where $30,000 is up for grabs.
“Both Owen and I are taking new cars to this race. It kind of makes us nervous shaking out ‘new car bugs’ at such a big race, but if we can get things rolling quickly I think we will be fine,” Taylor said.
For fans who couldn’t make the trip to the beautiful Kalispell, Montana and watch the Montana 200, fans can relive the action through Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage of the event by clicking here.
Story By: Hannah Newhouse- Southeast Correspondent
Photo by: Shari Garber