After serving many years as the season finale at Montgomery Motor Speedway, the speedway announced in November that the 55th Annual Alabama 200 will be contested in March as the opening race of the Show Me The Money Series in 2019. Many of the best Pro Late Model racers in the Southeast will convene at the half-mile oval on March 1-2 to compete for $7,000 and the coveted black bear trophy.
Two-time defending Alabama 200 champion Casey Roderick is entered. The 2017 Show Me the Money Series champion is looking to become the first driver to win three straight Alabama 200’s.
Another driver entered is Connor Okrzesik. The Grand Bay, Alabama native is coming off his first Super Late Model win, holding off 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch to pick up the win during CRA SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park in January.
2018 Show Me The Money Series champion John Bolen has filed an entry for the Alabama 200. He will begin his title defense and look to finish one spot better than his 2018 effort and take the black bear trophy back to his hometown of Jasper.
Former Snowflake 100 winner Hunter Robbins is also entered. The two-time Show Me the Money Series champion will look to win another marquee Pro Late Model race in his first start behind the wheel of a race car since the 2015 Snowball Derby.
Justin South, a former Show Me the Money Series winner at Montgomery and Baby Rattler 125 winner at South Alabama Speedway, has filed an entry and will go after another big Pro Late Model win in the state of Alabama. Fellow Alabama natives Jolynn Wilkinson, Ryan Paul, and Perry Patino are also on the latest entry list for the race.
Along with Roderick, Jake Garcia and Ryan Herbert will represent Georgia as they attempt to bring the trophy back to the Peach State for the seventh time in eight years. The Lone Star State of Texas will also be represented with two drivers, Chris Davidson and Kaden Honeycutt.
This year’s Alabama 200 will now be just a two-day show. An optional practice session will be held Friday night for teams, with qualifying and the Alabama 200 being contested on Saturday night, March 2. The Modifieds of Mayhem will also compete in their season opener before the green flag of the Alabama 200.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
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