With no cautions to aid his mission, Jake Garcia drove to the front from his eighth starting position Saturday night in the Alabama State Championships at Montgomery Motor Speedway. The Georgia young gun passed all his main competition on a green flag run that lasted for the first 77 of the 100 laps, en route to his third Pro Late Model win of 2020 Show Me the Money Series season.
Christopher Tullis was the main man for the majority of the race, claiming the lead early on before getting rundown and overtaken by Garcia on Lap 77. Tullis finished the race in the runner-up spot, which was good enough for him to edge Garcia for the 2020 Show Me the Money Series championship.
For Garcia on the night, his early maturity behind the wheel under the tutelage of veteran crew chief Ricky Turner, showed with his supreme long-run performance.
“I just tried to manage my tires there throughout the race, the last few races here have been mostly green, so I knew that would be important. Ricky and the guys gave me a great car, it was a great race by all of the team,” Garcia said in victory lane.
The only tight spot of the night for Garcia came after he took the lead, when the race’s one yellow flag flew on Lap 78, right after he had gone to the front.
“It seemed like as soon as I got out front the caution came out the next corner. That was a bit of a nervous moment for me, having to do a restart. But, we managed to get it done.”
Fellow Georgia driver Tullis was proud of the title effort at Montgomery in 2020, but lamented on not being able to get his third race-winning trophy of the season.
“I knew at the beginning of the night, if there was going to be one who was going to outdo us, it was going to be him. Hats off to those guys, they do their work in the shop just like we do,” Tullis said. “I think that showed why the two of us raced for the championship. We were a spot short in the race, happy to be the champion, but just wish we could’ve gotten that third win.”
Coming home in third was the 2020 Five Flags Speedway Allen Turner Pro Late Model champion Chris Davidson, while Jim Wall and Kyle Plott rounded out the top five.
It was announced Saturday that the Show Me the Money Pro Late Model Series will return at Montgomery Motor Speedway on March 6, 2021 with the 57th running of the Alabama 200.
A full race replay from Saturday’s season finale will be available soon on Speed51.TV presented by Haney Lifestyle and HMS Motorsport.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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