The penultimate race in the 2016 season for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco lies ahead a week from this coming Sunday. Not only is it a chance to collect a win before the season ends, but it is a chance to win one of the biggest racing events in the State of Alabama, the 52nd Alabama 200 and a unique trophy to boot on Sunday, September 11th.
In victory lane, the winning driver will receive a handsome wooden trophy of the mighty black bear.
“We started it last year and it’s pretty neat. The black bear is the state mammal of Alabama. I found a guy that hand carves these wooden black bears. They’re about 2 ½ – 3 feet tall and then we put them on a big base,” said Stan Narrison, General Manager, Montgomery Motor Speedway. “It’s just something different; that’s why we’re calling this weekend ‘The Hunt for the Bear,’ because it’s such a unique trophy. You look around a lot of times and it’s (trophies) just plastic and hardware, but this is something people will want to hold on to for years. It definitely catches everyone’s attention.”
The familiar faces of the Southern Super Series will all be in the heart of Alabama with point leader Donnie Wilson looking to protect his points lead over contenders Chris Davidson, Kenzie Ruston, and Kyle Grissom, all while trying to win the coveted black bear trophy.
The Southern Super Series regulars will have some extra competition with hot shoe Garrett Jones expected to try and back up his win last time out in Mobile. Harrison Burton and Chase Purdy are also planning to compete in the Alabama 200. Casey Roderick has won a couple of Pro Late Model races at Montgomery this year and John Bolen looks to throw his name into the mix.
While the Alabama 200 has been a veteran’s race throughout the years, lately, checkers have been going to a younger crop of racers.
“Last year having Chase Elliott win the race was pretty big. It seems like some of the younger bucks have shined on this one,” explained Narrison. “The year before we had Anderson Bowen get it. You look back over the years, there’s some pretty talented guys. Somebody sent me an article from 1976 with Ronnie Sanders winning the 200 and now he’s back as a car owner now competing for the Pro Late Model championship here; I’m sure he’ll be in the pits.”
While the bear hunt is the main attraction for the weekend, there is plenty of action at Montgomery Motor Speedway all weekend. It all begins Friday, September 9 with open practice for all competing divisions at 6pm CT. Racing begins Saturday, September 10 with feature events for the Modified Minis, Street Stocks, and Late Model Sportsman divisions, plus qualifying for Sunday features.
The big day is Sunday, September 11. The day starts off with an autograph session at 1pm and feature racing beginning just after 2pm. The Modifieds of Mayhem start off the day with a 75-lap trophy dash. Immediately following that event, the 52nd Alabama 200 for the Southern Super Series rolls off for 200-laps around the half-mile facility.
-Southern Super Series Press Release
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