For many years the Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) was the premier weekend in Late Model racing. It lost its way for a little while when it switched to a one-day show, but the event is back as a two-day event with the Southern Super Series in 2015 and it has the potential to be bigger than ever.
“We felt like it was important to bring some of the prestige back to our event,” said track general manager, Stan Narrison. “I don’t know how it was promoted in years past but it kind of just became another race. It wasn’t that special event. And we really want to bring it back to that.”
All but four races on the 2015 Southern Super Series schedule are 100 laps in length. The Alabama 200 is the second longest race of the season and Narrison thinks that the length of the race poses some difficulties for drivers, which in turn will lead to happy fans in the grandstands.
“It brings a lot to it,” Narrison said. “Two-hundred laps of racing is a fair amount of racing for a Super Late Model. It brings some challenges to the drivers. I think that the fans love it.”
The Alabama 200 has been won by some of the best names in racing, past and present. Richard Petty and Bobby Allison scored wins in the race during the 1960s when it was run as a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) event. Neil Bonnett and Red Farmer took home the hardware in the 1970s. Some more recent winners of the race include Augie Grill, who has won the event four times. The 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, Chase Elliott, won the 200 in 2013.
There’s a good chance that another big name driver adds their name to the trophy at the conclusion of the 51st Annual Alabama 200 on September 13, and Narrison is hoping you’ll be there to see it.
“We want folks coming in and spending the weekend with us and seeing a great weekend of racing,” he said. “I think they’ll flock out to spend Sunday afternoon and watch some great racing and have a cold beer and enjoy it.”
The Southern Super Series will be accompanied by the Modifieds on the Sunday afternoon of September 13. Both divisions will qualify on Saturday night, September 12 in addition to the season finales for the track’s local divisions.
For more information on the 51st Annual Alabama 200 weekend Montgomery Motor Speedway, visit www.southernsuperseries.com and www.montgomerymotorspeedway.org.
For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries. The series is also on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries.
-51 Sports/Southern Super Series Press Release
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