Tullis, Garcia Double Up With Montgomery Twin Features

Entering Saturday night, Christopher Tullis and Jake Garcia had won the first two races of the Show Me the Money Pro Late Model Series season at Montgomery Motor Speedway.  During a pair of 50-lap features at the Alabama half-mile, both drivers doubled their win total for the season.

 

In the first race of the evening, Christopher Tullis took the win over Matt Craig.  Craig led at the start of the 50-lap feature, but Tullis took the top spot on lap 14 and led the rest of the way for his second win of the Show Me the Money season.

 

I knew from the last race here that both me and [Craig] would be pretty good off the jump,” said Tullis in victory lane.  “I knew it would come down to the two of us if we didn’t get any cautions.  I had to wait for the pressures to come up to make a move on him.  I was just a hair bit better, and I was able to get around him when I did because we were about even the rest of the race.

 

Tullis started on the pole for the second feature after a fortuitous roll of the dice between the two features prevented an invert.  However, he quickly fell to fourth while Matt Craig took the top spot.  Meanwhile, Jake Garcia methodically worked his way forward after starting fourth.

 

Garcia took the lead on lap 21 in the second feature and pulled away to the win.

 

It was definitely a great race.  We had a good car,” said Garcia.  “The invert got us in the first race, so we started fourth in the second race.  We got around Tullis there and tried the top two around the outside.  I tried it a couple of times and felt like my car wasn’t going to be very good up there.  I just kept doing my thing on the bottom, reeled them in, managed to get around them both and take it to the checkers.

 

Augie Grill originally wasn’t even going to be a part of this event, scheduled for last Saturday night while he was preparing for the ARCA Midwest Tour’s visit to The Milwaukee Mile.  With rain postponing the twin features by one weekend, Grill answered the call and scored two podium finishes for his effort.

 

“I finally had a car that lasted almost 100 laps,” said Grill after a runner-up finish in the second feature.  “I felt like I was catching Jake a little bit, and then I caught those lapped cars and my car was done.  Hats off to him, he ran a smart first 50 and a really good last 50.  Second and third [in the first race], not too bad, but I’d rather be where he is right now.”

 

Tullis settled for a third-place finish, passing Craig for the final step on the podium with seven laps to go.

 

“It was one of those deals where the car got better the longer it ran.  On old tires like this in the second 50 laps, we were a sitting duck after running hard in the first 50.  It’s part of the format, but what can you do?  We came home with a first and a third.”

 

The next scheduled race for the Show Me the Money Pro Late Model Series is the Saturday of Speed 125 on July 31.

 

-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

Tullis, Garcia Double Up With Montgomery Twin Features