Local heroes get rare chance to show fans 100 laps of excitement
Richard Patino prepares his popular No. 51 Street Stock machine for battle, prior to The Show Me the Money 100 in April 2011. (Z3Sports.com photo)
MONTGOMERY, AL (September 15, 2011) -- The Montgomery (AL) Motor Speedway Street Stock division will follow Alabama 200 Pole Qualifying Saturday night with an action-packed prelude to Sunday's Show Me the Money Series Alabama 200. The Street Stocks, who are accustomed to racing 25-lap features, will have their endurance tested in a 100-lap thriller on September 17.
Many of the Street Stock drivers have never raced such a distance before. However, one that has is Deatsville, AL driver and 2011 Street Stock division champion, Billy Ammons. He has experience in the Frank Kimmel Street Stock
Nationals circuit, racing long-distance Street Stock races at tracks like Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway and Kentucky Motor Speedway. He says having this prior experience in long-distance races could give him an advantage over the competition.
“I think its going to help a little knowing how to save our equipment, and not trying to go out there and win it in the first 25 laps,” Ammons commented.
He also knows some of the changes he will have to make to his car to complete a 100-lap race.
“We will have to do a few different things," the regular contender said. "We'll have to run a full synthetic gear oil and make sure all the air boxes are real tight. These cars tend to run hot sometimes.”
Many drivers from nearby race tracks have expressed interest in this special event for the Street Stocks. Some drivers who have inquired include current South Alabama Speedway Street Stock division and Viper Series points leader Brandon Odom, current Sportsman division points leader at Five Flags (FL) Speedway, Brannon Fowler, and current Sportsman division points leader at Mobile (AL) International Speedway, Randy Thompson.
Long-time Street Stock division competitor at Montgomery Motor Speedway, Richard Patino has high hopes for winning this, the longest Street Stock race held at the nearly sixty year old track. He knows, however, that it will be a difficult task.
“It would be like a dream of mine," Patino stated with a grin. "Not only am I racing 100 laps, but I am racing at my home track, so it would be a dream for us to win this race. It is probably going to be very difficult, but definitely we have a shot.”
The Alabama 200 Weekend at Montgomery Motor Speedway begins Friday, September 16, 2011, with testing and tuning for teams. The speedway will be open for practice from 3:30pm until 9:00pm and grandstand admission is free.
Saturday, September 17, the action continues with Pole Qualifying for The Alabama 200 and The Street Stock 100, followed by features in local divisions. The Street Stock 100 will conclude the exciting night of racing.
The Alabama 200 for The Show Me the Money Series will headline Sunday afternoon's events at the historic half-mile. A Last Chance race for the Pro Late Models of "The 200," as well as a Powder Puff race, and the 200 green flag lap Alabama 200 are on the card.
Fans are invited to come out to the track free of charge on Friday, to witness the cars and stars prepare for The Alabama 200 Weekend.
Saturday, the action begins at 5:15pm with qualifying, immediately followed by racing.
Sunday, racing starts at 12:30pm.
For more information please visit www.alabama200.com or call the speedway office at (334) 262-6101.