Bobby Knox Has High Hopes for Home Track Advantage in Alabama 200
SSS Making Third Trip to Montgomery August 24 in Track’s 60th Anniversary Season
CONCORD, NC (August 16, 2013) – The Alabama 200 is one of the longest-running Late Model events with one of the most storied pasts in the country. The event's history has seen drivers such as Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Red Farmer, Neil Bonnett and Jody Ridley go to victory lane. It has been one of the most anticipated short track events in the Yellowhammer State since the 1960's. The event's heritage was born and bred at Montgomery Motor Speedway and the tradition will continue as a Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event there on Saturday, August 24.
Bobby Knox, Jr., whose family purchased Montgomery and reopened it in 2009, knows all about the history of the Alabama 200. He's a student of the short track game who has been making a name for himself in the Pro and Super Late Model ranks at his home track and beyond. For the 18-year-old Knox, the opportunity to run at his home track with the Southern Super Series in the track’s premier event of the season is one he’s been looking forward to for a long time.
“We’re definitely looking forward to it,” said Knox, of Clanton, Alabama. “In the last Southern Super Series race there we ended up finishing sixth. It was our best finish all year so we’re excited about the Alabama 200 coming up.”
Knox has recently teamed with veteran short track racer and owner of WAR Shocks, Willie Allen. Allen has filled the role of crew chief for Knox and his No. 30 team.
“It’s been great having Willie,” said Knox. “He does our shocks so that’s how we first initially met. He’s helped us a lot and we’ve come a long way now compared to where we started. I think we’re really similar. He hasn’t really changed my driving style; he just trusts my opinion on things. When we first met he got in the car after me to see what he thought and since then he’s really just trusted me.”
With Allen calling the shots for the upcoming Alabama 200, Knox is hoping to add his name to the history books in the Yellowhammer State.
“There’s a lot of tradition with the Alabama 200 at Montgomery,” said Knox. “They ran it at Opp for a while and now that the track’s back opened up we’ve got it back now. It’s always been a pretty big deal in Alabama it’s a pretty big deal in our family now. It’s our home track and we run pretty much every division there or try to at least so it means a lot to us.
“Willie came along about a year ago and really turned things around for us and got us on track where we needed to be. Obviously I’d love get the Alabama 200 win, but it would really be awesome to win any Southern Super Series race, especially that one.”
Ticket information and more on the Saturday, August 24 Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway can be found on www.montgomeryspeedway.com.
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