For the ninth time in his career, Hunter Robbins went to victory lane in Montgomery Motor Speedway’s Show Me the Money Pro Late Model Series Saturday night.
Robbins took the lead on lap 36 of the Disturbing the Peace 100 and held off a persistent Christopher Tullis for the victory in the second round of this year’s Pro Late Model championship at the Alabama half-mile.
Robbins made a point to get out front early, knowing that Tullis would have a fast car and would close in quickly. The two drivers held down the top two spots throughout the second half of the race, but Tullis could not work his way around Robbins.
“We had a good car tonight,” said Robbins in victory lane. “We started getting really tight towards the end of the race. The 12 [of Tullis] was really good. I knew he was going to be good at the beginning. I just wanted to get to the lead.”
Robbins won two Show Me the Money races during the 2022 season, including the marquee Alabama 200. Originally from nearby Shorter, Alabama, Robbins hoped for another big Montgomery win when the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco visited the facility earlier this year, but Mother Nature had other plans.
Still, the preparation for that event helped set the tone for Saturday’s win in the Pro Late Model.
“We were looking forward to running the Super Series race here about a month ago, it got rained out. This car actually was really good for that race. We decided to put a different motor in it and run these races.”
Tullis, a two-time Show Me the Money champion, doggedly pursued Robbins throughout the second half of the race, charging hard into the corners in hopes of shaking Robbins.
“I thought we had pretty even cars there,” said Tullis. “I worked him for so long hoping he’d make a mistake. There’s no doubt about it, Hunter’s a pretty good shoe. It didn’t surprise me he didn’t make a mistake, and I burned my stuff up there working him so long.
“I think if I had gotten around him, I might have been able to put a gap between us. I just ran it too hard trying to get around him.”
While the top two finishers were familiar faces, Chase Spradlin surprised with a third-place finish to complete the podium. Spradlin’s previous best finish in the Show Me the Money Series was a sixth-place showing during the 2021 season.
“Third don’t seem like much to some, but it’s a win for us tonight,” said Spradlin. “We’re building on this car. I got the opportunity to run this, Bobby Reuse let me run his other car tonight.
“Grand American Race Car, by the way. We got a podium finish for them. I know Augie isn’t here, he probably would have been up there [in victory lane], but I’m glad I could get a podium finish for them.”
Disturbing the Peace 100 at Montgomery Motor Speedway
-Photo credit: Reid Scott