The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco's first trip of the 2014 season to Montgomery Motor Speedway in Alabama will be a homecoming of sorts for Shorter, Alabama’s Hunter Robbins. The Auburn University Mechanical Engineering student, who will graduate following the summer semester, is a former Pro Late Model Show Me the Money series champion at Montgomery and considers the half-mile his home track.
Having opened in 1953, Montgomery Motor Speedway is the oldest operational track in the state of Alabama. Although 22-year-old Robbins wasn’t around in those days, he is hoping to add his name to the record books in 2014.
Robbins scored a win in the Pro Late Model Show Me the Money season opener in April and now hopes to translate it into success in the Southern Super Series’ first trip to MMS on May 10.
“We were able to kind of use that Pro race as a little test session for the Super race,” said Robbins. “I think that it was definitely very beneficial for us. Then to get a win and get a little confidence back in myself with that track, as far as how good we’ve always been there and then struggled some there last year, was definitely good for us.”
In the Southern Super Series inaugural season in 2013, Robbins posted three top-10 finishes at his home track with two eighth-place finishes and one seventh. In 2014, Robbins is ready to improve on those stats by putting a few more marks in the win column with his Ronnie Sanders Racing Super Late Model program.
“Last year we didn’t really run very good in the Super at Montgomery,” said Robbins. “We ran good in the Pro stuff, and we always have, but this year we’ve really been pretty good with the Super program too despite a little bad luck here and there. I’m just kind of looking forward to carrying that over into Montgomery.”
Robbins will have an unconventional type of home track advantage on Mother’s Day weekend as well. The Saturday, May 10 Southern Super Series Rumble by the River 125 will run on Saturday night before the Sunday holiday and Robbins will be running in his own back yard.
“Being my home track, it’s great to get the opportunity to race in front of my friends and family that come out to support me, especially since it’s on Mother’s Day weekend.”
The Southern Super Series Rumble by the River 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway will take the track on Saturday, May 10.
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