ARCA RE/MAX Series teams moved into Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday. Chase Montgomery, fastest in ARCA RE/MAX Series testing in December, will compete in his first race at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 27 Montgomery...
ARCA RE/MAX Series teams moved into Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday. Chase Montgomery, fastest in ARCA RE/MAX Series testing in December, will compete in his first race at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 27 Montgomery Motorsports Pontiac owned by his dad Ray. The 18-year-old native of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., will compete in Sunday's Discount Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series season opener in a Pontiac formerly wheeled by Winston Cup driver Johnny Benson.
YOU WERE FASTEST IN TESTING IN DECEMBER WITH A SPEED OF 184.060 MPH, DID YOU MAKE MANY CHANGES?
"We got a bunch of good information. We made some little changes here and there. Nothing drastic. We got a race motor in today. We worked on a little bit of aero stuff, but that's pretty much it. We felt like we had a good car in testing."
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS WEEKEND'S RACE?
"I want to get the same thing accomplished that everybody out here does. We're real optimistic about the week. I don't see an reason that we shouldn't have a good shot at a top five in qualifying and in the race."
YOU'RE STILL SEARCHING FOR SPONSORSHIP, WHAT WILL YOU DO THIS YEAR?
"We're going to do a full season and run for Rookie of the Year and hopefully a points championship. We're going to play it week by week and hope for the best. Our plans are to run the full season. I'm planning on sticking with it throughout the year. (Dad) has done a fantastic job of putting this team together. We've got a great team. We will finish the season regardless of sponsorship, not to say it wouldn't be nice to have that extra funding behind us. It always makes things easier and take some pressure off us."
Three-time defending ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel, driver of the No. 46 Advance Auto Parts Ford, will use the No. 50 in Sunday's Discount Auto Parts 200 in honor of ARCA's 50th anniversary. Kimmel, who didn't test at Daytona in December, will be gunning for his first win at Daytona on Sunday.
YOU DIDN'T TEST AT DAYTONA IN DECEMBER, WHY?
"Just wasn't ready. We went to Talladega two weeks ago. Fords are at a disadvantage here aero wise, more so in the ARCA series than in the Winston Cup. We don't get any provisions for our rear spoiler. We just have to go with the best we've got. We tested very well. The car picked up a lot. I think we'll be pretty competitive."
YOU HAVEN'T WON HERE YET, IS THAT GOING TO CHANGE?
"We need to win here. This would be big. We only run two speedway races a year, so we never put a lot emphasis on them because of our budgets. The last few years with Advance Auto Parts, we've had the budget to go out and build a new car. We were very competitive last year at Daytona and had the opportunity to win. If we can have the opportunity to win, we'll be happy, but it would sure be nice to get in Victory Lane."
WHY THE NEW NUMBER
"Just for this race. It's ARCA's 50th anniversary and we're doing a promotional deal fo them."
HOW DO YOU TOP THESE LAST FEW YEARS?
"It's been a remarkable last few years. Last year was very special with all the wins and poles. You look back at it and wonder how you were able to do so well, but in the same token, I see lots of room for improvement with the speedways being one of them. We're going to go out and do the best we can do and if we're competitive every single weekend and run up front, we'll be happy with what happens. Jason (Jarrett) is going to be tougher and there's a lot of young kids coming into ARCA with well budgeted teams. It's going to be a tough season, but I'm looking forward to it."
ARE YOU GOING TO TRY TO ATTEMPT SOME MORE WINSTON CUP RACES?
"There's been some talk about doing a couple of Winston Cup races. We attempted three and didn't make any. We were disappointed with that. Until you go do that, you don't know how tough it is. I know how tough it was. I felt like if we went to three and made one, we would've had a successful venture. If we do it again this year, we're going to try to get more closely related with a Winston Cup team and use their knowledge and help. We need everything we can get when you go to that level."