Montgomery and Crew Prepare for Final Stretch
Staying Focused until the End: "Having the past three weekends off sure gave me a lot of time to think about the season so far. It is hard to believe we have only five races left. The No. 18 Dodge Racing Team has not had a bad season, but it is defiantly not what we were hoping for. I tried not to think about it too much during our break, but it creped into my mind often. I have realized the importance of staying focused till the end of the season. You can't let things that happened during the season get you down. I try not to get too rattled regardless of the situation I may be in.
"When I arrive at the track I have a one-track mind of getting the truck running competitively. So much of our sport is out of your control and I have to remind myself that a lot during the season. Let's face it you have to be professional in this sport. There has been so many instances when I have wanted to get mad and angry and throw a fit about things that have happened, but there is no since in showing your temper when you can't do anything about it. It is important to make the best of what you are given. I remind myself you are going to have good days and bad days just like any business. It is just hard sometimes to envision the inside of my truck as an office, but that is what it is. It has been real frustrating this year at times because we have been caught up in several wrecks that were not our fault, but someone else's mess. I have been able to learn how to handle those situations with a professional attitude and I think it has made me a better driver. I stay focused on the outcome of the race a lot more than I use too. At 22-years old you want to pass as many trucks as you can and go right to the front, but you don't always finish there. I am starting to see the importance of finishing the race not just passing a bunch of trucks."
Always Prepared: "Preparation is the key to being successful in this business. It can make you or break you. In the past three weeks Bobby Hamilton Racing has tested at over five different tracks. That is the benefit of having a three truck team. We do our homework and have well prepared trucks at Bobby Hamilton Racing. We have a well-run organization at BHR and we are constantly trying to better ourselves. That is why we spent so much time testing over the break. I know it was hard on the guys to put in the late hours, but it will pay off before the season is over. I believe we are as prepared as any race team when we get to the track. You know, you never hear of our stuff breaking. It happens sometimes, but it is not the cause of our poor finishes. If we don't finish a race it is because we got involved in someone else's mess.
"Preparation at the race track is as important as preparation at the shop. So much can happen during a race that is out of your control; how you react to it will determine where you finish.I have watched my guys repair trucks in record time this year. It may not seem like much at the time, but it makes a lot of difference at the end. Getting back on the track quickly can make a big difference in where you finish the race and that is what I am here to do."
Martinsville Preview: "I enjoy racing at Martinsville. I love short track racing and it doesn't get much better than Martinsville. So many things go into a race at Martinsville. The race track resembles a paper clip. The straightaways are very long and allow you to pick up speed, but then you immediately head into the very tight corners. It is a challenge to get around. Patience is a must at Martinsville. You have to save your tires and brakes and be able to watch in front of you for a wreck. It is very easy to get bunched up because the corners are so tight and your spotter cannot always react in enough time so you have to drive with a watchful eye. This weekend's race will be a good and a nice change of pace from the mile-ovals we have been competing on."