Memphis: Chase Montgomery race notes

Montgomery Solid in City of Blues "Rookie Scampers To 2nd Straight Top 20 Finish" June 21, 2004 (Millington, Tennessee) - The 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season is starting to turn the corner for rookie Chase Montgomery and his new...

Montgomery Solid in City of Blues
"Rookie Scampers To 2nd Straight Top 20 Finish"

June 21, 2004 (Millington, Tennessee) - The 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season is starting to turn the corner for rookie Chase Montgomery and his new BHR2 team. The 20-year-old earned his second straight top 20 finish with a solid 18th place in the running of the O'Reilly 200 at the Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday.

"It seems like we are starting to get the hang of this thing," stated Chase. "We had another good truck this week and were able to keep the fenders on it and bring our #8 DODGE home with another good finish. The guys did a great job in the pits and gained us some spots again this week on pit road. Now we just need to get this qualifying thing figured out so we don't have to keep racing from the back - this will help us turn these top 20's into top 10 finishes."

Montgomery started the 200 lap event from the 29th position with qualifying being held in sweltering heat on Friday. The first portion of the race on Saturday saw Chase battle a "tight" condition on his DODGE truck - much like he had on Friday. An early pit stop during the first caution period on lap 27 for a slight adjustment proved helpful.

As a long green flag run followed, Chase and his #8 DODGE marched forward and was one of the fastest trucks on the track during this period of the race. A caution at the midpoint of the race found the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee native running inside the top 20. Montgomery went on to maintain that spot the majority of the second half of the race. As he bobbed and weaved his way clear of some late race skirmishes, the Raybestos rookie found his way home safely to the 18th place finish. The finish also earned Montgomery the Waste Management Picking Up Places Award for the second time this season.

"We had a truck that was good on long runs today," said Montgomery. "All of those cautions there at the end hurt us a little - if it would have stayed green I think we were better than some of the trucks in front of us. Either way, it was another solid day for me and this BHR2 team. We need to keep improving as a team and eventually we will be where we need to be."

The top 20 finish kept Montgomery in the 23rd spot in the overall driver's standings as well as maintaining the 5th position in the highly contested battle for the Rookie of the Year honor.

Next up for Chase and his BHR2 team is a visit to the Milwaukee Mile as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to the historic 1-mile facility for the inaugural NASCAR night race in the 100 year history of the track.

For more information on Chase and his team, please visit them at www.chasemontgomery.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
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