Michigan: Chase Montgomery preview

Chase On Michigan: Chase is coming off his career best finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series after finishing 12th at Gateway two weeks ago. "Like most drivers, I really like the track at Michigan. It is a fast and wide race track that...

Chase On Michigan:

Chase is coming off his career best finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series after finishing 12th at Gateway two weeks ago.

"Like most drivers, I really like the track at Michigan. It is a fast and wide race track that allows for multiple racing grooves. There is a lot of drafting at the track and it starts to remind you a little of Daytona -- which is my favorite place to run so Michigan ranks up there as well. We did some testing last week at Kentucky and I think we found some things that are going to really help us here in the second half of the season at places such as Michigan. Everyone seems to be revived a little with the week off and we are looking forward to a strong run this weekend in the Irish Hills."

#8 DODGE at Michigan:

Chase will be racing the truck named "Hulk" this week. This will be the fourth race of the season for this truck and it has never finished out of the top-20. It last raced at Kentucky to a 20th place finish and before that "Hulk" was run at Kansas (13th) and Texas (18th).

Michigan Appearances:

Chase will appear at the DODGE Employee Car Show on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jeep/Truck engineering location in Detroit.

Also, Chase will make his weekly appearance at the DODGE merchandise trailer at the track from 9:00 -- 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Chase Has Productive Off Week:

While the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series had a much deserved week off last week, Chase and his BHR2 team stayed very busy. The 20-year-old rookie and his first year team spent two days testing at the Kentucky Speedway as they continue their efforts of improving.

"We had a really good test at Kentucky," said Chase. "I think it will help us here in the second half of the season with some things that we learned and we will be able to implement them at places such as Michigan this weekend."

Also, with no racing to do on the off weekend -- Chase found his way to a local dirt track in Baxter, Tennessee. After serving as a stand-in crew chief for BHR2 crew member Will Ince (he went on to finish 7th in the main event) -- Chase jumped behind the wheel and took a few hot laps in the James Ince Race Cars super late model around the dirt oval at Baxter.

Career at Michigan:

Chase will be making his NASCAR debut at the 2.0-mile layout of the Michigan International Speedway this week. However, it will not be Chase's first appearance at the track as he competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan in the 2002 season and come home with a solid 10th place finish.

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