Michigan: Chase Montgomery race notes

Montgomery Motors to 15th at MIS "Rookie Gets Fourth Straight Top 20 Finish" August 2, 2004 (Brooklyn, Michigan) -- The maturation process of a rookie race car driver and his team can be a long and arduous process. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...

Montgomery Motors to 15th at MIS
"Rookie Gets Fourth Straight Top 20 Finish"

August 2, 2004 (Brooklyn, Michigan) -- The maturation process of a rookie race car driver and his team can be a long and arduous process. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie Chase Montgomery and his BHR2 team can see their progress as they can gain on the growth process. In another sign of this, Chase steered his #8 DODGE to a 15th place finish in the Line-X Spray-On Bedliners 200 at the Michigan International Speedway.

"I had a good truck today and to come home with a 15th place finish is good for me and this team," stated Montgomery. "The truck just needed one more small adjustment and I think I could have taken it into the top-10. I am getting better each week out here as I learn more and more about these trucks. The guys on this team are working real hard and they are really giving me some good trucks to drive. I look to continue with this momentum next week at IRP."

The race was the first visit to the 2.0-mile layout in the Irish Hills for Chase since the 2002 season when he finished 10th at the track in the ARCA RE/MAX Series event. The 20-year old rookie and his #8 DODGE were strong right off the trailer as they posted the 13th fastest time in the practice session leading up to qualifying. But Mother Nature ruined any hopes of a career best qualifying effort with rain in the area canceling qualifying for the fourth time this season 0x2022 and consequently Montgomery and his #8 DODGE was relegated to the 23rd starting points per the field being set by the 2004 owner's points.

With clearing skies in the area, the 100 lap event on Saturday started with a high pitched atmosphere as the competitors geared up for the show in front of the Motor City crowd. The early stages of the race saw Chase feel out the handling on his #8 DODGE and let the field sort itself out. A lap 24 pit stop allowed for four fresh tires, fuel and a small adjustment to help the tight condition that he was feeling. Once back under green, the adjustment proved helpful as the #8 DODGE charged its way inside the top-20. The second and final pit stop of the day on lap 69 was a great one by the BHR2 over-the-wall crew and gained 5 spots on the field for Montgomery.

The last 30 laps of the race provided some of the most exciting racing of the year. The Mt. Juliet, Tennessee native did his best to keep his nose clean and at the same time pick up valuable spots on the race track. After the smoke had cleared, Chase brought his #8 DODGE home cleanly with a well deserved 15th place finish.

"We struggled a little coming off Turn 2 today but the truck was awesome everywhere else on the track," said Montgomery. "There was some great close racing out there today and I tried to use my head and stay clear of trouble. This was another solid finish for us and a good points day all the way around."

The 15th place finish was the 7th top 20 of the season for Chase and his 6th out of the last seven races. The finish kept him in the 22nd spot in the overall driver's standings. He also maintains his 5th spot in the highly contested battle for the Rookie of the Year honor but gained some ground on his fellow competitors.

Chase and his BHR2 team head to the popular Indianapolis Raceway Park this week for the Friday night running of the Power Stroke Diesel 200.

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

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Chase Montgomery