Chase Montgomery to race in No. 8 Dodge for BHR. MT JULIET, Tenn., (January 7, 2004) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standout Bobby Hamilton has worked a deal with fellow Mt. Juliet, Tenn. native Chase Montgomery to drive the No. 8 Dodge Ram...
Chase Montgomery to race in No. 8 Dodge for BHR.
MT JULIET, Tenn., (January 7, 2004) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standout Bobby Hamilton has worked a deal with fellow Mt. Juliet, Tenn. native Chase Montgomery to drive the No. 8 Dodge Ram next season. The team, which will run the full NCTS season, will be a teammate to Hamilton and Chad Chaffin.
"I started watching Chase drive and saw that this kid really has some talent," Hamilton said. "He's young and aggressive, and appeals to what sponsors look for in a driver. These days it's about the entire package a driver has to offer. Chase will work hard to make sure his name and face are out there in front of these sponsors, and do the best he can behind the wheel.
"It's a good combination for us especially since Chase is located right here in the Nashville area," Hamilton continued. "We will be actively looking for sponsorship to help fund this team, but will run a full season regardless. I think once people see his talent, we will find someone to place his or her company's name on the truck without a problem. It will be good for Chad and I to have another perspective about our trucks. This deal will help BHR's entire operation."
Montgomery made a name for himself competing in the ARCA Series. In 30 career starts, he has one win, six top-five and twelve top-ten finishes. After his victory in the Advanced Auto Parts 200 at Daytona International Speedway last February, Montgomery set the standard by being the highest finishing rookie in his NASCAR Busch Series debut the very next weekend for the Koolerz 300. Montgomery also holds the record for the youngest driver to win a pole at Daytona.
"It's exciting to be part of BHR and have an affiliation with the Dodge program. Our plans for 2004 are to reach attainable goals by qualifying well and finishing strong each week. I'm confident that with the resources and experience that Bobby has to offer we can have a great year in the Craftsman Truck Series," Montgomery stated enthusiastically.
"Over the past few years, Bobby has been kind of like a mentor to me. He's a true racer and I'm glad to have the opportunity to work with him and Chad (Chaffin)," Montgomery concluded.
Randy Seals, who has been crew chief in the BHR organization for the last two years, has been named as Montgomery's crew chief. "I am very excited about the potential this team has for the upcoming season. I have watched Chase for the last few years and know he has a lot of talent. He will be a great fit for the BHR organization," stated Seals. The team will prepare for next season by participating in several test sessions before the Daytona race in February.