Montgomery Battles For 23rd at Home Track Handling Woes Surface For Rookie August 16, 2004 (Lebanon, Tennessee) - Chase Montgomery enjoyed his week at home and racing in front of family and friends. But the result at the end of the day was...
Montgomery Battles For 23rd at Home Track
Handling Woes Surface For Rookie
August 16, 2004 (Lebanon, Tennessee) - Chase Montgomery enjoyed his week at home and racing in front of family and friends. But the result at the end of the day was not what the 20-year-old rookie was hoping for. While battling the handling of his #8 DODGE, Montgomery soldiered home with a 23rd place finish in the running of the Toyota Tundra 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway.
"This is not exactly the type of run I was hoping for here at my hometown track," said Chase. "We fought a little handling issue there early on and ended up getting down a lap during that long green flag run. We made a few adjustments that helped a lot as the truck got much better and I was able to run up there with the lead pack. Once you lose that lap it takes so much to get it back - which we finally did there late in the race. When we got back on the lead lap we just picked up as many positions as we could until the checkered flag."
Chase started the race in the 22nd position as a result of his qualifying effort on Friday. The Mt. Juliet, Tennessee native was hopeful of a better qualifying run but the track conditions seemed to have changed from earlier in the day and he settled for the 22nd spot.
On raceday, Chase and his BHR2 team welcomed many guests with anticipation of a good day at the track. The drop of the green flag quickly brought to the forefront a handling issue for the #8 DODGE. With the first 40 laps of the race being under green, the end result was Montgomery losing a lap to the leaders. A pit stop on lap 41 allowed the crew to make some necessary adjustments to the truck. The changes proved helpful as once back to green Chase reported a much better handling truck.
Montgomery and the team battled to regain that lost lap and twice missed the valuable "Lucky Dog" by one position. Their persistence paid off with a lap 117 caution and the recipient of their lap back. Once back on that lead lap, Chase battled for valuable positions on the track for the last 30 laps of the 150 lap race.
"I think we made the best of what we could today," stated Montgomery. "All of us on this BHR2 definitely wanted to do better than we did today for everyone in attendance but it just wasn't our day. This series is so tough and you need all things clicking in these races. I want to congratulate Bobby (Hamilton) on his win here at our hometrack and I will now set my focus on our next race."
Chase maintains his 22nd place standing in the overall drivers standings and the 5th place in the rookie standings.
Montgomery and his Nashville area based BHR2 team will keep busy until the next event at Bristol. An exciting announcement with regards to a new look for the #8 DODGE will be forth coming for the popular event at the "World's Fastest Half Mile".
For more information on Chase and his team, please visit them at www.chasemontgomery.com