Montgomery Smacked in Phoenix
Blown Tire Results in Hard Hit For Rookie
November 7, 2004 (Phoenix, Arizona) - Chase Montgomery rolled into Phoenix with very high expectations and this only grew after his qualifying effort on Thursday was good for the 12th starting spot in the running of the Silverado 150. All of those expectations were blown away, along with the right front tire of his #8 DODGE, and the result was a heavily damaged truck and a season worst 36th place finish at the Phoenix International Raceway.
"I think that may have been the hardest hit I have ever taken," said Montgomery. "Once again the guys on this team gave me a great truck and we earned our best qualifying effort since the season opener in Daytona. It has been incredible with the amount of bad luck we have had this season and once again it jumped up and bit us this week. I guess the tire had developed a little cut in it and it just finally gave way - the truck was starting to get tight but it didn't feel like it was the tire. I just hate it for the guys on this team who work their tails off every week and provide quality trucks for us to put on the track."
In what has become the norm for this BHR2 team, the #8 DODGE was strong right off the trailer. The strong machine aided the 21-year-old rookie in laying down a qualifying lap of 27.736 seconds - which was good enough for that 12th position on the starting grid for the 150 lap event on Friday.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was presented with a picture perfect day for the running of the Silverado 150 on Friday afternoon. As the green flag flew, Montgomery maintained his position as the field sorted itself out. He surged up one spot to the 11th position before slowly dropping back through the field with a tight handling condition. He settled into the 20th position when disaster struck on lap 41 with the blown right front tire which ended with hard contact with the outside wall in turn three.
"The hit really tore up our #8 DODGE truck," stated Chase. "At that point in the race we were in need of a caution - but we did not need it to be us. I am a little sore and had a few X-rays taken but all is well. I am just ready to put this one behind us and move on to Darlington next week."
Montgomery currently occupies the 21st place in the overall driver's standings and is sixth in the Rookie of the Year standings.
To learn more about Chase and his BHR2 team, visit them at www.chasemontgomery.com