DAYTONA BEACH FL (2-8-02) After posting the quickest speeds in practice all week here at Daytona Int'l Speedway, 18-year-old ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Chase Montgomery, in his father Ray Montgomery's Pontiac, did what everyone thought he'd do -...
DAYTONA BEACH FL (2-8-02) After posting the quickest speeds in practice all week here at Daytona Int'l Speedway, 18-year-old ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Chase Montgomery, in his father Ray Montgomery's Pontiac, did what everyone thought he'd do - win the Old Milwaukee Pole Award for the 39th annual Discount Auto Parts 200 here Friday.
Montgomery's speed was 184.543 mph. "We've had a good car all week," said the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee driver. "The crew has put an insane number of hours at the shop for the past few weeks to put a good piece under me and it showed. And hopefully there's more of it to come."
Montgomery sat outside pole in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition in 2001 at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Montgomery's career-best RE/MAX Series finish was 5th last year at Kentucky.
Second-generation driver Billy Venturini, in his father Bill Venturini's Sports Authority-Future Network Broadcasting Pontiac, qualified outside pole with a speed of 184.215 mph. "It was pretty much a complete surprise to me for us to run that good. We struggled all week. We came here with a really good piece. We expected it to be different with the car, and then we got here and then we struggled. We had some problems; we had a spring that was binding up; we fixed that; and then we had a little piece of junk in the carburetor. When we made those 2 changes, I didn't know what we were going to have for qualifying. We went out, ran fast. I was surprised, but it's about what I expected when we unloaded off the trailer. I was more disappointed with the way we performed all week. But that was no fluke - that lap. We didn't have any tricks up our sleeves or anything like that. You'll see that in the next practices because we're going to be fast the rest of the week. We came here with a good piece and if you look at it, and know what you're looking at, you'll know that we have a good car. We'll be there on Sunday."
Venturini's career-best RE/MAX Series finish was 3rd in 2001 at Kentucky Speedway. His prior-best superspeedway qualifying run was 7th at Pocono Raceway in 2000 and 7th at Gateway Int'l Raceway in 2001. Venturini's father Bill is a 2-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion (1987 & 1991).