Atlanta: Chase Montgomery race notes

Chase Montgomery Limps Home 23rd In Atlanta; Mechanical Failure Negates Strong Finish March 15, 2004 (Hampton, Georgia) -- Chase Montgomery really does like racing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway but his bad luck at the 1.54 mile quad oval ...

Chase Montgomery Limps Home 23rd In Atlanta; Mechanical Failure Negates Strong Finish

March 15, 2004 (Hampton, Georgia) -- Chase Montgomery really does like racing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway but his bad luck at the 1.54 mile quad oval continued with the running of the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. While experiencing a mechanical failure, Montgomery steered his #8 Big Daddy's Cycle World DODGE to a 23rd place finish in the Easycare Vehicle Service Contracts 200.

"We really had a strong truck today but my bad luck at this track continues," said Montgomery. "We got down a lap early but we had a really strong truck as evident by running with the leaders in the second half of the race. I think we had a top 10 truck today that was about to finish in the top 15 when bad luck hit us. I think we broke a wheel bearing on the right front with about 15 laps to go. We just limped around the last few laps to finish the race and get the best finish we could. It was a little discouraging to end the race with the finish we did but I think we earned a lot of respect today and showed the people in this series that we are a team to watch as the season progresses."

The 20 year old Montgomery started the 200 mile event from the 28th position as a result of his qualifying effort. "I got real loose on my first qualifying lap and I had to get out of the throttle to catch the truck," stated Chase. "I think we had a much better truck that our qualifying effort indicated and in turn we got caught in some early race traffic that really ended up hurting us."

The 23rd place finish moved the Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate up to the 28th spot in the overall point's standings. This position after 2 races is not indicative of the quality of runs by the BHR2 team 0x2022 they have been hit with unfortunate luck while being caught in the "Big One" at Daytona and the mechanical failure this week.

Although there is a month before the next event, Chase and his BHR2 team will remain busy with some test sessions. "Other than Daytona, we have not had the chance to do any kind of testing thus far," stated Montgomery. "We are catching up on the building of our truck inventory and we are going to use this time between races to do some testing. I only have 3 starts in these trucks and some additional seat time will really help me out."

The next event for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the Kroger 250 on April 17th at the Martinsville Speedway.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Chase Montgomery