Montgomery Green With Envy at Bristol "Rookie Survives For Top 20 Finish" August 27, 2004 (Bristol, Tennessee) - In the world of motorsports there are many superstitions about what brings you bad luck - and one of them is having a green race...
Montgomery Green With Envy at Bristol
"Rookie Survives For Top 20 Finish"
August 27, 2004 (Bristol, Tennessee) - In the world of motorsports there are many superstitions about what brings you bad luck - and one of them is having a green race car or truck. However, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie Chase Montgomery enjoyed having his truck decorated in green as he piloted his #8 Herbalife DODGE to a 20th place finish on Wednesday night in the running of the O'Reilly 200 at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
"We had an awesome truck today - maybe the best for us all year," said Chase. "We were much better than our 20th place finish but we got stuck out there on some old tires with a rare long green flag run at Bristol and it cost us to lose a lap that we could never get back. I want to thank Herbalife for joining us this week and hopefully we can do it again - I really think the green truck brought us some good luck this week."
An action packed day at the "World's Fastest Half Mile" awaited a strong field of competitors with practice, qualifying and the race all taking place on Wednesday. The 20-year old rookie was strong right off the truck and guided his #8 DODGE to a qualifying lap of 15.479 seconds for a speed of 123.961 mph - all good for a 15th starting spot. This marked the best qualifying effort for Chase and his BHR2 team since their seasoning opening outside pole start at Daytona.
With much excitement in the air under the lights in Thunder Valley, Montgomery buckled into his #8 Herbalife DODGE with great expectations. The drop of the green flag saw the rookie patiently allow the field to settle into a race pace as he maintained his position in the field. A caution at lap 41 saw many of the leaders pit while the BHR2 team decided to stick to their race strategy and stay out - which had them restart under green on lap 54 in the second position. An ensuing long green flag run of 50 laps saw Chase fight the handling of his truck and ultimately lose a lap to the leaders.
A pit stop under the next caution on lap 103 allowed for the BHR2 crew to bolt on four much needed fresh Goodyear's along with fuel. The second half of the 200 lap event saw Montgomery turn some of the fastest laps on the track but he was unable to regain back that lost lap. In the end, the Mt. Juliet, TN native brought home his #8 Herbalife DODGE to a safe finish in the 20th spot.
"I really had a blast out there tonight," stated Montgomery. "The guys on this team really did a great job in giving me a tremendous truck all day. The chips just did not fall our way but I really feel that we had a top 10 truck - but to bring this Herbalife DODGE home safe and clean at Bristol is a great accomplishment. I wish we were coming back here next week."
Chase maintains his 22nd place standing in the overall driver's standings and the 5th place in the rookie standings as he gained some ground on the competitors ahead of him in the standings.
Montgomery will next test his #8 DODGE at Homestead in a DODGE manufacturer's test next week as the series will enjoy a week off before heading to Richmond for another short track battle under the lights on September 9th.
For more information on Chase and his team, please visit them at www.chasemontgomery.com