Daytona: Chase Montgomery preview

Chase Montgomery has great expectations for BHR ride Great Expectations: "I am going into the Dodge Dealers 250 with great expectations. Most racers don't look forward to racing at Daytona because of the draft, but I love it. It is my favorite...

Chase Montgomery has great expectations for BHR ride

Great Expectations: "I am going into the Dodge Dealers 250 with great expectations. Most racers don't look forward to racing at Daytona because of the draft, but I love it. It is my favorite track we currently race on. The atmosphere surrounding this weekend at Daytona would make anyone a race fan. I will only be making my second career NCTS start at Daytona and I have to keep reminding myself to go into the race with an open mind. So much can happen during the race that is ultimately out of our hands. For example, last year I qualified on the outside pole and ran in the top 10 until the 'big one' happened. Before I could realize what was going on, I was in a 15 truck pile up that ended my day. The team has been working really hard preparing for Daytona these past few weeks. I have been making an effort to stop by the shop everyday to make sure we are on target. I don't expect our truck to qualify up front, but I am confident it will race to the front. All of our trucks drafted really well during winter testing and I expect the same results during the race. Bobby Hamilton Racing was a force to reckon with when we left Homestead in November and I think we are only better in February. I can't wait for them to say 'Gentleman start your engines.' I am really looking forward to Daytona."

Veteran's Racing: "There seems to be a lot of talk surrounding the Nextel Cup veterans coming to the truck series. It seems like the media and fans view it as a step down, but it is far from that. This series is highly competitive and bringing them into the picture stiffens the competition. Guys like Bobby (Hamilton), Ted Musgrave, Ricky Craven and Johnny Benson have tons of experience on superspeedways and many of the bigger tracks we race on. As a competitor I see it as an advantage to have them in the field. I learn so much from following someone like Bobby and Ted. They know every bump at every track. You only learn things like that by experience. The rookies are never going to learn if they do not have teachers. If all we have out here is rookies, there would be a lot of crashing going on. The truck series provides the perfect place for veterans to race and for rookies to learn. The Nextel Cup Series is a huge learning curve and I don't want to go there blind. I feel learning from the veterans will help me and others get ahead of the game."

Notes:

* Montgomery is racing "Rudolph" this weekend at Daytona. Joe Ruttman used to race this truck for BHR.

*   Montgomery qualified on the outside pole for last year's
Dodge Dealers 250.   J

* Montgomery won the 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at the DIS.

* Two out of five Daytona NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races have been won by a BHR Dodge.

Driving for BHR: "I am so excited about driving for Bobby Hamilton this season. Everything started getting worked out toward the end of the season last year with me moving over here. As soon as the season was over, I was at the shop working on the trucks getting things ready. There really hasn't been an off-season at BHR. We have been very busy testing, building new chassis and preparing everything for the season. Testing provided us an opportunity to get to know each other on a grander level. I was encouraged by what I we were able to accomplish as a team during winter testing. I enjoy working with the guys on the team and with my crew chief, Kip McCord. He has tons of experience in the series and I know we are going to be able to work well together. I have tons of trust in him. He knows what he is doing so if I do my job we will be up front."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Ricky Craven , Chase Montgomery , Joe Ruttman