Dover: Chase Montgomery race notes

Montgomery finds silver-lining in black cloud "Strong Run Denied By Bad Luck" June 7, 2004 (Dover, Delaware) Chase Montgomery feels like he has had a "black cloud" following him so far this year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Despite...

Montgomery finds silver-lining in black cloud

"Strong Run Denied By Bad Luck"

June 7, 2004 (Dover, Delaware) Chase Montgomery feels like he has had a "black cloud" following him so far this year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Despite further bad luck on Friday in Dover, the 20-year-old rookie feels that he may just have found a clearing in that cloud. Montgomery had a solid run denied at the Dover International Speedway during the running of the MBNA America 200. A mid-race encounter with oil from a competitor's blown engine resulted in a deceiving 28th place finish for Chase and his #8 Big Daddy's Cycle World DODGE.

"We had a top 10 truck today for sure," stated Chase. "Although it is disappointing in the way it finished, this may be the best we have been so far this season with this new team. I guess the #29 lost a motor or something and I was the unlucky one to get caught up in the fluid he put down - there was nothing we could really do."

Montgomery had his work cut out for him on his first visit to the track known as the "Monster Mile". The Mt. Juliet, Tennessee native struggled just a bit early on and that hurt his qualifying run which netted him the 28th starting spot on the grid for the 200 lap event. A pep talk from team co-owner and fellow competitor - Bobby Hamilton - turned out to be very helpful for Montgomery as the green flag flew on the event.

"I struggled with figuring out the best way around this place," said Montgomery. "Bobby sat me down on race morning and gave me a ton of useful information 0x2022 not to mention a strong motivational talk. All of that really helped me in the race and it all just started to click for me."

Indeed it helped; once the green flag flew Montgomery quickly moved his way through the field. His lap times were comparable with the leaders and often even better. He had moved up to the 18th spot and was looking for much more when the disaster struck on lap 71. The oil on the track from the blown engine sent Montgomery and his #8 Big Daddy's Cycle World DODGE hard into the Turn 1 wall. Although the team worked hard and got Chase back on the track for a few laps to gain an additional spot, the damage relegated the rookie to the disappointing but promising 28th place finish.

The finish kept Montgomery in the 23rd spot in the overall driver's standings as well as maintaining the 5th position in the highly contested battle for the Rookie of the Year honor.

Chase and his BHR2 team will return to action on the track in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this weekend as the series' heads to the 1.5 mile speed plant of the Texas Motor Speedway for the running of the O'Reilly 400.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Chase Montgomery