California Preview: "California Speedway is an enjoyable track to race on. It is a fast and wide track that offers multiple racing grooves. It gives us a lot of room to race which allows for a great show for the fans. California is more of a ...
California Preview: "California Speedway is an enjoyable track to race on. It is a fast and wide track that offers multiple racing grooves. It gives us a lot of room to race which allows for a great show for the fans. California is more of a handling track. You will make adjustments in air pressures or to the track bar during the race to make your truck stronger. It is 360 degrees different from last week at Daytona. At Daytona so much is out of your hands, where at California you control your destiny. The track reminds me a lot of Michigan and the No. 18 Dodge has had solid runs at Michigan and California in the past. I expect us to have a solid qualifying effort and race even better. This team is focused on winning races. California Speedway is the perfect place for us to go and rebound after the disappointing finish last week."
2005 Season: "It's definitely refreshing to be the pilot of No. 18 Dodge in 2005. I've driven family-owned stuff for several years now. I had deals with Brewco Motorsports and BHR2 in the past. Those are both great organizations with good people. They're learning and starting to really gain knowledge of the sport. To have this opportunity with an established team means a lot to me. It is my chance to show what Chase Montgomery is made of. Last week at Daytona was so much fun for everyone on this team. We were strong even though our finish does not show that. I've got guys who are ready to win. That's cool, and I get to drive their truck every week. It's the best stuff I've ever been in. This organization won the championship last year. The equipment at Bobby Hamilton Racing is outstanding and I would put it up against anyone in this field. I'm ready to go win some races. Bobby Hamilton did not hire me to follow him around. He hired me to win races and challenge him for the win every weekend. When you finish second to Bobby you know you were good, but to beat Bobby you are a winner. I want to be a winner. All of us at Bobby Hamilton Racing will win in 2005, you can bet on that."
Montgomery is racing Scarface this weekend at California.
Scarface raced eight times last year including California, finishing in the top five twice.
Montgomery finished 16th at California Speedway last season.
Momentum in Racing: "Momentum plays a huge part in racing. If you are running strong everything seems to go your way, but if you are struggling you feel like you are in a hole without a way out. No one understands how far a win or a top five finish can carry a team. That is why it is important to start the season on a positive note. Confidence is as important as momentum in the racing industry. Together they create a perfect equation. The team has to have confidence in the driver and the driver has to have confidence in the team. When I start a race, I have all the confidence in the world that my team has prepared for me the best possible set up for my truck. They have done their job and then it is up to me to go out and win with what they have given me. The confidence level of the whole team has to stay strong. It will have its ups and downs because that is how racing is, but you have to learn how to overcome it. The challenge is learning how to balance the good with the bad. That is what makes a good race team."