Rookie Suffers Worst Finish Of Season August 9, 2004 (Clermont, Indiana) 0x2022 The issue of parts failures is an unfortunate part of the racing equation. Chase Montgomery and his ...
Rookie Suffers Worst Finish Of Season
August 9, 2004 (Clermont, Indiana) 0x2022 The issue of parts failures is an unfortunate part of the racing equation. Chase Montgomery and his #8 DODGE suffered one of those untimely failures on Friday night with a punctured power steering line. The result was a disappointing 32nd place finish in the running of the Power Stroke 200 at the Indianapolis Raceway Park.
"I know that this is part of racing but it is discouraging when you have a failure like this," stated Montgomery. "Everyone on the team works so hard and then to have something unusual happen can be tough. It happens to everyone and it must have been our turn tonight. We struggled a little early on in the race but we made some good adjustments to our DODGE truck and we were getting it better right there before the failure."
The punctured power steering line occurred on lap 82 of the 200 lap event and put a big damper on a potentially solid run for Montgomery and his #8 DODGE. After starting from the 34th position as a result of his qualifying effort earlier in the day, Chase had moved inside the top 25 and was charging forward as a few adjustments to the truck were helping.
As the 20-year-old-rookie pulled his #8 DODGE down onto pit road on lap 82, the BHR2 crew went to work to replace the line and return Chase back to action. The change was made but unfortunately the end result was the loss of 20 laps in the pits. Once back onto the track, Montgomery and his team used the session much like a test and worked on some things that could help them down the road. The last 50 laps of the race saw the #8 DODGE truck turn some of the fastest laps on the track while also cautiously staying out of the leaders way as well as any potential harm on the track.
"This race kind of reminded me of Milwaukee," said Montgomery. "We also had a rare and unusual mechanical failure there and once back on the track we were one of the fastest trucks. We took some positive things away from that race and I think we will do the same from this weekend. Myself and this first year team have made some tremendous progress throughout the season thus far and we have taken situations such as these failures and learned from them 0x2022 I expect the same this time. It is time to re-group and head on to the next race 0x2022 which just happens to be at home for us (Nashville)."
Chase holds his 22nd place standing in the overall drivers standings and his 5th place in the rookie standings 0x2022 but overall he lost some ground in the points that he had gained in the last few weeks.
Montgomery and his Nashville area based BHR2 team now get to focus on racing this week in their own backyard as the series heads into the Nashville Superspeedway.