Mansfield: Chase Montgomery preview

Chase Montgomery Adds Spitzer DODGE as Sponsor for Mansfield Mansfield Preview: "Mansfield reminds me of good old short-track racing. You have to be on top of your game as soon as you unload because it is very hard to pass. Qualifying is not my...

Chase Montgomery Adds Spitzer DODGE as Sponsor for Mansfield

Mansfield Preview: "Mansfield reminds me of good old short-track racing. You have to be on top of your game as soon as you unload because it is very hard to pass. Qualifying is not my strong point, but I know heading into this weekend we have to think about starting up front. It is a whole lot easier to pass five trucks on your way to the leader than start in the back and have to pass 20 trucks. I consider Mansfield as one of my best tracks last year, but I ended up in a wreck. Mansfield is a lot like Martinsville because you have to stay calm and keep your front-end clean to be there at the end of the race. Things are going to happen on a short track you cannot control, so you have to be on your toes and keep your temper in check. I look forward to the race and the fans are great in Ohio. "

Spitzer DODGE: "I am excited to have Spitzer DODGE of Mansfield on the No. 18 truck this weekend. Spitzer Dodge is a member of Spitzer AutoWorld which is a mega-automotive retail company that operates over 30 franchise dealerships at over 20 locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. They are a great group of people and I am glad we have been able to create a partnership with them this year. I think it is a unique situation when you can create a relationship with businesses in the surrounding areas we race in. It is another level of sponsorship. Many businesses want to be a part of NASCAR, but do not have the financial backing to do so. This allows them to be involved with the sport and I am thankful we were able to help bring them to that level. We are taking the show truck to the dealership on Friday for the fans. It will be nice to see the No. 18 Dodge on the track with more color than usual this weekend."

The Principal's Office: "There has been some talk lately about NASCAR laying down the law more than in the past. I am glad to see NASCAR sticking to their guns. Teams are going to always push the line due to the competitive nature of the sport. NASCAR has worked hard as a sanctioning body to come up with a set of rules and as competitors we must abide by them. I compare it to elementary school when you got in trouble you had to visit the principal's office. NASCAR is our principal's office and no one wants to meet with them under those conditions. I may not always agree with NASCAR's every move, but as a competitor I must abide by the rules."

Notes:

* Montgomery is racing Butthead this weekend at Mansfield. This chassis finished in the top-10 four times last season, winning at Indianapolis.

* Montgomery will be making his second career start at Mansfield on Sunday. He competed in last years' NCTS event and finished 29th.

* Montgomery will be signing autographs at the Spitzer Dealership on Friday from 3-4 p.m. The dealership is located on 744 Park Avenue in Mansfield.

Recovery Mode: "We finished 19th at Gateway and I know to most teams that would not be something to brag about, but I am so happy we were able to capitalize on a good weekend. Luck has not been on our side this season and we got ourselves down in points. I have been frustrated because we have had lighting-fast trucks all season, but always end up in a wreck. I would not consider Gateway one of our best runs, but I am encouraged because we were able to race the entire race and make adjustments. My Crew Chief Kip McCord and I continue to build our relationship and we are beginning to hit on something. We are sitting 30th in points going into to Mansfield. We can gain some substantial ground if we can finish this race with all four fenders on the truck. The No. 18 team is in recovery mode and we plan to keep moving forward the rest of the season."

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