Rookie Haunted By Mechanical Gremlins June 28, 2004 (West Allis, Wisconsin) - Just when the fortunes seemed to have turned to the better for Chase Montgomery, the ugly head of "bad luck" reared itself again for the rookie and his BHR2 ...
Rookie Haunted By Mechanical Gremlins
June 28, 2004 (West Allis, Wisconsin) - Just when the fortunes seemed to have turned to the better for Chase Montgomery, the ugly head of "bad luck" reared itself again for the rookie and his BHR2 team. Montgomery battled engine and alternator problems on his way to a disappointing 27th place finish in the running of the Black Cat 200 at the Milwaukee Mile.
"This was very frustrating as we had a very good truck and everything just seemed to go wrong for us," stated Chase. "We were a top-10 truck there at the end of the race for sure - this was one of the best handling trucks I have had all year. I could run with the lead trucks at the end but we had already lost a few laps changing a battery so I just made sure I stayed out of their way. A tough way to race when you have a fast truck."
The day started roughly for the 20-year-old rookie as his first trips around the historic 1-mile track netted a blown engine on his #8 DODGE truck. The result was a loss of valuable track time on the first visit to the historic track for Chase. With very little track time and the fact that the trucks would be impounded after qualifying, the BHR2 team concentrated on putting a solid race set-up under the #8 DODGE for Chase.
The start of the 200 lap event under the lights saw the Mt. Juliet, TN native relinquish his 30th starting spot and fall to the rear of the field due to the engine change earlier in the day. The first half of the event saw Chase holding his own inside the top 25 and getting better with each lap around the 1-mile track. Pit stops on lap 62 and then again on lap 104 helped the crew solve a "loose" condition on the #8 DODGE and prepared Chase for a strong run at the end.
As Chase ran in the 22nd position and has his sights set on moving forward, bad luck once again found Montgomery as he radioed to his crew that something was wrong with his truck. Several trips down pit road diagnosed a bad battery as a result of a problem with the alternator. The result was several laps lost as the crew worked quickly to replace the battery.
"Just a real shame," stated Chase. "The guys on this team did a great job today as they had a few different obstacles thrown at them. We had a much better truck than the finish indicates and that allows us to come out of here with somewhat of a positive outlook. I believe that we are starting to make progress here and that these rough times will benefit us as the season moves on. I really like this track here in Milwaukee and I can't wait to come back."
Chase and his BHR2 team now turn their focus to the 1.5-mile track of the Kansas Speedway for the running of the O'Reilly 250 this Saturday.
For more information on Chase and his team, please visit them at www.chasemontgomery.com