St. Louis: Chase Montgomery preview

Montgomery Feels Team Will Prevail with Teamwork Gateway Preview: "Last season was the first time I had ever seen Gateway. I adapted to the track rather quickly and was able to finish 12th. It is one of the more unique tracks we race on. They...

Montgomery Feels Team Will Prevail with Teamwork

Gateway Preview: "Last season was the first time I had ever seen Gateway. I adapted to the track rather quickly and was able to finish 12th. It is one of the more unique tracks we race on. They squeezed it between the interstate and the drag strip. In the past you could shift from third gear to fourth through turns one and two, but with the new transmission rules we can no longer do that. The corners at Gateway are narrow and shaped like a short track. They remind me a lot of the Milwaukee Mile. You need stout horsepower to get down the straight-aways. The Arrington Motors are running great this season, like always. Gateway is fun and finishes under the lights always produce an exciting finish for the fans. I know my guys are going to give me an awesome truck."J

Qualifying Counts: "Like I have said from the beginning of the season, I understand why NASCAR made the decision to guarantee the top 30 in points a starting position. The sponsors deserve the security it gives them. However, I am frustrated because our point's position does not give an accurate account of how well my team has run so far. We have been plagued by being in the wrong place at the wrong time since Daytona. I will be the first to admit I am not a good qualifier; it's not my strong point. Heading into this weekend there is a lot of pressure on me and my team to get the No. 18 Dodge in the field. We sit 34th in owner points. It is pressure we put on ourselves. Last year, at this race my team was one lap from pulling into victory lane until an on track scuffle took them out of contention so I am confident we will make the race. We are going to have to concentrate on a qualifying setup for the first time this season. Once the race starts we will have to focus on race setup. Gateway is a great track for me and this team. I am looking for this week to not be only the week we turn things around, but secure our first top-10 finish."

One-day Show: "I enjoy the one-day shows, we get to go in there and get the job done. Actually, it is easy on the driver, the crew guys are who it is hard on. They get to the track early and set it up for practice. After practice they set up the truck for the race and have to get through tech. Then you qualify and the trucks are impounded. Finally, the guys have to set up the pit stall for the race. There is not much time to even eat lunch and a card game is definitely out of the question. However, I think NASCAR is headed in the right direction for cutting down on our traveling schedule and giving us more time at home.

Notes:

* Montgomery is racing Angel this weekend at Gateway. This chassis won last year at Dover.

* Montgomery will be making his second career start at Gateway on Saturday night. In last years' NCTS event he finished 12th, his highest finish of the season.

Hanging with the guys: "One aspect of my job I enjoy is getting to hang out with my guys. It is like one big traveling fraternity. We work together during the week at the shop and then we work together at the track. At night it is our time to have fun. In this business it is important to be able to leave what happens at the track there and go out and have fun. We went bowling in Martinsville and had a blast. We actually have some pretty good bowlers at BHR. This past weekend several of my guys and I went to the Nashville Motorplex. We hung out with Crew Chief Kip McCord while is son raced his late model. Even when we are not at the track we still hang around each other. I am a firm believer the more you get to the know the guys the better your communication will be on the track. We are just trying to improve our team and have fun at the same time."

-BHR

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Chase Montgomery