Shelbyville Daily Union

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March 6, 2013

One step from NASCAR

Neoga High School senior Spencer Montgomery is at the starting line, waiting for the green flag in the ARCA series, just one step away from his dream, NASCAR.

With eight years racing experience already under his belt, Montgomery went to Gateway International Raceway and passed the driving test be licensed for ARCA and plans to start racing the ARCA Series this spring.

"I rounded up the money to go test ($2000)," Montgomery said."

Montgomery was taking his test while other drivers were on the track enjoying the Rust Wallace Driving Experience. Montgomery ran four sessions and 75 laps total. He used cars that were driven by Keselowski and Carl Edwards.

"One session had just two cars on the track," Montgomery said. "There was another driver from New Jersey in his early 20's. The other sessions there were up to 120 cars on the track. We reached speeds up to 130 miles per hour."

Montgomery started driving Jr. Sprints when he was 10 years old and became the Jr. Sprint National Champion. When he was 13, he jumped to the 600 Outlaw Micro Sprints and ran the POWRi Series, finishing in the Top 10 the last two years. As an 18 year-old, Montgomery is now in ARCA, one step away from his goal, NASCAR.

He has grown from driving the Jr. Sprints that are 100 cc and top out at about 85 miles per hour to the micro sprints that are 600 cc with 120 horsepower engines that go about 110 m.p.h. No he is driving an 800 horsepower 360 ci V8 engine that will go 200 m.p.h. The cars weigh 3400 pounds and run on unleaded 112 octane.

Montgomery has always had the driving ability. What all young drivers need is for somebody to give them a break, particularly sponsors.

Bob Milleville of Rochester, a former driver from Rochester and paraplegic veteran, is always looking for young drivers to sponsor. He chose Montgomery. He purchased four cars for Montgomery, one a former NASCAR ride that took Jamie McMurray to the Sprint Cup winners circle at Phoenix. That ride was also use for a Nationwide points championship by Joe Ruttman.

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