Shelbyville Daily Union

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March 6, 2013

One step from NASCAR


"Bob decided he wanted to be a car owner," Montgomery said. "He saw it was a good deal to get the cars."

The other cars are back-ups, including a roller that he plans to use on a short track in Toledo. NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse drove that car.

Montgomery plans to race 10 of the 15 ARCA races this coming season. ARCA races are from 100 to 250 miles long on paved, dirt, and road courses. He plans to start on May 19 at Toledo Speedway.

"I've never been to any of these tracks before, except DuQouin, " Montgomery said. "I'll be at DuQuoin again, racing during the DuQuoin State Fair. There is also an ARCA race at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield."

Montgomery has the experience and the credentials to drive ARCA. He's got a sponsor who provided cars. The rest of the recipe for a quicker trip to NASCAR is up to the sponsors he can gather.

"It all comes down to sponsors," Montgomery said. "If we get the sponsors we'd like to race out of Justin Allgaier's garage in Springfield and use his crew. Allgaier was a Nationwide champion and used to race Late Models at Macon Speedway."

Charlie Patterson, who takes young drivers under his wing, encouraged Montgomery to get an asphalt and then he could show him how to get to NASCAR in as few as two years.

"If I'm going to make it to NASCAR, I'm going to have to drive good," Montgomery said. "I'm going to have support of sponsors. With sponsor money, I can get to NASCAR in as little as two years. I can use ARCA as a stepping stone. Charlie told me, he could do that with sponsor money. He knows the right people."

Even ARCA races are not cheap. Toledo is just $30,000, while other races cost a racing team as much as $50,000.

"If I get the sponsor money, I'd like to go to Kenny Schrader's shop and have them take me out and teach me some things."

Montgomery's current sponsors are Bob Milleville, Sav-Mor Pharmacy, Ed Boarman Motors in Shelbyville and Bell Helmets.

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