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Montgomery on Pole for ARCA Race

February 8, 2002

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Chase Montgomery won the pole Friday for the ARCA Discount Auto Parts 200, a race that will feature two women drivers.

Montgomery’s lap of 184.543 mph edged Billy Venturini (184.215) and Keith Segars (184.098). The 80-lap race precedes the Winston Cup Budweiser Shootout on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

``The crew has put an insane number of hours at the shop for the past few weeks to put a good piece under me and it showed,″ said Montgomery, who will be making his first start at Daytona. ``Hopefully, there’s more of it to come.″

Tina Gordon will start ninth after running 182.043. Sunny Hobbs didn’t make the field on speed but took the first provisional. She will start 35th.

It’ll be the first time two women have started an ARCA race since Sept. 3, 2000.

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