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Chuck This Bud’s For You!
by Denise DuPont

Ten years ago New England modified teams joined to form a lower budget series (Modified Racing Series) to run local tracks. Among the initial teams joining the ranks was long time car owner Chuck Montville with his longtime friend and driver Les Hinckley, III. The first year the team ran part time during which they proved they were to be a top contender. With the series entering its tenth year of operation, the Chuck Montville Race (CMR) team is second in all time victories with 17 wins.

It is with a heavy heart that the close knit modified series family heads to Waterford Speedbowl to open up the new race season as part of the annual Budweiser Blastoff weekend. The green flag will fly with a big void in the field. The untimely death of car owner Chuck Montville has sidelined his #06 CMR race team as everyone mourns their loss.

Covering the series over the years, I have to say I am one of the many in the series family that will miss the signature smile and supportive words of Chuck at the track. He always took things in stride and it seemed that nothing could keep him down.

The CMR team is one of the low budget teams that has struggled financially over the years. But Montville‘s hard work and dedication coupled with his best friend and biggest supporter, Debbie Marquis, by his side, the team overcame their many challenges for a victory or top five finish in their pristinely prepared #06 car.

The team’s last win was at Canaan, Fair Speedway in Canaan, NH in July 2012. It was there where the CMR team honored fellow racer Ricky Miller in victory lane with a “Ricky’s Race for Kids” Memorial race win. This victory meant a lot to Hinckley who competed on the track with Ricky Miller. But the win meant more to car owner Montville who was all smiles in victory lane. “We have wanted to win this “Rick’s Race for Kids” for a long time, now and it has finally happened.” Montville gleamed in victory lane that night. “I could not be more proud of Les and the whole team. It was a great night.”

Chuck we will miss you as you look down on us at Waterford this weekend with John Boy (Hoyt) by your side.

  Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: April 6, 2013

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