Westminster, PA-Jerry Parrish never forgets that on February 29, 2004, Chapter 2 of his race life went to Turn 1 at Lincoln Speedway, unleashing the hallmarks of the next few years. ..
While all drivers were at the bottom, Brian Monties chose a more thrilling one for the Parish race team’s debut season.
The 29-year-old swelled to the top and jumped from 20th to 4th in the opening corner. By the exit on turn four, Monties tried Greg Hornet in third place. But at that moment, when he cut into the inside of Hodnet from above, Monties’ car made a wheelie and landed sideways.
That moment forever encapsulates the “edge”. This is the nickname given to Monties through a memorable 17-year run that Parish ended in October.
Monties often flirted at the edge of the catastrophe, but its determined nature has fascinated so much over the years.
“It was exciting when you saw him,” Parish said. “It didn’t matter where he was or where he started. You had a chance. He was so exciting that I didn’t miss driving myself.”
It remains unclear whether Monties has completely retired from the race, as Parish and the now 46-year-old driver will take different paths in 2021.
But what remains is one of the most accomplished runs in the long history of sprint car racing in central Pennsylvania.
Parish and Monties have won 83 wins and eight Lincoln Track Championships since their turbulent first day in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania in 2004.
Three Pennsylvania crown jewels are at the top of their victory list. The 2015 and 2019 Dirt Classic titles are in line with the 2010 Tascalola 50 victory.
His five victories at Pennsylvania Speed Week are the tenth victories in history, and his final victories are the obvious victories against Danny Dietrich and Kyle Larson at Lincoln on July 2, 2019.
In fact, just two days after Dietrich took Monties out of the lead, a photo of Monties with the checkered flag on that lively night was the background to Parish’s goodbye statement on social media in October.
It all started when former racer Parish parked next to Monties on the Lincoln Speedway in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Parish had just started his own racing team, and Monties, a blue-collar figure himself, often helped a significantly unmanned crew with extra help.
But what made Parish crazy was that Monties himself lacked resources and somehow used the power of steel blocks to defeat things like Fred Ramer and Hodnet.
“I was able to see his talent,” Parish said. “He just needed money behind him.”
Monties was a bit rough and raw, but he often sent too much to the corner and ended up with a tow truck. Parish always stuck to his rule of thumb to see the possibilities. “You can slow down, but you can’t speed up. You have to remember that.”
Parish knew that this fearlessness could be tamed. Over time, the focus was on his new vision. Stop driving, focus on one machine, and give a chance to a driver that many think is too wild.
That decision corresponded to the rise of one of the most exciting drivers in Pennsylvania Posse’s history. In return, whether intentional or unintentional, Monties helped Parish enter the most rewarding chapter of his life.
“I knew if I was driving, and if he was driving, but I couldn’t see some of the great things he could do,” Parish said.
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Parish on Brian Monties: “He gave it all”
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