Charlotte: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops®/Tracker Boats Team Charlotte History: McMurray has 15 NSCS starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best finish came in just his second NSCS start with Chip Ganassi when he started fifth and won the...

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops®/Tracker Boats Team

Charlotte History: McMurray has 15 NSCS starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best finish came in just his second NSCS start with Chip Ganassi when he started fifth and won the 2002 Coca-Cola 600. This win established McMurray as the quickest driver to win an NSCS event. He has three top-five and six top-10 finishes at the "Beast of the Southeast."

All-Star Review: Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 team had high hopes going into Saturday night's All-Star Race after a strong practice session on Friday. Qualifying was cancelled due to rain setting the field by the qualifying draw putting McMurray in the fourth position. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation Chevrolet ran in the top-10 for the first three of four segments in the All-Star Race before an on-track incident involving eight cars collected McMurray ending the night prematurely, relegating him to an 18th place finish.

Meet McMurray: Attention Race Fans! 2010 Daytona 500 Champion Jamie McMurray will make an appearance at the Chevrolet Stage for a Q&A session for the annual Speed Street event in downtown Charlotte this Friday, May 28th. The Chevrolet stage is located at the intersection of S. Tryon St. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

In the Points: McMurray and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Team currently sits 17th in the NSCS Championship standings, just 88 points out of 12th -- the cutoff for the Chase.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

All-Star Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 team was fastest in the sole practice held Friday afternoon and looked to have the pole for the Sprint Showdown event before rain moved into the area cancelling qualifying with just four cars remaining. With qualifying cancelled the field was set by the qualifying draw placing Montoya in the 14th position. Montoya was fast from the start breaking into the top-10 within the first five laps. The No. 42 Target Chevrolet looked to be one of the top contenders to race into the Sprint All-Star Race before an on-track altercation on lap 16 ended the teams night early, forcing a 27th place finish.

Happy Anniversary: This weekend marks the two-year anniversary for Juan Pablo Montoya and Crew Chief Brian Pattie. The pairing first came together for the 2008 Coca-Cola 600. Of the 61 races together, the duo has two pole award, 12 top-five, 25 top-10 and seven top-15 finishes. This weekend will also be the 10-year anniversary of Juan Pablo Montoya winning the Indianapolis 500 in his first and only start. He led 167 of the 200 laps on the way to a dominating victory.

In the Points: The No. 42 team is 19th in the overall NSCS driver point standings, 112 points away from the top 12-- the cutoff to the Chase.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #905. Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has decided to bring Chassis #905 to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis last ran just two weeks prior at Dover where McMurray qualified 11th and finished 32nd after mechanical failure. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team also used this chassis earlier in the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway finishing 29th after an on-track incident while running in the top-five ended McMurray's day.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1003. Crew Chief Brian Pattie elected to bring a brand new chassis #1003 to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

-source: ecr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing