Charlotte II: Casey Mears preview

Target Team Facts: * Nick at Night: Casey Mears will drive the No. 41 Target/SpongeBob SquarePants Dodge during the 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 16. The car is adorned with the...

Target Team Facts:

* Nick at Night: Casey Mears will drive the No. 41 Target/SpongeBob SquarePants Dodge during the 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 16. The car is adorned with the characters from the upcoming animated film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The movie will be released nationwide on Nov. 19, 2004.

* Championship Standings: Mears and the Target Team currently sit 20th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings after finishing 31st at Kansas. Mears had been running in the top five for the majority of the race when a blown tire sent him behind the wall for repairs.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team are carrying chassis #114 to compete at Lowe's Motor Speedway, which is located just 5 miles down the road from the new Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates shop. Mears captured his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup pole in chassis #114 at Pocono in July. He also piloted this chassis at Chicagoland Speedway and Dover International Speedway in September.

* Leading: Mears has led in 11 NEXTEL Cup events already this season for a total of 103 laps including, 14 laps last weekend in Kansas. During his rookie year, he led on just two occasions for 13 laps.

Casey Mears Quotes:

On Charlotte... "We ran so well here in the 600 that I'm looking forward to racing all night under the lights," said Mears. "We had a good car and a top-10 finish in May, so if we can build on that we should be looking at a top five. It's cool to be at home for the week and get some of the guys from the shop out to the track.

"I also think that SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends will look pretty cool under the lights of Lowe's Motor Speedway. This paint scheme will be one the kids will really enjoy."

-cgr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates