Chicagoland: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

NOTES Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Team Chicagoland History: Sunday will mark Martin Truex Jr.'s fourth Sprint Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway. In three prior events Truex has an average starting position of 16.6 and...

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Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Team

Chicagoland History: Sunday will mark Martin Truex Jr.'s fourth Sprint Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway. In three prior events Truex has an average starting position of 16.6 and an average finish of 21.3. His best finish at the 1.5-mile oval came last season when Truex piloted his No.1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish. Truex also has three Nationwide Series starts at the track.

Last Weekend: After qualifying on the pole for the Daytona 500 in February, Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team had reason to be hopeful as the team headed back to Daytona. Unfortunately rain washed out qualifying on Friday and Truex started in the 24th position. When the green flag dropped on Saturday Truex complained of an ill handling race car. Despite that he was able to gain track position and maneuver through the big one on lap 77. He raced as high as 12th place. When the caution came out on lap 152, Truex reported a vibration. Crew Chief Kevin Manion elected to bring Truex down pit road where the team lost valuable track position. The No. 1 Chevy team finished the race in the 25th position.

In the Points: After finishing in 25th place at Daytona International Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. remained 24th in both the owner and driver standings.

That's a Lot of Bass Pro Shops Stores!: Did you know the average size of a Bass Pro Shops store is about 140,000 square feet? You could fit more than 24 Bass Pro Shops inside the infield of Chicagoland Speedway (over 3.4million square feet)! That's almost half of the Bass Pro Shops', more than 50 locations, located within the United States and Canada.

Chevrolet Fast Fact: The long-awaited 2010 Chevrolet Camaro beats both the power and the gas mileage of its closest rivals. The V6 Camaro has an EPA rating of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway, and the V8 model gets 16 in the city and 25 on the highway, with the automatic transmission.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Chicagoland History: Montoya will make his third start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. In two previous starts Montoya has an average start of 26th and an average finish of 16th at the 1.5-mile oval. Montoya's best finish came in his first Chicagoland start in 2007 when he qualified 30th and finished in 15th position.

Last Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya and his Target team used a combination of determination and patience to finish ninth at Daytona International Speedway last Saturday night. The top-10 finish moved Montoya up to 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings.

In the Points: Following the eighth top-10 finish of the season for the Target Team, Montoya moved up to 11th in the 2009 NSCS Championship driver point standings. The No. 42 team is 532 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

2009 In Numbers: Montoya and team have one pole award, eight top-10 and 11 top-15 finishes in the 2009 season. Montoya has led 17 laps and averages a 13.5 starting and 14th-place finishing position this season.

Target Employees Fun Fact: Did you know the sponsor of the No. 42 Chevrolet, Target, employs 351,000 people across 49 states? In order to accommodate all of those employees at the Chicagoland Speedway, the track would need to almost quintuple their seating capacity of 75,000.

GM Fast Fact: Chevrolet offers select models of Aveo Sedan, Aveo5, Cobalt, HHR and Malibu, all getting 30 MPG highway or better.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #082. Martin Truex Jr. will pilot chassis #082 this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This marks the fourth time the chassis has been run this season. Truex scored has his best finish with #082 at Darlington Raceway earlier this year. He finished in the sixth-position.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #903. The Target team will bring Chassis #903 to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. This marks the fourth race of the season for this chassis. Montoya raced chassis #903 to finishes of 11th-place at Fontana, seventh place at Texas and a season-best sixth place at Michigan.

-credit: egr

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