Daytona II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Team Daytona History: Martin Truex Jr. returns to Daytona after winning his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole at Daytona earlier this season for the Daytona 500. This weekend will mark...

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

Daytona History: Martin Truex Jr. returns to Daytona after winning his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole at Daytona earlier this season for the Daytona 500. This weekend will mark Truex's ninth Sprint Cup Series start at the famed 2.5 mile tri-oval. In the previous eight starts Truex has an average starting position of 15th and an average finish of 21st. The last time Truex was at Daytona he raced his Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to an 11th place finish, which marked his career best finish at the track.

Last Weekend: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 TomTom team had reason to smile Saturday after they put down the fastest lap for Happy Hour practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Following a rain out of qualifying on Friday Truex began the race in the 22nd position. After the green flag dropped, Truex moved through the field quickly, breaking into the top-10 following a pit stop during a caution on lap 45. He ran in the top-10 for the remainder of his day. On a lap 174 restart, while running fifth, Truex became the victim of a chain reaction wreck. His badly damaged car could not be fixed and he was relegated to a 37th-place finish.

In the Points: After getting caught up in a wreck on lap 174 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Truex and his No. 1 Chevrolet team fell two positions to 24th in the driver standings. The No. 1 team also fell two spots to 24th in owner points.

Bass Pro Shops Back: After a four week absence, Bass Pro Shops will return as the primary sponsor of the No. 1 Chevrolet team this weekend at Daytona. Bass Pro Shops is an outdoor retail leader in hunting, camping, nature gifts, outdoor cooking, and much more.

Happy Birthday Martin: Martin Truex Jr. turned 29 on Monday. The avid sportsman celebrated his birthday by taking a fishing trip off the coast of Cape Cod following the New Hampshire race Sunday afternoon. As a birthday present, Truex was outfitted by Bass Pro Shops with all of the best offshore fishing gear for the trip.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Daytona History: Montoya has five NSCS starts at Daytona International Speedway. He has an average starting position of 22nd and an average finish of 27th at the Superspeedway. His best start and finish came earlier this year in the Daytona 500 when he started eighth and took the checkered flag in 14th position, after the race was called due to rain. Montoya is a two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona champion (2007, 2008) and drove to a second-place finish in the Rolex 24 this February.

Did You Know: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has swept both Superspeedway poles this season. Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 and Juan Pablo Montoya won his first career NSCS pole at Talladega Superspeedway in April. Last July Bryan Clauson won his first career Nationwide Series pole at Daytona International Speedway while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Last Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Target Team had a solid weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a 12th-place finish after heavy rain ended the race early on Sunday afternoon. The 12th-place finish marks Montoya's best finish at the 1.058-mile oval.

Montoya Appearance: Juan Pablo Montoya and wife Connie Montoya are scheduled to appear at the DUB Tour display on the Daytona International Speedway Midway at 4:00 pm ET on Saturday, July 4, 2009. The Montoya's will be on-hand for a special Q&A session with 102 JAMZ FM personality and mid-day host Ronda Jordan and to accept a donation on behalf of their charity, Formula Smiles.

In the Points: Following the 11th top-15 finish of the season for the Target Team, Montoya remains 12th in the 2009 NSCS Championship driver point standings. The No. 42 team is 475 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

2009 In Numbers: Montoya and team have one pole award, seven top-10 and 11 top-15 finishes in the 2009 season. Montoya has led 17 laps and averages a 13.6 starting and 15th-place finishing position this season.

Home Track: Florida is the home state of Crew Chief Brian Pattie and Spotter Tab Boyd. Brian Pattie hails from Zephyrhills and got his racing start working with David Reutimann on DIRT modified and Late Model circuits in central Florida. Tab Boyd is a native of Pensacola and grew up racing on local Florida short tracks with his family. When he is not in the spotters stand Boyd works in the Fabrication department at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #076. Chassis #076 will make its debut this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The chassis served as the backup at both Daytona and Talladega earlier this season.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #902. The Target team will bring Chassis No. 902 to Daytona International Speedway this weekend. This will be the third race of the season for chassis No. 902. Montoya raced this chassis to a 14th-place finish in the Daytona 500 and qualified on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway before a late race accident relegated him to a 20th-place finish.

-credit: egr

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