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David Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Team Facts: * Nifty at Fifty: Both Stremme and Target Teammate Reed Sorenson made their 50th career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series starts last weekend in Charlotte. Stremme made his Cup debut in...

David Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Team Facts:

* Nifty at Fifty: Both Stremme and Target Teammate Reed Sorenson made their 50th career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series starts last weekend in Charlotte. Stremme made his Cup debut in 2005, starting 31st and finishing 16th at Chicagoland Speedway, while Sorenson debuted at Atlanta that same year. Both were in car #39.

* Points Update: Stremme and the Coors Light team picked up one spot in the NNCS point standings (22nd to 21st) with their 17th place finish in Charlotte. The team will return back to its primary paint scheme after having run the Coors Light "Cold Activated Bottle" scheme for the NEXTEL Open and 600 events. Stay tuned for updates for upcoming Coors Light promotions and paint schemes later this season.

* Bloggers Beware: Get the inside scoop directly from the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge tire specialist Rob Lopes each Monday on www.chipganassiracing.com with his weekly blog. Lopes recaps the race weekend happenings for the team and offers up some great behind the scenes info that you can't get anywhere else. Just logon and select "Team Blogs" under the "News" dropdown.

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team Facts:

* Down with Dover: Sorenson has a solid track record at the track known as the "Monster Mile." In four starts at the track in the NASCAR Busch Series, Sorenson has top-top five finishes and four top 10s. His two NEXTEL Cup Series starts at the track resulted in an 11th-place effort and a 19th. Sorenson has completed all but one of the possible 1602 laps of competition in races he run at the 1-mile oval. His average combined start is 15.5 and his average finish is 8.7.

* Points Update: The Target team moved up five spots in the overall standings after Sorenson scored a career-best finish of fourth at Lowe's Motor Speedway Sunday. His previous career-best NNCS finish was fifth at Michigan (Spring, 2006).

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team have selected chassis #732 for the race at Dover. This will mark the first race for the new Car of Tomorrow.

* Be Sure to Tune In: The Dover 400 is set to go green at 1:30 pm ET on Sunday. The race will air live on FOX, MRN radio and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 128 (Live, 1 pm ET).

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco Havoline Dodge Team Facts:

* Standings: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team slipped one spot to 22nd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following their 28th-place finish in Charlotte. Montoya is only 23 points out of 20th and 161 points out of 12th -- the final transfer position for the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

* Walking for a Cause: Montoya will participate in the 2007 NASCAR Foundation Track Walk at Dover International Speedway on Saturday following the NASCAR Busch Series race. Montoya will be walking on behalf of the Formula Smiles Foundation. He created the Formula Smiles Foundation to improve the quality of life of Colombian children and their environment by implementing programs that instill values through sports and recreation. Fans can register to walk with Montoya on the NASCAR Foundation website or at the track on Friday and Saturday. The Track Walk gives fans the unique opportunity to walk a lap around Dover International Speedway with Montoya. Not only do walkers experience the track from a different perspective and get to enjoy the sights and sounds from the actual racing surface, they are also raising funds for Formula Smiles.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team have selected chassis #731 for this weekend's Autism Speaks 400 CoT (Car of Tomorrow) race in Dover. This chassis has competed at Darlington (23rd-place finish), Richmond (26th-place finish) and Bristol (32nd-place finish).

* Rookie Race: Montoya was rookie of the race for the fifth time this season in the 600-mile Charlotte event Sunday and leads David Ragan by six points (131-125) in the Raybestos® Rookie standings. Montoya and the team were involved in an early wreck and were posted in the 38th position, but returned to the track to pick up 10 spots and top rookie honors. In the Busch Series, Montoya is currently second in the standings, just five points behind Ragan.

* 20th Anniversary Note: Davey Allison, piloting his Texaco/Havoline car, is one of only two rookies to win the spring race at Dover International Speedway. Allison took the checkered flag in the 1987 event on his way to becoming the 1987 Cup Raybestos® Rookie of the Year.

* Helping out: On Thursday, Montoya will play in the sixth Annual Drive for Autism Research Celebrity-Am Golf Outing to be held at the world-class DuPont Country Club located in the Brandywine Valley, Wilmington, Del. The money from the golf outing will go directly to the Autism Society of Delaware whose mission is to improve the lives of people with autism and their families. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Autism associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as one in every 150 births.

* Road Trip: Texaco/Havoline has just made traveling to the race track easier for race fans. Fans can go to www.texacohavoline42.com, click on the link for the road trip and enter their starting location and race destination. In addition to receiving the best route to the track, fans will also get directions to the nearest Xpress Lube and Texaco service stations along the way to make planning their trip to see Montoya easier.

* Updated site: The fan and media site at www.texacohavoline42.com has been revamped for the 2007 season. Media and fans can get up-to-date information on the team, Montoya as well as special features like an exclusive blog from Montoya's spotter Tab Boyd.

-credit: cgr

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