Dover II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Vaseline® MEN Team Dover History: Truex will return to the track that he considers home as the No. 1 Vaseline® MEN team heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend. He will be making his eighth NSCS start at...

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Vaseline® MEN Team

Dover History: Truex will return to the track that he considers home as the No. 1 Vaseline® MEN team heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend. He will be making his eighth NSCS start at the one-mile oval. Truex has an average starting position of 19.4 and an average finish of 12.7 at the one-mile oval. Truex has had much success at the Monster Mile with one win, one top-five, and three top-10s under his belt. Truex's first NSCS victory came at Dover in the spring of 2007. The win helped catapult the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team to a spot in the 2007 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The team went on to finish 11th in the points standings in 2007.

About Loudon: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team started the weekend out strong as they qualified seventh and posted the second-fastest speeds in both practice sessions on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Truex ran 201 of 300 laps inside the top-15 and carried an average running position of 12th. However, late race handling issues and coinciding long green-flag runs would cause Truex and the No.1 Rain-X Chevy to fall back as low as 23rd. The No. 1 Rain-X team continued to work on their Chevrolet and Truex would make a late-race push to finish the 300-lap event in 19th position.

Driver, Martin Truex Jr. Appearance: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Martin Truex Jr. will make a 15-minute appearance at the Vaseline MEN display space on the Dover International Speedway midway on Sunday, Sept 27. The driver will stop by to answer questions from fans at 10:45am ET on Sunday morning.

Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Makes Donation to Dover Fans: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, a fan favorite at the Monster Mile, purchased 100 tickets to the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Raceway for select fans unable to renew their September race tickets due to hardships brought on by the economic downturn or other unforeseen circumstances.

In the Points: After the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Truex and the No. 1 Chevrolet team remain 24th in the NSCS standings.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Polaroid Team

Polaroid in Action: Juan Pablo Montoya will be running the No. 42. Polaroid Chevrolet this weekend in Dover - the fourth of six special paint schemes planned for the No. 42 this season. This is Polaroid's second season as an associate sponsor in the Target program. To help promote his involvement with Polaroid, Montoya can be seen on Sunday morning venturing among fans to promote Polaroid's new PoGo instant digital camera and instant mobile printer by taking photos with fans.

Dover History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Dover International Speedway this weekend. He has an average starting position of 18.2 and an average finishing position of 24.4 in his five prior NSCS starts. Montoya's best finish of 10th came in the 2007 fall race at the one-mile oval. He's led three laps and has completed 97% of the possible laps at Dover; 1939 out of 2000.

About New Hampshire: The No. 42 Target team kicked off the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup in dominating fashion at New Hampshire. Montoya and his No. 42 Target Chevrolet were on the top of the board for all three practice sessions and would lead the field to the green flag for Sunday's Sylvania 400 by starting on the pole. The Target Chevrolet led a total of 105 laps and would be in top contention for a win in the closing laps. Montoya finished third after being held off by Mark Martin on a late-race double-file restart.

Racking up Awards: The No. 42 Target team's stellar performance at New Hampshire did not go un-noticed in the racing world. Montoya was credited with the Coors Light Pole Award, Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race, WIX Filters Lap Leader, and Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Award. Crew chief Brian Pattie was named the DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race.

Moving on up: Montoya became the biggest mover in the point standings after his third-place finish at New Hampshire. Montoya moved up seven positions to fourth heading into Dover. 55 points separate him from point leader Mark Martin.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Vaseline® MEN Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #804. The No. 1 Vaseline® MEN Chevrolet team will bring chassis #804 to Dover International Raceway this weekend. This chassis was last used for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway and the 2009 All-Star Week event at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

No. 42 Polaroid Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #905. Pattie and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #905 to Dover International Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.

-credit: egr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing