Homestead: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Team Homestead-Miami History: Truex will be making his fifth NSCS start at the one-half mile oval. Truex has an average starting position of 20.0 and an average finish of 12.5 at ...

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Team

Homestead-Miami History: Truex will be making his fifth NSCS start at the one-half mile oval. Truex has an average starting position of 20.0 and an average finish of 12.5 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). Truex's best finish came in 2006 when he started 20th and finished 2nd. Other highlights include three top-10 finishes, including a sixth-place finish in 2007.

About Phoenix: As the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) continues to wind down, Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 Team were still searching for their first top-five finish as they headed to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The streak would end at Phoenix, and they started by securing their third Coors Light Pole Award for the 2009 NSCS season. Truex ran well inside the top ten for the majority of the day at Phoenix and would eventually work his way inside the top five to secure his first top-five finish of the 2009 NSCS season, and owner Chip Ganassi's first top-five finish at the track in the Arizona desert. Truex has now secured three Coors Light Pole Awards for the 2009 season, each of which he won for a different primary sponsor...Bass Pro Shops (Daytona 500), Guitar Hero 5 (Atlanta) and Rain-X (Phoenix).

Bass Pro On The Hood: Long-time sponsor Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats returns to the race track at HMS this weekend when the No. 1 Team returns for the 2009 NSCS season finale at the one-half mile oval.

Gone Fishing: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Martin Truex Jr. will join a host of other NASCAR stars as they come together to support the 8th Annual Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 'Hot Rods & Reels' Charity Fishing Tournament on Saturday, November 21st at the infield lake at HMS. This will mark Truex's second appearance for the tournament after competing in the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's season opening event on Lake Lloyd at Daytona International Speedway. The event benefits the non-profit Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Cure Paralysis and the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, "Speediatrics" at Homestead Hospital. The tournament begins at 8:30am ET, and race fans are encouraged to attend.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: An eighth-place finish at Phoenix helped Montoya close the gap between him and Tony Stewart in the points chase. Montoya now only sits four points out of the fifth position heading into the season finale at Homestead. Point's leader Jimmie Johnson won the race and has a 289 point lead over Montoya.

The Chase Stats: Nine races into the 10-race Chase, Montoya has five top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes, an average starting position of 11.3, average finishing position of 12.9, an average running position of 10.001 and 83% of his laps have been run within the top-15.

Home Sweet Home: Juan Pablo Montoya will return home to close out the 2009 season this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Not only do the Montoya's call Miami home, this weekend's start will mark three years since Montoya climbed behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup car. In his inaugural race, Montoya started 29th and finished 34th due to an accident.

Homestead History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his fourth NSCS start at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This marks the ninth and final race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 24.3 and an average finishing position of 22 in his three prior NSCS starts. Montoya's best finish of 17th came at the 2007 season finale. He has completed 97.9% of the possible laps at Homestead; 785 out of 802 and has led two laps.

About Phoenix: Team Target came into the weekend sixth in points and looking to gain some ground on the top five. The race would be run primarily under green flag conditions with only 23 laps displayed under caution. The final caution flag of the day waved on lap 171 and Montoya restarted in the 10th position. Over the course of the next 134 green flag laps Montoya was able to gain a few valuable positions and take the checkered flag in the eighth position.

Miami Area Show Car Appearances: Race Fans! Juan Pablo Montoya's No. 42 Target Chevrolet will be making a couple of appearances in the Miami area this weekend and we want you to come check it out! The first stop on the tour will include Kendall Chevrolet of Miami, Florida on Friday, Nov. 20 from 10am -- 6pm ET. Kendall Chevrolet is located at 8455 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami, Fla. 33143. The second appearance will occur on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9am -- 5pm ET at Chevrolet of Pembroke Pines located at 14199 Pines Boulevard.

2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have accumulated two pole awards, seven top fives, 18 top-10 (51.4%) and 22 top-15 finishes this season. In the 35 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 27 top-20 finishes. He has led 388 laps and averages a starting position of 12.5 and a finishing position of 13.6 for the season. They have completed 10101 of out 10225 possible laps (98.8%) this season which ranks sixth for active drivers and have no DNF's (did not finish).

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #070. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #070 to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last used for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas where Truex and team brought home a 16th-place finish. The team also used this chassis earlier this season for the first races at Atlanta (3/09) and Texas (4/09). It was in the Atlanta race with chassis #070 that Truex brought home his first top-10 finish of 2009.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #910. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #910 to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.

-credit: cgr

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