Kansas: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Team Kansas History: Truex will be making his fourth NSCS start at the one-half mile tri-oval. Truex has an average starting position of 12.3 and an average finish of 30.7 at Kansas ...

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

Kansas History: Truex will be making his fourth NSCS start at the one-half mile tri-oval. Truex has an average starting position of 12.3 and an average finish of 30.7 at Kansas Speedway. Truex's best finish came in 2006 when he started 43rd and finished 11th. He has qualified well at Kansas, starting the 2007 event eighth and the 2008 event in fifth.

About Dover: Martin Truex Jr. returned to what he considers to be his home track of Dover International Raceway looking to bring home another impressive run from the extremely fast mile-long oval. However, an early-race incident would set the tone for his eventual 33rd-place finish.

Saluting American Heroes: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will host some very special guests this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The team, in conjunction with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes Campaign, will host: Sgt. James Wilson who was wounded in action in 2004 on his second tour, served with 1st Airmobile B 1st/27th Company, Sgt. Matt Lloyd served with C Company 67th Signal Corp in 2004 and Sgt. Mike Davis served with 20th Engineers 1st Cavalry Division.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: The fourth-place finish at Dover enabled Montoya to move up one more position in the driver point standings to third place. In the course of two Chase races, Montoya has advanced a total of eight positions in the standings -- the largest move of all the Chase drivers.

Kansas History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his third NSCS start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. This marks the third race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 31.5 and an average finishing position of 24 in his two prior NSCS starts. Montoya's best finish of 20th came at last year's race. He has completed 99.6% of the possible laps at Kansas; 475 out of 477.

Saluting American Heroes: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will host some very special guests this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The team, in conjunction with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes Campaign, will host: Sgt. James Wilson who was wounded in action in 2004 on his second tour, served with 1st Airmobile B 1st/27th Company, Sgt. Matt Lloyd served with C Company 67th Signal Corp in 2004 and Sgt. Mike Davis served with 20th Engineers 1st Cavalry Division.

About Dover: The No. 42 Target team continued their quest to win their first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship as the team qualified on the outside pole and walked away with their fourth top-five of the season finishing fourth. Montoya was a top-five contender the entire race. In 400 laps, the Target team ran only 18 laps out of the top five and never falling below ninth. Leaving Dover, Montoya moved up to the third position in the championship point standings. With eight races remaining, he sits 65 points behind points leader Mark Martin and has a 124 points lead over the 12th position.

Racking up More Awards: The No. 42 Target team was acknowledged for their strong showing in the second race of the Chase. Montoya was recognized as the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race and crew chief Brian Pattie was awarded the DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race.

2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have accumulated two pole awards, four top-fives, 14 top-10 (50%) and 18 top-15 finishes this season. In the 28 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 22 top-20 finishes. He has led 269 laps and averages a starting position of 12 and a finishing position of 13.1 for the season. They have completed 8019 of out 8036 possible laps (99.8%) this season which ranks third for active drivers.

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 Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last used for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta (3/09) and Texas (4/09).

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #906. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #906 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis. The Target team has brought a brand new chassis to the first three Chase races this year.

-credit: egr

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