Loudon II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and No. 41 Target Dodge (NSCS) 100th NSCS Start: Sorenson will be making his 100th NSCS start this weekend in New Hampshire. His first start came in October 2005 at Sorenson's home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 22-year-old...

Reed Sorenson and No. 41 Target Dodge (NSCS)

100th NSCS Start: Sorenson will be making his 100th NSCS start this weekend in New Hampshire. His first start came in October 2005 at Sorenson's home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 22-year-old has one pole, five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in NASCAR's premier series.

New Hampshire History: Reed Sorenson has made a combined eight starts at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in NASCAR's top two series. His average start in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the track is 12th and his average finishing position is 17th. In the Nationwide Series, Sorenson has an average starting position of 12th and an average finishing position of 13.3. His best finish at the track in the Cup series came last June when he scored a sixth-place finish.

Last Loudon Race: The Target Dodge started the 301-lap event sixth and continued to race in the top 10 for the first 60 laps. During green-flag stops on lap 70, Crew Chief Donnie Wingo called for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Throughout several cautions, the team continued to work on the car to provide more rear grip on the Target Dodge. During the final caution of the event on lap 280, Wingo elected to stay out since rain was lingering in the nearby area. The call proved to be a good one when the race was declared officially over on lap 284 due to rain.

In the Points: With the 26th-place finish last week, the No. 41 CGRFS entry remains 30th in the series' owner standings with 2,071 points, 363 markers behind 25th-place.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Juicy Fruit® Slim Pack ™ Dodge (NSCS)

Sweet Ride at NHMS: The No. 42 Dodge will once again carry the signature yellow scheme of Juicy Fruit gum for this weekend's race at NHMS. This will be the ninth time Montoya will pilot the Juicy Fruit® Slim Pack™ Dodge this season.

About last week: After practicing inside the top five on Friday at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), the No.42 Juicy Fruit Slim Pack Dodge and Montoya patiently waited out the rain-filled weekend in Richmond, Va., optimistic about a strong run Sunday. Unfortunately, once the clouds cleared and racing got underway Sunday afternoon, the team and driver found themselves battling a loose-handling race car the majority of the race and eventually called it a day with a 30th-place finish.

New Hampshire History: Montoya will be making his fourth start at NHMS in his second season driving a Sprint Cup car this weekend. In his first race at NHMS, Montoya qualified fifth and battled a tight-handling car to finish 19th. Montoya qualified 31st in the July 2007 event and finished 23rd.

Most recently, Montoya and the team finished the rain-shortened race in Loudon this past June 32nd. Montoya and the No. 42 crew had one of the quickest cars of the weekend, but were marred in traffic, blocked in their pits on several occasions and had a late-race run in with the No. 18 car that led them to the disappointing 32nd-place finish.

2008 Standings: Montoya remains 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver standings following the race at the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway. Despite finishing 30th, Montoya and the team also maintained their 22nd-place standing in owner points.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 41 Target Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #814. Sorenson has used this chassis three times this season (Richmond-May, Dover and Pocono-Aug.). Its best start and finish came at Richmond where Sorenson started fifth and finished 12th.

No. 42 Juicy Fruit Slim Pack Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #818. Montoya raced this chassis in his last visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past June. Teammate Sorenson also competed with this chassis at Martinsville Speedway last March. This weekend will be the car's second start of the 2008 season.

-credit: cgr

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