Loudon II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Rain-X® Team New Hampshire History: Martin Truex Jr. will be making his eighth NSCS start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Truex has an average starting position of 11.1 and an average finish of 13.7 at...

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Rain-X® Team

New Hampshire History: Martin Truex Jr. will be making his eighth NSCS start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Truex has an average starting position of 11.1 and an average finish of 13.7 at the 1.058-mile oval. His best finish at NHMS came in June 2007 when Truex drove the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to a third-place finish. This Spring Truex was running in fifth when he became the victim of a chain reaction wreck during a restart on lap 174. His badly damaged car could not be fixed and he was relegated to a 37th-place finish.

About Richmond: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team started the weekend out strong as they qualified on the outside pole for Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway. Truex ran in the top-15 for most of the night but on lap 278 the No. 13 car got into the right-front tire of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy and cut the tire down, damaging the fender and the steering. Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion called Truex to the garage and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team quickly went to work. The team returned to the track on lap 332 in 39th position, 54 laps down but the damaged race car had to return to the garage on lap 381 and the No. 1 Bass Pro Chevy was done for the evening, eventually finishing 39th.

Rain-X® on the Hood: The Rain-X® brand will make its debut as the primary sponsor on the No. 1 Chevrolet of Martin Truex Jr. for this weekend's NSCS race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. For more than 30 years, the legendary Rain-X® Original Glass Treatment has been dramatically improving wet weather driving visibility by causing precipitation to bead up and roll off vehicle windshields.

"Bono" goes Modified Racing: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion will be pulling double duty this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Manion is bringing his Whelen Modified Car to the race track with Ryan Newman behind the wheel to race in the New Hampshire 100 on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1:00 ET. This will be the fourth race of the year for Newman and Manion in the Modified Car.

In the Points: After the race at Richmond International Raceway Truex and the No. 1 Chevrolet team remain 24th in the NSCS standings.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

In the Chase: Juan Pablo Montoya has become the first international, the first Hispanic and first former Formula 1 driver to clinch a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase. In his third full-season, Columbian-born Montoya secured a spot in the Chase after a 19th-place finish at Richmond. Montoya comes into the first race of the Chase in the 11th seed with 5,000 points. Veteran Mark Martin is ranked first with 5,040 points.

100 and Counting: Not only does the race at New Hampshire mark the first race for Montoya in the Chase, it also marks his 100th career start in the NSCS. Montoya wasted no time making his presence known in the NASCAR world after transitioning from open-wheel cars to the NSCS. Montoya became the first Latino to win in NASCAR's premier Series and capture the Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year title in his inaugural season. Over the course of three years, Montoya has tallied one pole, one win, seven top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.

Birthday Wishes: Montoya will celebrate his 34th birthday on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

New Hampshire History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. He has an average starting position of 20.4 and an average finishing position of 20.6 in his five prior NSCS starts. Montoya's best finish of 12th came in his last NSCS start at the one-mile oval in the spring. He's led six laps and has completed 99.8% of the possible laps at NHMS; 1454 out of 1457.

About Richmond: A solid finish in Richmond is all the team needed to secure a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase. They sat eighth in points with an 88 point cushion over 13th position. Montoya and the No. 42 Target team came into the weekend with a conservative approach and the strategy paid off. Montoya was able to run a clean race and cross the finish line in the 19th position. He and 11 other NSCS drivers will now compete for the championship.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #031. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will bring chassis #031 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis has not been used during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #907. Pattie and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #907 to New Hampshire Motor 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