Martinsville II: David Stremme preview

No. 40 TEAM FACTS: Rookie of the Race: Last weekend in Charlotte rookie David Stremme battled for 334 laps to bring home his second-highest finish of the season, 15th. His top-15 finish also won him the Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award for...

No. 40 TEAM FACTS:

Rookie of the Race: Last weekend in Charlotte rookie David Stremme battled for 334 laps to bring home his second-highest finish of the season, 15th. His top-15 finish also won him the Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award for the first time this season.

Testing 1,2,3...Stremme, along with his Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammates Casey Mears, Juan Pablo Montoya and Reed Sorenson, is testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) this week. The HMS test is the final session of the NASCAR determined testing schedule of seven tracks for 2006. Sorenson and Mears (Oct. 16 & 17), Montoya and Stremme (Oct. 17 & 18).

Note: Sorenson led the first session on Monday with a lap time of 31.459 sec./171.652 mph. His teammate Mears led the second session on Monday with a lap time of 31.200 sec./173.077 mph.

Earlier this Season: Back in April, Stremme was battling to get his lap back when on lap 134 he was turned from behind and sent into the outside wall. After spending several laps in the garage and returning to the track twice, he finished the DirecTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway in the 38th position.

Looking Ahead to Martinsville: This will be Stremme's second start at Martinsville Speedway. He was caught up in an accident the first race this season but before that he gained his short-track experience at New Paris Speedway in Indiana. The .25-mile track is located 36 miles from South Bend, Ind., where Stremme grew up.

Rookie Ranks: Stremme is currently sixth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. With 153 points, he is 113 points behind leader Denny Hamlin and only 27 points behind fifth-place J.J Yeley.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Stremme is currently 34th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver standings and the No. 40 Dodge is 34th in the owner standings. There are now five races remaining in the 2006 season.

David Stremme Quote:

"The Charlotte race was a good race for us. The No. 40 crew worked hard and pit strategy seemed to really help us stay up toward the front of the field. I really thought we had a top-10 car but we got caught two laps down when the caution came out before the green flag pit stops had cycled through. We are happy that we brought home a 15th-place finish and hopefully we will continue this weekend with another solid finish.

"We had a rough race at Martinsville back in April. We started at the back of the field and that place, like Bristol, is hard to gain track position when you start so far back. On top of that we had an incident that sent us behind the wall so we were unable to get a good finish. Hopefully that is not the case this time, the goal this weekend is to get a good starting spot after qualifying and work our way to the front of the field."

-credit: cgr

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