Michigan: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 GE Reveal® Team Return to the Irish Hills of Michigan: Martin Truex Jr. will be making his seventh career NSCS start at Michigan this weekend when he takes the green flag in his No. 1 GE Reveal® Chevrolet. Truex's...

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 GE Reveal® Team

Return to the Irish Hills of Michigan: Martin Truex Jr. will be making his seventh career NSCS start at Michigan this weekend when he takes the green flag in his No. 1 GE Reveal® Chevrolet. Truex's best NSCS start came during the first Michigan race in 2007 when he started eighth and finished second. When the Series returned to Michgan later that summer, Truex proceeded to bring home a consecutive second place finish. Truex has also made the most of his two Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at the track with two Pole Awards and two top five finishes at the track in the NNS. His best finish came in 2004 when he finished third.

Last Weekend: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 TomTom Team worked hard to put themselves into position for a top 10 finish on Sunday afternoon. As the race progressed however, it became evident that the Pocono 500 would become a fuel mileage race. While running 11th on lap 171, Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion radioed that the No. 1 TomTom Chevy was going to be about three laps short on fuel. He would subsequently call for a pit stop during green flag conditions on lap 185 for Truex to come down and get two tires and fuel, while running in tenth position. The No. 1 TomTom team had taken a gamble, thinking the leaders that stayed out would eventually run out of fuel and propel Truex to a higher finishing position. The gamble didn't pay-off as the leaders coasted around the track for the remaining laps. Truex and team would finish in 18th position.

In the Points: Truex and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Team remained in the 19th position after their 18th place finish at Pocono.

GE Reveal® on the Car: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and GE Lighting recently announced that the GE Reveal® Light Bulb brand will be the primary sponsor on the No. 1 Chevrolet of Martin Truex Jr. for multiple races during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season. GE Reveal® Light bulbs will make their debut as primary sponsor of the No. 1 Chevrolet this weekend, June 14 at Michigan International Speedway. GE will follow Michigan with the June 21 race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The light bulbs bring Clean, Beautiful Light® to any space and Truex hopes that space is Victory Lane in Michigan and Sonoma.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Michigan History: Montoya has made four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. His average start is 24th and average finish is 33rd. Montoya's best race at the 2-mile track came last August when he qualified 19th and came home with a 25th- place finish.

Did You Know?: Juan Pablo Montoya is no stranger to success at Michigan International Speedway. He competed at the 2-mile oval in the CART Series in 1999 where he started third, led for 28 laps and finished on the podium in second place. In the July 2000 CART race he drove to Victory Lane for Chip Ganassi Racing. Montoya started the race from the seventh position and led 39 laps before taking the checkered flag.

Last Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Target team finished eighth at Pocono Raceway after two great strategy calls from Montoya and his Crew Chief, Brian Pattie. Montoya earned his first top-10 finish at Pocono Raceway and fifth top-10 finish of the 2009 season.

2009 In Numbers: The eighth place finish at Pocono marked Montoya's fifth top-10 finish of the 2009 season. To date Montoya and the Target team have one pole award, five top-10 and eight top-15 finishes. He has an average starting spot of 13th and finishing position of 16th. Last year, Montoya amassed two top-five, three top-10 and seven top-15 finishes throughout the entire 2008 season. Montoya currently sits 15th in the NSCS Driver Standings, 62 points out of 12th position, the cutoff for the "Chase to the Sprint Cup." At this point last season, Montoya and the No. 42 team were sitting 20th in points.

Michigan Native: Michigan International Speedway is the home track for Front-tire carrier Eric Bilyeu. He is a native of Waterford, Mich., about 80 miles from the track. Bilyeu attended college and played Hockey at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. He got his start in NASCAR five years ago after reading a story in NASCAR Scene about the Ganassi Racing pit crews. Bilyeu sent in a resume and became one of the first members of the team's pit crew development program.

In the Points: Montoya remains 15th in the NSCS Championship Driver points after his fifth top-10 finish and eighth top-15 finish of 2009. He is 62 points out of 12th and 426 behind point leader, Tony Stewart.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 GE Reveal® Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #080 Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring Chassis number #080 to Michigan International Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last used at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #903. This will be the third event of the year for chassis #903. Montoya raced this chassis in to a seventh place finish in Texas and an 11th-place finish in Fontana earlier this year.

-credit: egr

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