Michigan II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Team Michigan History: Martin Truex Jr. will make his eighth Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. In seven prior starts at the track Truex has an ...

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

Michigan History: Martin Truex Jr. will make his eighth Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. In seven prior starts at the track Truex has an average start of 16th and an average finish of 17th. In 2007 Truex came home second in both of that season's races at the track; those are his best NSCS finishes at the track. Earlier this season Truex battled an ill-handling racecar and a brush with the wall to finish 36th.

Michigan Success: Across all of NASCAR's national series Martin Truex Jr. has nine starts at Michigan International Speedway. In those nine starts Truex has racked up two poles ('04, '05 Nationwide Series), one top-10 starting position ('07 Sprint Cup Series), and four top five finishes ('04, '05 Nationwide Series and both '07 Sprint Cup Series races). The No. 1 team looks to add to their impressive track stats this weekend.

Last Weekend: Martin Truex and his No. 1 Chevrolet team were poised to have one of their best finishes of the season at Watkins Glen when they ran short on fuel on the final lap of the race. The team ran in the top-10 during all practice sessions and despite a 23rd place qualifying run looked ready to battle up front. When the flag finally dropped on Monday the team recognized some handling issues they had to overcome. Once the proper adjustments were made Truex quickly moved into the top-10. He remained there all day, racing as high as sixth before he ran out of fuel on the final lap. Truex finished in 28th.

In the Points: Truex and the No. 1 Chevrolet team gained one spot in the NSCS owner point standings to 23rd and remained 24th in driver standings.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Michigan History: Montoya has made five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. He has an average start of 21.2 and an average finish is 27.6. Montoya's best race at the 2-mile track came earlier this season when he qualified seventh and came home with a sixth place finish.

Michigan Winner: Juan Pablo Montoya is no stranger to success at Michigan International Speedway. In 1999 he competed at the 2-mile oval in the CART Series for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) where he started third and led for 28 laps before scoring a podium finish of second place. In the July 2000 CART race Montoya drove to Victory Lane after starting from the seventh position. He led 39 laps before taking the checkered flag.

Did You Know: In the last nine races Juan Pablo Montoya has scored 1,156 points; only Tony Stewart (1,530) and Jimmie Johnson (1,334) have scored more points than Montoya in that time. In those nine races Montoya has an average finishing position of 7.78.

Target House: Juan Pablo Montoya took a trip to Target House at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. on Tuesday with his Target teammates, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti of the IndyCar Series. Target House® provides nearly 100 free, fully equipped apartments for families and patients receiving long-term treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, but it's so much more than a place to stay. Target House is a home away from home for families facing the challenge of their lives. It's also a place where Target team members, corporate partners and celebrities join to help build awareness of the good things happening at Target House and St. Jude. Team members regularly volunteer at Target House, and luminaries such as Shaun White, Tiger Woods, Scott Hamilton and the Jonas Brothers have made appearances at Target House and St. Jude over the years.

About Watkins Glen: Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Target team turned in another solid performance last weekend at Watkins Glen picking up their 11th top-10 finish of the season. Montoya took the green flag in 10th place and ran with the leaders most of the day. On lap 56 the Target team made their final pit stop and came out of the green-flag stop in 10th place. Montoya was able to climb his way up to a 6th-place finish when the checkered flag fell.

In the Points: Montoya's sixth place finish at The Glen moved him up one position in the NSCS standings to a career-high 7th place. He now sits only 121 points out of fourth in the standings and has a 154 point cushion over 13th with only four races remaining before the cutoff to the chase at Richmond.

2009 In Numbers: Montoya and team have one pole award, one top-five, 11 top-10 and 15 top-15 finishes in the 2009 season. Montoya has led 133 laps and averages a starting position of 12.9 and a finishing position of 13.3 this season.

Michigan Native: Front-tire carrier Eric Bilyeu is a native of Waterford, Mich., about 80 miles from the track. 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.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #080. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will bring chassis #080 to Michigan this weekend. This chassis has been used twice this season at Las Vegas and Michigan.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #819. The Target team will bring Chassis #819 to Michigan International Speedway this weekend marking the third race of the season for this chassis. Montoya last raced chassis #819 at Pocono Raceway where he finished a season-high second place. The team also used this chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Montoya qualified on the outside pole and led 116 of the races 160 laps.

-credit: egr

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