Phoenix II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts: * First Time for Everything: Wrigley's Juicy Fruit made its presence known in the NASCAR Busch Series this season with CGRFS drivers Reed Sorenson and Scott Pruett, but...

David Stremme and the No. 40 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts:

* First Time for Everything: Wrigley's Juicy Fruit made its presence known in the NASCAR Busch Series this season with CGRFS drivers Reed Sorenson and Scott Pruett, but now it's on to the big leagues for the debut in the NEXTEL Cup series. This weekend David Stremme will take to the track rocking a new paint scheme in the signature yellow Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge. Wrigley's Juicy Fruit has been on board this season for nearly 20 NBS races with the No. 41 Dodge. The No. 41 Dodge captured one win at Gateway International Raceway, two top-5 finishes, four top 10 finishes and one pole.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Steve Lane and the No. 40 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge team have selected chassis #747 for this weekend. Chassis #747 saw action back in September at New Hampshire International Speedway.

* Points Update: Stremme currently sits in the 25th position in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings with a total of 2930 points. An accident ended his night last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway dropping him one spot in the driver point standings.

* When to Watch: The green flag for the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil is set to wave at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 11th. The race will air live on ABC, MRN Radio, and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 128.

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team Facts:

* Arizona native: Target team transport driver Brian Darr is a native of Arizona, hailing from Tempe. Darr joined CGRFS this season and previously worked with Andretti-Green Racing. He's been involved in motorsports for 10 years. Darr also helps with pit support and is the gas runner on race day.

* Say Cheese: Sorenson spent a few extra days at Texas Motor Speedway this week, participating in the 2008 Target creative photo shoot with Target teammates and IRL drivers Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon.

* What the Driver Said: "I really like Phoenix and we've had some really good runs there in the Busch car. We finished top 15 in the Cup race there earlier this season in the CoT and our program has improved tremendously since that race. We're using the same car we raced at Martinsville a few weeks ago and we were running in the top five with it before having some transmission issues. I'm really excited about the gains we've made on the CoT and I'm looking forward to this weekend. The Target team has been running strong lately, even if we don't necessarily have all of the results to show it."

* Points Update: Sorenson and the Target team maintained 22nd position in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings after the completion of the last event at Texas. The team is 198 points out of 20th with two races remaining in the 2007 season.

* Chassis: Crew chief Elledge has selected chassis #732 for this weekend's race at Phoenix. This is the same car the team used at the second Martinsville race, both New Hampshire races and the first Dover race, with a best finish of 14th coming in the second New Hampshire event.

* Be Sure To Tune In: The Checker Auto Parts 500 is set to go green at 3:30 p.m. ET and will air live on ABC, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 128.

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Team Facts:

* Return to Phoenix: A temperamental No. 42 Dodge left Juan Pablo Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team scratching their heads toward the end of Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race in April at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), as they never managed to find the right balance with the mishandling Dodge. Montoya and the team eventually had to call it a night with a 33rd-place finish.

* For Colombia: Montoya, driver of the No.42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, is hosting a charity gala in Miami, Fla., to increase awareness about his country of Colombia, as well as raise funding in conjunction with five other Colombian charitable foundations. The stage is set for a red carpet affair that will involve more than 500 sport, business and entertainment celebrity guests. The event will be held Thursday, November 15 at the Karu & Y restaurant in Miami's Art and Entertainment district. The red carpet is set to begin at 7 p.m., with dinner, a fashion show by Colombian Fashion Designer Silvia Tcherassi and an exclusive concert by 12-time Grammy Winner Juanes. Montoya and his wife Connie's foundation Formula Smiles, is one of six charities that will benefit from the Gala.

* Standings: Montoya lost one spot in the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following his 25th-place run at Texas Motor Speedway. Montoya led for 10 laps and was running in the top 15 when the Texaco/Havoline Dodge lost a cylinder with 120 laps remaining.

* Rookie Race: Montoya was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the November 4 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He earned a 25th-place finish and took top rookie honors for the 15th time this season. He leads David Ragan by 20 points (234-214) with two races remaining in the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup schedule. Montoya is poised to become the fourth driver for Texaco/Havoline to earn the Raybestos Rookie honor (Davey Allison, Kenny Irwin and Jamie McMurray).

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #744 to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This will be the second time this season Wingo and the crew prepared this Avenger for a short-track race. Montoya previously drove this car at Richmond International Raceway in September. Montoya started the race from the 15th position and maintained a top-15 run until a multi-car incident left him no place to go. The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge was damaged beyond repair and retired in the 41st position.

-credit: cgr

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