Richmond II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Energizer Dodge Team Facts: * Energizer on Board... The No. 40 Dodge will sport the Energizer® e2® Lithium® paint scheme for a second time this season at RIR. Stremme drove the scheme previously at the Food...

David Stremme and the No. 40 Energizer Dodge Team Facts:

* Energizer on Board... The No. 40 Dodge will sport the Energizer® e2® Lithium® paint scheme for a second time this season at RIR. Stremme drove the scheme previously at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and finished 13th. The dynamic silver and blue paint scheme will feature Energizer® e2® Lithium, the World's Longest Lasting Battery in High Tech Devices, alongside the famous Energizer Bunny®.

* "Mayor of the Infield"...Stremme was dubbed "mayor of the infield" last week in the NASCAR.com article titled NASCAR offers a unique bond between fans, drivers. Stremme is known for becoming "mayor of the infield" so to speak at some of NASCAR's biggest races. Be it alone, or with his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, Stremme loves to hop on his golf cart and drop in on unsuspecting NASCAR fans. Check out the story here, and the fan letter that confirms Stremme's status of "mayor of the infield".

* Chassis: Crew chief Steve Lane and the No. 40 team have selected chassis #746 for this weekend. This is a new CoT that will see competition for the first time this weekend.

* Points Update: Stremme is currently 23rd in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings with a total of 2236 points. Stremme is only 136 points out of 20th heading into Richmond

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

* Energizer Keeps Going and Going: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (CGR), and Energizer Holdings, Inc. announced this week a multi-year extension to their long-lasting relationship that dates back over a decade. Energizer will continue to showcase its brand as a major associate sponsor on the No. 41 Target Dodge driven by Reed Sorenson in the NEXTEL Cup Series and both Target Chip Ganassi Racing entries in the IndyCar Series driven by current championship contender (second place) and past champion Scott Dixon and 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner and series champion Dan Wheldon beginning with the start of the 2008 racing season.

* Virginia Native: Target team front-tire changer Bobby Burrell hails from Hot Springs, Va. In addition to his race day duties, Burrell serves as a chassis engineer at the shop. This is his fourth season with CGRFS and prior to joining the team he worked with Robert Yates Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and DEI.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team have selected chassis #745 for RIR. This is a new CoT that will see competition for the first time this weekend.

* Points Update: Sorenson is currently tied for 24th position in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings with Mark Martin with a total of 2220 points. Sorenson is only 152 points out of 20th heading into Richmond.

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

* Back in Black: Juan Pablo Montoya's No. 42 Dodge Avenger will return to its black and red colors of Texaco/Havoline for the final 11 races of the season. Texaco/Havoline is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a primary sponsor in NASCAR, a historical journey that began in 1987 with a young driver named Davey Allison. Allison drove the Texaco/Havoline car to 19 victories including a 1988 win at Richmond International Raceway (RIR).

* Return to Richmond: Montoya will make his second NEXTEL Cup start at Richmond on Saturday night. Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team ran in the top-15 during the first 100 laps of the 400-lap competition at RIR in May, but a tap from the No. 12 car on lap 119 sent the No. 42 up into the No. 70 car. The team worked on the car all evening, but it never handled as well after the incident and had to settle for a 26th-place finish.

* Standings: Montoya and the No. 42 team slipped one spot in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings to 19th after their 33rd-place run last weekend at California Speedway. Montoya and the team overcame the heat, a blown engine in qualifying and a collision with the No. 99 car on pit road to finish the race 33rd, three laps down to the leader.

* Rookie Race: Montoya still holds a significant lead in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings over David Ragan. He leads the driver of the No. 6 car by 23 points (217-194). Montoya is poised to become the fourth driver for sponsor Texaco/Havoline to earn Rookie of the Year honors (Allison, Kenny Irwin and Jamie McMurray). It would also be the second time Crew Chief Donnie Wingo has led a new driver in the No. 42 Dodge to the title. Wingo was with McMurray in 2003 when he beat Greg Biffle for the coveted rookie trophy.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #744 to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the 26th race of season. This is a new chassis for the Texaco/Havoline team and has not competed in NASCAR competition yet this season. Montoya and the team were supposed to test this chassis on the Monday and Tuesday following Michigan. However, due to the rain delay at Michigan, Busch Series driver Kevin Hamlin stepped into chassis #744 for the two-day test at the 1.25-mile track with the CGRFS test team.

* Did you know this about 42? Molybdenum is number 42 on the periodic table and comes from the Greek word meaning lead. It is a metallic element that resembles chromium and tungsten, and is used in strengthening and hardening steel. The element is used daily at the race shop in our engine oil provided by Havoline and in metal alloys found in car parts like the rear end housing and ball bearings.

* Richmond Local: Texaco/Havoline crew member Ryan Quann, who works in the composite shop and serves as pit and driver support on race day, hails from Richmond, Va. He has been working for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (and SABCO) for the past seven years.

-credit: cgr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Hendrick Motorsports , Yates Racing