Richmond II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

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

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

Richmond History: Martin Truex Jr. will make his eighth Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. In seven prior starts at the track Truex has an average starting position of 14.6 and an average finishing position of 23.9. His best finish came in May of 2008 when he took the checkered flag in fifth position. Truex has led 22 laps at the .750 mile oval. Earlier this season, Truex was relegated to a 22nd-place finishing position after spending 307 of 400 laps inside the top-15 and taking home an average running position of 10th. Truex would also lead 22 laps, but a late-race incident caused damage to his No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy and the team would have to settle for a 22nd-place finish.

Atlanta Weekend: Truex started off the two-day race weekend by bringing home his second Pole Award of the 2009 season and the first for Guitar Hero during qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway by posting a lap of 30.106. As the green flag dropped, Truex quickly showed that his winning the Pole wasn't a fluke. He would go on to lead a race high, 68 laps and continue to race well inside the top-10 for the first one-third of the race. However, on lap 131 the No. 1 Guitar Hero® 5 Chevrolet came down pit road in seventh position and struggled with lug nut problems during the stop. Truex would come out 15th, and after taking the green flag would start to lose ground quickly reporting that the car was becoming increasingly loose. The team would continue to fight hard for the remainder of the evening to get back on the lead lap. However, it wasn't in the cards for Truex and the No.1 Guitar Hero 5 team as they would eventually finish the 500-mile event one lap down in 26th position.

Bass Pro Shops Returns: The familiar colors of Johnny Morris's Bass Pro Shops will return to the No. 1 Chevrolet this weekend at Richmond. The race marks Bass Pro's 22nd race of the 2009 season.

Nationwide Racing for Two-Time Champion: Truex will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) to drive the No.1 Chevrolet entry for Phoenix Racing in Friday night's Nationwide Series Race at Richmond International Raceway. The start will mark Truex's sixth NNS start at the Virginia race track. Truex has an average starting position of 8.8 and an average finishing position of 21.2. His best finish came in Sept. of 2004 when he took the checkered flag in third position. Truex has led 11 laps at the .750 mile oval in the NNS.

In the Points: Truex and the No. 1 Chevrolet dropped one spot in the NSCS standings to the 24th position.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Chasing History: Juan Pablo Montoya is contending for his first appearance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since entering the NSCS full-time in 2007. Montoya could become the first international, the first Hispanic and first former Formula 1 driver to make the Chase.

Beyond the Numbers: With only one race remaining before the Chase cutoff, Montoya sits eighth in the NSCS standings. He is now 88 points in front of 13th position and just 17 points out of fifth. The following Chase scenario's will fall into place at Richmond; Montoya will need to finish 18th or better, finish 22nd and lead at least one lap or finish 24th and lead the most laps in order to clinch a spot in the Chase.

Richmond History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. He has an average starting position of 17.6 and an average finishing position of 27.8 in his five prior NSCS starts. Montoya's best finish of 10th came in his last NSCS start at the 0.750-Mile Oval. Montoya has the second-most green flag passes at Richmond with 2,207. In the spring race, Montoya qualified 29th and recorded his first top-10 finish. In the NNS garage, Montoya has one start which resulted in an 11th-place finish.

About Atlanta: Juan Pablo Montoya advanced one position in the driver point standings from ninth to eighth after a solid performance at Atlanta. Montoya and the No. 42 Target team crossed the finish line in the third position and garnered their second top-five finish of the season. Qualifying in the 22nd position, Montoya quickly maneuvered his way through the field and never looked back. The Target Chevrolet never fell below the 14th position and was consistently one of the quickest race cars on the track. Montoya took the lead on lap 275 and led 31 laps before relinquishing it to eventual race winner Kasey Kahne and second-place finisher Kevin Harvick.

Montoya in a Presidential PSA: President Obama delivered a national address directly to students on the importance of staying in school on Tuesday, Sept., 8 at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. As part of the initiative, a public service announcement was aired featuring Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Juan Pablo Montoya and other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase contenders including Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have one pole award, two top-fives, 12 top-10 and 16 top-15 finishes in the 2009 season. In the 25 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 20 top-20 finishes. He has led 164 laps and averages a starting position of 12.8 and a finishing position of 13.6 for the season. They have completed 6919 of out 6936 possible laps (99.8%) this season.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #051. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will bring chassis #051 to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis has not been used during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #817. Pattie and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #817 to Richmond International Raceway this weekend, marking the third race of the season for this chassis. This chassis earned its best finish of 10th at the spring Richmond race.

-credit: egr

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