Talladega II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS) Talladega Results: Reed Sorenson has recorded five NSCS starts at the Superspeedway, averaging a 33rd-place starting position and a 28th-place finish. He earned his best finish last October when...

Reed Sorenson and the No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS)

Talladega Results: Reed Sorenson has recorded five NSCS starts at the Superspeedway, averaging a 33rd-place starting position and a 28th-place finish. He earned his best finish last October when he crossed the finish line in 10th place (started 28th).

Last weekend: Last weekend, Sorenson drove his No.41 Target Dodge to a 26th-place finish in the Camping World 400 at Kansas Speedway. The Target Team rolled off 17th for the 400.5-mile event. However, the lack of grip plagued Sorenson and the Target Dodge all day at the 1.5-mile track. Despite several attempts to improve the handling, the car continued to be a handful for the remainder of the race. The red and white Dodge went on to finish the 267-lap event in 26th, one lap behind race winner Jimmie Johnson.

In the Points: The No.41 (CGRFS) team remains 30th in the overall NSCS owner standings. With a current tally of 2,326, the team sits 404 points out of 25th.

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

Black and Red Dodge: The No.42 Dodge will once again carry the Texaco/Havoline logos for this weekend's 500-mile race in Talladega. Texaco/Havoline has quite a history at Talladega Superspeedway. The late Davey Allison, driving a Texaco/Havoline car, is the only Raybestos® Rookie to win the spring race at Talladega. He won the 1987 event by .78 seconds over Terry Labonte. Allison also led the most laps in the race, holding the top spot six times for 108 of the 178 laps (the event was shortened by 10 laps due to darkness).

Talladega History: Montoya has run three times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway, he also made his stock car debut at the 2.66-mile track in 2006. In April, Montoya drafted his No.42 Dodge from the 26th position up to second when the checkered flag waved. He utilized a two-car draft to get to the front and remained there most of the race. Montoya was drafting on the bumper of Kyle Busch when they took the white flag. Unfortunately, the caution waved before Montoya got an opportunity to pass Busch. The runner-up finish is his best of the 2008 season.

Last spring, Montoya and his No.42 team finished 31st and 15th in the two events. He was running in the top 10 on lap 149 when a steering failure forced him to bring the car to pit road. The team repaired the Dodge, but fell six laps down to the leaders to finish the Talladega 499 in the 31st position. In the fall event, Montoya was running in third before the final restart but was shuffled out of the draft and finished the race 15th.

Honorary Gas Man: One lucky fan in the Talladega/Birmingham area won the opportunity to become an Honorary Texaco/Havoline Gas Man on the No.42 Cup pit crew for Montoya this weekend. Heath Payton, of Pinson, Ala., was the chosen race fan that will assist gas man Mike "Mongo" Bodick and receive official team gear on race day at Talladega Superspeedway.

Pumping Fuel: Texaco/Havoline, sponsor for Montoya and the No.42 Dodge this weekend, will provide race fans the opportunity to meet its driver and crew at a local Talladega area Texaco station. Montoya and the team will pump fuel and check tire pressures for patrons at the Texaco fuel stop on the corner of Interstate 20 and Highway 77.

2008 Standings: Montoya gained one position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver standings after his 20th-place finish at Kansas Speedway last Sunday. He is now 23rd in the standings, just 85 points behind 20th-place Bobby Labonte.

CHASSIS INFO

No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #809. This car was used earlier in the season at Talladega Superspeedway. Despite having a qualifying run of 25th, the engine expired early in the race. The Target Team also took this car to Daytona in July, bringing home a 22nd-place finish.

No.42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #750. This car was run at both races at Daytona International Speedway this season by Montoya. He finished 32nd and 38th in the two races. In the season-opening Daytona 500 Montoya was running in the top five with 12 laps to go when he was clipped in the right rear and had to pit to repair the damage, dropping him to 32nd. He was involved in a multi-car incident on lap 70 in July that forced him to drive the car behind the wall for repairs to finish 38th.

-credit: cgr

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