Talladega II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Team Talladega History: Truex and team will return to Superspeedway racing this weekend at Talladega. Truex will be making his 10th NSCS start at the 2.660-mile high-banked oval. Truex...

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

Talladega History: Truex and team will return to Superspeedway racing this weekend at Talladega. Truex will be making his 10th NSCS start at the 2.660-mile high-banked oval. Truex has an average starting position of 20.1 and an average finish of 28.1 at Talladega Superpeedway. Truex's best qualifying effort of third came during the first Talladega race of 2009, when his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya won his first Pole Award for the same race. His best finish of fifth came during the October event in the 2006 season. No stranger to success at Talladega, Truex brought home three straight victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) in 2004, 2005, and 2006. The victories in 2004 and 2005 helped to propel Truex to back-to-back NNS Championships.

About Martinsville: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 Vaseline® MEN Lotion team had reason to smile following qualifying at Martinsville Speedway. They were the third-fastest qualifier for the race's qualifying session. Their speed continued into Sunday afternoon's 500-mile event, but a miscue on an early pit stop and late-race nudge, and subsequent spin, by a fellow competitor would relegate Truex to a 28th-place finish.

Bass Pro Returns: Long-time sponsor Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats will return to the race track at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend when the No. 1 Team returns for the second race at the 2.660-mile high-banked oval.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: Montoya rebounded nicely after a disappointing 35th-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway the weekend prior. Montoya resumed his top five charge for results and finished third at Martinsville Speedway. The strong finish enabled Montoya to move up one position in the Chase driver standings to fifth. He's 200 out of first place and only eight points behind Stewart who sits in fourth.

The Chase Stats: Six races into the 10-race Chase, Montoya is tied with Johnson for the most top-five finishes with five, has the second highest percentage of the fastest laps run during a race, and the second highest driver rating at 114. .

Talladega History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. This marks the seventh race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 17.2 and an average finishing position of 18.6. He has completed 97.7% of the laps and has led 17 laps. His best finish at Talladega came in the spring 2008 race where he finished in the runner-up position and garnered his only top-five finish at the superspeedway. Talladega also marks the first place Montoya won a pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series which occurred in the spring.

About Martinsville: Stats wise, Juan Pablo Montoya had the strongest average finishing position at Martinsville Speedway out of any other track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. The performance this time around would not disappoint, Montoya was frequently displayed as the fastest car out on the track and maintained a top five position throughout the closing half of the race. In a green/white/checkered finish, Montoya found himself in familiar territory battling it out with Johnson, Gordon and Hamlin. From the fourth position, Montoya gained one spot and gave the Target team a third-place finish. The top-five finish marked the fifth one out of six Chase races thus far. .

2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have accumulated two pole awards, seven top fives, 17 top-10 (53.1%) and 21 top-15 finishes this season. In the 32 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 25 top-20 finishes. He has led 385 laps and averages a starting position of 12.3 and a finishing position of 12.8 for the season. They have completed 9367 of out 9388 possible laps (99.8%) this season which ranks third for active drivers and have no DNF's (did not finish).

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #074. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #074 to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. This chassis was last used for first Talladega race in April, where Truex qualified third, and the 2009 Daytona 500 when he qualified on the pole.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #902. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #902 to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. This chassis has run at all three superspeedway races this season with the highest finish coming from the July Daytona race, finished ninth. This is also the same car that Montoya was awarded the pole with at Talladega in the spring.

-credit: egr

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