Texas II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Team Texas History: Truex will be making his ninth NSCS start at the one-half mile quad-oval. Truex has an average starting position of 17.5 and an average finish of 14.5 at Texas Motor...

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

Texas History: Truex will be making his ninth NSCS start at the one-half mile quad-oval. Truex has an average starting position of 17.5 and an average finish of 14.5 at Texas Motor Speedway. Truex has four Top-10 and six Top-15 finishes at the track located just north of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Truex's best finish came in the fall of 2007 when he started on the Pole and finished third.

About Talladega: Martin Truex Jr. spent the majority of his Sunday afternoon like much of the field, waiting. The driver and his team jockeyed for position amongst fellow competitors for much of Sunday afternoon's event at Talladega Superspeedway. That jockeying and a perfect strategy, played right into Truex's hands late in the race. However, as the field took the green with just two laps remaining, Truex would find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time for the first time during the three-hour event. Truex would fall victim to a late-race crash involving multiple cars, eventually finishing the race in the 31st position.

Bass Pro Shops on the Hood: Fans should be sure to look for the familiar black and orange colors of longtime sponsor Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats when the No. 1 Chevrolet of Martin Truex Jr. hits the track this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Those fans needing to stock up on all of their tailgating and camping needs should be sure to stop by the Bass Pro Shops located at 2501 Bass Pro Drive in Grapevine, Texas is located just minutes from Texas Motor Speedway. Those fans that are seeking a place for a great meal and a frosty beverage should be sure to check out the attached restaurant, Uncle Buck's Brewery and Steakhouse.

Truex at the SEMA Convention: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Martin Truex Jr. will make an appearance at the Barrett-Jackson Planet Color booth (#23743) at the SEMA Convention this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 from 3:30pm -- 4:30pm.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Dream In Color Team

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: Unpredictable Talladega resulted in a 19th-place finish for Montoya. The finish boosted Montoya up one position in the Chase standings to fourth. He is the only driver not affiliated with Hendrick Motorsports in the top five after seven Chase races. Montoya is 239 points out of the lead and just 47 points away from third position.

The Chase Stats: Seven races into the 10-race Chase, Montoya is tied with Johnson for the most top-five finishes with five, has the third highest average running position of 8.1, second highest percentage of the fastest laps run during a race with 10.8, and the second highest driver rating at 111.6 in comparison to the other Chase drivers.

Texas History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This marks the eighth race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 14.4 and an average finishing position of 20.4. He has completed 95.4% of the laps and has led 10 laps. His best finish at Texas came in the spring race earlier this year where he finished in the seventh position.

About Talladega: In true Talladega fashion, the outcome would remain uncertain until the closing laps of the 188 lap race. From the drop of the green flag, the shuffling began. Montoya ran as low as 39th and led the field twice for a total of three laps during the race. The overall handling of the race car was good and Montoya flirted with the top-five for the majority of the day. Montoya would overcome running out of fuel only to be involved in an on-track collision under green/white/checkered conditions. Despite the chaos on track, Montoya would bring the No. 42 Target Chevrolet across the finish line in the 19th position and advance himself one position in the Chase standings.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #082. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #082 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis helped Truex bring home his third top-10 finish for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season when he finished sixth and led 61 laps at Darlington. The chassis was also used at Fontana (2/09), Dover (5/09), and Chicago (7/09).

No. 42 Dream In Color Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #819. Pattie and the No. 42 Dream In Color team are bringing chassis #819 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This is one of the favorite chassis' in the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing stable. It has run at Atlanta in September (3rd), Michigan in August (19th), Pocono in August (2nd), California last month (3rd) and most notably Indy where Montoya led 116 laps and had a win in sight until a late race penalty eliminated his chances (11th).

-credit: egr

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