BUSCH: Darlington: Juan Pablo Montoya preview

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Team Facts: * Eleventh Equals Ninth for Team 42: Juan Pablo Montoya and his No. 42 Busch crew started and finished 11th at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) this past weekend. The...

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

* Eleventh Equals Ninth for Team 42: Juan Pablo Montoya and his No. 42 Busch crew started and finished 11th at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) this past weekend. The top-15 finish resulted in another step up in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) points standings, where the team is now listed ninth overall with a running tally of 1,218. The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) team is just 104 points out of the fifth spot and 575 away from the top.

* Rookie Rundown: Montoya is still sitting second in the NBS Raybestos® Rookie of the Year standings, just one point behind leader David Ragan. Montoya did, however, grab his fourth NBS Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at RIR Friday night. In addition to Richmond, Montoya has grabbed rookie of the race honors three other times so far this year in NBS competition--at Phoenix, Mexico City and Atlanta. On the Cup side of things, Montoya is still leading Ragan by three points in the NEXTEL Cup rookie race. So far this season, Montoya has grabbed rookie of the race honors three times in NEXTEL Cup competition--at Las Vegas, Atlanta and Texas.

* South Carolina Boy: The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team jackman Joel Charpentier calls Charleston, S.C., his hometown. He joined CGRFS this 2007 season to serve at the jackman for the No. 42 team. On Sundays, Charpentier sticks around to help score for the No. 40 CGRFS NEXTEL Cup team.

* Parrott Pointers: Brad Parrott has a pretty good history at Darlington Raceway. He has won three times at the track "Too Tough to Tame." In fact, two of those wins were won in the same year, 2002, when he and Jeff Burton did the Darlington sweep. First, Burton won the pole and then proceeded to lead 147 laps on his way to Victory Lane during the March race. That following August, the NBS teams returned to Darlington and had to call it a day early due to rain. Luckily, Burton and Parrott played their cards just right to land in the top spot when the final caution of the race was called to close out 2002 with back-to-back wins at Darlington. Parrott has won one more time at Darlington since then, and that was in March 2004 with Greg Biffle.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Brad Parrot and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #653 to Darlington this weekend. Two out of the last four times the chassis has been entered to race have resulted in eighth-place finishes. Kevin Hamlin and the No. 42 team most recently raced the same car to an 18th-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway last month. This past March, Montoya and team drove the chassis to an eighth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In April 2006, Casey Mears and the No. 42 Busch team scored an eighth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway. Montoya also ran the car at Texas Motor Speedway last November and finished 28th.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing