BUSCH: Daytona II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts: * CGRFS Extends Fan Apparel Contest Deadline: Earlier this year, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) invited NASCAR fans to turn their ideas into reality...

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team

Facts:

* CGRFS Extends Fan Apparel Contest Deadline: Earlier this year, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) invited NASCAR fans to turn their ideas into reality with the "Drive For Design Contest," encouraging motorsports enthusiasts to create their own unique fan gear, from which one talented winner's creation will be produced in partnership with Motorsports Authentics and sold this fall at the CGRFS Concord, N.C., gift shop. The original entry deadline was June 30, but the team just announced it would accept submissions through the month of July. The items involved in the contest include two fan favorites and essentials--a t-shirt and cap. The goal is for participants to create a CGRFS t-shirt and cap by incorporating one of the team's drivers and sponsors. Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Reed Sorenson and David Stremme will take part in the selection process. In addition to watching their t-shirt and hat designs come to life, the grand prize winner of the contest will also receive a Charlotte race weekend trip for two this upcoming October. To learn more about the contest details and updates, go to www.chipganassiracing.com and click on the "Drive for Design Contest" button.

* Chassis: Brad Parrott and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit team are returning chassis #751 to Daytona International Speedway this weekend to run the Winn Dixie 250. It is the same chassis the Parrott ran at Daytona earlier this year with Juan Pablo Montoya. Unfortunately, mechanical problems ended the team's day prematurely with a 38th-place finish. The car also ran at Talladega this past April when Montoya and Parrott redeemed their disappointing February superspeedway effort with a seventh-place finish at the Alabama speedway.

* Standings Update: Sorenson's ninth-place finish this past Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway gave him and the No. 41 CGRFS Busch team a nice lift up in the NBS owner standings. The team is now 25th heading into this weekend's run at Daytona and is 137 points outside the top 15 and 230 away from the top 10.

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

* A Little Closer to Home: Three members of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team will be racing a little closer to home this weekend in the Sunshine State. Crew chief Brian Pattie and Adam Cooke, the team shock specialist, hail from Zephyrhills, Fla. The two grew up together in the Florida town. Bruce Jones, a team mechanic, is also from Florida. He calls Lakeland his hometown and still has many family and friends who reside in the area.

* NBS Rookie Race Update: Juan Pablo Montoya still stands fourth in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) Raybestos® Rookie of the Year standings. He is 34 points behind NBS rookie class leader David Ragan. Montoya has scored rookie of the race honors four times this 2007 NBS season--at Mexico City, Atlanta, Phoenix and Richmond.

* Chassis: Brian Pattie and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team are returning chassis #551 to Daytona International Speedway this weekend to run the Winn Dixie 250. It is the same car Pattie and Reed Sorenson raced at Daytona earlier this year and at Talladega this past April. Unfortunately, their Daytona effort was sidelined by engine failure (started 25th, finished 38th) and then at Talladega the team was playing it safe for much of the race, holding position near the rear of the field and slightly outside of the main draft to avoid the multi-car accidents that restrictor-plate races are known for. When it was time to go, Sorenson worked his way up to as high as fourth place on lap 98 but then fell victim to a bump drafting incident on lap 111 that took him and team out of the show for the remainder of the day (started 14th, finished 27th).

* NBS Points Update: Montoya maintained a top-10 run the majority of the NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway last Saturday, before getting taken out in a late-race accident. Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team finished 34th and dropped from 12th to 13th in the NBS owner standings. The No. 42 CGRFS team is now 74 points outside the top 10.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing