BUSCH: Las Vegas: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts: * What a Leap!: After Scott Pruett and the Wrigley's Juicy Fruit team wrapped up the weekend with a top-five finish in Mexico City, Mexico, the No. 41 Chip Ganassi...

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

* What a Leap!: After Scott Pruett and the Wrigley's Juicy Fruit team wrapped up the weekend with a top-five finish in Mexico City, Mexico, the No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Busch team took 18 steps forward in the NASCAR Busch Series owner point standings. They now stand 26th in the overall ranks, just 60 points out of the top 10.

* Top-10 Performance All Around: Sorenson averaged an eighth-place running position in the Busch race at LVMS last year and then finished it 10th. The 21-year-old driver has recorded two Busch starts at Vegas which have both resulted in top-10 finishes.

* Testing Things Out: Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit team tested at the Nevada, 1.5-mile tri-oval last month to prepare for this weekend's race, which will mark the young racer's 77th-career Busch start.

* Chassis: The No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit team will race chassis #556 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Crew chief Brian Pattie and the No. 41 team ran the same car at Kansas Speedway last September when Sorenson and team maintained an average running position of seventh place all day to call it a day just the same (started fourth). In June 2006, the same car helped Sorenson and the CGRFS team average a 10th-place running position the entire 200-lap race at Dover International Speedway before finishing it just the same--in 10th place (started 16th). Chassis #556 was entered in a total of five races last year, helping the No. 41 team score two top-five starts and two top-10 finishes.

* Tune in: The 300-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway Busch Series race is scheduled to start at noon PT/3 p.m. ET Saturday, March 10, and will broadcast live on ABC, PRN (Radio) and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 128.

* Clauson Goes Green This Weekend: CGRFS development driver Bryan Clauson will return to green-flag racing this weekend in Florida, running in the Georgia Asphalt Series (GAS) event in Pensacola. The GAS competition is just the beginning of Clauson's action-packed year. In addition to graduating from high school in May and celebrating an 18th birthday in June, Clauson is scheduled to compete in more than 30 races between now and the end of November. His competition schedule includes a combination of GAS, ARCA, ASA Challenge, ASA North and USAC. Clauson will then take over the wheel of the No. 41 Busch Dodge this fall to compete in seven of the last eight Busch races of the 2007 season for primary sponsor Memorex.

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

* Montoya Puts One in the History Books: Montoya earned his first NASCAR victory Sunday in the Mexico City Busch Series race. It was the seventh Busch Series start of his young NASCAR career. He led 43 laps en-route to the victory in the Telcel-Motorola 200. Montoya is also the first Latino to win in any of the three NASCAR national touring series. The last non-US driver to score a Busch Series win was Canadian Ron Fellows at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in 2001.

* 42 Team Proves to be Good Luck for First Timers: This past weekend's victory in Mexico City, Mexico, was the second win for the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team, but Montoya's first. The same team helped Casey Mears score his first NASCAR win at Chicagoland Speedway in July of last year. Mears' first was also the young Busch team's first, as well. In a total of 16 career starts, the No. 42 CGRFS Busch team has tallied two wins, five top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes. Since the CGRFS Busch Series program began in 2004, it has tallied five wins, five poles, 26 top-fives and 46 top-10 finishes.

* Where Are They Now: Talk about changing your luck around, the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team made a 27-position jump forward in the owner standings after Sunday's victory. The CGRFS team now stands 19th overall, just 40 points outside the top 10.

* Rookie Rundown: Montoya's recent win also boosted his rank in the NASCAR Busch Series Raybestos(R) Rookie standings. He is now tied for first with Marc Ambrose. Both of them have a total of 33 points going into this weekends run at Las Vegas.

* Road Trip: Texaco/Havoline has just made traveling to the race track easier for race fans. Fans can go to www.texacohavoline42.com, click on the link for the road trip and enter their starting location and race destination. In addition to receiving the best route to the track, fans will also get directions to the nearest Express Lube and Texaco filling stations along the way to make planning their trip to see Montoya easier.

* Chassis: The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team is bringing chassis #652 to Las Vegas this weekend. The car most recently raced at Texas Motor Speedway last April, when Brad Parrot made his race debut as the crew chief of the No. 42 team. Parrot, Casey Mears and team went on to score a top-10 start and a third-place finish in their first run together.

* Updated site: The fan and media site at www.texacohavoline42.com has been revamped for the 2007 season. Media and fans can get up-to-date information on the team and Montoya, as well as special features like an exclusive blog from Montoya's spotter Tab Boyd.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing