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Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts: * CGRFS Swaps Busch Crews: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced Wednesday it is making crew changes to its No. 41 Wrigley's and No. 42 ...

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

* CGRFS Swaps Busch Crews: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced Wednesday it is making crew changes to its No. 41 Wrigley's and No. 42 Texaco/Havoline NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) teams. Crew chief Brad Parrott and his crew will move over to work on the No. 41 Dodge with drivers Reed Sorenson, David Stremme, Scott Pruett, Scott Lagasse Jr., and Bryan Clauson, while crew chief Brian Pattie and his team will now work with drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Kevin Hamlin on the No. 42 Dodge effective this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS). The No. 41 team currently sits 27th in the Busch Series owner standings and has accumulated two poles, two top-five and three top-10 finishes, and the No. 42 team sits 12th in the owner standings with one win, one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

* Standings Update: After scoring a 10th-place starting position, Lagasse Jr. was working on at least a top-15 finish in the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge last Saturday night at The Milwaukee Mile, when a late-race hit slammed his bright yellow car into the outside wall and concluded his run prematurely in 35th place. The No. 41 team now stands 27th heading into this weekend's run at NHIS. The team is 45 points outside the top 25 and 277 away from the 10th spot.

* CGRFS Driver Development Update: After taking this past weekend off to hang out with his future NASCAR Busch Series teammates at The Milwaukee Mile, CGRFS development driver Bryan Clauson is heading to Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to go USAC National Sprint car racing on Friday, June 29. As for Brady Bacon, he is heading to RIR, to compete in the USAC National Sprint car race Friday, too.

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

* Plenty of Firsts: Last weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory for Juan Pablo Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team was not only Montoya's first NEXTEL Cup win, but a plethora of firsts: Montoya became the first Hispanic driver to win in NASCAR's top touring series; he became the first rookie to win at Infineon Raceway; it was the first win for Dodge's new Avenger; the first Cup victory for Texaco/Havoline since joining CGRFS; and the first Cup win on a road course for CGRFS.

* New Englander On Board: Doug Riepe, the rear-tire carrier for the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team, is a native New Englander hailing from Danbury, Conn. He is a 2000 graduate of Immaculate High School, and was named the 2000 Connecticut State Athlete of the Year. He moved to North Carolina in the fall of 2000 to pursue a higher education at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C., where he played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team for four years and then graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. Riepe came to CGRFS that following fall to work as an intern in the sponsorship relations department and has stayed on with the team ever since. You will also find him in the pits on Sundays, carrying tires for the No. 40 CGRFS NEXTEL Cup team.

* NBS Rookie Race Update: Taking a few weeks off from NBS competition to go race in the non-companion NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events throughout the month of June, Montoya now stands fourth in the NBS Raybestos® Rookie of the Year standings. He is 35 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.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing