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Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Team Facts: * No. 42 is Top 10, Again: The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team raced its way back inside the top 10 in more ways than one this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Juan...

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

* No. 42 is Top 10, Again: The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team raced its way back inside the top 10 in more ways than one this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Juan Pablo Montoya and crew crossed the finish line in seventh place at the Alabama track on Saturday, which gave them the boost needed to regain their top-10 status in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) championship standings. The team's current tally is 1,088 which puts it just 106 points outside the top five.

* Where's the Rookie?: Right now, Montoya sits second in the NBS Raybestos® Rookie of the Year standings, just two points behind leader David Ragan. Montoya is, however, leading Ragan by four points in the NEXTEL Cup rookie race. So far this season, Montoya has grabbed rookie of the race honors three times in NBS competition--at Phoenix, Mexico City and Atlanta. He has also been rookie of the race three times in NEXTEL Cup competition--at Las Vegas, Atlanta and Texas.

* Did You Know?: In the Spring Busch race of 2005 when Carl Edwards grabbed the checkered flag and proceeded to Victory Lane, he and his team were led by the current leader of the No. 42 CGRFS Busch team--Brad Parrott.

* First Run at RIR: Although Montoya tested at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) last month (April 3 and 4), Friday night's NBS race will mark his career-first start at the Virginia short track.

* Chassis: Montoya and his No. 42 Texaco/Havoline crew are going to race a familiar car at RIR this weekend--chassis #454. This is the same chassis the Colombia native made his NASCAR debut in at the Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park last October, when his career-first start concluded with an 11th-place finish. The same car has also made two visits to Phoenix International Raceway. Last November, Montoya and team raced to a 20th-place finish in his career-second NASCAR start. Then, just last month, the 31-year-old racer and team scored a 21st-place finish with the same car at the Arizona track. It is also the same car Montoya's teammate Reed Sorenson raced in March 2005 to his career-first win and pole at Nashville Superspeedway.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya