Atlanta: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Team Facts: * Knocking on the Door: After spending the first three races of the NNCS season in the top-10 in points, Stremme's 20th place finish in Las Vegas put him on the outside looking in for...

David Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Team Facts:

* Knocking on the Door: After spending the first three races of the NNCS season in the top-10 in points, Stremme's 20th place finish in Las Vegas put him on the outside looking in for this weekend's race in Atlanta. The top-10 streak was the first ever for Stremme in the top-10, and the team looks to have him back in the fray Sunday as he enters the event 11th in the standings.

* Chassis: Crew chief Steve Lane and the Coors Light team have selected chassis #704 for this weekend. It is a brand new car that will see competition for the first time at AMS.

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Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team Facts:

* Hometown Hero(s): This weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) will be a homecoming of sorts for Reed Sorenson, who hails from Peachtree City, Ga. AMS is the site of Sorenson's first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start, which came on Oct. 30, 2005. Sorenson started the event 22nd and finished 41st after an accident that took him out of contention on lap 133 of 325. Sorenson grew up racing Legends Cars (5/8 scale replicas of classic coupes and sedans of the '30s) at AMS, capturing three track championships ('98, '99, '01) 22 wins, 40 top-five finishes and 42 top-10 finishes in 43 starts.

* Additionally, Sorenson's good friend and Target teammate Shane Bourgeois also hails from Peach Tree City. Bourgeois helped Sorenson on his ASA team before moving with him to North Carolina and to Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS). Bourgeois works in the suspension department and provides pit support on race day.

* Nothing like the First Time: Sorenson recorded his first career NEXTEL Cup Series top 10 in just his sixth career start in the Golden Corral 500 at AMS on March 20, 2006. He started the event in 15th and rallied from as far back as 30th to bring home a 10th-place finish at his hometown track.

* Amping Your World: AMP Energy Drink will adorn the upper-rear quarter panels of the No. 41 Target Dodge at AMS. AMP, a product of PepsiCo, Inc., is based on the original flavor of Mountain Dew, enhanced with energy boosting ingredients.

* Goodyear Tire Test: Sorenson and the Target team, along with two other NEXTEL Cup Series teams (No. 24 Jeff Gordon & No. 22 Dave Blaney), participated in a Goodyear Tire test on March 13 and 14. All three teams used the Car of Tomorrow (CoT).

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team have selected chassis #705 for this weekend. It is a brand new car that will see competition for the first time at AMS.

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

* Atlanta: Juan Pablo Montoya will once again be making a career first this weekend. Montoya has never run at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). He will turn laps on the track for the first time on Friday morning when his No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch Series Dodge takes to the track at 10:40 a.m.

* Rookie Status: Montoya currently sits second in the Raybestos Rookie standings following his 22nd-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Montoya was the Rookie of the Race for the UAW DaimlerChrysler 400 in Las Vegas. He is now seven points behind David Ragan.

* It takes one to know Juan: Montoya may be known for his road course racing expertise, but in the two years he drove for Chip Ganassi in the CART Series he won 10 races. Five of those wins did come on road courses, the other five -- including the Indy 500 -- came on ovals. His other four victories came at Milwaukee, Michigan, St. Louis and Nazareth.

* 20th Anniversary Note: Did you know Kenny Irwin holds the record for most laps led by a rookie in the spring race at Atlanta? In 1998, Irwin led five times for 112 laps driving the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline car. He later went on to capture the 1998 Rookie of the Year title.

* Chassis: Crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team have chosen chassis #706 for Montoya's first run at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis and has only been tested at the wind tunnel.

* 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.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing