Atlanta: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops®/Tracker Boats Team Atlanta Stats: Truex will be making his ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. His best start was third, in this race last year. His...

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops®/Tracker Boats Team

Atlanta Stats: Truex will be making his ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. His best start was third, in this race last year. His best finish of eighth came in 2007. Truex has led 135 laps at the 1.5-mile track.

Last Week: Truex and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team experienced mechanical issues at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and finished 32nd. Truex is currently 26th in 2009 NSCS points.

Georgia on His Mind: Larry Hart, transporter driver for the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team, is from Chatsworth, Georgia.

Aric Almirola and No. 8 Team

You can find me in the "A": Almirola will be making his first NSCS start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. While this will be his first Cup start in Atlanta, the young driver has made three career NASCAR starts here. His first two came in 2006 when he participated in both Camping World Truck Series events and his third occurred in the 2007 Nationwide Series event.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas: The No. 8 TomTom team was running in the top 15 with just over half of the Shelby 427 completed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when a spin in turn two caused extensive damage to the front suspension package. The damage was severe enough to force the No. 8 out of the race. The No. 8 team certainly hopes that the saying "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" holds true as they look forward to Atlanta.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Atlanta History: Juan Pablo Montoya has competed in four NSCS and one NNS events at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Montoya's best start of 16th and finish of fifth both came in his first NSCS race at the 1.54-Mile Quad-Oval. In the NNS garage, Montoya's one start resulted in an eighth-place finish.

On the hood: After showcasing the Energizer paint scheme last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the No. 42 Chevrolet will return to its normal paint scheme with the Target Bullseye adorning the hood.

Last Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya and the No.42 Energizer Chevrolet started 23rd and appeared to have a car that would contend for a solid finish on Sunday in the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but bad luck struck the team when hit by the No. 33 car, resulting in a 31st-place finish.

In the Points: Montoya slipped to 15th in NASCAR Driver Championship Points, 133 points behind leader Jeff Gordon and 20 points out of the top 12.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Kevin "Bono" Manion has decided to bring chassis #070. This chassis was raced by Ron Fellows as the No. 01 in Watkins Glen last year and finished 13th.

No. 8 Chevrolet (NSCS): The No. 8 team will bring chassis number #63 to the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the No. 42 team will bring chassis #904 to Atlanta Motor Speedway.

-credit: egr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing