Bristol: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Energizer e2 Lithium Dodge Team Facts: * It Keeps Going and Going... The No. 40 Dodge will sport the Energizer e2 Lithium paint scheme this weekend in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The...

David Stremme and the No. 40 Energizer e2 Lithium Dodge Team Facts:

* It Keeps Going and Going... The No. 40 Dodge will sport the Energizer e2 Lithium paint scheme this weekend in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The dynamic silver and blue paint scheme will feature Energizer e2 Lithium, the World's Longest Lasting Battery in High Tech Devices, alongside the famous Energizer Bunny.

* Chassis: Crew chief Steve Lane and the No. 40 team have selected chassis #733 for this weekend. It is a new Car of Tomorrow (CoT) and was tested at BMS on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1.

* Be Sure to Tune In: The Food City 500 is set to go green at 2 pm ET.

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

Bristol Bound: Sorenson is looking to improve upon his Bristol Motor Speedway stats with two strong performances in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Busch Series. His best finish in Cup competition is 22nd, which came in last year's Food City 500. His best Busch Series finish is an impressive third place, which came in his first start at the track on April 4, 2005.

By the Numbers: Reed Sorenson and the Target team put forth a solid effort in last weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was the team's first top 10 of the season (ninth-place finish) and the sixth of Sorenson's young career. Sorenson ranked fifth in average running position (8.095) during the 325-lap event and he was second highest in laps completed inside of the top 15 -- 323 laps (99.4%). Sorenson and team also led their first lap of the season.

Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team have selected chassis #633 for this weekend. It is a new Car of Tomorrow (CoT) and was tested at BMS on Feb. 28 and March 1.

Fellow Tennessean: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) team manger Tony Glover hails from Kingsport, Tenn. Glover has been involved in racing for 34 years, with career highlights including back-to-back Daytona 500 wins ('94, '95) as crew chief for Sterling Marling, 1991 AC Delco crew chief of the year and 1992 Western Auto crew chief of the year.

Be Sure to Tune In: The Food City 500 is set to go green at 2 pm ET.

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

* Bristol: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team face the first Car of Tomorrow (CoT) race of the season this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Montoya and the team participated in the open NASCAR test in preparation for this week's 500-lap race. This will be his first race on the 0.533 bullring in the mountains of Tennessee.

* Rookie Status: Montoya currently sits atop the Raybestos Rookie standings following his run last weekend. He took Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the second consecutive race and for the second time this season. He sits one point ahead of David Ragan in the standings. Montoya could become the fourth driver for Texaco/Havoline to earn the Rookie-of --the-Year honor (Davey Allison, Kenny Irwin and Jamie McMurray). Montoya is the only driver to simultaneously lead the Raybestos Rookie standings in both the NEXTEL Cup Series and the Busch Series since the rookie program was created in Busch in 1989.

* Speaking Engagement: Montoya be the featured guest for an exclusive one-on-one interview on opening day of the 2007 World Congress of Sports in New York City this Wednesday. One of the largest gatherings of senior executives in sports business, the World Congress of Sports features panel discussion on critical topics with the sports industry's most important leaders. Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig is the one-on-one guest for the closing day of the event.

* Tennessee Tony: Tony Glover--a Kingsport, Tenn., native--is the team manager at the CGRFS Concord, N.C. race shop. He has been going racing for 34 years and throughout his career Glover has built the reputation as one of the top mechanical minds in motorsports. In addition, Glover has a knack for developing drivers and winning big races. Under his guidance, Ernie Irvan, Sterling Marlin and Joe Nemechek captured their first NASCAR Cup wins.

* Chassis: Crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team have chosen chassis #731 for Montoya's first CoT race. This is one of the two chassis the team took to the test at Bristol at the end of February.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing