Bristol II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Team Facts: * Bristol Take Two: David Stremme will take to the track for the second time this season at Bristol Motor Speedway. Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light team started the Food City...

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

* Bristol Take Two: David Stremme will take to the track for the second time this season at Bristol Motor Speedway. Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light team started the Food City 500 33rd and was running as high as fourth with less than 10 laps remaining, but had to pit for tires just before a green-white-checkered and finished 13th. Stremme was the highest finishing Dodge driver in the 43-car field.

* Wrigley's Return: Stremme will make his sixth NASCAR Busch Series start for CGRFS in 2007 Friday night at BMS, but the first behind the wheel of the No.42 Wrigley's Winterfresh Dodge. Stremme's previous five starts all came in the No.41 car with crew chief Brian Pattie.

* Play Ball: The Greenville Drive showed CGRFS driver David Stremme and his Coors Light crew some southern hospitality earlier this week. The SC minor league baseball team literally opened the doors to the stadium for Stremme as he drove the No.40 Coors Light Dodge out of the right field wall, around the warning track and down the third baseline before stopping at home plate to throw out the first pitch. Stremme sported a personalized number 40 Drive jersey for the game which was dubbed "Green Day" at the ballpark in recognition of the City of Greenville's 176th birthday. He and the team spent time on the field meeting with Drive players before the game, and handed out CGRFS merchandise to the crowd between the third and fourth innings. Stremme's show of hospitality served as the turning point for the Drive, as they enjoyed their biggest come-from-behind victory of the year, defeating the Lakewood BlueClaws 8-7 in front of 4,732 fans. Trailing by as many as six runs, Greenville scored in their final four innings for the win.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Steve Lane has selected chassis #733 for the Sharpie 500 this weekend. Chassis #733 also saw action at the Food City 500 at Bristol in March. The team ran the Dodge Avenger in NASCAR's first ever Car of Tomorrow event, but a sporadic race-long radio problem caused miscommunication in the final laps and nixed the team's hopes of a top-five finish.

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

* Looking for a Bristol Breakthrough: Sorenson is hoping his luck takes a turn for the better at the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). His first race at the track in the spring Busch Series race in 2005 resulted in an impressive third-place finish, followed by an 11th-place finish in the fall. Since, his best finish is 16th which came in this season's spring Busch race. In three Cup series starts at the track he has finished 22nd, 36th and 43rd. Most of Sorenson's misfortune at Bristol is a result of being caught up in accidents that are fairly common at the short, high-banked track.

* 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.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team have selected chassis #734 for the race at BMS. This is the same chassis the team used at Richmond earlier in the season (21st-place finish).

* Points Update: The Target team dropped one position to 25th in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series standings after their 28th-place finish in the last event at Watkins Glen. The team is 173 points outside of the top 20 heading into Michigan.

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

* Standings: Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 team remain 19th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following their 26th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway. Montoya is just one point out of 18th, and 165 points behind 15th-place driver Greg Biffle.

* Battle at Bristol: The Texaco/Havoline Team and Montoya return to Bristol where they finished the Food City 500 at BMS in the 32nd position in what was the first Car of Tomorrow (CoT) race of the year. Montoya spun on lap 137 after contact was made with the No. 96 car, fell three laps down trying to re-fire the car and had an issue with the wheel hub late in the race to finish the event.

* Rookie Race: Montoya still holds a considerable lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings over David Ragan after the 23rd event of the 2007 season. Despite his 26th-place finish in Michigan, Montoya has a 23-point advantage (213-190) over the driver of the No. 6 car. Montoya is poised to become the fourth driver for Texaco/Havoline to earn the Raybestos Rookie honor (Davey Allison, Kenny Irwin and Jamie McMurray).

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #731 to the bullring this weekend. The team previously ran this chassis at Darlington (23rd-place finish), Richmond (26th-place finish) Bristol (32nd-place finish), Dover (31st-place finish) and Loudon (19th-place finish). In five short-track events, the chassis' best finish was a top-20 effort at Loudon.

* Tennessee Tony: Tony Glover--a Kingsport, Tenn., native--is the team manager at the CGRFS Concord, N.C. race shop. He has been 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.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing