Charlotte II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 DJ Hero& ...

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 DJ Hero™ Team

Charlotte History: Truex has eight NSCS starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway. His best finish of seventh came during his very first start at the race track in 2005, when he started 30th. He has had much more success in the NNS at the track affectionately known as the "Beast of the Southeast." Truex has six NNS starts, with one top five, and three top 10s. His best finish in the NNS came in 2006 when he finished fifth.

About Fontana: Martin Truex Jr. positioned himself inside the Top 15 early on at Auto Club Speedway, but a late-race engine problem would eventually put the team one lap down and in 22nd position as the checkered flag dropped at Auto Club Speedway.

DJ Hero on The Hood: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has partnered with Activision Publishing, Inc. and its long-time sponsor Target® to feature the highly anticipated, critically acclaimed new interactive music experience, DJ Hero, on Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Charlotte, North Carolina's Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 17. The video game maker returns as primary sponsor of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for the eighth time this season after sponsoring Aric Almirola and the No. 8 Team for four races, including the 2009 Daytona 500, and the No. 1 team with driver Martin Truex Jr. at Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Auto Club Speedway. Fans should look for a DJ Hero paint scheme that is sure to add a fresh style to Truex's already supreme skills on the race track.

NASCAR Fans to the DJ Booth!: Target invites race fans to take DJ Hero for a spin 10 days before its launch at the Target DJ Hero station located on "The Fan Midway" located across the street from Lowe's Motor Speedway. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Martin Truex Jr. will each make an appearance at the display. Montoya will appear along with NASCAR's Vice President of Corporate Communication, Jim Hunter as Emcee on Friday, October 16 from 3:10 -- 3:25pm ET for a fan Q&A session. Truex Jr. will test his DJ Hero mixing and scratching skills at the Target DJ Hero station on Saturday, October 17 from 4:00 -- 4:30pm ET. The station, decorated to give fans a true party feel, welcomes race fans to enter and test their skills on numerous DJ Hero kiosks.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Lysol Team

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: The third-place finish at California marked Montoya's fourth consecutive top-five performance in the Chase. Through the four Chase races, Montoya is the only driver to finish in the top-five in all of them. In addition, his California finish helped him maintain third place in the point standings. The point's deficit between him and new leader Jimmie Johnson is 58.

The Chase Stats: After four Chase races, the statistics for Montoya are impressive. Compared to the 11 other Chase drivers, Montoya has the highest average starting position of 5.3, the best average running position of 4.102 and the highest percentage of laps run in the top-15 with 99.3%, and is tied with Mark Martin for the highest average finishing position of 3.5. He is ranked second for the percentage of fastest laps run, and the percentage of laps led.

Lysol Paint Scheme: The No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet will display the Lysol paint scheme this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Lysol is a brand name of disinfectant household cleaners distributed by Reckitt Benckiser.

Lowe's History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. This marks the fifth race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 26.2 and an average finishing position of 27.4 in his five prior NSCS starts. Montoya's best finish of eighth occurred at the spring race earlier this year. He has completed 91.9% of the possible laps at Lowe's; 1561 out of 1698.

About California: Montoya started from the second row in the fourth position and it didn't take long for him to find his way to the front of the field once the green flag waved. On lap 25, Montoya took over the lead and would find himself in that position a total of seven times throughout the day. The Target Chevrolet would never fall out of the top-10 during the 250-lap race and was continually credited as the fastest car out on the track. The race winner would be determined in a three lap shootout at the end of the day. Montoya would line up fourth on the final restart and battle it out for position until the very end. He advanced one position to cross the finish line in third.


No. 1 DJ Hero Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #070. The No. 1 DJ Hero team will bring chassis #040 to Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last used for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (7/26) Atlanta Motor Speedway (9/6). Truex paced the field to win his second pole award of the 2009 season at Atlanta with this very chassis.

No. 42 Lysol Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #906. Pattie and the No. 42 Lysol team are bringing chassis #906 to Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis ran one other time at Kansas Motor Speedway in the third race of the Chase where the team finished fourth.

-credit: egr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
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