Race: 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo on Sunday, August 17 (NSCS) Carfax 250 on Saturday, August 16 (NNS) (LIVE, ESPN2 3 p.m. ET) Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team (NSCS) Michigan History: Reed Sorenson has made five ...
3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo on Sunday, August 17 (NSCS)
Carfax 250 on Saturday, August 16 (NNS) (LIVE, ESPN2 3 p.m. ET)
Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team (NSCS)
Michigan History: Reed Sorenson has made five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway since 2006. He has one top-five and two top-10 finishes at the track. The average starting position of the No. 41 Target Dodge is 29.4 and the average finish is 21.6. His best finish came at the track in 2006 when he crossed the line in fifth.
Olympic Connection: At the age of 10, Reed Sorenson and his fourth grade class were invited to attend the opening Track and Field events in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. His teacher had entered a contest and won, bringing the whole class to view the historical games. Prior to that, Sorenson had the privilege to hold the torch as it passed through Stockbridge, Ga.
Did you know?: Reed Sorenson won his first ARCA event in just his second start at Michigan International Speedway in 2004.
Watkins Glen Results: After battling issues with handling and getting involved in a late-race incident, Sorenson finished in 31st position this past weekend at Watkins Glen. Rain put a damper on qualifying Friday, setting the field up based on owner points. Sorenson began the race in 30th, and despite several adjustments to improve the handling of the car, he was unable to break into the top 30. On lap 82, he was involved in a multi-car accident, fortunately escaping without major damage. He finished the race 31st.
In the Points: After 22 points events this season, the No. 41 Target Dodge sits 29th in owner standings, improving one spot this week. They are 285 points out of 25th and 446 points out of 20th. In driver standings, Sorenson now sits 30th, 243 points away from 25th place.
Congrats Pee Wee: Congratulations to Eric "Pee-Wee" Hoyle and his wife Amy, who became proud parents last Friday to a healthy baby boy--Cayden Eric Hoyle. Hoyle is currently a mechanic and the catch can man on the No. 41 Target Dodge. He has been with CGRFS since 2003. This is the couple's first child.
Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge (NSCS)
Back in Black: Juan Pablo Montoya will be back driving the black and red Texaco/Havoline Dodge this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. This will be the paint scheme's first appearance at Michigan this season. The No. 42 Dodge last sported the paint scheme at Pocono two weeks ago.
About last week: Despite starting from the 25th position this past weekend at Watkins Glen International, Montoya was able to work his way to the front, finishing in the top five. Rain canceled all track activity on Friday, forcing the team to make all necessary adjustments during Saturday practice. Montoya was fast through practice and into Sunday's event. As the race began he was able to maneuver past his competitors, making his way to 15th place by lap 10. Thanks to good pit strategy Montoya was able to race the car into the top five, finishing fourth.
Michigan History: Montoya has made three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. His average start at the track is 26.6 and his average finish is 35.6. The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team scored its best finish of 26th at the second event last year. Montoya made his best start of 21st at MIS earlier this season.
T/H and CGRFS at MIS: Since 2003 when CGRFS and Texaco/Havoline began their partnership, they have competed in nine races at Michigan. They currently have one top-five, and two top-10 finishes. Their best finish came at the second MIS event in 2004 when the Texaco/Havoline Dodge took the checkered flag in fourth.
Hailing from Mich: Front-tire carrier for the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge and pit crew coordinator Eric Bilyeu is a native of Waterford, Mich., about 80 miles to the northeast of the track. The 32-year-old father of one has been with CGRFS for three years.
2008 Standings: The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge climbed two spots--to 23rd--in owner points after a solid fourth-place run at Watkins Glen. The team is 114 points from cracking the top 20. Montoya jumped three positions in driver standings this week, putting him in 22nd place. He is 42 points from 20th place and 307 points from 15th.
Dario Franchitti and the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS)
Fast Franchitti: This past weekend at Watkins Glen International, the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge started on the pole for the third time this season. Dario Franchitti was behind the wheel, posting the fastest lap time of 72.696 seconds at 121.327 mph. It marked Franchitti's career first NASCAR pole. He then went on to post his career-best NASCAR finish, as well, crossing the finish line in fifth place.
Standings Update: The No. 40 Fastenal Dodge held steady in owner standings this week, keeping them in 20th place. They are 192 points away from the 15th position and 344 points from the 10th position. In Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings Franchitti remains in third place, with 138 points. His No. 40 NNS teammate Bryan Clauson lost one spot, falling to second with 147 points.
No. 41 Target Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #731. Sorenson will be making his first start in chassis #731 this season. However this is not the first time the chassis has been used. Montoya and the No. 42 Dodge have made starts with the chassis at Fontana and Darlington.
No. 42 Texaco/Havoline (NSCS): Chassis #744. Montoya will compete with chassis #744 for the third time this season. He has previously made starts with the chassis at Texas and Dover. The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team made its best start in the car at Texas, qualifying 11th. The team's best finish of 12th came at Dover earlier this season.
No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS): Chassis #756. It is a new car.