Daytona II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Polaroid Dodge Team (NSCS) Meet Reed and Have a Frank this Friday: This Friday, July 4, NASCAR fans and Target customers in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area will have the opportunity to meet Reed Sorenson and enjoy a...

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Polaroid Dodge Team (NSCS)

Meet Reed and Have a Frank this Friday: This Friday, July 4, NASCAR fans and Target customers in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area will have the opportunity to meet Reed Sorenson and enjoy a free Ball Park Frank during their Fourth of July lunch hour. The NSCS driver will be on site at the Target store located on 2380 West International Speedway Boulevard (The store is directly across the street from Daytona International Speedway) signing autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.

New Hampshire Results: The weekend started out strong for the Target team as Sorenson was marked sixth after first practice. After 23 cars had run in Friday's qualifying session for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301, Sorenson was sitting on the pole via his best lap of the day in his No. 41 Dodge, 29.565 seconds. However, rain stopped the session for over an hour and when the remaining cars cycled through, Sorenson and the team found themselves sixth for the start of the race. Sorenson and team finished in sixth-place after heavy rain ended the race early on Sunday afternoon. Sorenson's second top-10 finish of the season moved him to 31st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver point standings.

Picture Perfect: Polaroid will be returning to the track on the No. 41 Dodge this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Polaroid is proud to introduce its new POGO printer which prints pictures on the go in 60 seconds. This portable printer and other Polaroid products are available at Target.

Daytona History: In three full seasons of Sprint Cup Series racing, Sorenson has five starts at the Daytona International Speedway. His best start and finish came at the Daytona 500 earlier this season. In the 50th running of the Daytona 500, Sorenson started in the fifth position after an incredible showing during Speedweeks. The young driver led two laps during the event, ultimately scoring a fifth place finish. Sorenson also recorded an impressive fifth-place finish in his first appearance in the 30th annual Budweiser Shootout.

In the Points: Sorenson climbed four spots in the NSCS Owner point standings. With 1,378 points, the No. 41 trails 25th-place Jamie McMurray by 278 points and is only 16 points out of the top 30.

98 and counting: Team owner Chip Ganassi has 98 wins under his belt, leaving him just two wins away from reaching a milestone of 100 victories as an owner. His wins have come across a wide variety of racing series including CART, IndyCar, NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide, ARCA and Grand Am. Sorenson has four of those victories: three NNS and one ARCA.

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Juicy Fruit Dodge (NSCS)

Sweet Ride: The No. 42 Dodge will once again carry the yellow scheme of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum, but it will be the first time under the lights at Daytona International Speedway (DIS).

Daytona: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his fourth start at DIS this weekend for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner is looking for his first top-10 finish on the 2.5-mile superspeedway. His best finish at Daytona is 19th during his rookie Daytona 500 in 2007.

About last week: Montoya and the No. 42 Dodge finished the rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the 32nd position on Sunday. Montoya and the No. 42 crew had one of the quickest cars of the weekend, but were marred in traffic, blocked in their pits on several occasions and had a late-race run in with the No. 18 car that led them to the disappointing 32nd-place finish.

Fan Zone: Montoya will be making an appearance on the Daytona International Speedway Fan Zone stage on Saturday prior to the Sprint Cup race. Montoya will participate in a question and answer session at 4:45 p.m. before he takes the green flag for the 18th race of the 2008 season.

Two to Go: Team Owner Chip Ganassi is just two wins away from reaching a milestone of 100 victories as an owner. His wins have come across a wide variety of racing series including CART, IndyCar, NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide, ARCA and Grand Am. Montoya has contributed to 15 of Ganassi's victories over five series: 10 CART, one IndyCar, one Sprint Cup, one Nationwide and two Grand Am.

Floridians: Two members of the No. 42 crew hail from the "Sunshine State." Crew Chief Brian Pattie grew up in Zephyrhills on the west coast of Florida. He got his start working with David Reutimann in central Florida on the DIRT Modified and Late Model circuits. Spotter Tab Boyd is a Pensacola native and was a driver himself before becoming a spotter. He also works in the Fabrication department at CGRFS.

2008 Standings: Montoya slipped one spot in the NSCS driver standings after his 32nd-place finish at NHMS on Sunday. He now sits 20th in the overall standings.

Bryan Clauson and the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS)

Bryan at Daytona: This will be Clauson's second start at Daytona International Speedway, a track where he scored one of his best finishes this 2008 season in only his sixth career NASCR Nationwide Series (NNS) start. After qualifying in the sixth position, the young driver hung in the top 15 for most of the race. Despite a pit stop penalty on lap 56, Clauson was able to return to the front of the field, race as high as fifth before settling in the sixth position to finish with the impressive top 10 and to also take Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors.

Head of the Class: Clauson is currently head of his NNS Raybestos® Rookie class. With a total of 128 points, he holds a 17-point lead over his fellow Fastenal Teammate and NNS rookie class contender Dario Franchitti.

The No. 40 at New Hampshire: Dario Franchitti was back in the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge this past weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He qualified the car in the 10th position, and then battled a loose-handling race car and a late-race miscue with a trackbar wrench on pit road to finish 13th in his 10th NNS start of the 2008 season.

Fastenal Racing Internship at CGRFS: This year, CGRFS is proud to partner with Fastenal to offer an internship to two automotive trade students. Participants in the program will get to spend one week at the CGRFS facility in Concord, N.C., learning what it takes to prepare a car for race day. They will also be flown to Texas Motor Speedway to support the team at track. The opportunity is available to graduates, or soon-to-be graduates of an automotive trade program. For more information on eligibility and application deadline visit Fastenal.com.

Standings Updates: Clauson returns to the NNS this weekend 27th in driver standings, 33 points out of 25th and 715 points out of 15th. In the owner ranks, the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge Team is 17th, 60 points out of 15th and 190 points out of 10th.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 41 Polaroid Target Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #809. This chassis was used earlier in the season at the Talladega Superspeedway. Despite having a qualifying run of 25th, the engine expired early in the race. The chassis has also been used in test sessions this season.

No. 42 Juicy Fruit Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #750. The No. 42 team used this chassis earlier in the year at the Daytona 500. After starting in the 15th position, Montoya battled an ill-handling car all race at the start of the race. After making adjustments and a strategic pit call Montoya drafted up to second place. Late race contact though dropped Montoya to 32nd.

No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS): Chassis #551. This is the same car Clauson drove to a sixth-place start and finish earlier this year in February during the NNS season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing