Dover II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS) Monster Mile History: Sorenson has a solid record at the track known as the "Monster Mile." Sorenson has appeared in five NSCS starts at the 1-mile oval, with his best finish 11th in 2006. In ...

Reed Sorenson and the No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS)

Monster Mile History: Sorenson has a solid record at the track known as the "Monster Mile." Sorenson has appeared in five NSCS starts at the 1-mile oval, with his best finish 11th in 2006. In six NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts, Sorenson has three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes.

Last June, Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge team finished 26th after starting 42nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the "Monster Mile." The weekend started Friday with NSCS first practice and qualifying. Sorenson earned a 42nd-place starting spot for the event after suffering a cut tire on his qualifying lap. With final practice shorten due to rain, Sorenson and crew had to work on the handling of the car throughout the 400-lap event.

Last weekend: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) qualifying was cancelled for the eighth time this season due to inclement weather in the area. NASCAR set the field based on Sprint Cup Owners points. Therefore, Sorenson rolled off 30th for the Sylvania 300. The 22-year-old worked his way through the field within several laps. While Sorenson fought to find grip on the track, he maintained a position within the top 25. By lap 181, the Target Dodge went one lap down to the race leader while running in the 25th spot. The second half of the 300-lap event saw several cautions. Sorenson kept his nose clean and worked his way to cross the finish line 22nd.

In the Points: With the 22nd-place finish last week, the No. 41 CGRFS entry remains 30th in the series' owner standings with 2,168 points, 318 markers behind 25th-place.

Take Me out to the Ball Game: Target Corporation and the Minnesota Twins announced that they have reached an agreement in principle on an exclusive 25-year partnership that includes the naming rights for Target Field, the new world-class home of the Twins scheduled to open in 2010. Beyond Target Field, Target and the Twins also will collaborate on the design of Target Plaza - a pedestrian bridge and public gathering space connecting Target Field to downtown Minneapolis. The Minnesota Ballpark Authority, the public owner of the facility, will oversee the design, construction and operation of the new ballpark and plaza.

Hurricane Relief: Target is making a $1 million commitment of cash and product to provide immediate assistance with overall relief efforts for Hurricanes Ike and Gustav as well as other storms that have recently hit the southern U.S. The donation will be distributed among relief agencies such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Feeding America.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Big Red® Slim Pack Dodge

Bold-ly taming the Monster: The No. 42 Dodge will carry the bold red scheme of Big Red for this weekend's 400-lap race in Dover. The No. 42 Dodge will carry the Big Red Slim Pack colors in one more event after Dover this season at Martinsville Speedway.

Happy Birthday!  The Colombian-born Montoya will be celebrating his
birthday this weekend at Dover.  He turns 33 on Saturday.

About last week: Rain was the name of the game for the second race in a row last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After practicing on Friday, the team was prepared for a solid qualifying run but rain washed it out and the field was set by points. Montoya practiced in the top 10 in both sessions on Saturday. Despite battling a tight condition and one tough set of tires, Montoya brought the No. 42 Dodge home in 17th. It was his third top-20 finish in four races.

Dover History: Montoya will be making his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Dover on Sunday. In his first Sprint Cup race at the 1-mile track he brought his No. 42 Dodge home in the 31st position after a late-race incident. Montoya returned to the track in September of '07 and earned his third outside pole position of that season and went on to finish in the top 10.

Most recently, Montoya earned a third top-15 finish at Dover International Speedway in June when he drove his Dodge to a 12th-place finish. At the time it was his second-best finish of the season in just his second start with Crew Chief Brian Pattie at the helm. It also marked Montoya's 50th start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is averaging a 17.7 starting and finishing position at "The Monster Mile."

2008 Standings: Montoya remains 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver standings following the 27th race of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He now sits 22 points behind Bobby Labonte in 20th.

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

200th Start for NNS CGRFS Program: When Bryan Clauson takes the green flag for the NNS event this Saturday, it will mark the 200th NNS start for the CGRFS program. The CGRFS NNS program has amassed six wins, nine poles, 32 top-five and 60 top-10 finishes since their debut in 2004.

NNS Owner Standings Update: With seven races left to run this 2008 NNS season, the No.40 Fastenal Team is 19th in the owner standings. With a currently tally of 3,001, the team is just 201 points outside the top 15.

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 this upcoming November. 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.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 41 Target Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #731. Sorenson will be making his second start in chassis #731 this season. Sorenson drove this chassis to a 33rd-place finish in Michigan last month. Teammate Montoya drove this chassis earlier this year in Fontana and Darlington.

No. 42 Big Red Slim Pack Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #745. Montoya has raced this chassis only one time this season, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Montoya qualified 13th in the Big Red Slim Pack Dodge at IMS, he moved up to fifth before the tire blew out on lap 28. The team dealt with tire issues for the entire race and finished the event in 39th after spending time in the garage for repairs.

No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS): Chassis #653. This will mark the car's ninth start this season. Its best start and finish came out of Las Vegas earlier this year with Dario Franchitti in the driver's seat (started sixth, finished sixth). This is also the same car Franchitti raced at the last NNS race at Dover this past May (started 23rd, finished 15th). This chassis was the first car Franchitti competed in after fracturing his left ankle in the NNS race at Talladega Superspeedway in late April.

-credit: cgr

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