Dover II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Target/Halo 3 Dodge Team Facts: * Halo 3...The Biggest Video Game Debut of All-Time: Team Target driver Reed Sorenson and CGRFS teammate David Stremme, along with a couple of other select NEXTEL Cup Series ...

David Stremme and the No. 40 Target/Halo 3 Dodge Team Facts:

* Halo 3...The Biggest Video Game Debut of All-Time: Team Target driver Reed Sorenson and CGRFS teammate David Stremme, along with a couple of other select NEXTEL Cup Series drivers, will get a chance to Finish the Fight before anyone else during the "Halo 3" sneak peek weekend at Dover. Additionally, Stremme will be piloting a special No. 40 "Halo 3" paint scheme during the Dover 400, highlighting the much anticipated Xbox 360 game release, which is set to shatter day-one sales records when it is released worldwide on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Release and artwork available upon request.

* Chassis: Crew chief Steve Lane and the No. 40 team have selected chassis #733 for this weekend. Previously the team ran this CoT chassis at both Bristol races (13th, 14th) and the spring races at Phoenix (43rd) and Dover (36th).

* Points Update: After a 42nd place finish last weekend, Stremme fell one spot to 24th position in the NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings.

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

* Candy Land: Reed Sorenson attended the 2007 All Candy Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., on Monday as a guest of CGRFS partner Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. Sorenson signed autographs and chatted with customers at the Wrigley display area that included new product samples and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit® Dodge show car.

* #41: Did you know the Dave Matthews Band has a song titled #41? The band played in the Charlotte, N.C., area on Wednesday evening at the amphitheater just down the road from the CGRFS race shop and Sorenson was scheduled to attend (hoping to catch the show before heading to Dover for the 28th race weekend of the 2007 season).

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team have selected chassis #734 for Dover. This CoT chassis has previously competed at Martinsville (25th), the first Richmond (21st) and most recently in the second Bristol race (15th).

* Points Update: Sorenson and the Target team moved up two positions, to 23rd ,in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings with their 14th-place finish in the last event at New Hampshire. The team is 160 points out of 20th with nine races remaining in the 2007 season.

* Be Sure to Tune In: The Dover 400 is set to go green at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. The race will air live on ABC, MRN radio and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 128.

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

* Taming the Monster: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team had to overcome several issues in June at Dover International Speedway. After qualifying 16th in his first trip to the "Monster Mile", Montoya battled a tight-handling Dodge Avenger and a late-race electrical problem to finish the event in the 31st position.

* ¡Feliz cumpleaños!: Happy Birthday JPM! Montoya, driver of the No. 42 Dodge Avenger, will celebrate his 32nd birthday on Thursday, September 20.

* Standings: Montoya remains 20th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver standings after finishing 23rd last weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. He sits 67 points behind the 19th-place driver in the standings with nine races remaining. The No. 42 team has finished in the top 20 in points since its inception at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) in 2003.

* International Appeal: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. drivers represent six countries across five series: United States-Reed Sorenson-NNCS, Bryan Clauson-NBS, Scott Pruett-Grand Am, Rob Finlay-Grand Am, Chris Festa-Indy Pro Series; Colombia-Montoya-NNCS; New Zealand-Scott Dixon-IndyCar; England-Dan Wheldon-IndyCar; Canada-Michael Valiante-Grand Am; and Mexico-Memo Rojas-Grand Am. The team's world-wide appeal is apparent by the fans from 157 countries that have visited the CGRFS website in just the last 12 months. The top 10 countries to the site include the six represented by the CGRFS drivers, as well as Spain, Germany, Uruguay and Japan.

* Rookie Race: Montoya leads David Ragan by 13 points (219-206) in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering the Dodge Dealers 400 this weekend. Montoya's 20th-place standing in NEXTEL Cup points is also the best of any rookie this season. In the fall race last year at Dover two Raybestos Rookies led laps in the 400-lap event, Montoya's sophomore teammates Reed Sorenson (39 laps) and David Stremme (three laps).

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #731 to Dover International Speedway 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) Loudon (19th-place finish) and most recently at the Bristol night race one month ago. In six short-track events, the chassis has finished in the top 20 twice, Loudon and Bristol.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
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