Fontana: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Team Facts: * No pole, no Problem: Stremme has 0 NNCS poles to his credit, which is a good thing at Fontana: Races won from the pole at Fontana: 0 of 13 events. *** Reed Sorenson and the No. 41...

David Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Team Facts:

* No pole, no Problem: Stremme has 0 NNCS poles to his credit, which is a good thing at Fontana: Races won from the pole at Fontana: 0 of 13 events.

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

* It Keeps Going and Going... The No. 41 Dodge will sport the Energizer(R) e2(R) Lithium paint scheme this weekend in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. The dynamic silver and blue paint scheme will feature Energizer(R) e2(R) Lithium, the World's Longest Lasting Battery in High Tech Devices, alongside the famous Energizer Bunny(R).

* Running on Empty: Sorenson and the Target team came up just two laps shy of capturing their first victory in last season's second California Speedway race on August 3. A pit strategy gamble afforded Sorenson a commanding lead coming to the checkered flag, but the fuel cell ran dry relegating the team to a 21st-place finish.

* Points Report: Reed Sorenson and the Target team currently sit 12th in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series standings after a solid performance in the season-opening Daytona 500. The team is only three points out of the top 10 and just 66 points out of first place heading into California.

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

* California Bound: Juan Pablo Montoya is no stranger to California Speedway. Montoya competed in two CART events at the track, including his championship clinching fourth-place finish in 1999 with Chip Ganassi Racing. Montoya also raced in the 2000 series finale where he started fifth, but settled for a 10-place finish after a mechanical failure ended his day early. This is his first race in a stock car at the 2-mile oval.

* Standings: Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team sit 18th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following the Daytona 500, 84 points behind the leader.

* Rookie Status: Montoya currently sits second in the Raybestos Rookie standings following his 19th-place finish in the Daytona 500. David Ragan was the only rookie in the six-man battle to outrun Montoya in Daytona.

* It takes one to know Juan!: One little tidbit of information on the Colombian-born driver, Montoya loves movies, but his favorite movies are the Star Wars films.

* 20th Anniversary Note: Texaco/Havoline is celebrating is 20th year in NASCAR as a Cup sponsor. Did you know that three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Rookie-of-the-Year winners drove the iconic car? Davey Allison won the ROY title in 1987, Kenny Irwin in 1998 and most recently Jamie McMurray in 2003.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing