Kansas: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS) Kansas History: Sorenson has a two starts in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) garages at Kansas Speedway. His best NSCS finish at this track was last...

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

Kansas History: Sorenson has a two starts in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) garages at Kansas Speedway. His best NSCS finish at this track was last year when he posted a seventh-place finish. Sorenson also has two top-10 finishes in both of his NNS starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

Last weekend: The No. 41 Target Team and Reed Sorenson finished 30th at Dover International Speedway (DIS) last weekend. Sorenson took the green flag 39th and quickly radioed his team to report his car was tight through the center and loose off. Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and Team slightly decreased the left-side air pressure with hopes of alleviating the handling issues. Unfortunately, the handling issues continued and Sorenson was unable to make up any substantial ground on the field, running only as high as 29th. Sorenson and the Target Team took the checkered flag five laps down in the 30th position.

In the Points: The No. 41 Team remains 30th in the NSCS owner standings, 363 points out of the top 25.

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No.42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge

Black and Red Dodge: The No. 42 Dodge will carry the Texaco/Havoline logos for this weekend's Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway. In addition to this weekend, Montoya's car will sport the infamous black and red scheme for four more race weekend's this season.

About last week: Montoya didn't have the birthday weekend he was hoping for at Dover International Speedway. He ran in the top 15 for the majority of the 400-lap race and as high as fifth, but the No. 42 Dodge blew a tire on lap 350 while running 14th, ending his day early. When the checkered flag waved, Montoya was scored in the 39th position.

Kansas History: Montoya will be making just his second NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Kansas on Sunday. Montoya and the No. 42 team worked their way through a trying day at Kansas Speedway last year with cut tires and rain delays. Montoya was struggling with his Dodge and was sitting 38th when rain brought out the red flag on lap 156. Following the delay, he raced up to 21st but two cut tires on lap 205 halted his comeback. NASCAR shortened the race due to darkness on lap 210 with the No. 42 in the 28th position.

Honorary Gas Man: One lucky fan in the Talladega/Birmingham area will win the opportunity to become an Honorary Texaco/Havoline Gas Man on the No. 42 Cup pit crew for Montoya. The promotion began on September 15 and the winner will be drawn on Friday, September 26. The winner will receive a walk-on role assisting gas man Mike "Mongo" Bodick and official team gear on race day at Talladega Superspeedway.

Charlotte Testing: Montoya's Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the No. 42 crew will participate in the final NASCAR-sanctioned Cup test session on Tuesday and Wednesday at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The team is bringing two cars to the test, including a new chassis in the No. 42 stable.

2008 Standings: Montoya slipped three spots in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings after his 39th-place finish at Dover International Speedway. He is 97 points behind 20th-place Bobby Labonte.

Star in the Sky: Montoya's spotter Tab Boyd is once again providing fans with his view on the race from atop the spotter's stand with an in-depth post-race blog. Boyd recaps the race weekend from his point of view on www.texacohavoline42.com.

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

Testing with the Big Boys: Bryan Clauson climbed behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) car this week at Lowe's Motor Speedway to participate in the last NASCAR sanctioned NSCS test of the 2008 season. By the conclusion of the first day of testing, Clauson and the No.40 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) team were fourth fastest on the speed charts, lapping the 1.5-mille oval at 184.5 mph in 29.337 seconds.

The Last Time He was Here: Clauson made just his second NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Kansas Speedway this same time last year. In his second career run, the rookie racer drove more like an experienced veteran. After starting 33rd, Clauson methodically raced his way into the top 20 during the first 100 circuits. From there, Clauson continued to maintain position and even moved up as high as fifth. Unfortunately, Clauson fell victim to competitors with fresher tires as the race drew to a close but he fought hard to finish the race inside of the top 15. Unfortunately, contact with another car on lap 185 sent him spinning into the outside retaining wall and relegating him to a 23rd-place finish.

Rookie Standings Update: The last time Clauson was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race was at Auto Club Speedway last month, which marked the fifth time this season he has grabbed the top rookie honors in a NNS competition. Clauson is currently second in the NNS Raybestos® Rookie of the Year standings, just four points behind rookie class leader Landon Cassill (175-171). The Noblesville, Ind., native has claimed rookie of the race honors five times in 17 total starts this year (California-Aug.; Daytona-Feb.; Richmond-May; Kentucky-June; and Daytona-July). The car Clauson is racing this weekend at RIR is the same car he raced at the Virginia track this past May, which helped him earn rookie of the race honors at RIR with a 21st-place finish (stared 16th).

NNS Owner Standings Update: With six races left to run this 2008 NNS season, the No.40 Fastenal Team is 20th in the owner standings. With a currently tally of 3,070, the team is just 251 points outside the top 15.


No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #814. Sorenson has piloted this chassis numerous times this season (Richmond-May, Dover and Pocono-Aug., Loudon-Sept.). Its best start and finish came at Richmond where Sorenson started fifth and finished 12th.

No.42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #815. This chassis has made four starts in NSCS competition this season. Montoya ran this car at Pocono, Chicagoland and Fontana, while teammate Reed Sorenson ran the same car at Texas. Montoya finished 18th with this chassis at Chicagoland, 39th at Pocono in June and most recently at California Speedway where he drove to a 20th-place finish.

No.40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS): Chassis #654. This is the same car Clauson drove to a career-best finish of fifth place earlier this year at Kentucky Speedway. On the eve of his 19th birthday, Clauson drove his No. 40 Fastenal Dodge inside the top 15 the entire night at Kentucky, and then utilized pit strategy and a timely yellow flag in the closing laps to grab a career-best, fifth-place finish.

-credit: cgr

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