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TEAM CHEVY IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES -- 2009 * Chevrolet leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturers' Cup standings after 28 races TEAM CHEVY IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Team Chevy has six drivers in the 2009 Chase for the ...


* Chevrolet leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturers' Cup standings after 28 races


Team Chevy has six drivers in the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, more than any other manufacturer. With seven (7) races remaining, Team Chevy drivers rank as follows:

* Mark Martin, No. 5 CARQUEST/ Kellogg's Impala SS, is the Chase standings leader with five (5) wins to-date in 2009

* In eight (8) previous Kansas starts, Martin has one (1) win, two (2) top-five and three (3) top-10 finishes

* Jimmie Johnson, No 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Impala SS, is second (2nd) in points with four (4) wins to-date in 2009

* In 7 starts at Kansas, Johnson has one (1) win, two (2) top-five and five (5) top-10 finishes and three (3) poles

* Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Impala SS, is third (3rd) in the standings after two (2) Chase races

* Has two (2) previous starts at Kansas Speedway

* Tony Stewart, No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Impala SS is fifth (5th) in the Chase points order with three (3) wins to-date in 2009

* In 7 Kansas starts, Stewart has one (1) win, three (3) top-five and five (5) top-10 finishes

* Ryan Newman, No. 39 U.S. Army Impala SS, is seventh (7th) in the 2009 Chase standings

* In 8 Kansas starts, Newman has one (1) win, three (3) top-five and three (3) top-10 finishes

* Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, is currently eighth (8th) in the Chase standings with one (1) win to date in 2009

* In 8 starts at Kansas, Gordon has two (2) wins, five (5) top-5 and six (6) top-10 finishes


Team Chevy drivers have won 5 of 8 previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races at Kansas Speedway, more than any other manufacturer

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, has scored two (2) at Kansas wins (2001 & 2002)

TEAM CHEVY INSIDE THE GARAGE - PAT SUHY, GM RACING NASCAR GROUP MANAGER: "As we get ready for Kansas City, it will be tough to match last weekend's performance when Chevy swept all three NASCAR touring series with wins in the Camping World Truck race in Las Vegas plus the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races in Dover. On the way to those wins, our Team Chevy drivers led 67 percent of the 746 laps raced last weekend! Congratulations to Johnny Sauter on his first Camping World Truck Series win, and to Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson for their victories as well.

"The Chase to the NASCAR Sprint Cup is shaping up to be a great battle. With all six Chevrolet Chase drivers within 122 points of first place Mark Martin, it's any one of theirs to win.

"Historically, Kansas is among the group of intermediate tracks that have been good to us. This year, our Chevy teams have led more laps on intermediate tracks than all of our competitors combined, and have won six of the thirteen races held so far on them. Our team line-up is second to none, from the drivers, crew chiefs and pit crews, to the people behind the scenes at the tracks and race shops. When we back it up with GM Racing's impressive technical support program, it creates a winning combination that's hard to beat. The strength of those combined resources means our teams have the latest and best tools, information, and technology available anywhere in racing. That's what has helped to make Chevy the most successful nameplate in NASCAR. Our goal is to keep it that way."


MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 CARQUEST/ KELLOGG'S IMPALA SS: "I'm real excited to get back to Kansas. I like intermediate racetracks, and we've run really well on them this year. Kansas is a lot like Chicagoland. They're almost mirrors of each other, actually. And we had a great weekend at Chicago, so I can see where we could think that will happen again. But I don't think that way. I've never run well at Loudon, and we went and won that race. So you just can't expect things. What I do know is that this race team is working very hard right now. They keep bringing me fantastic cars to the track each weekend. I'm sure that won't change (at Chicago).

"Since this Chase started, I have said that there is absolutely no way anyone can know what's going to happen until about four races to go. That's it. Each race accounts for only 10 percent of this whole deal. Can you win a race and think that's it? That you could win the championship? No. And the same thing goes for having a bad finish. One bad finish isn't going to take away a championship either. So, I think anything anyone is saying or hearing right now is pretty premature."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS IMPALA SS: "Kansas has always been a good track for us. We got the win there last year. The track is kind of like Chicago. They are real similar. I think Texas comes in there a little bit the way you run the top and make things work. It's nice to see the track; the asphalt actually, as old as it is, and allowing there to be multiple grooves to race with. I think Carl (Edwards) and I showed that last year that you can run all around the race track and put on a good show and I think we'll put on a good show when we go back.

"I think we have a really good plan in place. Last week and really the last couple of weeks we've been talking about our strategy and the tracks, directions with set-up, and things that we're going to try, things for certain tracks and not other tracks. I feel very confident with the approach we have and the set-ups we're going to be taking, the cars we're going to be taking. We're pretty well organized, so hopefully it pays off. "

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET IMPALA SS: "I think our car so far seems to run good everywhere, so I couldn't come and tell you, we are not going to run good here or there. We are bringing our best equipment every week and we are hoping that's good enough.

"You know, I'm sure there's going to be a week where it's not going to be fast enough, and I think everybody is going to go through that. And then when that happens, you've just got to see how good you go and how far off you're going to be, you know what I mean. You can't hope to try to win a championship and run 20th, you know what I mean. It might happen and you might get a lock in if you don't wreck in Talladega. But you know what I mean, at the end of the day, how good, our mile and a half cars are really good, and all of the fast racetracks, our cars are normally even better. So it's hard to say, this is right and that's wrong. We just take it as it comes."

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE IMPALA SS: "My approach to the Chase is the same way it's been any other time I've been in a point race -- you go out there, you lead laps, you try to win races and the points take care of themselves. I know that sounds like a simple formula, but the reason we got to this point is by following that theory. Every week we go out and we try to lead laps and we try to win races. That's what got us here. There's no reason to change that. Now is not the time to reinvent the wheel.

"We didn't really set expectations this year. We literally said that we were going to go one week at a time and evaluate what happened on Sunday when we sat down on Monday. Try to figure out what we did right, what we did wrong and what we could do to make it better and see where it took us at the end of the year. I'm happy. The whole organization is ecstatic to have both our cars (No. 14 and No. 39 Impalas) in the Chase. That in itself has made it a good year, so far."

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS: "The race at Kansas is likeevery track in the Chase, you have to have a good finish. We have won before at Kansas, so I definitely have confidence coming in with US Army teamthat we know what it takes to get the job done. But in this Chase, there's no bad race you can really have.

"So, weneed to run better. We need to be up there with the No. 5 (Mark Martin) and the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson). I'm just going to do my best with each and every lap at Kansas. That's no different in the last 10 races than the first 26."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT IMPALA SS: "I think our chances of winning a Chase race are really good. I've really been excited about the 1.5-mile tracks in the final 10 races in the Chase and I feel like that's something we've really done a great job with improving from last season. That's where this championship can really get turned around for us in the DuPont Chevrolet. We haven't had the best start, especially compared to our teammates (Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson), but this last weekend's race at Dover was certainly a great performance; we didn't get the finish that we were hoping for but I feel like in Kansas we are better capable of getting that win that we need to really move ourselves up to where we need to be to battle for this championship. So hopefully we can pull that off."

-credit: gm racing

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