Las Vegas: Chip Gannasi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Team Facts: * Top 10 Again: For the second straight race--and as the highest ranked Dodge driver--Stremme and the No.40 team come to the track in the Top-10 in the point standings.

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

* Top 10 Again: For the second straight race--and as the highest ranked Dodge driver--Stremme and the No.40 team come to the track in the Top-10 in the point standings. Stremme will conduct media interviews at the No.40 team hauler this Friday at 1:30 pm (local time).

* They come in 3's: In three career NASCAR starts at Las Vegas (all in the Spring), Stremme has a best NNCS finish of 33rd, but knows his way around the 1.5-mile oval as evidenced by his two third-place finishes in the Busch Series. LVMS also marks the third race of the NNCS this season.

* Stremme Nose Best: With three Dodge Chargers finishing in the top-five (and two of them CGRFS cars) in Mexico City, the new Dodge nose is proving to be an early season asset. Stremme recently commented on a Dodge teleconference, "The new nose the Dodge Charger has on it has helped our balance and helped our program out. I feel that the majority of the Dodge cars are running better this year."

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

* Testing 1,2,3: Sorenson, along with his Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) teammates and practically every other NEXTEL Cup Series team tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Jan. 29 & 30.

* Looking for a little luck in Vegas: Sorenson and crew are hoping for a little better luck this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In last year's event, Sorenson cut a tire on lap 41 and made heavy contact with the wall. After repairs, Sorenson returned to the track many laps down to finish 40th. Prior to the wreck he was one of the fastest cars on the track, racing from his 36th-place starting position up to 22nd.

* Points Report: Reed Sorenson and the Target team dropped from 12th to 30th position in the overall standings after being eliminated on lap seven in the last race at California Speedway. The team is only 33 points out of the top 20 and 78 out of the top 10.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team have selected chassis #701 for this weekend's NEXTEL Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is a new car from the No. 40 Coors Light team's stable, however, Sorenson did make a few laps in the car during the January testing session at the 1.5-mile speedway.

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

* Viva Las Vegas: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his first starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Busch and Cup Series races. Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline Cup team participated in the two-day, NASCAR sanctioned test in January in preparation for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on Sunday.

* Firsts: Montoya earned his first NASCAR victory on Sunday in the Busch Series race in Mexico City. It was his seventh Busch Series start of his young NASCAR career. He led 43 laps en-route to the victory in the Telcel-Motorola 200. Montoya is also the first Latino to win in any of the three NASCAR national touring series'. The last non-US driver to win in the Busch Series was Canadian Ron Fellows at Watkins Glen in 2001.

* Standings: Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team sit 20th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following their 18th-place finish in the Daytona 500 and 26th-place effort at California.

* Rookie Status: Montoya currently sits second in the Raybestos Rookie standings following his 26th-place finish at California Speedway. He is nine points behind David Ragan after two events. Montoya, however, was the top qualifying rookie at Daytona and California, posting times in the top 10.

* It takes one to know Juan!: Did you know that Montoya and his family love paintball? In fact, the Montoya's have a paintball field with inflatables at his home in Bogota, Colombia.

* Road Trip: Texaco/Havoline has just made traveling to the race track easier for race fans. Fans can go to www.texacohavoline42.com, click on the link for the road trip and enter their starting location and race destination. In addition to receiving the best route to the track, fans will also get directions to the nearest Express Lube and Texaco filling stations along the way to make planning their trip to see Montoya easier.

* Chassis: Crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are brining chassis #703 to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. This chassis made its debut in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway just two weeks ago.

-credit:cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing