Loudon II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Energizer Dodge Team Facts: * Energizer on Board... The No. 40 Dodge will sport the Energizer® e2® Lithium® paint scheme for a third time this season at New Hampshire. Stremme drove the scheme previously at...

David Stremme and the No. 40 Energizer Dodge Team Facts:

* Energizer on Board... The No. 40 Dodge will sport the Energizer® e2® Lithium® paint scheme for a third time this season at New Hampshire. Stremme drove the scheme previously at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (finished 13th) and last weekend at Richmond (finished 19th). The dynamic silver and blue paint scheme will feature Energizer® e2® Lithium, the World's Longest Lasting Battery in High Tech Devices, alongside the famous Energizer Bunny®.

* Quit While You're Ahead: Stremme took an interest in working on racecars in his family's garage before competing in the Street Stocks Division in 1993 in South Bend, Ind., and his first victory came at New Paris Speedway, in his mother's Street Stock car. But once officials found out he was only 15 years old, he was forced to quit racing. Once legal, Stremme made up for lost time, posting 24 feature victories, two rookie of the year titles and two track championships in just four years.

* Through 26: With just 10 races remaining on the NNCS season, Stremme has 7219 of 7399 laps completed (97.6%), one lap led and has moved up 11 positions from where he stood a year ago heading into Loudon. His average starting and finishing position of 24th is also two positions better than where it was in 2006 (26th).

* Chassis: Crew chief Steve Lane and the No. 40 team have selected chassis #747 for this weekend. This is a new CoT that will see competition for the first time this weekend.

* Points Update: After scoring the team's 10th top-20 finish in Richmond last weekend, Stremme maintained the 23rd position in the NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings.

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

* Leading Laps at Loudon: Sorenson led a total of 31 laps at Loudon during the June race of his rookie season in 2006. After qualifying ninth, Sorenson ran in the top five for more than half of the 300 laps and was headed for at least a third-place finish. An untimely last-lap caution, however, forced the Target team to pit for fuel prior to a green-white-checkered finish, relegating Sorenson to 24th. Sorenson qualified third earlier this season in the first CoT race at the 1.058-mile track.

* Talladega Testing: Sorenson, his CGRFS teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and David Stremme, and pretty much every other team and driver participated in a NASCAR sanctioned, two-day CoT test session at the circuits' biggest speedway (2.66 miles) on Monday and Tuesday. The Talladega Superspeedway race on Oct. 7 will mark the first CoT race on a restrictor-plate track. All of the CGFRS cars ran top 10 speeds during the Monday afternoon drafting session (Stremme third, Montoya fifth, Sorenson eighth). Sorenson was involved in an accident on Monday afternoon, but continued testing on Tuesday for Montoya who had to leave for other engagements.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team have selected chassis #732 for NHIS. This CoT chassis has previously competed in the first Dover race (27th) and the first Loudon event (26th).

* Points Update: Sorenson currently sits in 25th position in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings with a total of 2287 points. He is only 55 points out of 23rd and 192 points out of 20th heading into NHIS.

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

* Back in Round 2, New Hampshire: Juan Pablo Montoya had never competed at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) before his visit in June, but that didn't stop him and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team from starting in the top five and bringing home a top-20 finish.

* Standings: Montoya slipped one spot in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver standings to 20th after his 41st-place run last weekend at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). Montoya lined up 15th on Saturday night to take the initial green flag for the 400-lap competition and proceeded to maintain a top-15 run the entire first half of the race. Then, on lap 242 while running 10th, a multi-car accident left Montoya with no way to escape unscathed. He was hit from behind, slammed into the car ahead of him and the car was damaged beyond repair.

* CoT at Dega: Montoya and the team participated in the NASCAR sanctioned CoT test at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday and Tuesday. Montoya and the No. 42 crew were fourth quick in single car runs on Monday morning in their Dodge Avenger; third quick in single car runs Monday afternoon and fifth on the speed charts in Monday afternoon's drafting session. Teammate Reed Sorenson took over for Montoya on Tuesday with the No. 42 crew for the second day of the test.

* Rookie Race: Montoya leads David Ragan by 14 points (218-204) in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. With just 10 races remaining, Montoya is poised to become the fourth driver for sponsor Texaco/Havoline to earn Rookie of the Year honors (Allison, Kenny Irwin and Jamie McMurray). It would also be the second time Crew Chief Donnie Wingo has led a new driver (2003 with McMurray) in the No. 42 Dodge to the title.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #735 to New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend. This will be the third time this season Wingo and the crew will prepare this Avenger for a short track race. Chassis #735 has previously run at Martinsville and Phoenix. Montoya, in his first visit to the paperclip in Virginia, started 23rd and finished on the lead lap in 16th. In Phoenix, the crew never found the right balance on the car and settled for a 33rd-place effort.

* About the 42? In 1997 when Major League Baseball (MLB) retired Jackie Robinson's No. 42, there were nine players who wore the number that were grandfathered in -- only one remains. Pitcher Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees is the last active player to wear the No. 42, a number he has worn since joining the major league ranks in 1995. The Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox this weekend at Fenway Park just two hours south of Loudon, N.H.

* Native to the Northeast: Two members of the Texaco/Havoline team will be very close to their hometowns while racing at New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend. The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline car chief Mike Brill is a Woodsville, N.H., native and Norwalk, Conn., is the hometown of Mike Bodick who serves as the team's gas man.

* Celebrating 20 Years: In celebration of Texaco's 20th anniversary in sponsoring stock car racing and a successful season for rookie Montoya, Chevron Products Company introduced its special limited edition gift card carrying the image of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline race car and Montoya. The Texaco/Havoline branded gift cards are now available for purchase in denominations up to $100 at participating Texaco stations or online at www.texaco.com.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing