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Loudon Background: Montoya will make his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Montoya dominated this race last September when he broke the track qualifying record and captured the pole position, led all...

Loudon Background: Montoya will make his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Montoya dominated this race last September when he broke the track qualifying record and captured the pole position, led all practice sessions and led 105 of the 300 laps before coming home in third. He has finished in all races competed with 1754 of 1757 laps (99.8%) complete.

Race to the Chase: Securing a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup means doing the math: 10 tracks in 10 weeks equals intense competition. The "Race to the Chase" begins this Sunday at New Hampshire and concludes with Saturday night racing in Richmond. The 10 week shootout includes the flat tracks at New Hampshire and Michigan, three 2.5 mile racetracks with all different configurations, a road course, two short-tracks and two 1.5-mile tracks. Five of the 10 races will fall under the lights as well. Montoya currently sits 20th in the NSCS point standings and 161 points out of the top-12. That is just 16 points gained per race and the No. 42 Target Chevrolet will be in the Chase for the Sprint Cup two years in a row. In the first 16 events of 2010 Montoya has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

Home Track: Mike Bodick, mechanic and gas man for the 42 team, hails from Norwalk, Conn. Bodick is a former football player and graduate of West Point Military Academy. He has been involved with racing for the past 19 years and is a 13 year veteran of the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates race team.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #907. The Target team will bring Chassis #907 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis was used twice during the 2009 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September and Martinsville Speedway in October where Montoya finished third in both events.

-source: ecr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing