Martinsville II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Vaseline® MEN Lotion Team History at "Martin's"ville: Truex will be making his eighth NSCS start at the one-half mile paper clip-shaped oval. Truex has an average starting position of 18.0 and an average finish of...

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Vaseline® MEN Lotion Team

History at "Martin's"ville: Truex will be making his eighth NSCS start at the one-half mile paper clip-shaped oval. Truex has an average starting position of 18.0 and an average finish of 19.9 at Martinsville Speedway. Truex's best qualifying effort of second occurred for the October race of 2007. His best finish of 10th occurred in the October event in during the 2008 season.

"Mixing it Up" 'at Charlotte: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 DJ Hero™ team looked to the second race at Lowe's Motor Speedway to be a stepping stone to finishing their season out strong. The team did just that, by bringing home a ninth-place finish at the track known as the "Beast of the Southeast." Accompanying their fine finishing position was an impressive list of statistics from Charlotte as Truex carried an average running position of tenth, spending 239 of 334 (71.6%) laps inside the Top 15. The finish marked Truex's fourth top-10 finish of the 2009 season.

Truex also impressed in the "DJ Booth" on Saturday as he showed off his "Scratching and Mixing" skills at the Target® / DJ Hero™ Display located across the street from Lowe's Motor Speedway on the "Fan Midway." Truex challenged Activision's Doug McCracken, Brand Manager for the DJ Hero video game, in the game to be released on Oct. 27, 2009.

Driver, Martin Truex Jr. Appearance: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Martin Truex Jr. will make a 15-minute appearance at the Vaseline MEN display space on the Martinsville Speedway midway on Sunday, Oct 25. The driver will stop by conduct a Q&A with race fans at approximately 10:15am ET on Sunday morning (time subject to change).

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: Montoya's top five streak came to an end last weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. An on-track incident on lap 125 caused damage to the No. 42 Target Chevrolet and Montoya fell back in the field. The team settled for a 35th place finish and fell three spots in the Chase standings. Montoya now sits sixth in the standings -195 points out of first and 65 away from third with five races remaining.

The Chase Stats: At the midway point of the Chase, Montoya is tied with Johnson for the most top-five finishes with four, has the second highest average starting position of 7.8, the second highest percentage of the fastest laps run during a race, and the second highest driver rating at 112.3.

Martinsville History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. This marks the sixth race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 23.4 and an average finishing position of 12th. He has completed 100% of the laps and has led nine laps. His best finish at Martinsville came in the fall 2007 race where he finished eighth. Montoya has never finished worse than 16th at the half-mile facility.

About Lowe's: What started out as a promising run at Lowe's Motor Speedway for team Target, as Montoya took his No. 42 Lysol Chevrolet from 18th place up to second, quickly turned dismal on lap 125 of Saturday night's race. Montoya was lined up in the 11th position on a restart when the cars in front of him checked up causing a chain reaction. The No. 42 took a hard hit to the right rear quarter panel causing significant damage. The wounded race car would not be able to rebound from the incident and Montoya would wind up in the 35th position at the end of a very long night.

2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have accumulated two pole awards, six top-fives, 16 top-10 (53.3%) and 20 top-15 finishes this season. In the 31 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 24 top-20 finishes. He has led 348 laps and averages a starting position of 12 and a finishing position of 13.2 for the season. They have completed 8866 of out 8887 possible laps (99.8%) this season which ranks third for active drivers and have no DNF's (did not finish).

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Vaseline® MEN Lotion Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #908. The No. 1 Vaseline MEN Lotion team will bring chassis #908 to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #907. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #907 to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last run at New Hampshire where the team led all practice sessions, landed on the pole and led a total of 105 laps before a last lap shootout placed Montoya in the third position.

-credit: egr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing