Pocono II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Team Pocono History: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will make their eighth Sprint Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. In seven prior events Truex...

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Team

Pocono History: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will make their eighth Sprint Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. In seven prior events Truex has an average start and finish position of 15.5. His best start and finish at the 2.5-mile tri-oval came in 2007 when Truex piloted his No.1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to a 3rd-place finish after starting 3rd. In this season's first event at Pocono Truex posted a 18th-place finish after he was forced to pit in the closing laps of the race for fuel.

Last Weekend: Truex and his No. 1 Chevrolet team arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with high hopes of topping their past performances at the track. Despite battling early handling issues during practice, the team went out and qualified 13th. As the green flag dropped for the Sunday afternoon event, the team would soon start to experience some of the same handling issues from practice. The team worked hard to overcome the issues and Truex brought home a 17th-place finish.

Bass Pro Back: Bass Pro Shops returns as primary sponsor of the No. 1 Chevrolet team this weekend. Bass Pro Shops, one of America's premier outdoor retailers has appeared as the primary sponsor of Martin Truex's car for six of his seven Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono Raceway.

In the Points: After finishing in 17th-place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. remains 24th in both the owner and driver standings.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Pocono History: This weekend Montoya will be making his fifth start at Pocono Raceway. In four prior starts Montoya has an average starting position of 19.2 and an average finish of 24.4 at the 2.5 mile oval. His best finish came earlier this season during the Pocono 500. Rain cancelled qualifying and the starting grid was set according to the NASCAR rule book so Montoya would start the race in 15th. Montoya went on to score an eighth-place finish, earning his fifth top-10 finish of the season.

About Last Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya and the 42 team dominated at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before a penalty late in the race relegated him to an 11th-place finish. Montoya took the green flag from the outside pole and quickly took the lead on lap five. He would go on to lead a race high 116 of the first 124 laps before pitting on lap 125 with over a five second lead. Montoya came in for a routine green-flag pit stop but was called for speeding on pit lane and was assessed a drive through penalty. The penalty dropped Montoya from the lead to 12th position. He took the checkered flag in 11th.

In the Points: After a strong performance at the Brickyard the 42 team was able to end the day with another top-12 performance by finishing 11th. The finish dropped Montoya just one spot in the standings to 10th but increased his points cushion over the 13th place driver to 100 points -- his most comfortable position in the standings this season.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #803. Chassis #803 will be making its second start of the season at Pocono. Martin Truex Jr. drove the chassis earlier this season at the first Pocono event. He started the race in 19th and worked to put himself in position, but he was forced to pit in the closing laps and finished in 18th.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #819. The Target team will bring Chassis #819 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. Montoya last drove this chassis last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he qualified on the outside pole and lead 116 of the races 160 laps before a penalty relegated him to an 11th-place finish.

-credit: egr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing