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David Stremme and the No. 40 Coors Banquet Dodge Team Facts: * Up 37 Spots: Although David Stremme will be heading to Sonoma this weekend for his first road course race in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition, his two career NASCAR Busch...

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

* Up 37 Spots: Although David Stremme will be heading to Sonoma this weekend for his first road course race in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition, his two career NASCAR Busch Series road course starts are something to talk about. After qualifying 36th and 40th in Mexico City and Watkins Glen (2005), Stremme finished 22nd and 17th, respectively. That's a total of 37 positions gained in just two road course starts!

* Special Paint Scheme: Instead of the primary Coors Light paint scheme, the No. 40 car will feature Coors "The Banquet Beer" livery. Earlier this year, Coors unveiled a new look for its original pilsner. With a nod to the days when people couldn't get Coors east of the Mississippi, the packaging and advertising evokes the heritage and mystique that people associate with the original "yellow belly" can.

* Stremme Talks Smokey and the Bandit: "You may remember that Coors, the Banquet Beer, had a starring role in Smokey and the Bandit 30 years ago as the beer Bandit (Burt Reynolds) and Snowman (Jerry Reed) smuggled out of Texas," said Stremme. "Now the brand is honoring its Hollywood heritage by naming the top American movie legends of all time. Coors Banquet recently conducted a consumer poll, Gone with the Wind was named the most legendary American movie of all time, followed by Casablanca, Star Wars and The Godfather. But personally, I would have gone with Smokey and the Bandit."

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

* Drive 4 Design: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) is inviting NASCAR fans to turn their ideas into reality with the "Drive For Design Contest." This new and innovative competition is encouraging motorsports enthusiasts to create their own unique fan gear, from which one talented winner's creation will be produced in partnership with Motorsports Authentics and sold this fall at the CGRFS Concord, N.C., gift shop. In addition to watching their t-shirt and hat designs come to life, the grand prize winner of the contest will also receive a Charlotte Racing Weekend Trip for two this upcoming October. To learn more about the contest details and to enter, go to www.chipganassiracing.com and click on the "Drive for Design Contest" button. There will be links providing rules and regulations for the competition, as well as downloadable t-shirt and hat templates. Entries can be submitted online or by postal mail.

* Golden State Natives: Two members of the Target team hail from California. Crew chief Jimmy Elledge (Redding, Calif.) and shock specialist Roger Parkinson (San Diego). Prior to joining CGRFS in 2003, Elledge served as crew chief for Andy Petree Racing from 1999-2002. He made his first trip to Victory Lane with the late Bobby Hamilton at Talladega Superspeedway on April 22, 2001. Parkinson has been building shocks since 1976 and began working in NASCAR full time in 1993. Prior to joining CGRFS in 2003 his NASCAR experience includes working for Bill Elliott Racing, Ohlins Racing Shocks and Andy Petree Racing.

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

* Standings: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team sit in the 23rd spot in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following their 43rd-place finish in Michigan last weekend. It was Montoya and the team's first DNF (Did Not Finish) in 15 races this season.

* Infineon: Montoya has plenty of experience on road courses, having won five events in CART for Chip Ganassi Racing in 1999 and 2000. He also has seven victories on the Formula One circuit. However, his experience in Sonoma is limited to a three-day racing school in 1992 when he was just 16-years-old.

* Opportunity of a Lifetime: Chevron Global Marketing announced the kick off of the Texaco 42 Days of Racing promotion with a grand prize race package featuring a trip to the final six stock car races of the 2007 season and a chance to meet Montoya. Other prizes include a 2008 Dodge Avenger R, autographed racing caps and Texaco gift cards. Race fans can enter the sweepstakes online at www.42DaysOfRacing.com. Throughout the Texaco 42 Days of Racing, which concludes July 28, customers will receive free, with any gas purchase, a limited edition Montoya No. 42 Texaco/Havoline race team 32-ounce collector fountain cup. The sweepstakes' highly coveted grand prize package is a race fan's dream, including roundtrip airfare, lodging, deluxe transportation, and two premiere tickets to each of the last six races of the 2007 stock car season.

* Rookie Race: Montoya leads David Ragan by four points (159-155) in the NEXTEL Cup Raybestos® Rookie standings after his 43rd-place finish last weekend. The best finish by a Rookie at Infineon Raceway is ninth, which is shared by Kenny Irwin (1998) in the Texaco/Havoline car and Ryan Newman (2002).

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
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