Talladega II: Casey Mears preview

Target Team Facts: * Tickled Pink: In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Casey Mears will take the helm of a pink No. 41 Target Dodge for three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup...

Target Team Facts:

* Tickled Pink: In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Casey Mears will take the helm of a pink No. 41 Target Dodge for three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races in October, which include Talladega, Ala. (October 3rd), Kansas City, Kan. (October 10th) and Martinsville, Va. (October 24th).

In addition to the pink ribbon paint scheme, the Target team will make a donation to BCRF for every lap completed in each of the three NASCAR races by Mears, and the California IRL Race (October 3) that Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver's Scott Dixon and Darren Manning will compete in, for a total up to $50,000.

* Championship Standings: Mears and the Target Team sit 20th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings after 28 races. The team finished 24th last weekend at Dover to hold onto the position.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team are returning to Talladega with chassis #210 which finished eighth in the April race at the superspeedway. This chassis also finished 14th and 11th in the two races at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season.

* Talladega: Mears earned his first top-10 finish at Talladega in the Aaron's 499 in April of 2004. In three races at the 2.66-mile track, he has qualified 16th or better. His best qualifying effort of eighth came in last year's EA Sports 500.

Casey Mears Quotes:

On Talladega... "I was really happy with an eighth-place finish in April, but I would like to see what would have happened if the race finished under green," said Mears. "It was awesome running out front in the Target Dodge and leading some laps at a track like Talladega. Running up front at a place like that is a huge testament to the team. I've learned a lot with the draft, and it's all showing. I can go out there and have a lot of fun with it now.

"I'm glad we ran well last weekend even though our finish doesn't show it. You want to have some sort of momentum when you go restrictor-place racing. This is where handling doesn't matter much, it's all about the motor, the body and guts."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darren Manning , Casey Mears , Scott Dixon
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing