Texas II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Texas II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview
Oct 30, 2008, 10:03 AM

Bryan Clauson and the No.40 Target/Guitar Hero® World Tour Dodge (NSCS) Third Time's a Charm: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) driver Bryan Clauson was scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut at Lowe's Motor ...

Bryan Clauson and the No.40 Target/Guitar Hero® World Tour Dodge (NSCS)

Third Time's a Charm: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) driver Bryan Clauson was scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, but qualifying was rained out both times. Therefore, Clauson will attempt to make his NSCS debut again this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in the No.40 Target/Guitar Hero® World Tour Dodge. Clauson--a 19-year-old from Noblesville, Ind.--has competed in 24 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races throughout this 2008 season, driving the No.40 Fastenal Dodge. To-date, the teen racer has collected one pole, one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

Clauson on Track at TMS: Clauson's only prior NASCAR start at TMS was this same time last year, lining up 10th in the No.41 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Dodge on the starting grid. Clauson and the No.41 NNS team were shooting for at least a top-10 finish when two setbacks sent the team into an unrecoverable lap deficit. The team did the best they could to make the most of their day to finish 28th.

It's a Tie!: Clauson is now tied in the NNS Raybestos® Rookie of the Year race with fellow NNS rookie Landon Cassill. The two teens both have 177 points each. Clauson has grabbed Rookie of the Race honors seven times in 19 total starts this 2008 season, most recently winning the title at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Clauson has also claimed rookie honors at Kansas Speedway in September; Auto Club Speedway in August; Daytona International Speedway this past July and February; Kentucky Speedway in June; and Richmond International Raceway this past May.

Reed Sorenson and the No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS)

TMS History: Sorenson has competed in 10 NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway. Out of Sorenson's five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval his best finish is 13th and his average finish is 26th place. In the NNS garage, the 22-year-old has two top-five and two top-10 finishes.

Last Race: Reed Sorenson returned home last weekend as the NSCS visited Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Pep Boys Auto 500. Sorenson maintained a clean run until a late-race incident on lap 303 sent the No.41 Target Dodge behind pit road for repairs. The team repaired the damage and returned to the track for a 39th-place finish.

Points Update: The No.41 entry dropped one position, to 31st in the series' owner standings with 2,652 points. The team is four points out of 30th and 414 points away from teammate Juan Pablo Montoya in 25th.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No.42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge (NSCS) and No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS)

On the Hood of the 42: Texaco/Havoline will adorn the hood of the No.42 Dodge Charger for the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup races -- Texas and Phoenix. The Texaco brand has been operating in the US for more than 100 years and was founded in Beaumont, Texas, outside of Houston.

Texas NSCS History: Montoya will be making his fourth Cup start at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this weekend. In his last trip to the Speedway, Montoya started 11th and went on to finish 19th in his Texaco/Havoline Dodge. He is averaging a 10th-place starting spot and a 17th-place finishing position.

About last week in Atlanta: Montoya had a solid top-10 car on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway when a pit road incident on lap 299 damaged his Texaco/Havoline Dodge. Montoya broke into the top 10 on lap 91 and ran there until the pit road collision. He remained on the lead lap, but was then involved in a multi-car incident that forced the car behind the wall to finish in the 40th position.

Asphalt Chef -- Team Burning Ravioli: Montoya will participate in the "Asphalt Chef" competition at TMS on Saturday evening after running in his first Nationwide race of the season. Montoya will be paired with celebrity chef Mario Batali as "Team Burning Ravioli". The dynamic duo will compete in an Iron Chef-style competition against NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards and Bobby Labonte who will be assisted by chefs Rachel Ray and Tim Love respectively. Similar to the famous Iron Chef competition, a secret ingredient will be unveiled prior to the competition. Montoya and Batali will have five minutes to come up with a recipe and 20 minutes to prepare it. The private event begins at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Lone Star Tower Clubhouse at TMS.

2008 Cup Standings: Montoya slipped one spot to 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver standings after his 40th -place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway last Sunday.

Montoya Racing NNS at TMS: CGRFS announced last week Montoya will compete in two NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races before the end of the 2008 season, piloting the No.40 Fastenal Dodge at TMS this Saturday, November 2, and the No.42 POWERade Dodge in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15.

Sixth Man Up: Montoya will be the sixth driver this season to pilot the NNS No.40 Fastenal Dodge. It will be his first time behind the wheel of a Nationwide car since August of 2007 at Watkins Glen International. Montoya joins the Fastenal Team of Drivers which includes Bryan Clauson, Dario Franchitti, Scott Pruett, Reed Sorenson and Kevin Hamlin who made his debut in the No.40 this past weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Atop the Pit Box: Montoya will work with CGRFS Crew Chief Steven Lane for the two Nationwide Series races. Lane will work side-by-side with Brad Parrot and his No.40 crew in Texas before taking the helm of the No.42 POWERade Team at Homestead. Lane most recently worked with Scotsman Dario Franchitti in 2008 and David Stremme in 2007.

Montoya's Nationwide Stats: Montoya has 21 career NNS starts to his credit since announcing his transition to stock cars from the Formula One Series in 2006. In those starts he has one win, one top-five and three top-10 finishes and has led 52 laps. He took the checkered flag in just his seventh NNS start at the road course event at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico City.

Add Two to the Crew: Fastenal selected Kari Lynn Rios and Tyler Rapp to participate in Fastenal's Second Annual NASCAR Internship Program. The week-long internship began this past Monday, October 26, when Rios and Rapp traveled to the CGRFS race shop in Concord, N.C., to help prepare the No.40 Fastenal Dodge for the team's run at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Rios and Rapp will also be on site at TMS this weekend to work alongside the Fastenal crew in the pits during the race. Fastenal selected both Rios and Rapp based on their academic records and personal essays, following a nationwide application process targeting automotive trade students. Rios recently graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio, where she maintained an "A" average as an automotive high performance major and worked with a local ARCA RE/MAX Series crew on the side. Although she's currently employed as a transmission builder through the week, she works on dirt-modified cars on the weekends and is looking forward to honing her race mechanic skills alongside some of the top professionals in the sport. Rapp is a recent graduate from the North Dakota State College of Science, where he also maintained an "A" average as an automotive technology major. In January, he'll begin the Motorsports Vehicle Technology program at Lanier Tech in Georgia. Now, he'll have a chance to tell his classmates and professors what it's like to work as part of a NASCAR crew. As part of the internship, Rios' University of Northwestern Ohio Acting Division Head/Department Chair Paul Higgins and Rapp's North Dakota State College of Science instructor Paul Mosey will both be flown to Texas this weekend and provided with pit row seats, courtesy of ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). The school will also receive a seven-piece SAE reversing wrench roll set from GearWrench.

NNS Owner Standings Update: The No.40 Fastenal Dodge Team is currently 21st in the NNS owner standings. Altogether, the Fastenal Drivers and crew have grabbed three poles, three top-five and three top-10 finishes throughout the 2008 season.


No.40 Target/Guitar Hero® World Tour Dodge (NSCS): Chassis # 733. This car was last entered at Dover International Speedway this past June. Jeremy Mayfield was behind the wheel and drove the car to a 25th-place finish (started 10th).

No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #634. Sorenson will be making his fourth start with chassis #634 this season. Sorenson previously drove it at Lowe's Motor Speedway this past May. Sorenson also drove it in Chicago and Kansas earlier this year. Montoya drove it to a 15th-place finish at Bristol this past March.

No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #826. This is a new chassis in the No. 42 team's stable. It has not been run yet this season.

No.40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS): Chassis #753. This weekend will mark the car's first start this season.

-credit: cgr

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