Texas II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 HomeLife Communities Dodge Team Facts: * Building Affordable Dreams: This weekend as Stremme and the No. 40 team take to Texas Motor Speedway, he will be piloting a fresh new HomeLife Communities paint scheme.

David Stremme and the No. 40 HomeLife Communities Dodge Team Facts:

* Building Affordable Dreams: This weekend as Stremme and the No. 40 team take to Texas Motor Speedway, he will be piloting a fresh new HomeLife Communities paint scheme. HomeLife Communities is a third-generation, family-run business based in Atlanta, Georgia and is the leader in value housing. New-home designs are available in Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, Phoenix, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

* Chassis: Crew chief Steve Lane has selected chassis #621 for the Dickies 500 this weekend. The last time this car saw action was at Lowe's Motor Speedway when Stremme and team captured a ninth-place finish -- giving him his third top-10 finish of the 2007 season, and second career best.

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

* Sorenson Helps Raise Over $75,000 for Charity: Last week, Sorenson helped raise over $75,000 with proceeds benefiting Speedway Children's Charities, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Project Pink House. Sorenson's charitable events included his inaugural Charity Golf Classic, a donation pledge program developed for the Atlanta race, which his primary sponsor Target matched, and an online auction of his breast cancer awareness pink helmet and firesuit.

* Career Best: Sorenson recorded his career-best NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series finish last weekend with his third-place performance at his hometown track -- Atlanta Motor Speedway. He also recorded his first career top-10 finish at the track on March 16, 2006 during his Cup rookie season.

* Atlanta Test: Sorenson, along with his CGRFS teammates Dario Franchitti and Juan Pablo Montoya participated in a NASCAR sanctioned CoT test at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday. This is the first time the Series has tested as a group with the new cars at an intermediate track (over one mile, not restrictor plate).

* Drive Thru Award Winners: The No. 41 over-the-wall crew claimed the Checker/Rally Double-Drive Thru Challenge award in Atlanta for spending the least amount of time on pit road than any participating crew. The crew spent a total of 359.594 seconds on pit road during the 329-lap event. The No. 41 crew consists of the following members: Chuck White (jackman), Marty Forcier (front-tire carrier), Bobby Burrell (front-tire changer), Adam Mosher (rear-tire carrier), Jason Sheets (rear-tire changer), Randy Hildreth (gasman), Eric "Pee Wee" Hoyle (catch can), and Shane Bourgeois (eighth-man). The team is led by crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the pit crew coach is Lance Munksgard.

* Points Update: Sorenson and the Target team moved up one position to 22nd in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings with their third-place finish in the last event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team is 140 points out of 20th with three races remaining in the 2007 season.

* Chassis: Crew chief Elledge has selected chassis #705 for this weekend's race at Texas. This is the same car Sorenson captured his career best finish (third) with last weekend at Atlanta.

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

* TMS, second time around: Juan Pablo Montoya earned his second of six top-10 finishes this season at his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Despite the ever-changing weather that weekend, Montoya started 16th after rain canceled qualifying. The Texaco/Havoline Dodge was tight through the start of the race, but after several adjustments Montoya was battling in the top 10. Montoya finished the day in the eighth position at his first Cup race at the 1.5-mile track.

* Standings: Montoya lost one spot in the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings with his 34th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He now sits 20th in the standings after the 33rd race of the season, just 82 points out of 17th.

* Rookie Race: Montoya still leads the Raybestos Rookie standings by 19 points over David Ragan (232-213). Montoya's eighth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April earned him his third of 14 rookie of the race honors this season. Montoya is poised to become the fourth driver for Texaco/Havoline to earn the Raybestos Rookie honor (Davey Allison, Kenny Irwin and Jamie McMurray).

* Atlanta CoT test: Montoya, Wingo and the No. 42 crew participated in the two-day test at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday. It was the first 1.5-mile test for the Car of Tomorrow (CoT) sanctioned by NASCAR. Montoya was joined by teammate Reed Sorenson, and 2008 driver of the No. 40 Dodge Avenger Dario Franchitti.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #707 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, the same chassis they finished second with at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be the sixth race for chassis #707 this season. Montoya drove this car in the 600-mile race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May where he started from the 20th position and finished 28th after being involved in a multi-car incident, at Michigan International Speedway in June where he finished 43rd, at Indianapolis (second) at Pocono Raceway where he finished 16th and most recently at California Speedway where he finished 33rd after a blown engine in qualifying and a pit road incident during the race.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing