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Team Chevy Monte Carlo SS Heads to Watkins Glen International Bowtie Drivers Looking for Unprecedented 13th Victory Chevrolet has won 12 of the 23 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, more than any other ...

Team Chevy Monte Carlo SS Heads to Watkins Glen International
Bowtie Drivers Looking for Unprecedented 13th Victory

Chevrolet has won 12 of the 23 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, more than any other manufacturer

Monte Carlo SS drivers have visited victory lane in eight of the last nine NNCS events at WGI

Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS, is defending race winner and has three wins on the historical New York road course

Stewart has won three of the last four NNCS races at The Glen

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS has most NNCS wins at the Glen, a total of four

WATKINS GLEN, NY - Team Chevy Monte Carlo SS is on a roll in 2006 as it heads to the second and last road course event of the season at Watkins Glen International.

With 13 victories thus far this season, Bowtie drivers have led 3,963 laps of a possible total 5,987. In addition, Monte Carlo SS has posted 21 top-three finishes.

Remarkably Chevrolet drivers have amassed a total of 110 top-10 finishes to date with an even more remarkable average finishing position of 5.24 for Chevy in NNCS competition.

The 2.45-mile/11-turn road course that hosts the premier NASCAR series has been equally successful for Chevrolet. Of the 23 previous events at The Glen, Chevrolet has visited victory lane 12 times.

Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS, is the defending event champion collecting his third win in a four-year span at the New York track on the way to winning his second NNCS Championship in 2005.

Coming off the win at the Brickyard, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS team will definitely have momentum on their side. After scoring his fourth victory and eighth top-five of the 2006 campaign, the El Cajon, Calif. native knows there is a challenge for the team at WGI.

In four previous trips to The Glen, Johnson has posted one pole, two top-five and two top-10 finishes with one DNF due to engine failure in 2004.

"I still feel like I've got a lot to learn on a road course, said the current NNCS points leader. "I'm in the same equipment as Jeff (Gordon) -- especially this weekend (at Watkins Glen), I'll be in the same stuff. And there is just no excuse in my mind to be off the pace and off his pace. I've just got to figure out how to do that. That's my next big goal is to get road course racing under control and be a threat for the win there. And then we always have the challenge of trying to be the champion.

"I love road course racing. I love The Glen and think it's a great track for our cars. I'm really going to be working on myself this weekend. I have a very similar set-up to Jeff's. I had a little bit different car and set-up in Sonoma and it really didn't work out for us. So this week it's in my hands. I've just really got to understand what I'm doing and how to road course race a little bit better so I can eventually get a win."

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS, holds the record for most wins at WGI, a total of four, his last coming in 2001.

Robby Gordon, No. 7 Jim Beam Monte Carlo SS, had posted five top-five finishes including one win in 2003 in seven previous starts at the Glen.

Chevrolet will have four road course "ringers" (road racing specialists) attempting to make the 43-car field for the 90-lap/220.5-mile race. Ron Fellows will be behind the wheel of the No. 32 Tide/Downy Monte Carlo SS with Max Papis attempting his first-ever NNCS start in the No. 78 Furniture Row Monte Carlo SS.

Terry Labonte will take another turn in the No. 96 DLP HGTV Monte Carlo SS and Brian Simo will make his attempt in the No. 34 Monte Carlo SS.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Robby Gordon , Max Papis , Brian Simo , Jimmie Johnson , Jim Beam