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Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts: * Come Play at CGRFS on Kid's Day this Wednesday: Be sure your kids don't miss out on their day at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Wednesday, May 23. ...

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts:

* Come Play at CGRFS on Kid's Day this Wednesday: Be sure your kids don't miss out on their day at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Wednesday, May 23. Kids ages 3 to 12 are invited to visit the team's Concord race shop to get a behind-the-scenes look at the cars before they head to the track and learn more about the mechanics of racing with a special Tech Talk session. Members of the CGRFS pit crews will demonstrate their pit stop techniques, too. Kids won't leave empty handed either, as they will get to make memories at the photo and craft station. Snacks and beverages will also be on the house! So, bring the kids to meet the mechanics and pit crew members who make the CGRFS cars go full speed ahead and to see a side of racing they have never seen before. Space is limited, so call 1-866-888-6388 today to make your reservation. The green flag will wave promptly at 3:30 p.m. to begin the activities, so don't be late for this fun date! To learn more and keep up to pace on this event and further team updates, go to www.chipganassiracing.com.

* It's All about our Fans: CGRFS will wave the yellow flag this Friday, May 25, and take a break from racing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET to thank its fans for their support. The Second Annual CGRFS Fan Appreciation Day will involve a variety of activities at the team's Concord, N.C., race shop, including pit stop demonstrations, games and prizes. A complimentary lunch will be provided by TUMS, but don't forget to bring in your non-perishable food items to help TUMS Relief for Hunger. All donations will support Speedway Children's Charities Second Harvest food bank. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup CGRFS drivers David Stremme, Reed Sorenson and Juan Pablo Montoya, will also be at the shop to meet fans and sign autographs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET. Wristbands will guarantee an autograph and can be picked up in person at the team's gift shop or by calling 1.866.888.6388 to reserve one. Please note autographs are limited to one item per person per driver. To learn more and keep up to pace on this event and further team updates, go to www.chipganassiracing.com.

* If You Miss Reed, Head to Speed Street: After Sorenson is done visiting with fans on Friday at the CGRFS Fan Day Event, he will head to Uptown Charlotte to meet more fans and sign autographs from 4 to 6 p.m. ET Friday, May 25, at the Speed Street Food Lion's Kid Zone.

* Tuned In with Tick: Todd "TICK" Hamm, engine tuner on the No. 41 CGRFS Busch team, will be sharing his thoughts throughout the 2007 season as part of the new "Crew Views" section of the CGRFS website. Hamm posted his first entry last week, but will be posting more updates in the weeks ahead to give a team member's perspective on the NASCAR Busch Series competition weekends and hot topics. To read his first entry, go to www.chipganassiracing.com and click on "Crew Views."

* Testing Things Out: Sorenson spent Monday, May 14, at Lowe's Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Busch Series scheduled test session. Sorenson tested the No. 42 Busch Series Dodge and wrapped up his one-day test at the Concord, N.C., area track third fastest, lapping the 1.5-mile quad-oval at 180.947 mph in 29.843 seconds.

* TUMS Relief for Hunger: TUMS is all about providing fast relief and you can join in the effort this month. TUMS is teaming up with Speedway Children's Charities to collect food donations for the Second Harvest food bank during the Charlotte 600 race weekend. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at LMS during the Memorial Day race weekend and at the CGRFS Fan Day event Friday. Please join TUMS in the effort to provide Relief for Hunger for the families in need.

* Chassis: Brian Pattie and his Wrigley's Juicy Fruit crew are pulling out new chassis #753 to race this Saturday at LMS. The car has only been entered in one other race since it was built and that was at Texas Motor Speedway last month. Sorenson raced from a 36th-place starting position to 10th before getting collected in a multi-car accident less than 100 laps into the 200-lap competition. The team did manage to make it back out on the track to finish the day 35th.

* Don't Miss It: The Carquest Auto Parts 300 is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, May 26, and will broadcast live on ESPN2 (TV), PRN (Radio) and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 128. Qualifying for the 200-lap Busch race is scheduled to take place at 4:05 p.m. ET Saturday, and will broadcast live on SPEED.

* Lagasse Scores another Top Five: Coming off of a victorious ARCA run at Kansas Speedway earlier this month, CGRFS development driver Scott Lagasse Jr. and the No. 4 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit ARCA team scored a fourth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway Saturday, May 12, in the Buckle-Up Kentucky 150.

* Graduation Time for Clauson: In addition to his busy race schedule, CGRFS development driver Bryan Clauson is getting ready to make a special walk on Friday, June 1, during his high school graduation from Noblesville High School, but before he graduates the 17-year-old racer will squeeze in two more races. First he will head to Anderson (Ind.) Speedway Wednesday, May 23, to compete in the USAC National Sprint Car race for Keith Kunz Motorsports, and then run for Kunz again at the O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) in Clermont, Ind., this Saturday, May 26, to compete in the USAC National Midget Car Series race. Clauson made his third start in David Stremme's ASA Late Model this past weekend at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Saturday, May 19. Clauson's run was just getting started when he was taken out by a fellow competitor on lap two of the 150-lap race (finished 30th, started fourth).

* Bacon Right There with Bryan: Along with Clauson, CGRFS development driver Brady Bacon will also be competing at Anderson Speedway Wednesday in the USAC National Sprint Car race and will then head to ORP, as well, to compete in the USAC National Midget Car race on Saturday. Bacon is coming off of a top-10 finish (ninth place) in the USAC National Midget Car race at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., May 12, and a top-15 finish (14th place) in the USAC National Sprint Car race at Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track May 19.

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

* Hamlin Races at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS): CGRFS development driver Kevin Hamlin competed at LMS last Friday night in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race, competing for Bobby Hamilton Racing (BHR). Hamlin piloted the No. 4 Dodge in the late-night competition to a 25th-place finish (started 26th). This season Hamlin has been sharing the seat of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch Dodge with Juan Pablo Montoya, making his first official run in the No. 42 Dodge last month at Nashville Superspeedway. Friday night's race was Hamlin's second for BHR. He started the 2006 season competing in the NCTS season-opener at Daytona International Speedway for BHR and finished 11th. Altogether, Hamlin has tallied three NCTS starts and 16 NBS starts during his young stock car career. To learn more about Hamlin, go to www.kevinhamlin.com.

* Happy Belated Birthday: The No. 42 Busch team has two birthday boys on board this weekend going into Saturday night's race at LMS. Engine tuner Felipe Vazquez celebrated a birthday Monday, May 21, and team engineer David Mazer will be celebrating his birthday Wednesday, May 23.

* Some Good Racing Fun: Crew chief Brad Parrott and his Texaco/Havoline team, including Montoya and Hamlin, took one afternoon off last week for a little team bonding. The Texaco/Havoline crew raced one another in a karting event in Charlotte for pure bragging rights. While Montoya took the checkered flag, he was disqualified for not having a valid North Carolina driver's license. The trophy was awarded to Todd Drakulich, a mechanic and tire carrier for the No. 42 Busch team.

* The Last Time I was at LMS ... The last time Parrott raced at LMS was October 2006 with Casey Mears behind the wheel of the No. 42 Dodge. Mears and Parrott put on quite a show in the closing laps of the fall race. Going into the last 20 circuits, the No. 42 Dodge was leading but pitted for fuel during a late-race caution. NASCAR red flagged the race to determine the scoring order after all of the teams made their final pit stops. Mears had been shown as the leader, but eventually was moved back to second behind Carl Edwards for the restart on lap 192. The two drivers began to battle it out on the track. Mears was trying to make the pass on several different lines, as Edwards was doing his best to keep Mears behind him. Then, as Mears was making the pass on the high side of Edwards the Texaco/Havoline Dodge got up into the loose marbles on lap 198 and spun, collecting Edwards in the process. Mears and team called it a night just a few laps shy of the finish line in 26th place.

* Testing Things Out, Too: In addition to Reed Sorenson's test run at LMS last week in the No. 42 Busch car, Montoya tested things out on Tuesday, May 15, in the No. 42 car to get ready for this weekend's upcoming Saturday night race.

* Where They Stand: After their most recent run at Darlington Raceway that concluded with a 15th-place finish, the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team still stands ninth in the NBS owner point ranks. The team is just 143 points outside the top five.

* Rookie Rundown: Montoya stands second in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) Raybestos® Rookie ranks, just two points behind rookie class leader David Ragan. Montoya has scored rookie of the race honors four times this 2007 NBS season--at Richmond, Phoenix, Mexico City and Atlanta. On the Cup side of things, Montoya leads Ragan by four points (120-116) in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering Sunday's 600-mile NEXTEL Cup race at LMS. Just like his NBS efforts, Montoya has also earned Rookie of the Race honors four times this season in NEXTEL Cup competition--at Darlington, Texas, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

* Chassis: Brad Parrot and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #557 to race at LMS this weekend. The chassis last raced at Texas Motor Speedway where Montoya got caught up in an accident and finished 30th.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing