BUSCH: Dover: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts: * He's Down with Dover: Sorenson has a solid track record at the track known as the "Monster Mile." In four NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) starts, Sorenson has two top-five...

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

* He's Down with Dover: Sorenson has a solid track record at the track known as the "Monster Mile." In four NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) starts, Sorenson has two top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes. He isn't too shabby in the NEXTEL Cup garage either, posting an 11th-place effort last September and a 19th-place finish last June. Sorenson has completed all but one of the possible 1,602 laps of competition in races he has run at the 1-mile oval. His average combined start is 15.5 and his average finish is 8.7.

* Commencement for Clauson: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) development driver Bryan Clauson is going to put on the brakes this Friday, June 1, to take part in his graduation from Noblesville (Ind.) High School. The very next day he will get back to racing at Iowa Speedway in the ARCA/REMAX Prairie Meadows 250. Saturday's run will mark Clauson's second ARCA start. His first was at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., this past March when he made an impressive debut, scoring a top-five start and finish. Clauson, led by crew chief Steve Boyer, qualified to start the race in third place, and then led a total of 61 laps in the No. 40 Memorex Dodge en route to a second-place finish. Clauson will be racing the No. 4 Memorex Dodge in this upcoming weekend's ARCA race. The ARCA/REMAX Prairie Meadows 250 is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET Saturday, and will broadcast live on SPEED (TV).

* Checking in on Bacon: Along with Clauson's commencement, CGRFS development driver Brady Bacon is also celebrating his 2007 high school graduation. On the racing side of things, he most recently competed at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP), where he set the fastest time and then went on to score a sixth-place finish in the USAC National Midget Car race last Saturday. Next stop on his action packed schedule is the USAC National Midget Car race at the Dodge City Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, Wis.

* Lagasse Jr. Truck Racing in Dover: CGRFS development driver Scott Lagasse Jr. is scheduled to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race this upcoming Friday at Dover International Speedway. He will be driving the No. 16 truck for Dave Fuge. Friday's run will mark Lagasse Jr.'s first NCTS start of the 2007 season. He competed in 10 NCTS races last year for Bobby Hamilton Racing (BHR), which included the June 2006 race at Dover (started 20th, finished 35th). The 26-year-old racer is coming off of a recent win and consecutive top-five finishes in the ARCA/REMAX Series. He scored his career-first ARCA/REMAX victory in the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand at Kansas Speedway in late April, and then went on to score a fourth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway May 12. The truck race is scheduled to run at 4:45 p.m. ET and will broadcast later Friday night on SPEED (TV) at 8 p.m. ET. Qualifying for the 200-lap competition is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. ET Friday and will broadcast live on SPEED.

* What's the Latest: Last Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS), Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit team were working on improving their top-30 starting position, when a mishandling race car escaped from Sorenson's grip and went into the outside wall. The team went to work to repair the car in the garage and sent Sorenson back out about 50 laps later to only discover the car wasn't going to be able to get back up to pace, and therefore forced the team to say good night way too early in 42nd place. The No. 41 CGRFS Busch team is now 29th in the overall NASCAR Busch Series standings, just 87 points outside the top 25.

* Chassis: Crew chief Brian Pattie and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit team are bringing new chassis #755 to Delaware this weekend for the running of the Dover 200 on Saturday.

* Don't Miss Any of It: The Dover 200 is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET Saturday, June 2, and will broadcast live on ESPN2 (TV), MRN (Radio) and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 128. Qualifying for the 200-lap Busch race is scheduled to take place at 11:05 a.m. ET Saturday, and will broadcast live on ESPN2.

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

* Walking for a Cause: Montoya will participate in the 2007 NASCAR Foundation Track Walk at Dover International Speedway on Saturday following the NASCAR Busch Series race. Montoya will be walking on behalf of the Formula Smiles Foundation. He created the Formula Smiles Foundation to improve the quality of life for Colombian children and their environment by implementing programs that instill values through sports and recreation. Fans can register to walk with Montoya on the NASCAR Foundation website or at the track on Friday and Saturday. The Track Walk gives fans the unique opportunity to walk a lap around Dover International Speedway with Montoya. Not only do walkers experience the track from a different perspective and get to enjoy the sights and sounds from the actual racing surface, they are also raising funds for Formula Smiles.

* Hamlin Scores top 10 at Mansfield: CGRFS development driver Kevin Hamlin piloted the No. 4 Bobby Hamilton Racing (BHR) Dodge to a 10th-place finish (started 27th) at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park in last Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race. The top-10 finish also made Hamlin the top finishing Raybestos® Rookie of the race. Hamlin is scheduled to drive a few more races for BHR as the season progresses, including the Milwaukee Mile and the Memphis Motorsports Park in June; Kentucky Speedway in July; Nashville Superspeedway in August; and Gateway International and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September. Hamlin will get back behind the wheel of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch Dodge next weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, which will mark his second start in the No. 42 Dodge. The Washington native made his debut in the Texaco/Havoline Dodge at Nashville Superspeedway this past April. To learn more about Hamlin, go to www.kevinhamlin.com.

* Helping out: On Thursday, Montoya will play in the sixth Annual Drive for Autism Research Celebrity-Am Golf Outing to be held at the world-class DuPont Country Club located in the Brandywine Valley, Wilmington, Del. The money from the golf outing will go directly to the Autism Society of Delaware whose mission is to improve the lives of people with autism and their families. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Autism associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as one in every 150 births.

* Where They Stand: Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Busch team battled a loose-handling race car at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) last Saturday night and concluded with a 40th-place finish. The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team is now 12th in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) owner standings, just 14 points out of the top 10.

* Rookie Rundown: Montoya still stands second in the NBS Raybestos® Rookie ranks, now five 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 was rookie of the race for the fifth time this season in the 600-mile Charlotte event Sunday at LMS and leads David Ragan by six points (131-125) in the NEXTEL Cup rookie standings. Montoya has also earned Rookie of the Race honors four other times this season in NEXTEL Cup competition--at Darlington, Texas, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

* Welcome, Ross!: The No. 42 Busch crew welcomes engineer Ross Fletcher to the team this weekend at Dover. Fletcher joined CGRFS this past February, initially serving as support engineer for the No. 42 NEXTEL Cup team but will now serve as the full-time team engineer for the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team. Before coming on board at Ganassi, Fletcher earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at North Carolina State. He also volunteered with MGM Racing out of Charlotte, N.C. He is originally from Lincolnton, N.C., and a graduate of Lincolnton High School.

* Chassis: The No. 42 Busch team is bringing chassis #654 to race in this weekend's Dover 200. The same chassis was entered in a total of six NASCAR Busch races in 2006. The most memorable run was at Chicagoland in July when Casey Mears drove the chassis to his first NASCAR victory, which ironically that same weekend is when CGRFS announced Montoya was coming back on board with the team to go stock car racing in 2007. Montoya also raced the same chassis to a 14th-place finish in the last NASCAR Busch race of the 2006 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Altogether, #654 car collected one win, three top-five and five top-15 finishes last year.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing