David Stremme and the No. 41 Wrigley's Winterfresh Dodge Team Facts: * Play it again, Stremme: David Stremme will climb back in the Wrigley's Winterfresh Dodge this weekend to make his second start in the No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with...
David Stremme and the No. 41 Wrigley's Winterfresh Dodge Team Facts:
* Play it again, Stremme: David Stremme will climb back in the Wrigley's Winterfresh Dodge this weekend to make his second start in the No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Dodge this season, which will also mark his third-career start for the CGRFS Busch program. Stremme's last run with the No. 41 Wrigley's team at Nashville Superspeedway earlier this month was highlighted with him scoring his second-career NASCAR pole and then an 11th-place finish.
* Standings Update: This past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit team seemed to have a black cloud looming over their heads as they again got caught up in circumstances out of their control. Sorenson got caught up in an accident that began just in front of him coming out of Turn 4 on lap 69. He drove onto the front stretch grass to avoid the wreck and got a little sideways in the process. As he wheeled the No. 41 Dodge back onto the track and was almost in the clear he got tagged by the same car (No. 66) that started the accident to begin with. Sorenson went to the garage for repairs and returned to the track many laps down to pick up a few positions and valuable points, eventually calling it a day in 35th place. The No. 41 team now stands 31st in the overall Busch Series owner points, with a current tally of 691. The team is just 61 points outside of the top 20.
* In Stremme's Other Garage Stall: Stremme is coming off of a memorable race at Texas Motor Speedway in the Samsung 500 Sunday that concluded with 10th-place finish for the 29-year-old racer. The top 10 marked Stremme's best finish thus far in his young NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing career. He and the No. 40 CGRFS Cup team now stand 12th in the championship rundown with 779 points and are just 26 steps outside the top 10. Stremme's finish, along with Juan Pablo Montoya's eighth, marked the two highest finishing positions for Dodge in Sunday's race and also helped the No. 40 crew maintain its status as the highest ranking Dodge team in the NEXTEL Cup Series.
* Chassis: Wrigley's Winterfresh cool blue colors will adorn chassis #655 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in the first night race of the 2007 season. The only other time chassis #655 has raced was at PIR last fall, when Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 CGRFS Busch team turned a top-15 start (13th) into a top-10 finish (seventh).
* When to Watch: The Basha's Supermarkets 200 is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday, April 14.
Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Team Facts:
* Not His First Rodeo at PIR: Juan Pablo Montoya will make his first Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) run in NEXTEL Cup competition this weekend but his second in the Busch Series. Montoya competed at the Arizona track in 2006, finishing 20th in his third-career NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race last November. After starting from the 11th spot for the Arizona Travel 200, Montoya struggled with the handling of his No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger to earn his second top-20 finish.
* Where They Stand: Although their run was ended prematurely last Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway when they were taken out of the competition with a little more than 20 laps left to run, Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Busch team are still standing strong in the NBS owner ranks. The team is 12th overall and just 27 points away from the top 10.
* Rookie Ratings: Montoya is now third in the NBS Raybestos Rookie of the Year race, with a running tally of 75 points. He is just three points behind rookie class leader Marcos Ambrose. The 31-year-old racer has grabbed rookie of the race honors two times this year in Busch Series competition--in Mexico City and at Atlanta Motor Speedway. On the Cup side, he is 13th in the NEXTEL Cup Series championship standings, which makes him the highest ranked rookie. Along with grabbing the Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors, he also took over the lead of the NEXTEL Cup Raybestos Rookie class this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with his eighth-place finish. Montoya has claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors three times this season--at Texas, Las Vegas and Atlanta.
* Chassis: Crew chief Brad Parrot and his No. 42 Texaco/Havoline crew are pulling out chassis #454 to go racing under the lights this upcoming Friday night at PIR. The chassis' last run was at PIR in November 2006 when Montoya and team raced to 20th-place finish in his career-second NASCAR start. Before that, Montoya made his NASCAR debut in the same chassis at the Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park, finishing 11th at the short track. Chassis #454 was originally brought out of teammate Reed Sorenson's Busch Series stable. Sorenson raced the car at both Nashville Superspeedway races last year and finished 19th and 23rd in those events. He also competed with the same car several times in 2005, including when he grabbed his career-first win and pole in the March Nashville race.