Race: Pocono 500 on Sunday, June 7
Track: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile tri-oval)
Location: Long Pond, Pa.
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Pocono History: This weekend Montoya will be making his fourth start at Pocono Raceway and hopes to earn his first top-10 finish at the 2.5-mile track. His best start and finish came at the second Pocono event of 2007. He qualified ninth and finished in the 16th position.
Last Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya didn’t have the race he anticipated at Dover International Speedway. He started third in the 400-lap race, but the No. 42 Target Chevrolet suffered tire issues, relegating him to a 30th-place finish.
In the Points: The 30th-place finish at Dover last weekend moved Montoya down one place to 15th in the NSCS point standings, 92 points out of 12th – the cutoff for the chase.
2009 In Numbers: As of the Dover race weekend, Juan Pablo Montoya has one pole award, four top-10 and seven top-15 finishes so far in the 2009 season. Last year, Montoya amassed two top-five, three top-10 and seven top-15 finishes throughout the entire 2008 season. Montoya currently sits 14th in the NSCS Driver Standings, 31 points out of 12th position, the cutoff for the “Chase to the Sprint Cup.” At this point last season, Montoya and the No. 42 team were sitting 17th in points, 134 points out of the 12th. The team has an average starting spot of 13th and finishing position of 17th.
Chevy Fast Fact: GM dominated the R.L. Polk Loyalty awards and was named best manufacturer for the ninth consecutive year. Chevrolet led with four wins – full-size pickups (Silverado), full-size utilities (Suburban), full-size cars (Impala) and Luxury Sports Cars (Corvette).
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #805 Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the No. 42 team will bring chassis #805 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. Montoya last drove this chassis to a 31st-place finish after being involved in an accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
No. 1 TomTom Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #803 Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion has elected to bring Chassis number #803 to Pocono Raceway.
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