Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
MEDIA ALERT: Juan Pablo Montoya will be available at the No. 42 Target hauler for a brief media Q&A session on Friday, April 30th at 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Montoya at Richmond: Montoya has six previous starts at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) with a best finish of 10th in last year’s May event. His best start came in the 2008 spring race when the No. 42 car took the green flag in sixth place. Montoya has completed all 1200 laps in the last three events at RIR.
Bracketology: Montoya and the No. 42 Target team have survived the first two weeks of the DIRECTV NASCAR Head2Head Knockout competition. Montoya was up against four-time champion Jimmie Johnson last weekend during the Aaron’s 499 and came out on top with his third-place finish. The No. 42 will be paired with Talladega winner Kevin Harvick this weekend at RIR, the final event before the “Fastest Four.”
Talladega Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya and the TUMS team survived all 499 miles and three green-white-checkered restarts at Talladega Superspeedway to bring home the team’s second third-place finish of the season. This marks the fourth top-10 and third top-five finish for the No. 42 team.
Gaining Ground: After his third-place finish at Talladega, Montoya advanced four positions in the 2010 point standings now sitting 20th- only 123 points from the top-12 and making the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Rev the Vote: Voting is underway for the 2010 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By logging on to http://www.nascar.com/promos/allstar/2010/vote, texting “VOTE” to “7777” on a Sprint phone or visiting a voting booth in the Sprint Experience mobile display unit at an upcoming race, you can vote Montoya and the No. 42 Target team into the race. Also, as an incentive to Sprint customers, every wireless vote submitted via phone counts as double for the driver. Voting continues until one hour before the start of the event on May 22 and votes are unlimited, so be sure to keep voting!
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No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1007. Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion has elected to bring Chassis number #1007 to RIR this weekend. This chassis was last used by Bono and gang five weeks prior at Martinsville Speedway where McMurray battled handling issues after an on track altercation forcing a 30th-place finish.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #909. For the second time this year crew chief Brian Pattie will bring chassis #909. This chassis was last used in March at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) where Montoya started seventh, lead 104 laps and raced to a fifth-place finish. This chassis also ran at PIR in November of 2009 where Montoya drove it to an eighth-place finish.