Bristol Motor Speedway Advance Notes
Race: Food City 500 on Sunday, March 22
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533 Mile Oval)
Location: Bristol, Tenn.
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Bristol History: Montoya will be making his fifth NSCS start at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday. He earned the outside pole in Fall 2007 in just his second attempt at the .533-mile track, and went on to finish 17th on the lead lap. In this race last year, he scored his best NSCS finish to date at the track, driving his No. 42 to a 15th-place finish.
Meet Montoya: Montoya will be making an appearance at the TUMS display on Sunday in the Fan Zone at Bristol Motor Speedway. Montoya will sign for fans from 9:35 to 10:00 a.m. Fans are encouraged to stop by prior to the event to receive a ticket. Tickets are limited.
Happy Birthday: The Target team will celebrate two birthdays this weekend. Tire-carrier Eric Bilyeu will celebrate his 33rd birthday on Sunday, March 22 and the No. 42 Gasman and mechanic, Mike “Mongo” Bodick will turn 40-years-old on Sunday as well.
Local natives: Cousins Heath Silver and Andy Silver both call Bristol their home track, as they are from the Asheville area. Heath is the Car Chief of the Target Chevrolet and Andy is a mechanic on the team during the race weekend.
Tennessean: Tony Glover—a Kingsport, Tenn., native—is a team manager at the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Concord, N.C. race shop. He has been in racing for 36 years and throughout his career Glover has built the reputation as one of the top mechanical minds in motorsports. In addition, Glover has a knack for developing drivers and winning big races. Under his guidance, Ernie Irvan, Sterling Marlin and Joe Nemechek captured their first NASCAR Sprint Cup wins.
In the Points: Montoya now stands 21st in the NASCAR Driver Point Standings, 226 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.
Montoya Quotes: “I like Bristol a lot. Of all the places I have ever raced, when someone asks me what track they need to go to I always tell them Bristol. As a driver you are up on the wheel all the time and you are always racing no matter where you are on the track.”
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #802. Pattie and the No. 42 team are brining chassis #802 to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis ran twice last year by the 42 team (Pocono- Aug, Las Vegas- February).