FORT WORTH, Texas (April 6, 2009) – Juan Pablo Montoya and the Target team started 16th and finished seventh Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, making his third consecutive top-15 finish, a first in Montoya’s NASCAR career. Montoya moves to 13th in the NSCS Championship point standings.
The Target Chevrolet took the green flag Sunday in the 16th place. Montoya quickly worked his way into the top 10 by lap 20. The Target Chevy ran within the top 20 for all 334 laps. Throughout the event, Montoya radioed to crew chief Brian Pattie and the team the car was too tight. The Target crew made adjustments throughout various green-flag and yellow-flag pit stops.
With less than 50 laps left in the race, Montoya reentered the top 10 on lap 289. Complaining of a tight handling racecar, Montoya continued to gain positions, taking the checkered-flag seventh.
The second top-10 finish of the season and third consecutive top-15 finish moved Montoya to 13th in the 2009 NSCS Championship driver point standings. The team is 319 points behind leader Jeff Gordon and 16 points out of 12th, the cutoff for the Chase. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. finished 25th Sunday, while Aric Almirola finished 33rd.
Montoya and the No. 42 team will enjoy a weekend off before returning to racing action at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 18, 2009. Coverage of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 will air live on the FOX television network beginning at 8 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on MRN starting at 7:45 p.m. EDT