Montoya Earns First NSCS Pole Award, Collected in Late-Race Incident

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April 27, 2009

Results from Talladega Superspeedway
1. Brad Keselowski, No.09
20. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42
33. Martin Truex Jr., No. 1

TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 27, 2009) Juan Pablo Montoya had one of the strongest cars in the 43-car field at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon. Montoya earned his first NSCS Pole Award Saturday in the No. 42 TUMS Dual Action Chevrolet and was a race contender before a multi-car incident ruined his chances with just nine laps to go. Despite running up front for most of the race, Montoya drove his Chevy to a 20th-place finish.

Montoya and his Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team were satisfied with the way his car was handling on Friday, and after the first practice session concluded, elected not to participate in the second practice. On Saturday, Montoya had an early qualifying draw but was able to turn a lap time faster than the rest of the field, earning his career first NSCS Pole Award.

Montoya showed the strength of his car and his ability to draft early on in the 188-lap race. He led the drafted for several laps before a multi-car wreck on lap 7 brought out the first of nine caution flags. As each caution flags waved, Crew Chief Brian Pattie stuck to the teams game plane alternating between four tire and two-tire stops. On several occasions, Montoya was able to push several cars to the lead including his teammate Martin Truex Jr.

Montoya was working his way up the field again when a 10-car collision occurred on lap 181. Montoyas TUMS Chevy suffered some damage, but the team quickly worked to keep Montoya on the lead lap, crossing the finish line 20th.

The 20th-place finish kept Montoya in 15th position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver standings, tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Montoya is 45 points out of 12ththe cutoff for the Chase. The No. 42 team will head to Richmond International Raceway for the Crown Royal presents the Russ Friedman 400 on Saturday, May 2, 2009. Racing action will air live on the FOX television network beginning at 7 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on MRN starting at 6:45 p.m. EDT.


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