Late Race Accident Crushes Hopes of a Top-10 Finish at Texas for Montoya

MINNEAPOLIS - April 20, 2010
Results from Texas Motor Speedway
1.    Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota
1.     2.    Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet
2.     3.    Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota
30.  Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet
34.  Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
 
Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target had a top-10 finish within their grasp and with 17 laps remaining that strong run would come to an end. Montoya took a hard hit to the wall when trying to avoid an on-track incident in front of him. The Target Chevrolet was towed back to the garage and the team was credited with a 34th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
Friday morning teams entered the garage area with strategy on their minds. Weather was going to be a factor over the weekend so teams made use of their time wisely, particularly the No. 42 team. Montoya spent the first practice session of the day in race trim in case practice was cancelled on Saturday. The strategy proved beneficial as no track activity occurred Saturday or Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
The rain delayed race would finally get under way Monday afternoon with Montoya starting from the 21st position due an early qualifying draw and only one lap of practiced in qualifying trim. It wouldn’t take Montoya long though to make his way to the front pack as the No. 42 Target Chevrolet broke into the top-10 by lap 59. Even a brush with the wall on lap 232 couldn’t keep Montoya from another strong run.
 
The Target Chevrolet was brought down pit road a total of nine times throughout the race for adjustments and repairs to the right side. The final pit stop of the day on lap 312 allowed the team to make a last minute adjustment and Montoya would find himself lined up in 13th for the restart. Following the restart, chaos would reign in front of Montoya, leaving him with nowhere to go but through the grass and then the car veered back onto the track and into the wall. The damage to the Target Chevrolet was significant and the team had to end the day with just 17 laps remaining and settle for a 34th-place finish. 
 
Next up is the unpredictable superspeedway race at Talladega. The Aaron’s 499 is Sunday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and will air on FOX and radio stations affiliated with MRN radio.
 
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