1. Kurt Busch, No. 2 Dodge
2. Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
38. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
Montoya’s Day Cut Short at Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR’s longest race of the season proved to be not so kind to the No. 42 Target team and Juan Pablo Montoya. What started out as a promising performance, with the top speed in first practice, soon turned dismal 61 laps into a 400- lap marathon. The Target Chevrolet got loose and collided with the inside wall sustaining significant damage. The team tried to rally back but would end the evening in the 38th- place position.
The Target team looked to rebound and gain valuable points for the chase for the Sprint Cup heading into Charlotte Motor Speedway. The crew unloaded a brand new chassis and was quick right from the start. Montoya only ran 40 laps in the first practice session and would be displayed with the quickest time. In qualifying later that day, the No. 42 Chevrolet drew an early qualifying draw and would settle for 20th on the starting grid.
Under sunny skies early Sunday evening, Montoya jumped four positions within seven laps when the green flag waved. That momentum to the front would be cut short as Montoya radioed in, “I’m loose in and tight on power. I’m doing all I can to hang on out here.” The Target team would make a green flag pit stop on lap 51 in hopes of alleviating the handling concerns. Back out on track, Montoya got loose on the backstretch ten laps later and would collide with the inside wall. The impact caused significant damage to the front of the race car and the team was forced back to the garage for repairs and to replace the transmission. Montoya returned to the track on lap 130 and spent the evening trying to gain as many positions as possible.
At the end of the marathon race, teammate Jamie McMurray would bring home his third second-place finish of the season and Montoya would be credited with the 38th position. On the IZOD IndyCar side, Target teammate Dario Franchitti celebrated his second Indianapolis 500 victory.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway this weekend for their first of two races at the 2.5- mile triangular track. The Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by Target will air on TNT this Sunday, June 6 at 1:00 pm (ET).
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