1. David Reuitmann, No .00 Toyota
  2. Carl Edwards, No. 99 Ford
  3. Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Chevrolet
5.    Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
16.  Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet 
 
Montoya Rallies Back for a 16th-Place Finish at Chicagoland
 
Juan Pablo Montoya and the Target team were a steady fixture in the top-10 at Chicagoland Speedway until a loose left rear wheel and a late-race tangle with the No. 5 car. Montoya raced hard until the very end and brought the No. 42 Target Chevrolet across the finish line in the 16th position.
 
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers were on top of the board in the final practice session with Montoya leading the way followed by teammate Jamie McMurray. In qualifying later that day, Montoya drew an early draw and placed the No. 42 Chevrolet 10th on the starting grid. Teammate McMurray would head out onto the track with a later draw and place the McDonald’s Chevrolet on the pole.
 
Saturday night the green flag dropped for 267 laps of on-track action. Montoya spent the better part of 150 laps of the race up in the top-10. On lap 151, Montoya would radio into his crew, “I have a vibration. Possible loose tire.” The No. 42 Target Chevrolet stayed out on the track until the caution flag flew on lap 178. Montoya brought the 42 down pit road three times for fresh tires and to repair the damage to the wheel from the loose tire. He would rejoin the field in the 25th position and battle his way through traffic to run in the top-15. On the final lap, Montoya and the No. 5 fought for position causing the No. 42 to get loose and lose two positions to finish out the evening in the 16th position.
 
“I gave him room out of turn 4 and we got into turn 1 and he got into my door. He nearly wrecked me and I nearly wrecked him in the process – we both lost,” remarked Montoya. “We’ve been pretty good here in the past and we needed a good performance. I hate that this is how it ended.”
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will enjoy an off-weekend and will resume racing next weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Brickyard 400 will air on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with IMS on Sunday, July 25 at 1:00 pm (ET).  
 
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