Montoya and the Energizer Team Come Home with a 16th-Place Finish at New Hampshire

MINNEAPOLIS - September 20, 2010
Results from New Hampshire Motor Speedway
 
1.     Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Chevrolet
2.     Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota
3.     Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
16.  Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet
 
Juan Pablo Montoya and the Energizer team started out in the fifth position and would overcome handling concerns and damage to the front of the No. 42 Chevrolet to finish in the 16th position.
 
The Energizer team was hoping for a repeat performance from their visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway one year ago.  Montoya came into last year’s first Chase race in dominant fashion by leading all practice sessions, nabbing the pole and then leading 105 laps before settling for a third-place finish. The No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet struggled a bit in practice but was able to turn things around and line-up in the fifth position for Sunday afternoon’s race. The fifth place qualifying run marked the ninth consecutive top-10 starting position for Montoya.
 
43 cars began the Sylvania 300 just past the one o’clock hour and Montoya quickly worked his way up to his race-high position of second by lap two and would flirt with the top-15 for the remainder of the race. Pit strategy would fall into place throughout the race and the Energizer crew would pit a total of six times opting for two tires in some and four tire in others.  As the laps progressed the handling of the No. 42 Chevrolet became slightly more challenging.  Left front fender damage and damage to the splitter due to on-track incidents put a hindrance on the performance of the Energizer Chevrolet. Montoya and the Energizer crew worked during the remainder of the race to get the handling turned around and gain valuable track position. The No. 42 was displayed in the 23rd position on lap 243 and was able to move up seven positions in the final laps to finish 16th.
 
“We had the speed but the Energizer Chevy had some front end damage which didn’t help our handling,” Montoya remarked.  “Track position is so important and when we did get it handling better we were too far back in the field. We’ll move on to the next race.”
 
Next up on the schedule is the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.  The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN on Sunday, Sept.26 at 1:00 pm (ET).  
 
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