The Target Team Battles Back at Auto Club Speedway to Finish in the Top-15

MINNEAPOLIS - October 10, 2010
Results from Auto Club Speedway
1.     Tony Stewart, No. 14 Chevrolet
2.     Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Chevrolet
3.     Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet
14.  Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
17.  Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
The No. 42 Target team started from the fourth position and overcame a brush with the wall and two pit road penalties to finish 14th. The top-15 is the 16th of the season and the top-10 qualifying spot marks the 12th consecutive one for the team.
With seven races remaining in the 2010 schedule Montoya and the Target team are setting their sights on their first oval track win. The team ran three practice sessions preparing the No. 42 for Sunday’s 200-lap event around Auto Club Speedway. Qualifying late Friday afternoon was a strong effort and produced a spot in the second row of the field.
When the green flag waved for the Pepsi Max 400 Montoya immediately radioed in a loose handling condition. The Target Chevrolet would brush the wall just eight laps in and cause damage to the right side of the race car. Multiple stops were made under caution to repair the right side and splitter. To add insult to injury, Montoya was penalized for speeding on pit road and would serve a pass thru penalty.
Back out on the track Montoya raced his way back through the field until another pit road speeding penalty occurred on lap 137. The Target Chevrolet restarted at the tail-end of the longest line. Crew chief Brian Pattie made a two tire pit strategy call with less than 50 laps remaining and Montoya would go on to lead two laps of the race. In the closing laps, the Target Chevrolet handling was off due to the damage sustained from the earlier race accident. Montoya and the crew made needed adjustments up until the very end and was able to cross the finish line in the 14th position.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule takes teams to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the last night race of the season this Saturday evening. The Bank of America 500 will air live on ABC and radio stations affiliated with PRN on Oct. 16 at 7:30 pm (ET).
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