Results from Texas Motor Speedway
1. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota
2. Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Ford
3. Mark Martin, No. 5 Chevrolet
16. Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/ Arctic Cat Chevrolet
28. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Lysol Chevrolet
Ft. Worth, Tex. (November 7, 2010) – The race at Texas Motor Speedway marked the 34th points race of the 2010 season but with just three races remaining and starting fourth on the grid, the 42 team was looking for a good race. Juan Pablo Montoya overcame a race filled with handling concerns and a broken front splitter to finish out the AAA Texas 500 in the 28th position.
Montoya, who made his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway, was hoping to better his best Texas finish of seventh-place finish back in the spring event of 2009. The Lysol team appeared to be off to a good start when the No. 42 Chevrolet lined-up fourth for the start of the 334-lap event. A loose handling race car would require the crew to make adjustments throughout the day to get the Lysol Chevrolet back up into contention. Montoya rebounded from going a lap down only to realize that the front splitter had broken with 70 laps remaining. Despite the handling challenges due to the splitter, the No. 42 Lysol Chevrolet was able to finish out the race and cross the finish line in 28th.
“That was a crazy race,” Montoya remarked. “We were really loose and couldn’t figure out why. I really thought we had a tire going down at one point because the Lysol Chevy was all over the place. The guys worked hard today to get the handling right and just when I thought we were back in it the splitter broke. We dropped like a brick after that but still finished out the day.”
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has two races remaining in the schedule and will head back out west for the final time in 2010 to Phoenix International Raceway. The Kobalt Tools 500 is on Sunday, November 14 and will air on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN at 3:00 pm (ET).
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