Late Race Penalty Ends a Top-10 Run for the Target Team

MINNEAPOLIS - July 9, 2011
Results (with starting pos.) Kentucky Speedway
1.             (1)   Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota
15.          (2)   Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
36.          (34) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed to Kentucky Speedway for their inaugural race over the weekend. The No. 42 Target Chevrolet started in the second position and spent the majority of the 267-lap event up in the top-10. After a pit stop with 12 laps remaining, Montoya was issued a speeding penalty and sent to the back of the field. The 42 found itself in the 15th position when the checkered flag waved.
 
For the first time in 10 years, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced at a new track venue. Kentucky Speedway hosted a test session on Thursday and resumed a regular two-day schedule Friday and Saturday. Weather moved through the area on Friday causing teams to run a shortened practice session. The rain continued and qualifying was cancelled. Teams lined-up Saturday evening based on practice speeds.
 
Montoya started on the outside row and found himself running with the top-10 for the majority of the race. Crew chief, Brian Pattie, continually reported in that the No. 42 Target Chevrolet was the fastest car. The closing laps of the Quaker State 400 quickly reversed the fate of the team. Montoya pitted a final time for tires and fuel when NASCAR radioed in that the No. 42 needed to start at the tail end of the longest line on the restart. The Target Chevrolet received a penalty for exiting pit road too fast and would restart in the 18th position. Montoya gained three spots and would eventually cross the finish line in the 15th position.
 
The 15th-place finish advanced Montoya up one position in the point standings. He now sits 13th, 32 points out of the 10th spot for Chase contention.
 
NOTES
- Montoya has two poles, two top-five and six top-10 finishes out of 18 races this season
- Montoya gained one position in the point standings to 13th, 32 out of 10th
- Montoya has started on the front row four times this season
- Montoya has completed 5263 out of the possible 5295 laps, 99.4%
 
The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is up next on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. The race is this Sunday, July 17th at 1:00 pm ET and will air on TNT and radio stations affiliated with PRN.
 
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