Energizer Team Finish 23rd at Talladega Superspeedway

MINNEAPOLIS - October 24, 2011
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came into Talladega Superspeedway with only five races remaining in the 2011 season. The unpredictable superspeedway lived up to its name as the race experienced 72 lead changes amongst 26 drivers and 38 caution laps. Montoya was credited as a leader during the 188-lap race but also fell victim to damage in two instances on track and finished out the day in the 23rd position.
 
The Energizer bunny made its second appearance on the No. 42 Chevrolet for the 2011 season over the weekend. The Energizer team unloaded Friday morning and ran a few laps in practice to get a feel for the race car before heading into qualifying Saturday afternoon. On track, Montoya posted the 15th quickest time for Sunday’s race.
 
When the green flag dropped, Montoya and teammate Jamie McMurray paired up. The tandem worked their way through the field early on and would lead laps just 50 laps into the Good Sam’s Club 500. Montoya and the Energizer bunny led a total of 16 laps before getting tangled up in the “big one” on lap 104. The No. 42 sustained damage to the front of the race car and McMurray to the rear of his. Montoya was able to fix the damage on pit road after multiple stops but lost his drafting partner for six laps. Once his teammate returned, the two went back to work and McMurray pushed the Energizer Chevrolet around the track for the remaining laps. The closing laps saw Montoya involved in another incident causing more damage to the No. 42 Chevrolet. The team patched up the car and drove from 29th to 23rd on the final lap.
 
“That’s Talladega for you,” Montoya remarked after the race. “We (him and Jamie) had great cars this weekend, it’s a shame that we got caught up in that mess out there. The Energizer bunny looked good out front leading those laps it’s just too bad we couldn’t of had a better result.”
 
NOTES
- Montoya has two poles, two top-five and eight top-10 finishes this season
- Montoya has the highest number of laps run this season out of any driver with 9199 including all 12 of the Chase contenders
- Montoya sits 20th in the point standings
- Montoya has no DNF’s in 2011
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will move on to Martinsville Speedway for next weekend’s running of the Tums Fast Relief 500 on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m.  ET.  ESPN and MRN radio affiliated stations will have live coverage.  
 
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