Results (starting pos.) from the Sprint Showdown
1. (3) Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 Chevrolet
3. (19) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate Chevrolet
5. (7) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
Juan Pablo Montoya and the Target team battled it out Saturday night in the Sprint Showdown in hopes of gaining a coveted spot in the Sprint All-Star race. Montoya was one of 22 drivers vying for a spot in NASCAR’s second exhibition race of the season worth one million dollars. The team started in the seventh position and was in contention for a top transferring spot until a mishap in the final segment relegated the No. 42 Target Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed home over the weekend to race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sprint hosted their annual Showdown and All-Star races where drivers didn’t compete for points but for bragging rights. The Target team raced in the Showdown with hopes of finishing in the first or second position to transfer into the main event. Montoya started in the seventh position in the two segment, 40-lap race and ran in the top-five throughout. In the final segment, the Target Chevrolet had slight contact with fellow competitors causing some damage and handling issues. Montoya held on and maintained track position to finish in the fifth position.
“We learned a lot from this race,” Montoya stated. “The Target Chevrolet was good and I think we’ll be really good next week when we come back to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Yes we wanted to race our way into the All-Star race but when we got together with the No. 31 it ruined the handling and to still walk away with a top-five finish is huge.”
- The format for the NASCAR Sprint Showdown consisted of two 20-lap segments with a competition caution in between the two segments
- The Showdown and All-Star races are exhibition races so no points are awarded
- Juan Pablo Montoya had an on-track incident in the final segment which caused some damage to the No. 42 Target Chevrolet.
- Bobby Labonte won the Sprint fan vote and advanced into the Sprint All-Star race
Next up on the schedule is the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May, 27 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The race will air live on FOX and radio stations affiliated with PRN.
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