Team Target Finishes 21st at Atlanta Motor Speedway

MINNEAPOLIS - September 2, 2012
Results (starting pos.) from the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
1.     (7)   Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota
21.    (33) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
24.    (20) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) celebrated Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second-consecutive year. Team Target driver Juan Pablo Montoya qualified 33rd for his 10th start on the 1.5-mile track and brought home a 21st-place finish.
 
The green flag flew for the 325-lap race and Montoya was on a man on a mission, advancing 10 positions from his 33rd-starting spot by lap 25.  The No. 42 Target Chevrolet entered the top-20, moving as high as 18th, before battling a tight and loose car and dropping to 21st-position.  The 500-mile race saw long, green flag runs before the half-way mark, which was a disadvantage for the Target team who didn’t have the time to make appropriate adjustments. Eventually, Montoya felt more stability in the car and started to improve his lap times, but would brush the wall on lap 242 and bring out a caution, causing the No. 42 to make an unexpected pit stop for minor repairs.  Team Target continued to fight for track position before crossing the finish line in 21st-place at Atlanta Motor Speedway.   
 
“I was pretty happy with the Target Chevy after a few laps into the race,” Montoya stated.  “The long green flag runs didn’t allow us much time to make a lot of the changes we wanted.  We finally got the car where we wanted it and I brushed the wall.  The Target crew did a great job getting us back out there and we fought hard in the end to gain some valuable positions.”
 
Notes:
-       Montoya’s best start at Atlanta Motor Speedway came in March of 2010 when the Target Chevrolet qualified third and his best finish is third, which he’s done twice – September 2009 and March 2010.
-       Out of 10 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Montoya has scored three top-five and four top-10 finishes
-       Montoya remains 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Richmond International Raceway next weekend for the Federated Auto Parts 400 which will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with PRN on Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 pm ET.
 
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