Results (starting pos.) from Texas Motor Speedway
1. (1) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota SS
16. (11) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bell Helicopter Chevrolet SS
20. (10) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series held their first night race of the 2013 season in the “Lone Star State” over the weekend. The seventh race of the season produced 18 lead changes among seven drivers and seven caution flags for 36 laps. Team Target garnered a top-10 starting position and overcame multiple obstacle’s throughout the 334-lap race to finish out the night in the 20th-position.
Team Target rolled off the grid in the 10th position and spent the opening laps of the race up in the top-15. Long green flag runs, an untimely caution flag and a tire problem set the No. 42 team back as the race progressed. Juan Pablo Montoya and the crew focused on regaining laps back and track position for the remainder of the race. As the laps wound down, the Target Chevy SS gained 11 spots out on the track and crossed the finish line in the 20th position.
“Not the finish we had wanted tonight,” Montoya stated post-race. ”We got caught a couple of laps down and had to play on strategy for the rest of the night. The Target guys never gave up and we really need a good finish to get things turned around for us. We’ll come back strong next week at Kansas.”
- The No. 42 Target team advanced three positions in the point standings and now sits 27th, 81 points out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup
- Montoya posted his second top-10 starting position of the 2013 season (best start is seventh at Daytona)
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race at Kansas Speedway next. The STP 400 will air on FOX and radio stations affiliated with MRN on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. ET.
About Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Overall his teams have 15 championships and 151 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.
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