Third-Place Finish for Team Target in Bristol

MINNEAPOLIS - August 24, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Bristol Motor Speedway
1.     (5)    Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Toyota
3.    (16)  Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
19.  (20)  Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) returned to Thunder Valley for some short track racing under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). Team Target qualified in the 16th position and quickly made a run to the front. The No. 42 flirted with the top-five for the majority of the night and rebounded from a pit road penalty to finish in third.
 
Juan Pablo Montoya scored his fourth top-five finish of the 2013 season over the weekend. The No. 42 Target Chevy SS lined-up 16th for an action packed race. Montoya battled some handling concerns early on and the team was able to make the necessary adjustments during pit stops to get him into the top-five. By lap 100 Team Target became a fixture in the lead pack. A pit road speeding penalty with about 160 laps remaining would set the team back as Montoya had to rally back from the 23rd position. Montoya maneuvered through the field and regained his position near the front. When the checkered flag waved, the No. 42 Target Chevy SS crossed the finish line in the third position.
 
“I'll tell you, we had a really good car all night,” said Montoya.  “We were a little tight at the start of the night and we made some good changes.  The car had good speed. I got caught speeding with about 160 to go and that hurt us but the car was good and I was able to drive it back up through the field.”
 
Notes:
·         The race at BMS experienced 11 caution flags for 74 laps, one red flag and 16 lead changes among nine drivers
·         Montoya has four top-five and six top-10 finishes this season
·         Montoya moved up two position’s in the NSCS driver point standings to 21st; 95 out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway next weekend for the AdvoCare 500.  The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with PRN radio beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 1.
 
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 over 150 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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