Results (starting pos.) from Richmond International Raceway
1. (26) Carl Edwards, No. 99 Ford
4. (7) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS
16. (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 7, 2013) – The last race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup took place at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) Saturday night. Juan Pablo Montoya started from the 12th position and overcame handling issues, a missing lugnut and two penalties to finish out the night in the 16th position.
Things heated up on the race track for two days of on-track action as drivers were competing to get into the Chase. Montoya and Team Target, on the other hand, were looking to score the win that got away from them the last time they visited the .75- mile facility. The team was poised to do so as they qualified in 12th and broke into the top-10 in the opening laps. The No. 42 Target Chevy SS would pit multiple times for adjustments to help alleviate handling concerns and began to run some of the fastest lap times out on the track.
As the laps progressed, Team Target would have to overcome several obstacles. The No. 42 Chevy SS had to return to pit road for a missing lugnut and start at the rear of the field. Montoya rebounded and gained his position back in the top-10 before having to serve two more penalties – one for speeding on pit road and another for not dropping back to the tail-end of the field on the restart. Team Target would work their way back onto the lead lap with six laps remaining and finish out the night in the 16th position.
“What a crazy night for the Target team,” Montoya remarked. “The car was really good but we just couldn’t catch a break. Everything that could go wrong did for us tonight – missing lugnut, speeding on pit road and then a pass thru penalty. Our Target Chevy was good and we never gave up. We had a top-five car but had to settle for an 16th-place finish. Pretty disappointing.”
· The race at RIR experienced five caution flags for 29 laps and 17 lead changes among nine drivers
· RIR was the final race to determine the 12 drivers that will make-up the field for the 10-race Chase to the NASCAR Sprint Cup
· Montoya remains 19th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will head to Chicagoland Speedway next Sunday, Sept. 15 for the Geico 400. The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN at 2:00 pm 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 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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