Earnhardt Ganassi Racing – New Hampshire Motor Speedway Advance Notes

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Advance Notes

Race: Sylvania 300 on Sunday, Sept. 19

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile oval)

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Location: Loudon, N.H.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)

Jarrod England No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet

Shayna Keller No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet

NOTES

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 McDonald’s Team

New Hampshire History: Jamie McMurray will be making his 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Sunday. At the 1.058-mile oval McMurray has two top-five starts of third and fifth (2004 and 2003 respectively). His best finish at NHMS also came in 2004 when McMurray drove to a fifth-place finish.

Richmond Recap: Jamie McMurray and the No.1 Bass Pro Shops Team looked to the second race at Richmond International Raceway as an opportunity to make one last push towards the top 12 in points-the cutoff for the chase. McMurray took the green flag for the Air Guard 400 and quickly started knocking off cars in front of him, moving up 17 positions by the first caution on lap 56. The driver was by far the biggest mover of the race, and his car’s speed was right there with the leaders. By lap 93, McMurray had set his sights on the top 10, working his way up to 13th. This would mark McMurray’s highest running position of the night as he radioed that his car was getting “really loose.” Because of the long green flag run from lap 241 until the end, McMurray would eventually lose one lap, eventually finishing 17th.

Visit McDonald’s: Race Fans! Stop by one of the four McDonald’s locations near New Hampshire Motor Speedway to curb your hunger. The McDonald’s can be found at 5 Tilton Road, Tilton, NH 03276; 111 Fisherville Road, Concord, NH 03303; 117 Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301; 822 Central Street, Franklin, NH 03235.

“Bono” Goes Modified Racing: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and Car Chief Gary Putnam will again be pulling double duty this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The duo will bring the No. 7NY Whelen Modified Car to the race track with Ryan Newman behind the wheel to race in the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1:00 (ET) live on SPEED. This will be the third race of the year for Manion, Putnam and Newman in the Modified Car after capturing wins at Loudon and Bristol earlier this season. The Modified is the Crew and Car Chief’s “labor of love” in their down time away from the hectic NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Charlotte Ticket Package: Race fans who plan to attend the upcoming Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway should consider the Bass Pro Shops ticket package. Fans who purchase a ticket for $99 will receive the following:

· $25 Charlotte Motor Speedway Gift Card

· $15 off $100 or more Bass Pro Shops purchase

· Meet and greet with Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 Champion Jamie McMurray

· Professional hunting seminar at the Bass Pro Shops located at Concord Mills Mall

· Behind-the-Scenes tour of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

For more information visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/bassproshops

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Energizer Team

Birthday Wishes: Montoya will celebrate his 35th birthday on Monday following the event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Loudon History: Montoya will make his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Montoya dominated this race last September when he led all practice sessions, broke the track record in qualifying on his way to capturing the pole position and led 105 of the 300 laps before coming home in third. Montoya again captured the pole position at the first 2010 NSCS visit to NHMS in June. He has completed 2034 of 2058 laps (98.8%) competed.

Returning Pole Winner: The No. 42 team holds back-to-back pole awards at Loudon after capturing the pole position for the 2009 September event and the 2010 June event. Montoya is one of six drivers to have started from the pole for two consecutive races at NHMS and the first since 2003-2004.

About Richmond: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Target team’s top-10 streak continued at Richmond International Raceway last Saturday evening. Montoya placed the No. 42 Target Chevrolet on the front row for the Air Guard 400, ran all but five laps in the top-10, led three laps and finished in the seventh position. The strong performance marked the fifth consecutive top-10 finish for the team and 13 total top-10 finishes this season. Crew chief Brian Pattie was also presented with the DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race award.

Welcome Energizer: The Energizer Bunny® will be powering the No. 42 car of Juan Pablo Montoya this weekend and he is all charged up and ready to Keep Going all the way to victory lane. The Energizer Bunny® is leading his company into new and exciting territory in 2011. From solar lights to exciting new chargers for smart phones proving Energizer is way more than just a battery company.

About Energizer: Energizer Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: ENR], headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of primary batteries, portable battery-powered devices, and portable flashlights and lanterns. Energizer is a global leader in the dynamic business of providing power solutions with a full portfolio of products including Energizer® brand battery products Energizer® MAX® premium alkaline; Energizer® Ultimate Lithium; Energizer® Advanced Lithium; Rechargeable batteries and charging systems; and portable flashlights and lanterns. . Visit www.energizer.com, www.facebook.com/energizerbunny.

Did You Know?: In the 26 Cup races so far this season Montoya and the Target team have two poles, 17 top-10 starting positions, one win, five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Montoya has qualified in the top-10 for the last eight consecutive races and has five consecutive top-10 finishes starting with his win at Watkins Glen. He also has scored a driver rating in the top-10 for the last seven races starting at the Brickyard. Along with his on-track statistics the No. 42 sits in the top-10 in the following categories:

· Driver rating of 95.5, which ranks him sixth and the highest driver not in the top-12 in points

· 1795 times passed under green-flag conditions, lowest of all drivers

· 77.1% of quality passes, highest of all drivers

· Green flag speed (Third)

· Fastest drivers early in a run (Third)

· Fastest drivers on restarts (Fourth)

· 5385 laps in top-15 (Fifth)

· 358 Fastest laps run (Sixth)

· 676.20 Miles led (Sixth)

· Average running position of 13th (Sixth)

· 388 Laps led (Seventh)

· Fastest drivers late in a run (Seventh)

· Fastest speed in traffic (Seventh)

· Quality passes (Seventh)

Energizer Fun Fact: Did you know that the Energizer Bunny® has its own Hot “Hare” Balloon? The Hot “Hare” Balloon is the tallest hot air balloon in the world. At 166 feet tall, (the height of a sixteen-story building and 15-feet taller than the Statue of Liberty), the Energizer Bunny® Hot Hare Balloon is the world’s biggest hot air balloon. The Energizer Bunny® Hot Hare Balloon’s feet alone are gigantic at a 98 EEEE size.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1008. The No. 1 McDonald’s team will bring chassis #1008 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last used at the first 2010 New Hampshire event in June where McMurray finished18th. The chassis was also used in April at Phoenix International Raceway where McMurray battled handling issues after an on track altercation forced a 24th-place finish.

No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #907. Brian Pattie and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #907 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The team last used this chassis at the first 2010 New Hampshire event in June where Montoya captured the pole position and ran in the top-10 for most of the afternoon before an on-track incident forced a 34th-place finish. This chassis was also used twice during the 2009 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September and Martinsville Speedway in October where Montoya finished third in both events.

2010 STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Starts Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Ave Start Ave Finish Pts. Pos./(Prev)

Jamie McMurray 26 2 3 7 9 14.1 17.3 14/14

Juan Pablo Montoya 26 1 2 5 13 10.7 17.8 16/17

CAREER STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Starts Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Ave Start Ave Finish

Jamie McMurray 284 5 6 37 89 19.8 19.2

Juan Pablo Montoya 135 2 4 17 40 17.6 19.9

TEAM ROSTERS

Tony Glover – Team Manager

Steve Hmiel – Director of Competition

No. 1 (NSCS) Hometown Hometown

Crew Chief: Kevin Manion Boylston, MA Rear Tire Changer: Chris Taylor West Plains, MO

Chief Mechanic: Gary Putnam Vernon, CT Rear Tire Carrier: Adam Mosher Fort Mill, SC

Front Tire Changer: Cory DeMarco St. Louis, MO Gas Man: Benjy Grubbs Richmond, VA

Front Tire Carrier: Doug Riepe Danbury, CT Catch Can: Eric Hoyle Asheville, NC

Jack Man: Tracy Duncan Lincolnton, NC Spotter: Keith Barnwell Hudson, NC

No. 42 (NSCS) Hometown Hometown

Crew Chief: Brian Pattie Zephyrhills, FL Rear Tire Changer: Chris McMullen Troutman, NC

Chief Mechanic: Heath Silver Asheville, NC Rear Tire Carrier: Chip Goode Statesville, NC

Front Tire Changer: Trevor Lysne Fergus Falls, MN Gas Man: Mike Bodick Norwalk, CT

Front Tire Carrier: Eric Bilyeu Waterford, MI Catch Can: Heath Silver Asheville, NC

Jack Man: TJ Ford Charlotte, NC Spotter: Tab Boyd Pensacola, FL

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