Earnhardt Ganassi Racing/ Dover International Speedway Advance Notes

Dover International Speedway Advance Notes

Race: AAA 400 on Sunday, Sept. 26

Track: Dover International Speedway (1.058-mile oval)

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Location: Dover, Del.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)

Jarrod England No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet

Shayna Keller No. 42 Target Chevrolet

NOTES

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 McDonald’s Team

Monster Mile History: McMurray will be making his 16th NSCS start at the one-mile oval. McMurray has started in the top-10 seven times, led 131 laps and accumulated five top-10 finishes. McMurray’s career-best finish at Dover came in the Spring of 2006 when he finished second. He has completed 5903 of 6004 (98.3%) laps raced and has zero DNF’s.

About Loudon: Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 McDonald’s Team traveled to New England and the “Magic Mile” of New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past weekend to start the 10-race stretch to the season finale. McMurray started the weekend off strong qualifying in the fourth position and running in the top five for the final two practice sessions. The No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet was a fixture up front spending over half of the 300 lap event in the top 10. McMurray led for 12 laps and would ultimately finish in the third position. The finish marked the eighth top five of 2010 for McMurray, it also marked the fourth top-five and fifth top-10 finish in the last nine races for the No.1 Team. McMurray was also presented with the Mobil 1 Command Performance of the Race Award.

Did You Know?: Jamie McMurray is having a career best season with winning the two biggest races of the year, the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, it marks the first multiple win season for McMurray. With nine races remaining he has already doubled his pole awards from three to six, led 256 laps- 32 laps more than his previous season high and is only one top-five away from tying his season high in 2004. So far this season McMurray has 11 top-10 starting positions, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishing positions. Along with his on-track statistics the No. 1 sits in the top-12 in the following categories:

· 237 Fastest laps run (11th)

· Driver Rating of 87.1 (12th)

· Fastest driver early in a run (12th)

· Green flag speed (12th)

· Fastest speed in traffic (12th)

· 256 Laps led (12th)

“Big Mac” At McDonald’s: Race fans attending this weekend’s AAA 400 should be sure to stop by the McDonald’s located at 1788 N. DuPont Hwy. Dover, DE 19901 this Thursday, September 23 where Jamie McMurray will be on-site from 5:00-6:30pm (ET). During this time race fans will have the opportunity to take one picture or receive one autograph from McMurray. After interacting with the fans McMurray will work another job he has become quite familiar with, a McDonald’s employee. McMurray will step behind the counter to spend some time with the McDonald’s restaurant team members to make burgers, french fries, smoothies and serve customers in the drive-thru.

McDonald’s Fix: Visit the McDonald’s just down the street from Dover International Speedway to curb your hunger while attending this weekend’s event. The address is 879 North Dupont Highway. If you’re staying nearby stop at one of the other four locations within five miles of the race track located at 915 South Dupont Highway, 1424 Forrest Avenue, 1704 East Lebanon Road and 1788 North Dupont Highway.

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 Target Team

Dover History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Dover on Sunday. His best race weekend at the one-mile oval came in this event last season when he started on the outside pole and took the checkered flag in fourth place. He has three top-five starts, one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes at the “Monster Mile.”

About New Hampshire: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Energizer team started out in the fifth position and would overcome handling concerns and damage to the front of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet to finish in the 16th position.

Did You Know?: In the 27 Cup races so far this season Montoya and the Target team have two poles, 18 top-10 starting positions, one win, five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Montoya has qualified in the top-10 for the last nine consecutive races dating back to Chicago in July. Along with his on-track statistics the No. 42 sits in the top-10 in the following categories:

· Driver rating of 95.1, which ranks him sixth and the highest driver not in the top-12 in points

· 1847 times passed under green-flag conditions, lowest of all drivers

· 76.4% of quality passes, highest of all drivers

· Fastest drivers early in a run (Second)

· Green flag speed (Fourth)

· Fastest drivers on restarts (Fourth)

· 5607 laps in top-15 (Sixth)

· 362 Fastest laps run (Sixth)

· 676.20 Miles led (Sixth)

· Average running position of 13th (Sixth)

· Quality passes (Sixth)

· Fastest speed in traffic (Seventh)

· 388 Laps led (Eighth)

· Fastest drivers late in a run (Eighth)

Making A Difference: Target proudly supports The Salvation Army as it serves more than 30 million people each year across the United States. Some of the year-round efforts include grants to local chapters, volunteering and donations to help those that need it most. Target also partners with The Salvation Army to support its disaster relief efforts in communities across the country.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #803. Bono and the No.1 McDonald’s team will bring chassis #803 to Dover this weekend. This chassis has been used only once this season last month at Bristol where McMurray qualified seventh and finished third. The chassis was used in the 2009 season at both Pocono events and the second Auto Club Speedway event finishing 18th, 19th and 22nd. The team also tested this chassis in June at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #903. Pattie and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #903 to Dover International Speedway this weekend. This chassis was used last month at Bristol where Montoya qualified eighth and finished seventh. In its other four previous starts it has two top-10 finishes of sixth and tenth last season at Michigan- June and Chicago- July.

2010 STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Starts

Wins

Poles

Top 5s

Top 10s

Ave Start

Ave Finish

Pts. Pos./(Prev)

Jamie McMurray

27

2

3

8

10

13.7

16.8

14/14

Juan Pablo Montoya

27

1

2

5

13

10.5

17.7

16/16

CAREER STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Starts

Wins

Poles

Top 5s

Top 10s

Ave Start

Ave Finish

Jamie McMurray

285

5

6

38

90

19.8

19.1

Juan Pablo Montoya

136

2

4

17

40

17.5

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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