Earnhardt Ganassi Racing – Kansas Speedway Advance Notes

Kansas Speedway Advance Notes

Race: Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods on Sunday, Oct. 3

Track: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)

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Location: Kansas City, Kan.

Earnhardt Ganassi Media Contacts at Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)

Jarrod England No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet

Shayna Keller No. 42 Target Chevrolet

NOTES

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Team

Kansas History: McMurray will be making his eighth NSCS start at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. His best start came just last year with a fourth-place starting position. He has two top-10 finishes, both when previously driving for current car owner Chip Ganassi, eighth and seventh in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Dover Review: Coming off a third-place finish at the “Magic Mile,” otherwise known as New Hampshire Motor Speedway Jamie McMurray and the No.1 Team looked to continue their success at the “Monster Mile,” or Dover International Speedway. McMurray and the No.1 McDonald’s team lined-up seventh and battled the “Monster Mile” for the majority of the day. Early on McMurray radioed that the car “felt good,” running inside the top 10 for the first 40 laps. However, McMurray would start to report “extremely loose” conditions as the track’s concrete started to turn black from the rubber being laid down by the field’s Goodyear tires. McMurray would battle for the remaining laps, eventually coming home with a 13th-place finish.

Bass Pro Returns: This weekend the No. 1 team welcomes back primary sponsor Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats to the race track at Kansas Speedway for the annual race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Fans should be sure to visit the Bass Pro Shops located just 20 minutes from the speedway in Olathe, Kansas. The store can be found at 12051 Bass Pro Dr.

Home Is In The Heartland: Kansas Speedway can be considered a “hometown” track for both driver Jamie McMurray and partner Bass Pro Shops. McMurray is from nearby Joplin, MO and the Bass Pro Shops headquarters are located in Springfield, MO, both within three hours of the speedway.

Did You Know?:

· McMurray has an average starting position of 13.5 ranking him seventh among drivers

· McMurray has qualified his No. 1 Chevrolet in the top-10 seven times in the previous 10 races

· McMurray and the No.1 Team have finished inside the top 15 in seven of the last 10 races, this includes four top-five and five top-10 finishes.

· With eight races remaining, McMurray currently has the best average starting position in his career

· McMurray also has led 256 laps in 2010 surpassing his previous season best of 224 in 2004

· McMurray has completed 8,206 laps out of 8376 possible laps (98%) this season

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Kansas History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his fourth NSCS start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. Montoya had a career best weekend at Kansas last season with a starting position of 14th and best finish of fourth. He has completed 99.7% of the possible laps at Kansas; 742 out of 744 and has zero DNF’s.

About Dover: The AAA 400 at the “Monster Mile” was one of the cleanest races ever run at the one-mile facility. The 400-lap event had just four cautions, two of which were for debris and the 19 laps under caution were the fewest at Dover in 13 years. Montoya and the Target team lined-up fifth and ran the green flag marathon race inside the top-15 for the majority of the day. When the checkered flag waved the No. 42 Chevrolet was credited with a 14th-place finish.

Meet The Target Team: Visit the Chevy display area this Sunday, Oct. 3 to meet the No. 42 Target pit crew. The Target team will be signing autographs for race fans at the display from 10:15am-10:30am (CT).

Making An Appearance: Prior to this weekend’s event at Kansas Speedway Juan Pablo Montoya is participating in the Tom Murphy Memorial Classic Golf Tournament on behalf of Chevrolet. The golf tournament will be held Thursday, Sept. 30 at The National Golf Club of Kansas City in Parkville, MO. Originally named the Sprint All-Star Charity Golf Classic, Sprint renamed the tournament in honor of Tom Murphy a Kansas City native and former Vice President for Corporate Brand Marketing at Sprint. Murphy passed away unexpectedly in August of 2009. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the following charitable organizations: American Red Cross, NASCAR Foundation, Victory Junction Kansas City, Turning Point and Thomas E. Murphy III Scholarship Fund.

Did You Know?:

· Earnhardt Ganassi Racing drivers have been awarded five Coors Light pole awards this season. The most out of any other team in 2010

· Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has three wins in 2010 and is ranked fourth on the win list

· Montoya and the Target team have accumulated two pole awards, one win, five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes this season

· Montoya has led 388 laps in 2010 already matching his total laps led in 2009

· Montoya has run 5,943 out of 8,376 laps in the top-15 this season (71%)

· Montoya also has an average running position of 12.5 ranking him fourth among drivers

Qualifying Consistency: Montoya has an average starting position of 10.3 this season ranking him third among drivers. He has qualified his No. 42 Target Chevrolet in the top-10 for the last 10 consecutive events dating back to Chicagoland in July. This marks the longest streak of all NSCS drivers in 2010. Montoya has started in the top-10 a total of 19 times this season.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1006. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #1006 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis has been used three times this season capturing the pole position twice at Chicagoland and Darlington and has two top-five finishes of second and fifth. It was also used in August at Michigan where the No. 1 started 19th and finished 20th. McMurray has led 143 laps with this chassis.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #910. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #910 to Kansas Speedway this weekend. This chassis has been used three times in 2010 at both Pocono events and at Las Vegas. Montoya has started in the top-10 in all three events, including the outside pole at the Pocono event in August and has a best finish of seventh at the first Pocono event in June.

2010 STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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

Jamie McMurray 28 2 3 8 10 13.5 16.7 14/14

Juan Pablo Montoya 28 1 2 5 13 10.3 17.6 15/16

CAREER STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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

Jamie McMurray 286 5 6 38 90 19.7 19.1

Juan Pablo Montoya 137 2 4 17 40 17.4 19.8

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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