TEAM TARGET FINISHES 26th AT DOVER
Results (starting pos.) from the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway
1. (10) Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Dodge
24. (20) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
26. (35) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
Target Team Brings Home a 26th-Place Finish at the “Monster Mile”
DOVER, Del. (Sept. 30, 2012) – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed into Dover International Speedway over the weekend to try and conquer the “Monster Mile”. The Target team struggled in the earlier practice sessions and unfortunately that would transition over to the race track come Sunday afternoon. The No. 42 started in the 35th position and endured handling concerns and long green flag runs to finish out the day in the 26th position.
The 400-lap race at Dover produced only five caution flags for 28 laps on Sunday with only six cars finishing on the lead lap. The fast paced race meant long green flag runs with the longest run exceeding 100 laps before a caution fell. The Target team battled with a finicky handling race car in the midst of trying to play on strategy in order to gain valuable track position throughout the day. The team’s attention turned to fuel mileage toward the end of the race as Montoya conserved as much fuel as possible to make a final charge to the end. When the checkered flag was displayed, the No. 42 Target Chevrolet was credited with a 26th-place finish.
“It was a disappointing day for the Target team,” Montoya remarked. “Those long green flag runs really hurt us so we messed around with the fuel mileage at the end hoping to catch a break. I keep hoping that one of these days we'll catch a break. Rough day and I’m looking forward to Talladega next weekend."
- This race marked the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Seven more races remain in the 2012 season.
- Montoya’s best finish at Dover was fourth in 2009
- Montoya remains 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Talladega Superspeedway next weekend for the Good Sam Club Roadside Assistance 500. The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. ET.