Damage to the No. 42 Target Chevrolet Results in a 29th Place Finish at Richmond
Results (with starting pos.) from Richmond International Raceway
1. (20) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota
18. (17) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
29. (1) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
Richmond, Va. (April 30, 2011) – The Target team nabbed their second pole award of the season over the weekend at Richmond. The pole marked the seventh career for Montoya and his first ever short track pole. The No. 42 was running up in the top 10 when an on-track altercation occurred causing significant damage to the Target Chevrolet. The team would settle for a 29th-place finish.
After a week off in the schedule, the Target team looked to get back on track and have a solid run at Richmond International Raceway. The team appeared to be on the right path as they took the pole and went on to lead the first 25 laps of the 400 lap event. Montoya fell back slightly in the field due to changing handling conditions and was running up in the top-10 just before the midway point of the race. On lap 237 the fate of the team would change drastically as the No. 42 and No. 39 tangled going into turn three. The damage sustained to the rear quarter panel was significant causing the Target team to make multiple stops on pit road for repairs. Back out on the track, Montoya did his best to maintain track position and was able to cross the finish line in the 29th position.
Montoya now sits 12th in the point standings, 73 out of first place.
- Montoya has claimed his second pole of the season and his first ever at a short track at Richmond
- Montoya has two poles, two top-five and four top-10 finishes out of nine races this season
- Montoya currently sits 12th in the point standings; 73 out of first
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to historic Darlington Raceway next weekend for some more night racing. The Showtime Southern 500 will air on FOX and MRN radio this Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 pm ET.