MONTOYA FINISHES 15TH IN ATLANTA MATINEE
Results (with starting pos.) Atlanta Motor Speedway
1. (5) Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Chevrolet
15. (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
16. (25) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
Target Team Finishes 15th in the Tuesday Matinee at Atlanta Motor Speedway
HAMPTON, Ga. (September 6, 2011) – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed to Atlanta Motor Speedway over Labor Day weekend to battle it out on-track and with the rain. When racing finally took place Tuesday morning, the Target team started from the 12th position; ran as high as fourth, endured some fender damage and finished out the race in the 15th position.
With only two races remaining in the cut-off to make the Chase, teams prepared themselves to battle it out for 325-laps Sunday evening. The battle would be put on hold though as tropical storm Lee moved into the area and postponed the Advocare 500 until Tuesday morning when the forecast cleared.
When the green flag did wave, the No. 42 Target Chevrolet started 12th and worked its way up to the fourth position before a mandatory competition caution on lap 30. Montoya returned to the track and encountered some handling concerns with the changing track conditions. The team pitted a total of 10 times for tires, fuel, adjustments and to make repairs to the Target Chevrolet for an on-track incident on lap 242. A total of 64 caution laps were run and a red flag was displayed on lap 202 for rain showers. Despite some fender damage and a lengthy race, the Target Chevrolet persevered and finished in the 15th position.
“We’ve made some real progress with our Target Chevrolet’s over the last few weeks,” Montoya remarked. “Jim (Pohlman) made some great calls to get the handling turned around and we had some fast lap times. We just couldn’t get the track position at the end.”
- Montoya has two poles, two top-five and seven top-10 finishes with one race remaining until the Chase cut-off
- Montoya sits 22rd in the point standings, 101 points out of 10th
- Montoya would make the Chase if he won the Richmond race, moved into the top 20 and various other drivers in contention fell out of the race
- Montoya has completed 7041 out of the possible 7076 laps, 99.5% after 25 races
- Montoya has no DNF’s in 2011
The Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway is up next on the schedule. The race is Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 pm ET and will air on ABC and radio stations affiliated with MRN.