Top-15 Finish for Montoya and Fastenal Team in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 1, 2008) – Juan Pablo Montoya got behind the wheel of a NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) car for the first time this season and drove the No.40 Fastenal Dodge to a 15th-place finish. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Crew Chief Steve Lane worked side-by-side with Fastenal Crew Chief Brad Parrott to guide Montoya to the finish line despite a late-race spin courtesy of the No.32 car.
Montoya started the 200-lap race from the 16th position and struggled with the handling of the No.40 Fastenal Dodge. After battling a loose-handling car running in the 23rd position, he fell one lap down to the leader on lap 45. The caution flag waved just four laps later and Montoya received the “free pass” from NASCAR to return to the lead lap. The Fastenal crew made a chassis adjustment, fitted the Dodge with fresh tires and packed it full of fuel.
A long green-flag run followed and Montoya was passed by the leader on lap 91. The team was set to call Montoya down pit road for a green-flag stop on lap 114 when the caution waved on lap 113. The team pitted for additional adjustments to tighten up the car. When racing resumed on lap 119, Montoya was 17th and there were just 13 cars remaining on the lead lap.
Montoya drove his Fastenal Dodge back up to the 15th position on lap 173 when the No.32 car hit Montoya and spun him through the infield grass just six laps later. He was able to keep the car off the wall and came in for fresh tires on what would be his final stop for the day. Montoya restarted from the 17th position on lap 184 and over the closing laps maneuvered around two cars to earn the 15th-place finishing position.
The No.40 Fastenal Dodge Team is 21st in the NNS owner standings. Altogether, the Fastenal Drivers and crew have grabbed three poles, three top-five and three top-10 finishes throughout the 2008 season.
With only two races remaining in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, the Fastenal Team will head to Phoenix International Raceway next weekend to run the Hefty Odor Block 200 on Saturday, November 8. The 200-lap race is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN2.