Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Michigan Notes & Quotes: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400
MONTOYA CHASSIS INFO: No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1015. Crew Chief Brian Pattie will bring a brand new Chassis #1015 to Michigan International Speedway.
STEVE LETARTE, CREW CHIEF FOR JEFF GORDON (ON MICHIGAN BEING A FUEL MILEAGE RACE.): "What makes Michigan such a unique track is it's in that two-mile category like California, but Michigan is very multi-groove racing. When you have a driver like Jeff (Gordon), it's a crew chiefs dream because he can really help the balance of the car. It (Michigan) runs a lot of green-flag racing, which lends to a lot of fuel mileage racing. Both races last year were fuel mileage races and we had two seconds. We are normally on the better end of the fuel mileage, which helps. It was going to help us last weekend at Pocono, it just didn't turn out that way. Michigan has always been a good track for us, which is good because we haven't performed in the last month like we need to perform. We are hoping to go to Michigan and maybe turn things around a little bit."
JEFF GORDON'S MICHIGAN CHASSIS: Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-557 for Sunday's race at Michigan. Gordon has raced this car three times this year, picking up a 20th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in February, a 14th-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March and an 11th-place finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in May.
DALE EARNHARDT JR.(ON MICHIGAN.): "Michigan is a fun track. It's wide, and you'll find a lot of side-by-side racing. You can move around. If the top doesn't work then you can run the bottom. I enjoyed running there, and we seem to have had some success there."
EARNHARDT JR. CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-599. Earnhardt raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at Texas in April and most recently to a 22nd-place finish at the May 30 event at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
MARTIN'S MICHIGAN CHASSIS: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-523 for Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway. This is the same chassis Martin drove to the win last June at Michigan. The No. 5 GoDaddy.com team has used this chassis twice this season, notably finishing fourth at Auto Club Speedway in February.
"I will be going back and forth to Kentucky and try to defend my race win there. As of now the plan is to head over Friday to practice the Nationwide car after qualifying the Home Depot Toyota and be back for final Cup practices on Saturday."
LOGANO CHASSIS CHOICE: The No. 20 Team is taking chassis #272 to Michigan this weekend for the 200-lap event. This is the second race for this chassis in 2010. Logano drove this car to a 13th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago. The back-up car is chassis #266 that completed earlier this season in Darlington.