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Montoya leads opening practice for Brickyard 400

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, July 23, 2010

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Juan Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya's quest for revenge at the race that left him disappointed in 2009 got off to a good start Friday, July 23, as he dominated the speed chart in both practice sessions for the 2010 Brickyard 400.

Montoya drove the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Target Chevrolet to a top lap of 179.756 mph in the second session, only two-tenths of a mile per hour faster than his teammate, Jamie McMurray, who turned a lap of 179.526 in the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet.

The Earnhardt Ganassi duo has the opportunity to deliver team co-owner Chip Ganassi a historic "triple crown" of prestigious victories for 2010, as McMurray won the Daytona 500, Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 for Ganassi's IZOD IndyCar Series team, and the 2010 Brickyard 400 is clearly within the team's grasp.

Montoya, who won the 2000 Indianapolis 500 for Ganassi as a race rookie, is also seeking redemption after leading 116 laps at the 2009 race. A pit road speed violation knocked him from contention, and Montoya settled for an 11th-place finish. A victory Sunday would place Montoya as the first driver to win both the "500" and "400" at the 101-year-old racing facility.

"It's too bad we didn't take the trophy home (in 2009), but in my mind I think anybody that is in that team knows that we had the fastest car and we had the pace to win the race," Montoya said. "I think that counts for a lot. From one side it's a little frustrating, but do I feel like they owe me one? No. Do I want to win it? Yeah, of course I want to win it."

Montoya and McMurray will have plenty of competition during pole qualifying Saturday, July 24, as the top five drivers in practice were separated by six-tenths of a mile per hour.

Hendrick Motorsports driver Mark Martin was third-fastest in the No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet at 179.340, Clint Bowyer was fourth in the Richard Childress Racing-prepared No. 33 Wheaties Fuel Chevrolet at 179.172 and three-time Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson was fifth at 179.151 in the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet.

Johnson also has a shot at a lofty place in IMS history, as he could become the first driver to win a major event on the 2.5-mile IMS oval three consecutive years, having won the Brickyard in 2006 and again in 2008-09.

Brickyard 400 qualifying gets underway Saturday at 10:10 a.m. (ET) with two afternoon practices set for 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.

The 2010 Brickyard 400 is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday, July 25.

Results

FIN CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 179.755 50.068 Leader
2 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 179.526 50.132 -0.064
3 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 179.340 50.184 -0.116
4 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Wheaties Fuel 179.172 50.231 -0.163
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 179.151 50.237 -0.169
6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 179.140 50.240 -0.172
7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 179.122 50.245 -0.177
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 178.727 50.356 -0.288
9 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire Auto Center 178.437 50.438 -0.370
10 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 178.370 50.457 -0.389
11 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite / Vortex 178.324 50.470 -0.402
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 178.320 50.471 -0.403
13 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser 178.296 50.478 -0.410
14 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 178.193 50.507 -0.439
15 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Valvoline 178.052 50.547 -0.479
16 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 177.957 50.574 -0.506
17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 177.890 50.593 -0.525
18 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 177.764 50.629 -0.561
19 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Prilosec OTC 177.704 50.646 -0.578
20 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet FarmAmerican.com 177.658 50.659 -0.591
21 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 177.480 50.710 -0.642
22 98 Paul Menard Ford MasterCraft Doors / Menards 177.445 50.720 -0.652
23 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 177.378 50.739 -0.671
24 164 Todd Bodine Toyota Fred's Hometown Discount Store 177.354 50.746 -0.678
25 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 177.169 50.799 -0.731
26 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 177.148 50.805 -0.737
27 7 Robby Gordon Toyota SpeedFactory.tv 177.075 50.826 -0.758
28 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 176.946 50.863 -0.795
29 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 176.821 50.899 -0.831
30 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 176.592 50.965 -0.897
31 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 176.564 50.973 -0.905
32 71 Landon Cassill Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 176.464 51.002 -0.934
33 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 176.405 51.019 -0.951
34 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 176.370 51.029 -0.961
35 09 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 176.156 51.091 -1.023
36 83 Reed Sorenson Toyota Red Bull 176.098 51.108 -1.040
37 55 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 176.098 51.108 -1.040
38 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kroger / Clorox 176.074 51.115 -1.047
39 26 David Stremme Ford Air National Guard / GTWGPS.com 175.939 51.154 -1.086
40 37 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 175.840 51.183 -1.115
41 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 175.661 51.235 -1.167
42 132 Jacques Villeneuve Toyota Dollar General 175.490 51.285 -1.217
43 36 Casey Mears Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 175.398 51.312 -1.244
44 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 175.333 51.331 -1.263
45 46 J.J. Yeley Dodge Cash America 174.263 51.646 -1.578
46 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 173.782 51.789 -1.721
47 34 Kevin Conway* Ford Extenze 173.377 51.910 -1.842

* Denotes Rookie

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