HAMPTON, GA – Aug. 30, 2013 – With a best speed of 188.539 mph in 29.405 seconds, Juan Pablo Montoya put his No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS in the third place starting postion for Sunday's Advocare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This qualifying effort was Montoya's fourth Top-10 start on the 1.5-mile oval, and his ninth Top-10 start of the season.
Behind the wheel of his No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS, Jeff Gordon posted a solid qualifying run of 188.053 mph in 29.481 seconds to earn a fifth place starting position. With that, Team Chevy will occupy two of the top 5 starting places in the 500-mile race.
Other Team Chevy starters in the top 10 are Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 National –Guard/Race2Achieve.org Chevrolet SS in eighth and Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet in 10th.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Ford) won the pole position, Carl Edwards (Ford) qualified 2nd, and Denny Hamlin (Toyota) qualified 4th to round out the Top 5 starters.
The Advocare 500 will take the green flag on Sunday evening, September 1st at 7:30 p.m. ET and air live on ESPN TV and PRN Radio.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – QUALIFIED 3RD:
POST QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR LAP AND JUST PRACTICE IN GENERAL TODAY
"Most of practice was done in race trim. We only had two laps in qualifying trim and we kind of struggled. We were kind of loose there every run we did and we worked a lot on the car. At the end, when we went to qualfiying trim, it was actually pretty good. I actually ran a 40-something in practice and it was kind of disappointint to run a .40 tonight. It felt really good but just bottomed-out in (Turns) 1 and 2 and I had to get out of the gas. It's okay. I'm in. Can't complain."
DID YOU HAVE AT ALL ENOUGH PRACTICE TO GET A FEEL ABOUT THE NEW TIRES AND WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE LIKE?
"What do you expect when you come to Atlanta? That they're going to fall off, I don't know how much, but I would say at least two seconds in the fuel run, to more like three probably. And just keeping the tires on it is going to be very important. They seem really good. When they're new, they're really good. When they're brand new you have a ton of grip and a lot of stability and they are really easy to push, so it makes it fun."
DO YOU FEEL ANY DIFFERENCE WITH THE NEW TIRE COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS TIRES YOU'VE HAD?
"I think we used the tires a year ago. So, a different car."