Montoya sets fastest lap of two-day testing session in Las Vegas

1/29/2008 - NASCAR

LAS VEGAS -- Juan Pablo Montoya paced testing Tuesday at Las
Vegas Motorspeedway, going 186.761 mph in his Dodge to post the
fastest lap of the two-day session.

Montoya's mark in the afternoon session bettered Kyle Busch's
fast lap of 183.580 on Monday and Carl Edwards' mark of 184.256 in
the Tuesday morning runs.

In all, 12 drivers bettered Edwards' morning run, including four
Toyota drivers as the automaker's fleet continued to impress in
preseason testing. A.J. Allmendinger was second fastest to Montoya,
running a 185.752 in a Camry fielded by Red Bull Racing.

Tony Stewart was 10th fastest in a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing,
David Reutimann was 11th for Michael Waltrip Racing and Busch was
12th for Gibbs. The strong showings come after two weeks of solid
runs in Daytona for Toyota, which struggled in its first season of
Sprint Cup competition last year.

"We have been pleased with the results we have seen from our
teams here in Las Vegas," said Andy Graves, an official with
Toyota Racing Development. "This is a much different test from
Daytona and we need to understand what we have at these types of
intermediate race tracks."

Casey Mears led the Hendrick Motorsports contingent in this
test, posting the third-fastest lap at 185.344 in a Chevrolet.
Kasey Kahne was fourth in a Dodge for Gillett Evernham Motorsports,
and Reed Sorenson was fifth to join Montoya as two Chip
Ganassi-owned cars in the top five.

Elliott Sadler was sixth in a GEM-owned Dodge and was followed
by Scott Riggs for Haas CNC Racing, Edwards in a Roush Fenway
Racing Ford and two-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson in a
Hendrick car.

The afternoon session was shortened by about 10 minutes when
Jeff Gordon's car dropped oil on the track as darkness was closing
in on the speedway.

In other on-track incidents, Jeff Burton wrecked his Chevrolet
in the morning session, while Stewart scraped the wall in the
afternoon and Michael Waltrip spun his car.

The Cup Series has Wednesday off, then moves on to California
Speedway for two final days of testing before reporting to Daytona
next week for the season-opening 500.