Montoya Wins as Johnson Spins at the Glen

August 8, 2010 by · 31 Comments
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Juan Montoya took NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series drivers to school Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen, showing everyone how road course racing was done. It didn’t hurt that Montoya’s No. 42 Chevrolet had an Earnhardt Childress Racing power plant under the hood. Those engines have been bullets all season long.

Montoya led 74 of 90 laps in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. The fastest car doesn’t always win, but today it did.

“Yeah, I think it’s nice,” an exalted Montoya said about the dominating win.” We executed right. I think we did what we had to all day. We ran really smart. I think yesterday we had a good talk with Chip. Last few weeks have been really frustrating for the whole team because we’ve been so close to victory. Seemed to keep slipping away.”

“To come out here today and get the job done the way we did today, it was big. I feel more relieved than happy right now. It’s been a really hard road in a way. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s been frustrating. To finally get that first win for Brian, I think it’s good. I think we can really focus on just getting the job done.”

The win was Montoya’s 2nd career Sprint Cup victory. His first coming at Sonoma in 2007 at NASCAR’s other Sprint Cup road course.

Winning crew chief Brian Pattie was nearly speechless following the win. “It’s huge,” said Pattie, who blamed himself for a recent near miss at Indy when a decision to take 4 tires on a late race pit stop likely cost Montoya a win at the Brickyard.

Johnson and Hamlin Crash

2 championship contenders were involved in a crash on lap 72. Jimmie Johnson was on the outside of the No. 31 of Jeff Burton when the 2 made contact sending Johnson’s No. 48 into the outside retaining wall before being collected by Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota. Hamlin and Johnson are 6th and 5th respectively in the point standings following today’s race.

“It’s so stupid. We’re not even racing for the win, we’re racing for 8th or 10th,” said a frustrated Denny Hamlin.

Tony Stewart Delivers a Message

Tony Stewart sent Boris Said a message that he wasn’t going to be pushed around when Said drove his No. 83 Toyota to the outside and nearly put Stewart’s No. 14 Chevy in the grass on lap 67. Stewart was shoved nearly off the racetrack by Said and when Stewart finally refused to give the final inch Said’s car was sent spinning into the steel guardrail.

“The 14 dumped us,” said Said’s spotter over the teams 2 way radio following the crash. But Stewart had no other choice. He was simply out of asphalt and had nowhere to go.

“Some idiot tries to run us straight off the racetrack. I’m gonna hold my line,” said Stewart immediately following the crash. Stewart did exactly what he was supposed to do.

Dale Earnhardt Jr scored another 26th place finish in today’s race. How much longer does this have to go on before Mr. Hendrick decides to do something about it? Or does he even care?

Marcos Ambrose looked to be the only driver with a shot at chasing down Montoya as the final laps ticked off. That is until Montoya radioed in that he felt he had a tire going down.

“Some idiot tries to run us straight off the racetrack. I’m gonna hold my line.” ~ Tony Stewart

It looked for a while that there might be a late race caution to give everyone one last shot at Montoya. The No. – car had a flat tire and was putting chunks of rubber in the racetrack. At the same time Robby Gordon’s engine let go sending a cloud of smoke into the air – but apparently no fluid could be spotted on the racing surface. I’ve seen a lot of cautions thrown for a lot less.

Montoya has been on the verge of victory several times recently. Now that he has sealed the deal look for him to repeat.

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Mark Martin Needs Driving Lessons According to Juan Pablo Montoya

July 12, 2010 by · 25 Comments
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Mark Martin is the last person in the Sprint Cup garage to need driving lessons – but Juan Pablo Montoya doesn’t see it that way.

On the final lap of the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday night Mark Martin passed Juan Pablo Montoya and the 2 cars made contact as a result.

Martin was angry with the resulting contact and drove his No. 5 Chevy directly to Montoya’s hauler after the race to find out what the contact was all about – and Montoya was parked on the opposite side from Martin.

“I ain’t gonna take no shit!” ~ Mark Martin

It was there that Montoya questioned Martin’s driving.

“He didn’t like the way I passed him there on the last lap,” explained Martin. He called it “borderline stupid driving and suggested I take some smart driving lessons from him,” said Martin as he headed back to his own hauler on foot.

“I ain’t gonna take no shit,” Martin explained bluntly.

Montoya was a little short on his explanation as well. “I gave him room out of four and we got into one and he nearly wrecked me, wrecked us both,” Montoya said.

Who do you think needs the driving lesson?

Montoya Disqualified From Pole Run

September 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Juan Pablo Montoya Disqualified

Juan Pablo Montoya appeared to have his first career NASCAR pole today at Kansas Speedway — only to have his time disallowed die to a rules violation.

NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said the No. 42 Dodge had excesive gas pressure in the car’s rear shocks.

Montoya posted a qualifying lap of 31.368 seconds at 172.150 mph in qualifying.

NASCAR allows teams to run a maximum pressure of 75 lbs. in the rear shocks, and Montoya’s car was found to exceed that.

It may seem like a trivial deal, but the higher pressures would have kept the rear wing in the air, creating more downforce and contributing to the fast run.

The 42 car will now start 42nd thanks to a provisional based on car owner’s points.

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