Montoya hangs tough with Chase leaders through first three races

Oct 7, 2009 Full story: www.winnipegfreepress.com 6

For 26 races, Juan Pablo Montoya and his crew chief worked solely on making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

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“'2010'season ”

Since: May 09

Phoenix, Arizona

#1 Oct 7, 2009
Makes you wonder if he wouldn't have been points racing what he could have done all season. We're finding out now though. A win is on the horizon.

“lets go matt!!!!!”

Since: May 09

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#2 Oct 7, 2009
The New Twenty wrote:
Makes you wonder if he wouldn't have been points racing what he could have done all season. We're finding out now though. A win is on the horizon.
i predict the person thats gonna win teh chase is mark it just seams to fit

“UP SMOKE!!!!!! (IE: GO SMOKE)”

Since: Jun 08

Galway Ireland? I WISH!

#3 Oct 7, 2009
The New Twenty wrote:
Makes you wonder if he wouldn't have been points racing what he could have done all season. We're finding out now though. A win is on the horizon.
JP is my number #2 driver since he started w/nascar. It has taken him a few year... but I agree w/you. I think that he was so glad to be just racin'! However, I agree w/JP.. mark is the one to watch out for during the chase.
RSR08

Thornhill, Canada

#4 Oct 8, 2009
The top 5 are all an easy possibility.JPM is slowly realing them in...but they are all in it....
I say JPM is gonna pull it off...
Jay

San Francisco, CA

#5 Oct 12, 2009
Juan Montoya is now in his own element as a stock car driver! It took nearly three years of learning how to be a true stock car driver, while simultaneously un-teaching himself (let's pretend that's a word) how to be an open wheel driver, but he's there now! and he is just going to get better and better with more experience; particularly the experience he is getting, running up at the front right now in this chase, actually racing for the lead and for wins, he has methodically gathered all of this experience paying his dues in his first two seasons driving slow uncompetitive cars,(often over-driving them) for a mediocre, middle of the pack team that just couldn't compete with the top power house teams, and this year with his better knowledge and understanding of what to do in stock cars, and the help of Chevy powered engines and a better rapport with his crew chief, has played it very smart all season, keeping his nose clean, not taking too many chances, but still racing just hard enough to have consistent good finishes, to have enough points right when he needed them to make it into the chase. And now with that knowledge and understanding, he has gone back to his aggressive style and goes all out 100% in every lap of every race, and it is working too! He actually has a realistic chance of winning the championship, and will definitely win at least one of the remaining races, if not more, before the season is over. I have always been a Montoya fan since his rookie year in the CART series, and once again, he is proving that he is a unique and special type of race car driver. There is no one else like him; not just in nascar, but in all of racing! He is the only world class F1 and open wheel driver with an extremely impressive resume in open wheel, to have made the switch over from being a career open wheel driver to becoming a real stock car nascar driver. He may win the championship this year, but even if he doesn't win it all this season, just remember that he only has three years of stock car experience period, while he is racing the very top elite drivers of nascar's premier series, all of who have climbed up through the ranks of stock car racing for many more years tan Montoya has, and he is right there in the mix right now, with a legitimate chance of actually winning a sprint cup championship. Remember! practice makes perfect!

“UP SMOKE!!!!!! (IE: GO SMOKE)”

Since: Jun 08

Galway Ireland? I WISH!

#6 Oct 12, 2009
Yes, JPM does have legitmate chance to winning... but those of us who are his fans knew this about him. We've taken alot of crap from other fans and have had to stick up for him. The ignorance that because he's Hispanic (hello! he's Columbian)and not anglo racing in nascar is unfortunately the biggest "issue" (ie: non-issue for me) that my sister and I have had to deal with with dumb nascar fans...who will accept papis (italian) and carpentier (canadian), but not JPM.

My feeling is if you love racing and there is a driver... no matter where they are from ... who loves to drive and does a pretty good job of it.. they should be accepted.

I really feel that what JPM needed the last few years was the right crew chief; which I think he finally has w/Brian. Since he is my second driver I technically have 2 drivers in the chase....although, my 3rd driver Jamie Mac is not even on the radar! lol!

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