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Chris Heroy's seat is hotter than the fire that burned after his car hit the jet-dryer.
Chris Heroy is first.
Heroy and his driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, have had a miserable 2012 season. So far, Montoya is 21st in the point standings—exactly where he finished last year.
He was 17th in the points at this time last season when Black Tuesday claimed his crew chief, Brian Pattie. He then fell to 21st in the standings to end the season with Jim Pohlman turning the wrenches.
All Brian Pattie has done is go to the 15 at MWR and win a race and help Clint Bowyer to a ninth place points position so far.
Montoya has done the opposite.
At this point last year, the 42 car was 17th in points with two top 5s and six top 10s.
This season, Montoya has ZERO top fives and two top 10s and only six top 15s in 19 races.
That's about as bad as you can get.
This EGR team made wholesale changes at the beginning of the year, firing long-time employees Tony Glover and Steve Hmeil after a disappointing 2011.
2012 hasn't been much better at all for Juan. His teammate Jamie McMurray is 20th in points but 34 points ahead of Montoya. McMurray was 29th at this point last year.
Jamie has improved, so using the excuse of the team not getting better may not work here.
If things do not turn around quickly for JPM (and the 42 team), Chris Heroy will be out of a job very quickly. This especially if Jamie McMurray has a good run at Indianapolis where Juan only has one top-10 finish in five career starts.