Unified Chasis: Good for Truex Jr., Not so Good for Montoya

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IApril 20, 2009

AVONDALE, AZ - APRIL 17:  Juan Pablo Montoya (L), driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, talks with a crew member during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 17, 2009 in Avondale, AZ.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

A quote from Diego Mejia on Autosport.com: "Martin Truex Jr. claimed his best finish of the season with seventh in the first weekend. Running a unified chassis with teammate Juan Pablo Montoya following seven races experimenting with two different cars in the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing camp."

I was afraid of this, I have never liked change when things are going well, specially in a team that has a history of stepping on their own coat tails.

Remember in 2008 when #42 was in the top 12 after Talladega, It seamed like they had a change on something every two weeks, that year they end up running in the back 30 on most sunday's.

2009 has been a great start for the #42. His team is always running near the front and is never part of a yoyo race. You know what I'm takling about, the one where they run top ten for 10 laps and than top thirty for the next 20.

I saw some of that yo yo racing in Phoenix by the # 42 team. I understand the speeding penalty was the main cause for the 24th finish, but the reality is that after running eigth for a while this car wanted to run in the mid- twenties.

Phoenix is a track where Juan Pablo Montoya should feel comfortable on. He has done well there in marginal equipment, I was expecting a lot more, especially with this Chevy.

The #42 team lost two spots in the standings, it's a shame, Phoenix should of been the place to get a top 10 finish and and as a result the overall 12 spot.

I hope this new chasis doesen't become another excuce for this team not to do well.

I  am a huge, loyal Montoya fan, but I won't give him a break on anything, show me the money #42, win and get into the chase. Montoya fans are always expecting him to give them hell, anything less is  unacceptable.