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Juan Pablo Montoya could easily have two wins already this season.
Winning Track: Richmond
If you could come up with one word to describe the 2013 season for Juan Pablo Montoya, "heartbreak" would be a good choice.
Montoya is a two-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series. Both of his wins have come on road courses. In 2007 he was victorious in Sonoma, and in 2010 he took the checkered flag at Watkins Glen. For years, the major question surrounding Montoya has been whether he is capable of winning on an oval or not.
Twice this year Montoya has come within a handful of laps of silencing any of his doubters. At Richmond, Montoya hung around the top five all night long, then with approximately 70 laps to go he took the lead.
Montoya had pulled away from the field and had victory well in his sights, when a caution with less than 10 laps to go changed everything. He, along with most other lead-lap cars, hit pit road for fresh tires. Upon exiting pit road, Montoya was forced to restart the race in sixth place.
Stuck in the outside line, and behind multiple cars that did not pit and were on old tires, Montoya wasn't able to get back to the front of the field. He ultimately finished fourth, but he had a car more than capable of winning.
A few weeks later at Dover, Montoya again found himself leading in the final 20 laps of the race. After Jimmie Johnson was black-flagged for jumping the restart, Montoya once again had victory in his sights.
With three laps to go, Tony Stewart chased him down and was able to get by and score the victory, once again leaving Montoya to ponder what could have been.
After years of trying, look for Montoya to finally get his first oval-track win and a little bit of redemption when the series heads back to Richmond in September.