Win Not Needed at Sonoma for Juan Pablo Montoya To Make the Chase

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 19:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on June 19, 2009 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJune 19, 2009

Just a good top five would be sufficient for this team. It's all about points racing. That’s what this team has done so well the last four or five races.

They made it through that dark tunnel I call the last four races, especially Michigan. That race will turn out to be the turning point for this team.

Michigan has given this team confidence, as demonstrated by Montoya's own words: "Right now, I don't really care where we go, we seem to run good everywhere."

That's the key, run well everywhere. No need to be aggressive and get a win if a cautious driver can get you a top five and keep you in the hunt. Agree?

There are many drivers in this 2009 season who are vulnerable, a smart driver will keep on finishing races and get what the track gives them.

Eventually someone is going to get impatient, go for a win they think is needed, and ruin their day. That scenario will provide a great opportunity for a points racer.

Just hoping impatience does not ruin the Earnhardt-Ganassi-Racing No. 42's day. 

So don't expect to see an aggressive Juan Pablo Montoya at Sonoma. Well Montoya is unpredictable, but I expect him to race patiently, like they have done so in the last eight races.

Juan Pablo Montoya will start in the ninth row. That starting position could be a lucky break in this race. With Vickers, K. Busch, and Ambrose up front, the start could be, lets just say, bumpy!

Those three drivers have been known to knock a few cars out of a race; it may be a good move not to be near them.

As a Montoya fan, I'm a little apprehensive about this race, especially with the double file restarts. I am concerned many drivers "hurt feelings" will be the news of the day.

Here is the list of drivers I feel are vulnerable and could lose multiple spots in the chase:


    Matt Kenseth      
    Greg Biffle      
    Denny Hamlin      
    Jeff Burton      
    David Reutimann      
    Kasey Kahne      
     Clint Bowyer
    Greg Biffle      

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