Did Stock Car Racing Feel They Had the "Wrong" Guy In the Lead?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJuly 26, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 26:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

I don’t think Juan Pablo Montoya has ever had a speeding penalty this year. Well, maybe one. This is a race he was dominating, and he was in his last pit stop with about a five second lead.

Why would he be in a hurry?

The only one way to stop him was with some kind of penalty.

Thus enters NASCAR.


If you're a basketball fan, this is like calling ticky tacky foul in the finals of the NCAA tournament in the last 10 seconds on the team who is leading.

So the question must be asked!

Was the wrong guy in the lead in one of the biggest races NASCAR has to offer?

Was someone looking for the rock on the road and then found it?

Did the right guy win? Good for the All American boy Jimmie Johnson, and thanks to the sport for providing the “right” person this win.

I remember all the rumors of phantom cautions to get Earnhardt Jr. to the front, all rumors, never proven but suspicion filled the Internet .

I’m a huge race fan, watch every kind of racing, I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid, this has a stink that would kill a rat! Sorry, that is just the way I feel.

It was obvious the double file starts was not going to beat the #42, they were shopping for an excuse to get a wrecking demolition derby at the end.

The race was boring so they screwed Juan, I'm a cross over fan from Montoya's F1  days. I love nascar racing, but today it hurt my feelings.

From a marketing point of view, would a win by Montoya been a good win for stock car racing, and to have a open wheel guy who fans hate and a foreigner to boot?

I have told friends from day one Montoya was wasting his time here. There are lots of buddy, buddy things that go on, and he might be the “wrong” guy for that.

It is what it is. Both Montoya and Pembleton said it after the race.

As a fan I got a good wiff of it. lol

Just my opinion.

In the interview, Montoya said he was on the lights both times. He did not think he was speeding.

In my personal opinion, this is as obvious to me as someone wearing a yellow suit to a black tie affair.

Was this a proud day for this series? In my personal opinion, no.

If this offends you sorry about that, but that race offended me.

It’s a shame.

Juan Pablo Montoya's last words:


I believe you pal, get out of NASCAR, you are not going to get a fair shot there.