Was Juan Pablo Montoya Speeding? Or Was He The "Wrong" Guy To Win?

Danielle hendersonCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 26:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, is caught for speeding down pit road 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)

Many questions circle this weeks event. The one that stands out the most is whether or not Juan Pablo Montoya was speeding or if NASCAR just wanted a different race winner.

As a fan I would hope that a major sport league such as NASCAR wouldn't throw a penalty just so a big name driver would win. But still many questions remain.

In Juan Pablo Montoya's defense it does seem like NASCAR penalizes him a lot. But still why would a Major sports organization do such a thing?

I am not an expert on the payment to NASCAR, I don't know if they recieve more money if someone like race winner Jimmie Johnson wins or not. I wouldn't think so but then again I may be wrong.

Maybe NASCAR thinks they will raise TV ratings if Johnson or another more popular driver wins. If you ask me I would have rather seen Montoya win, But thats just my opinion.

But then again maybe Montoya was speeding, I mean sometimes drivers make mistakes.

NASCAR does allow the drivers to go five MPH over the Pit road limit, so maybe Montoya took advantage of that.

Also when your are reaching speeds of 203MPH on track it would be hard to keep in at 55MPH or whatever the speed limit may be for that track.

Nascar also claims that Montoya was caught speeding in two parts of pit road.

Either way Montoya was penalized and its over now, but I would love to know what the exact speed was when he was caught.


This is just my opinion.