What Happened To Respect? Just Saying

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent INovember 24, 2009

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 22:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet, drives alonside Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2009 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It was the season finale at Homestead.  Tony had led twice for 43 laps and made a great slide job on Juan Pablo Montoya.  Instead of Montoya lifting with Stewart clearly making the pass and clean, he decides to ram into the back of 14.

We all know Stewart is not one to be pushed around.  And this isn't the first time Montoya has upset a veteran driver.  He wrecked now teammate Jamie McMurray at the spring race at Bristol this year while McMurray was running 9th, He drove Jeff Burton up the race track at Loudon in the first chase race, Burton showed his frustration with Montoya, he rammed into the back of Jeff Gordon several times at Martinsville, and he wrecked himself and Carl Edwards at Texas. 

But unlike the others, Stewart was not going to take it from Juan.

Stewart door slam Montoya on the backstretch, cutting Montoya's tire sending him into the wall in front of now former teammate Martin Truex Jr.  This cause Montoya to lose his brakes and go 28 laps down.

Juan Pablo Montoya then came back out on the track in search of Tony Stewart.  While 28 laps down he decided to take out Tony Stewart which resulted in NASCAR handing him a 2 lap penalty.

One could argue that Stewart could have let go of Juan's little move of ramming his racecar after passing him clean.  But why should he?  Juan has drove aggressively over his head all year long.  He gave Brad Keselowski some advice, perhaps he is the one that needs advice.

Nevermind the fact that he wrecked a car running in the top ten while he was 28 laps down.  But Tony Stewart is a 2 time champion (1 of 14 multiple champions in NASCAR's history) and a 37 time race winner (tied for 18th of all time with Bobby Issac)

Montoya may have an impressive resume outside of NASCAR, but he remains to have just 1 race win which came on fuel mileage at a road course, something he has been doing all of his career.

Montoya wasn't respecting Stewart when he rammed him after Stewart passed him clean. 

He wasn't respecting Stewart when he wrecked him when he was 28 laps down.

First off you should never wreck someone after being 28 laps down when they are running in the top ten.  It is distasteful and for that he should have been parked.

But Juan has failed to show respect to any of the veterans in NASCAR.  From Jamie McMurray who has been a fulltime cup driver since 2003 with 3 wins, Jeff Burton who has been a fulltime cup driver since 1994 with 21 wins, Jeff Gordon who has been a fulltime driver since 1993 with 4 championships and 82 wins, Carl Edwards who has been a fulltime driver since 2005 with 16 wins, and Tony Stewart who has been a fulltime driver since 1999 with 2 championships and 37 wins.

Juan races as if he owns the track and that will not fly with NASCAR.  He got what he deserved on Sunday whether he liked it or not.