Ganassi Teammates Get Into It Must Work It Out

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2010

LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 28:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, and Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald's Chevrolet, spin out of control after an incident on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Approaching 100 lap mark teammates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya were running 9th and 10th. Montoya had started 10th and McMurray had gained 15 positions from his starting spot of 24th and was coming.

It was a restart and perhaps McMurray got loose and came up and Montoya came down for the perfect storm as the two got together also getting Kurt Busch involved ruining both of their days. McMurray finished 34th and dropped 10 spots in points to 14th only 12 points out of 12th though, while Montoya finished 37th and is 26th in points and is 127b points out of 12th.

Montoya did not have too many nice things to say about the Daytona 500 champion, infact he had nothing nice to say about McMurray at all.

"He (McMurray) runs straight into my (rear). He nearly ran me into the fence in (Turn) 2 as well. I don't know. He's not doing himself any favors.

"I'm sure (McMurray) is going to say, 'Oh, I didn't mean that.'

"Just Jamie (McMurray) plain and simple just wrecked us. Every time I am around him, he wants to run the (expletive) out of me. I don't know if it is ok to say that but I just did (LAUGHS). On the restart I was inside of him, I think he got tight and never lifted, I didn't hit the fence because ... it was a miracle.

"Then I arced it in to 3 and he just plain and simple just wrecked us. I'm sure on the radio it was 'Ah, I didn't mean that.' He is just trying to prove to people he can drive a race car and I guess he isn't doing too many favors on this team."

McMurray gave his explanation of course.

"I just got really loose and underneath him and he turned in a little bit earlier than what I was expecting and when it did it made even looser. And I just had to catch my car and unfortunately I got into him whenever I did that."

"You probably shouldn't put a lot of stock into what he (Montoya) said when you ask somebody something immediately after getting crashed. They typically don't have nice things to say."

Montoya dare I say it too mad. It did look like he was coming a bit down on McMurray.

Don't forget the fact that Montoya flat took out McMurray at Bristol last spring. Not saying that McMurray wanted this to happen but things come full circle.

And Montoya's comments about McMurray trying to prove he can drive a stockcar are just plain rude to be honest. Montoya hasn't set the NASCAR world on fire just yet. One win which came at the road course at Sonoma at the expense McMurray who ran out of fuel on the last lap after leading 33 laps late.

McMurray has been driving in the Cup series since the fall of 2002.  He won in only his second start leading 93 laps including the last 86 laps at Lowes motorspeedway. 

He has won four races including the 2010 Daytona 500, has had his solid years in cup from 2003 to 2005 he finished 13th, 11thand 12th in points narrowly missing the chase in 2004 and 2005.

He was also the 2003 rookie of the year.

Point is McMurray don't need to prove to anyone that he can drive. If he had any doubters they were all silenced on the 14th.

McMurray and Montoya both have stellar talent. Both can win many races this season, make the case, and be serious contenders. These are minor setbacks that shouldn't be made to be anything else.

McMurray and Montoya just need to focus on getting back into the top 12 in points.

For McMurray a solid top ten run at Atlanta should get him even back into the top ten.

As for Montoya he will need to work on that for the next few races. As long as he finishes where he runs he should be fine.

Teammates get together it happens.