Juan Pablo Montoya: No. 42 Must Make a Statement In Atlanta!

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IMarch 3, 2010

FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway on February 20, 2010 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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A statement indeed they need to make! As Yoda of Star Wars fame would say.
Is Atlanta a season turning race for the No. 42 team ?
Yes it is!
I know is early but this team is already 258 points from the leader and about 200 points from what I considered a safe place in the standings, the sixth spot.
Take a look at the standings as of Las Vegas

1 Kevin Harvick
2 Clint Bowyer
3 Mark Martin
4 Matt Kenseth
5 Jimmie Johnson
6 Greg Biffle
7 Jeff Burton
8 Joey Logano
9 David Reutimann
10 Carl Edwards
11 Tony Stewart
12 Kyle Busch

If you look at the drivers that sit on the top twelve spots, those are drivers that belong there, that top twelve is probably on our predictions lists for the 2010 chase.
So there isn’t too many spots available.
I see three teams who could be valuable to loosing the spots they hold , David Reutimann, Carl Edwards and Joey Logano.
Logano doesn’t have the experience to keep this up all year , Edwards might have too much in his mind and Reutimann will fade mid-season.
The other nine drivers in the standings will probably make the chase..
So now we got three spots open, and you got drivers like K Busch, Hamlin, Kahne, Earnhardt Jr.,Vickers and Jeff Gordon looking for a spot.
Lets further reduce the spots available.
Is there anyone in earth who thinks Jeff Gordon won’t make the chase ?
Well maybe, lets say, there may be someone in Pluto!
We all know No. 24 will make the chase, so the rest of this young season might be a fight for two spots folks, think about that, only two spots.
The No. 42 team has to be thinking about this, the season might be over for them sooner then they think.
There is no secret I’m one of Juan Pablo Montoya’s biggest fan (I’m 273 lb. lol) and this may sound harsh and even disrespectful
But I have to say it, maybe is time for Juan to get rid of those hideous white rim glasses, the fact that DW likes them should tell him something, get serious, put back the 2009 glasses and get back to driving.
The No. 42 team needs a huge Atlanta race, if not a win, a top five or even a top ten if that’s all they can get.
After Atlanta they need to put together a run of top fifteens so they can slowly get themselves to the chase, just like they did in 2009.
And as always, I’m just a fan with an opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.
Enough said.