Juan Pablo Montoya: Brian Pattie Must Keep No. 42 Up Front

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2010

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 21:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, crashes into Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #47 Little Debbie Toyota, as Mark Martin, driver of the #5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, after blows a tire after an incident on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21, 2010 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Just got done watching the Martinsville fall race, Brian Patties radio chatter was clear , he told Montoya he wanted a top five.
If that is Mr. Patties intention this year, he has to figure out a way to keep Juan Pablo Montoya up front at the Virginia track.
The first 100 laps “looking good” scenario that has been played out by Patties team in some of the last 25 races or so (going back to last season) is just not going to get it done.
Bad things happens when one hangs out in the cheap seats, P-15 to P-30 something, someone is going to wreck and collect you, no Yale education needed to figure that out..
Bristol is a fine example of what could happen if you hang out in the wrong neighborhood, the mid-pack, according to Juan’s web-site he was running P-17 when he got collected.
The sad thing is that Montoya had at least a top five car at Bristol, they were fast, but they dropped to P-17 towards the end of the race.
What happened?
I understand conditions are always changing in a race but (again I’m only a fan, not an expert) wouldn’t you think by the last third of the race they would of had the thing figured out.
You would think!
Maybe they had a bad tire or my understanding of how things work in a race is naive.
Again , I’m a fan and I can only form an opinion on what is shown and commented on the television broadcast.
From what I understand the crew chief makes all the decisions, with drivers help of course, on the changes needed to make the car consistent.

Am I wrong about that?
Has Brian Pattie been making the right decisions in this 2010 season?

No. 42 fans fully expected to have their favorite team to be solidly in the top ten standings all year long.

Juan Pablo Montoya fans were not expecting to spend all year sweating out the chase.

They expect to be there, period.
Here is a simple formula for staying out of trouble:
Crew chief Brian Pattie need to keep his team OUT OF THE CHEAP SEATS! And I say that laughing out loud and as a big fan of the No.42.
If the No.42 team has been reading my last few articles I’ve written about them, I’m sure they must be thinking, darn ! if this is a fan I hate to read my enemies.

All I’ve written lately has been done in the spirit of being a good opinioned fan.

Nothing is meant to be mean spirited, is just honest talk..

The no. 42 team needs to race Martinsville this Sunday like he did last fall!

As always I’m just a fan with an opinion and from what I understand everybody has an opinion and I thank God for that.

Enough said.