Juan Pablo Montoya's Chase Struggles Continue: Is It Time for Change?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJune 13, 2010

CONCORD, NC - MAY 15:  Crew chief for the #42 Target Chevrolet Brian Pattie speaks with his driver Juan Pablo Montoya in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 15, 2009 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Once again No. 42 had a fast car, runs top five for much of the race, then all of a sudden the cars sinks into the cheap seats—P20 plus.

From the cheap seats, they basically hope to get lucky and gain some positions by wrecks and others pit strategies. You know the drill, I assume you’re a NASCAR fan if your reading this.

That scenario looks to be the Brian Pattie and Juan Pablo Montoya Modus Operandi for the 2010 season.

If this scenario continues you can put your money on the “weight challenged lady singing her song by next week” and then Montoya can concentrate more on his remote control plane building and wind surfing.

For the life of me I just don’t get it. All the Earnhardt-Childress Engine shop powered cars are doing very well (No. 29, 33, and 31).

What is the No. 42 team missing?

Good chassis?

Good engines?

A good driver?

A good crew chief?

A good pit crew?

I don’t know, I’m not a racing expert, I’m just a fan with an opinion.

I do know they run one of the best power plants in NASCAR, the Earnhardt-Childress engines are powerful, and with new lighter cars EGR have been building it should translates into faster speeds.

Can we agree so far?

The pit crew has won many awards the last few years, so that doesn’t look to be the problem.

So where do we lay blame?

Let me just take a wild guess.

When things aren’t going well with a baseball team you usually blame the pitching and the coach, in football the QB, and the coach and in basketball the point guard and the coach.

See a pattern there?

In NASCAR the blaming game is usually the same, Juan Pablo Montoya is the pitcher, QB and point guard of his team and Brian Pattie is the coach.

Do I need to explain this any further?

Maybe a mid season crew chief switch is in order, I understand the No. 1 team won Daytona but week in and out they act like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or maybe it can be better said by the great Forrest Gump:

“No. 1 is running like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

So is the No. 42 team, you never know what your going to get race day even though they’re always fast when it doesn’t really count, in practice.

Having said that, all is not lost, although Montoya fell a few points to the top 12 he went from about 172 points out of the 13th. place to about 143 points out.

If a team can place themselves 13th or 14th in the standings and 50 points out by Bristol they have a good chance to make the chase.


The No. 42 team must have a top five, or better yet a win at Sonoma. He must race like he owns that track if they want to keep hope alive.

Good luck to them.

As always this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said.