Juan Pablo Montoya: Why Pick NASCAR Fights You Can't Win?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJune 30, 2010

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 25:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont/NationalGuard.com Chevrolet, races Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
John Harrelson/Getty Images

If you’re going to pick a fight, at least make sure you can get in a few good licks. It‘s fine if you don‘t win the fight, but make sure the other guy feels some pain.

Just about every on-track confrontation Juan Pablo Montoya has been involved in this season has resulted, and let me be brutally frank here, in him getting screwed.

He has ended up as a wounded duck!

Flat tires, broken splitters, banged up fenders with tire rubs, bent rear spoiler and countless other problems.

That has cost him valuable points.

Let me just give you the latest example.

The totally useless battle against Jeff Gordon at Loudon. When Gordon got done working No. 42 over, Montoya went from a top five car to maybe a top 20, he was dropping like a rock.

Meanwhile the four time champion went on to another top five finish.

Again, who won that battle?

What was No. 42’s purpose?

Was it a battle No. 42 needed to win at that time and place ?


That little demonstration by No. 24 and No. 42 on who had the most testosterone, was a totally useless exercise in—well let me take the high road on this and let decorum rule—silliness by Montoya.

It served no purpose and it contributed to his late race punting by the No. 83 car.

Can we agree on that?

After having one of the fastest cars in the race, there was no reason for Montoya to put himself in the cheap seats, (below P-12), his loosing battle with Gordon put him there.

Look, don’t get me wrong, I like aggressive driving, but it should have a purpose, there is a place and time to flex your muscles, I got a feeling some drivers know this and push the buttons at the appropriate time.

That might be the battle Juan Pablo Montoya is loosing. Jeff Gordon has been around forever, I’m sure he knows where, how, and when to hit you and keep his car in good shape.

I may be wrong about that, but in the last two weeks Jeff Gordon has achieved a consistent result, he always comes out of those battles smelling like a rose and his opponent come out smelling like a, well, you know what I’m saying!

Moral of the story: If you’re not going to punt Jeff Gordon right away stay the heck away from him—you’re not going to win a battle with and old fox like Gordon.

Punt him or let him be!

That will get some drivers a good top ten in most weeks.

I really don’t see how Montoya is going to make the chase, as a fan I’m hopeful, but I just don’t see it.

I hope I’m wrong.

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

Enough said.