Juan Pablo Montoya: The Real Montoya Shows Up at Watkins Glen

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IAugust 11, 2010

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 08:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at Watkins Glen International on August 8, 2010 in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Thank God for DVR’s !

I got to see the replay of Juan Pablo Montoya’s first win since Sonoma 2007, of course I missed the race, I was traveling to Canton, Ohio to see the Hall of Fame game.

First race I’ve missed in years and of course No. 42 won, lucky me!

Sunday afternoon you would of found me in a van full of folks who had no interest in tuning in the radio broadcast of the race.

I was in a vehicle full of metal head types, like accountants, computer folks and salesman’s, you know Metallica fans, my head is still banging from Lars drum beats (I’m a closet Metallica fan myself)

Juan Pablo drove this car to perfection and Brian Pattie did a great job in keeping it up front and out of the danger zone.

Road course or not this No. 42 car has been fast all year, has led laps in just about every race and should of at least won three or four races this season.

Can you agree with me on that?

Probably not, but stats don’t lie, this team has qualify well all year long, and in the majority of the races has run up front before their achilles heel flair up, they just can’t keep the car up front so they fade to the mid pack and find trouble or trouble finds them.

Who is at fault here? Well, we can argue about who, why and when until the cows come home and we probably get about a million different reasons, but there is the undeniable fact that Mr. Pattie is responsible for keeping the car up front with the right calls.


In my humble opinion Pattie has not done that this year, please notice I said this year, he did a masterful job in 2009 with the No. 42 team, but in 2010 he has blown a few races, the Indy and Pocono races stick out like a sore thumb. He also has some responsibility for the speeding penalty at Indy in 2009.

Why? Because he should of pounded it into Montoya’s head to watch his speed. In the final minutes of a close basketball game one can hear the coach constantly yelling at his players “don’t foul…don’t foul “ I see no difference in racing, a crew chief should make his driver aware of every situation that may come up during a race..

Just saying!

Anyway, it was big time job from Montoya, Pattie and crew, it would not surprised me at all if they win a few more races this season, that would go a long ways in helping mend fences in the EGR garage.

On a curious note, Juan Pablo came out complementing Sprint and NASCAR and telling us how much he loves the series, I’m sure he feels that way, but I wonder if the NASCAR’s censuring petrol (just kidding NASCAR) got on him about his questionable language over the radio at Pocono.

Again, just wondering!

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

Enough said.