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After Sonoma, will anyone draft with Montoya in Daytona?

By admin | June 28, 2011

By Richard Allen

 

Without a doubt, the driver who made the most enemies this past Sunday at the Infineon Raceway was Juan Pablo Montoya. It seemed as though there was hardly a driver in the garage area who did not have something negative to say about the former Formula 1 driver’s tactics during that road course race.

The most harsh post-race comments regarding Montoya came from drivers such as Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski. However, in listening to the in-car audio chatter on NASCAR.com’s Trackpass feature, an even greater number of drivers had disparaging things to say about Montoya’s driving style throughout the day.

At one point even Montoya’s fellow Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing driver Jamie McMurray was heard to say, “Nothing like your own teammate hitting you.” In another instance Montoya was warned by his spotter to look out for payback from Kyle Bush after the two had made contact earlier.

It seemed somewhat ironic that in his own post-race interview Montoya accused other drivers of not knowing what they were doing on the twisting track when it was he who seemed to run over so many others. “It’s hard when people don’t know how to race on road courses and think they do,” he declared.

With all that said, it could well be that Montoya picked the wrong time to infuriate so many of his fellow competitors. This weekend the Sprint Cup Series will visit the Daytona International Speedway, and on that track, it is a necessity to have a drafting partner. Trouble for Montoya is, he has angered so many other drivers that the list of those willing to help him may have been greatly reduced.

The two restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega have seen a change in racing style that requires two cars, and two cars only, to work together in a tight formation to make up ground on or keep pace with the competition.

Of course, any driver will help any other driver if it means the two of them together can get to the front of the pack. This has been evidenced on the two restrictor plate tracks this year as even Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch have worked together. However, given a choice of this guy or that guy it would seem highly unlikely that Kahne, Keselowski, Busch and maybe even McMurray would choose to work with Montoya.

This coming Saturday night in Daytona it will be interesting to see if Juan Pablo Montoya is able to find drafting partners or if he will be left hung out to dry when it is ‘go time’ at the end.

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5 Responses to “After Sonoma, will anyone draft with Montoya in Daytona?”

  1. Dale Baxley Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 5:58 am

    A dear departed friend coined the moniker: Whine Pablo Montoya.” It seems fitting almost every week. Rest in Peace Belinda Holcomb!
    Signed, Dale R.B.

  2. Tyler West Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    JPM didn’t have a good day for sure at Sears Point but when are folks going to start calling out drivers like Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne for what they are. Stewart is the biggest jerk in racing, he always cries when things don’t go his way or wrecks others and then puts the blame on them. Way to go jerk! And Kahne, give me a break! He is going to look as dumb as Jr. does when he is still bringing up the rear in a Hendrick car. Except that nobody will be bending over backwards to make excuses for him. I’m tired of guys who suck just as much as anyone else going around acting like they are high and mighty. At least Stewart is man enough to go toe to toe with anyone, Kahne will just quit on you during a race. Hendrick could have done much better in replacing Martin. But it is not always about winning anymore.

  3. jerseygirl Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Jamie Mac will probably be stuck with Whine Pablo since they are teammates.

    I thought Stewart’s rant about “if you block me, I’ll dump you” was interesting considering that the in car view of him wrecking BV didn’t show any blocking, rather the track was blocked and Stewart just decided to drive right on through the problem. BV’s “you reap what you sow” comment cracked me up. Although Stewart’s post race comments made no sense, at least he didn’t say he didn’t deserve unlike JPM who has become a one man wrecking ball on a lot of tracks — all with “they won’t give me room” complaint. He might try learning a little finesse instead of the bull in the china shop method of moving forward. His lawyer will probably be contacting Brad K’s shortly since that seems to be his method of dealing with others.

  4. Kes Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I agree, khane will probably be 18th, if his racing luck doesn’t change, even after the move to hendrick. But he’s one of the most cleanest drivers out there. Can’t say that for juan. And Smoke, he’s calmed down a lot over the years, he’s also a two time champ, I wouldnt be so quick to call him out . Juan should have stayed in open wheel, that way his temper wouldnt allow him to crash into everyone, becase he’d be taking himself out at the same time. Plus F1 don’t play that…..

  5. sylvia richardson Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    What a mess. like ihave always [said win clean] or just stay home.. why don’t theses drivers learn the [cost] of wrecking each other. lots of fans like wrecks when i pay and go to the track i want to see a clean race not [little boys playing a tag game. [i will wreck you and then you can wreck me. know skin off our backs. does not cost me one red penny thats up 2 the owners. Just ask Drivers like Mark Martin what it cost to wreck one of theses race cars.[GROW UP DRIVERS] and just race.