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The hits just keep coming for Montoya(and everyone around him)

By admin | September 6, 2011

By Richard Allen

 

Throughout the course of a racing season every driver is bound to have at least one confrontation with another driver. Unfortunately for him(and those who race around him), Juan Pablo Montoya is compiling a long list of fellow drivers who no longer speak of him in friendly terms.

On Tuesday in Atlanta it was Clint Bowyer who found himself at odds with the former IndyCar and Formula 1 star. On lap 243, Bowyer raced to the inside of Montoya as the two moved through turns three and four of the 1.5 mile track. At the exit of turn four, Bowyer moved up and Montoya clipped his right rear. Bowyer’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet suffered heavy damage when it nosed into the outside retaining wall.

As the cars circulated back around under caution, Bowyer expressed his displeasure with Montoya by means of a hand gesture.

In a later television interview Bowyer declared, “You can’t race around the jackass. You never can. Anybody in this sport knows what you’re up against when the 42 comes up. He dive bombs the starts and bullies his way up in there, and before you know it, he’s in the way and wrecking with somebody.

“Unfortunately, I was the victim this week,” the angry driver went on. “It’s just a shame. We’re out here racing for a spot in the Chase. He’s racing for nothing, you know? I’m tired of it. Everybody in the garage area fights him. He’s just an idiot.”

This incident came on the heels of two other high profile run-ins for the Colombian native in 2011.

In May at the Richmond International Raceway, Montoya made contact with Ryan Newman during the course of the 400 lap event there. A number of threats were sent via radio channels from each driver to the other. A post race confrontation seemed inevitable but never actually transpired. That, however, was remedied the next week in Darlington, when allegedly, Newman struck Montoya during what was supposed to be a soothing over meeting inside the NASCAR hauler.

And that’s not all for Montoya. During the June race in Sonoma, California the Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing driver found himself on the receiving end of some sharp verbal barbs dished out by Kasey Kahne after a late race tangle on the road course.

“Last year when (the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing) cars were really, really good and Jamie McMurray was the man, Juan still couldn’t win a race,” Kahne said in a post race interview. “That shows about what he can do here in NASCAR anyways.”

Some of these incidents were likely Montoya’s fault and some may not have been. The situation with Bowyer looked as if it could be interpreted either way based on the viewer’s perspective. Perhaps Bowyer came up into him or perhaps Montoya could have lifted and let him in.

But the problem for Montoya is that he continues to have these sorts of troubles. And in so doing, he has developed a reputation as a reckless driver. So, as Bowyer said, the garage area is going to blame him whenever he is involved.

Juan Pablo Montoya should not be expecting to receive very many Christmas cards from his fellow racers this year.

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6 Responses to “The hits just keep coming for Montoya(and everyone around him)”

  1. Russ Edwards Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 7:32 am

    As I’ve said before there was a reason Montoya left F1 in such a hurry. But they need the “diversity” in Nascar.

    The interesting thing is Bowyer’s comment about his racing for the Chase and Montoya racing for nothing. Wait till the sponsors paying the bills start to feel the same way.

  2. Roy Mullins Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Im tired of hearing everyone complain about him.

    Settle with him with your hands because words arent a deterrent for him.

    Do you think Cale or Bobby would have put up with his nonsense? No, they would have whipped is ass until he stopped or was out of NASCAR.

    These pansies that have infiltrated NASCAR wont dirty their hands, but instead cry for NASCAR to take care of their business.

    Im tired of hearing it. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT YOURSELF!

  3. Tony Montana Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Well said Roy Mullins. Despite NASCAR’s “have at it boys” proclamation, many of the drivers are great big pansies who won’t handle their own business without large pit crewmen or 2000 lbs of race car in front of them.

    Whining that Montoya sucks or is a dirty driver doesn’t really impress too many fans. Punt the guy, punch him out in the pits, or beat him to the flag, but quit whining about him to NASCAR or the press.

  4. Jim Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Between NASCAR’s secret fines and Montoya’s not so secret ways of hiding behind lawyers, these drivers have to be careful in how they handle this rolling wrecking ball. He’s not worth 50 or 100 thousand dollars worth of fines. Not to mention, you’ll just piss him off to the point that he’ll retaliate in a heart beat. He’s got nothing to loose, whereas some of these other drivers do.

  5. Tom P. Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    JPM’s post-race comment about it on Twitter says a lot:

    “I heard that bowyer wasn’t too happy. I guess next time he’ll give me a little room.”

  6. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I still remember how Juan Pablo finished in his last race in F1( The 2006 USGP) and I almost feel that we need real racers in NASCAR, NOT, wishy washy Danicamaniacs or Bayniacs,Rich.