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Why would Keselowski even risk a feud with Montoya?

By admin | June 29, 2012

By Richard Allen


Early in the day at the Kentucky Speedway on Friday the cars of Juan Pablo Montoya and Brad Keselowski got together in what at the time appeared to be incidental contact on the first lap of the first practice for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. However, at least one of the drivers involved did not see it as merely incidental contact.

Keselowski and his team were forced to pull out a back up car as his primary machine was damaged just enough from the contact with Montoya and a brush with the wall for that car to be retired.

At the beginning of the second practice for Sprint Cup cars, Keselowski quickly found Montoya’s #42 car and began banging the rear bumper multiple times. The resulting damage to the #42 car was serious enough to cause that team to spend time pounding sheet metal.

As the title of this piece indicates, my question is why would Keselowski even risk a feud with Montoya?

It would seem hard to believe the first incident was anything more than an accident. Both cars were coming up to speed with Montoya ahead of Keselowski. The #2 car was going considerably faster than the #42 and they just looked to have run out of room.

On that point, even Keselowski has the same perspective as most others who watched events unfold. “I think we can all agree that I ran into the back of him,” he said in a SPEED interview during qualifying. “I think that’s where the common ground is. From there, there’s probably some varying opinions.

“That’s something that him and I will hopefully be able to work through and if not, so be it,” the Michigan native continued. “But for me, I feel like I can’t let people push me around in this sport. My team works really damn hard to put me in a position where I’ve got fast race cars like I’ve got and I’ve got to show them I care enough about them to deserve those cars. So to have someone push me around on the racetrack is not something I’m going to stand for.”

But where was the pushing around? Perhaps Keselowski believes Montoya was watching in the mirror and timed his entry into turn three so that the contact would occur. Or perhaps some previous run-in simply caused Keselowski to boil over in this case.

Of course, when Keselowski mentions not being pushed around, thoughts have to go back to his well publicized battles with Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. He may see certain incidents as an attempt to push him around that others might not even remotely consider in the same way.

For his part, Montoya seemed as puzzled as anyone regarding Keselowski’s reaction. After that first practice, SPEED asked the Colombian driver what happened. “I would like to know as well,” he commented. “I came out of the pits. They told me he had a big run. I put my hand out to wave at him. I started turning and running high. I think he thought he’d cleared me and he was probably going to run high and ran straight into me. We didn’t even do a lap. I wasn’t even up to speed.

“I was really shocked,” Montoya went on. “I saw him coming, I waved, I saw him beside me. I left two grooves on the bottom and he still hit me. It’s just what it is.”

Keselowski essentially sent himself to the NASCAR hauler to discuss the matter with series officials while Montoya spotter Jeff Dickerson made a trip to Keselowski’s hauler to talk things over.

But again, the question comes up for Keselowski- why not just let it go? Keselowski is 10th in the Sprint Cup standings and in the midst of a fight for a Chase for the Championship spot. He has much to lose from a squabble that spills onto the track during a points paying race.

Montoya, on the other hand, is mired in the 22nd position of standings with virtually no hope of making the Chase. He has nothing to lose from an escalating grudge match, and he has been known to have a long memory in such cases.

In the end, it would seem as though Brad Keselowski may have helped make a mountain out of mole hill that could potentially cost him much more than making his point is worth.

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13 Responses to “Why would Keselowski even risk a feud with Montoya?”

  1. z'hills fan Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 6:10 am

    But Keselowski is a dumb ass!

  2. Mr Pontiac Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Yes I agree keselowski is a dumbass. Hes gotten a little too big for his britches. Not a Montoya fan either but I would love to see Juan put Brad into the wall tonight.

  3. Dumb Ass Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Takes one to know one!

  4. midasmicah Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    There has to be more to this story.

  5. Josie Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Maybe Brad has realized in NASCAR you ONLY get great tv coverage and your name in print if you stay on the “bad” side of the fence…or your name is “Junior”!

  6. Offkilter Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Those crazy guys. I don’t know why brad is so upset… Its not like the team had to pull out the back up jet drier

  7. jo-jr Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    josie…. this article, is about the 2 an 42, not about jr ! get with the program…an leave jr out of it!!!yes, i am a jr fan, an if you do not like him ,that is your right to like some other driver, just do not knock mine!! got it?

  8. oldirtracker Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    The nerve of Montoya, to be on the track in front of Brad and get in his way, Wake up Bucky, i would like to buy you for what you think you are worth as a driver and sell you for what most people think you are worthas a person. what an a$$hole.

  9. nascarfan Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Juan amitted that his spotter said that the 2 was comming up fast. Juan should have stead on the apron until the 2 passed and then go up the track. to me it just show that Juan has no respect for other drivers. Remember the 42 wouldn’t or couldn’t get out of the way of a jet dryer…LOL

  10. Sue Rarick Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Remember what Reutimann did to Kyle’s chase chances a couple years ago. Losing 30-40 points will put the end to any champ chances.

  11. GinaV24 Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    sometimes I think all these guys have a screw loose. Brad K has been picking fights ever since he came into the series. I understand why you can’t let someone push you around on the track, but you also have to know when crap just happens.

    Considering their respective positions in points, Brad could find himself on the wrong end of things quickly. JPM hasn’t got much to lose.

  12. Tony Geinzer Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I would be happier with a New Target Man or Woman who ain’t JP Montoya.

  13. Steven Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    This must be a new trend. Danica isn’t letting anyone push her around anymore either. But who is she racing? Taylor Malsum? Mike Bliss? Brad Sweet? Her highly paid crew chief is her raceday pitbull, what a joke.