By admin | August 25, 2008
By Jayson D. Henry
One thing you can say about Juan Pablo Montoya in Bristol is that he helped make things interesting. Other drivers found him very hard to pass all night.
At one point early in the race he held up the leader, Carl Edwards, long enough for Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch to chase him down. Busch took the lead by making a daring move to get around the other three.
From where I was sitting there were people gesturing and complaining about Montoya being hard to pass.
Well, I have never driven a race car so maybe there are some points of etiquette I don’t know about but from my point of view I don’t think he was doing anything wrong.
He wasn’t veering all over the track. He wasn’t changing lanes with no warning right in front of other drivers. He didn’t seem to be pinching others down or forcing them up against the wall.
It looked to me as if he was holding a steady line and was running fast enough to hold his position.
If I were a driver I wouldn’t want to go a lap down and I would do as much as I could to stay on the lead lap. As a fan I want to know that every guy out there is doing his best to win.
In my opinion that’s exactly what Montoya was doing. He was racing hard and trying to give himself a chance to win, or at least have a better finish.
So to all of those people who were gesturing for Juan Pablo Montoya to move over, he wasn’t doing anything wrong. He was doing what you would want your favorite driver to do.
Jayson D. Henry is a guest Blogger for RacingWithRich.com.
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