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Juan Montoya dominates to win at The Glen

His 2nd NASCAR Sprint Cup win
Sunday, August 08, 2010

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Juan Montoya
Adriano Manocchia/AR1.com
Welcome, Juan Pablo Montoya, to the Chip Ganassi party.

Saving his best for the end of Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Montoya pulled away from Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch over the final 16 laps at Watkins Glen International and notched the second NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of his career.

Winless in 113 races since his first Cup victory at Sonoma in June 2007, Montoya added another success to the already magical year his Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team owner has enjoyed. Jamie McMurray, who finished sixth Sunday, won the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 this year, and Dario Franchitti added an Indianapolis 500 victory with Ganassi’s IndyCar organization.

Busch passed Ambrose at the start/finish line on Lap 89 of 90 to steal second place from Ambrose, who came home third. AJ Allmendinger, fresh from a contract extension with Richard Petty Motorsports, ran fourth, followed by polesitter Carl Edwards, who collected his sixth straight top-10 finish.

Juan Montoya leads thru the esses
Adriano Manocchia/AR1.com
Montoya, however, had the field covered when it counted, leading 74 laps and crossing the stripe 4.735 seconds ahead of Busch.

After a disappointing run at Pocono a week earlier—during which Montoya chastised crew chief Brian Pattie and the team when the No. 42 Chevrolet lost positions on a late pit stop—Montoya, Pattie and Ganassi met Saturday at Watkins Glen to make sure they were headed in the same direction.

“I think yesterday we had a good talk with Chip,” Montoya said. “Last few weeks have been really frustrating for the whole team because we’ve been so close to victory. Seemed to keep slipping away.

“To come out here today and get the job done the way we did today, it was big. I feel more relieved than happy right now. It’s been a really hard road in a way. It’s been a lot of fun; it’s been frustrating.

“(Saturday) it was all about making sure everybody is on the same page, everybody has to do their job, and we came out today and everybody executed. It’s something Brian keeps saying, ‘Keep saving the car, keep saving the car, keep saving the car.’ And it paid off.”

Ambrose, who had won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race and had realistic hopes for an unprecedented weekend double at The Glen, was Montoya’s equal until the final pit stop for both drivers under green on Lap 59.

“Something went wrong on the last pit stop,” lamented Ambrose, who had out-braked Montoya for the lead in Turn 1 on Lap 41 and held the top spot for five laps thereafter. “We lost the handle on the race car—maybe a different set of tires, slightly different spring rate in the tires.

“I had nothing for Montoya there towards the end. Congratulations to him—he drove a heck of a race. Just a lot of fun racing a guy with that much talent. He was swinging around the corners, jumping curbs, locking tires. It was just a really good battle, something I’ll take away from this weekend as a memory I’ll never forget.”

Montoya and Ambrose may have dominated the action at the front of the field, but what happened at the back tightened the race for the final spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Clint Bowyer broke a trailing-arm mount and spent three laps in the garage for repairs, a calamity that knocked him out of the top 12.

Bowyer finished 32nd and swapped positions in the standings with Mark Martin, who came home 19th. Now 12th, Martin is 10 points ahead of Bowyer with four races left before the Chase field is set Sept. 11 at Richmond.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 3 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 195/10 90 Running
2 5 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite / Vortex 170/0 90 Running
3 11 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie 170/5 90 Running
4 4 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Insignia HDTV / Best Buy 160/0 90 Running
5 1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 155/0 90 Running
6 2 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 155/5 90 Running
7 6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 146/0 90 Running
8 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 142/0 90 Running
9 22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 138/0 90 Running
10 16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 134/0 90 Running
11 20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 130/0 90 Running
12 19 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 132/5 90 Running
13 31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 124/0 90 Running
14 12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 121/0 90 Running
15 25 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 118/0 90 Running
16 23 98 Paul Menard Ford Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 115/0 90 Running
17 36 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser 112/0 90 Running
18 33 71 Andy Lally Chevrolet Adobe Road Winery / TaxSlayer.com 109/0 90 Running
19 24 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 111/5 90 Running
20 32 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 103/0 90 Running
21 17 26 Patrick Carpentier Ford Air National Guard 100/0 90 Running
22 28 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 97/0 90 Running
23 30 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 94/0 90 Running
24 7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 91/0 90 Running
25 35 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 88/0 90 Running
26 40 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 85/0 90 Running
27 43 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 82/0 90 Running
28 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 79/0 90 Running
29 38 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Hunt Brothers Pizza 76/0 90 Running
30 41 37 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 73/0 90 Running
31 42 34 Kevin Conway * Ford Extenze 70/0 90 Running
32 34 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 67/0 89 Running
33 18 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 64/0 88 Running
34 27 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 61/0 84 Susp.
35 29 09 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 58/0 84 Running
36 15 7 Robby Gordon Toyota SpeedFactory.tv 55/0 72 Engine
37 14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 52/0 70 Accident
38 13 83 Boris Said Toyota Red Bull 49/0 65 Accident
39 37 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 46/0 54 Transmission
40 21 36 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 43/0 46 Susp.
41 39 207 P.J. Jones Toyota SpeedFactory.tv 40/0 36 Fuel Pump
42 26 55 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 37/0 35 Electrical
43 8 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 34/0 28 Engine

* Denotes Rookie

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