This Week’s Question: Juan Pablo Montoya had some belittling comments for Busch Series drivers following Saturday’s race. Is this a sign he has the right attitude to be racing in Nextel Cup? Or will a bad attitude prove to be his biggest downfall?
Q: When are you media types going to give Jimmie Johnson his due? He’s raced a great Chase, and he’ll be the next Nextel Cup champion after Sunday. I can’t get over the hatred for what he does and who he is. Oh wait, I get it – he’s Jeff Gordon‘s buddy. No wonder you …
Fresh off a top-20 finish in Saturday’s Busch Series Arizona Travel 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Juan Pablo Montoya was surprisingly candid in comments made Sunday morning.
The Busch Series title already squared away, Kevin Harvick is now attempting the challenge of figuring out how many different ways he can win a Busch Series race this season. This time, it was his fuel mileage that held up, as Harvick posted his ninth Busch Series victory of the season in the O’Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
Is it feasible to say missing the Chase has helped Tony Stewart? Should there be a provision in the Chase that allows drivers in his position to finish higher than 11th?
Kevin Harvick got one more shot at the Sam’s Town 250 win and took advantage of a poor start by the No. 60 Ford of Carl Edwards to pounce going into turn 1. Teammate Clint Bowyer joined the fray, making it three-wide briefly before Harvick and Bowyer ran off to settle it amongst themselves.
Juan Pablo Montoya is going to run a full Cup schedule next year for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. In an unprecedented step, Montoya agreed to come back to the United States and run a full-bodied stock car after having competed for several years on the F1 circuit. The announcement of his return sent shockwaves through the sport.
Growth is the primary goal for any American enterprise, and NASCAR is the epitome of an American business. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that, when you look at this year’s TV ratings, NASCAR’s popularity has not grown one bit. If anything, it’s actually declined. Ratings are down in all but two races this season, and it appears fans are looking for some new energy to rejeuvenate their interest in the sport.
In the wildest race in Kansas Speedway’s six-year history, Tony Stewart’s Home Depot Chevrolet coasted out of fuel for the final half-lap of the race, yet still managed to beat out Casey Mears to the line to win Sunday’s Banquet 400.