After three years, Juan Pablo Montoya was finally able to celebrate his second Sprint Cup victory. Only downside: Watkins Glen is just not oval, but a racetrack. For Marcos Ambrose handed it again not for the first Cup victory after his Nationwide victory.

Still on Saturday called Chip Ganassi the team of Juan Pablo Montoya a crisis meeting. Too many mistakes were made in the past by all parties to the # 42: In addition to not self-inflicted failures led to wrong decisions in Crew Chief Brian Pattie and driving errors of Montoya. In the championship they lost valuable ground thereby, the Chase is a distant memory. The power of word of team bosses seem to have borne fruit, in the race at Watkins Glen ran for once everything smooth. 74 of 90 laps led the Colombians and won the race as a dominant way.

Pole-sitter Carl Edwards was going on his leadership after a short time, because Jamie McMurray went with teammate Montoya in tow already in Round 2 of the # 99 over. A few laps later, Montoya then struggled to the top and gave the place the sun does not let up until just before the race half. The only serious opponent of the # 42 Marcos Ambrose had to start from 11th and laboriously struggling forward before he could overtake Montoya on lap 40. Only one caution period interrupted the meantime, this first half of the race.

Two laps later, then came out the second Caution, because Bobby Labonte was left lying on the track. Upon restart, Ambrose interconnected and still had the lead at the first corner again proposed to Montoya. He fell to No. 4 behind Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger. Four laps later, he had the second position while already retaken, but the # 42 he could only slowly make up ground.

After two thirds of the race distance then pit stops under green flag stood on, directly followed by a Caution for debris on the roadway. But It came to no change at the top. At the restart on lap 65 then began the turbulent and decisive phase, as among other things it became clear that just another fuel stop would still be beat. A round held fortunate enough to Boris Said was reversed in the "Esses" by Tony Stewart after the Red Bull driver before Stewart's guest # 14 in one overtaking almost pushed off the track - a classic revenge maneuver so.

Five laps later, the next launch attempt, but this time it was not long good: Jimmie Johnson turned and cleared it with Denny Hamlin from. Hamlin was later not really satisfied with Johnson's action, which may begin a feud between the two main championship favorites before the Chase even in time.

On lap 75 of the final sprint over 15 rounds, which began Montoya followed by Ambrose, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray during pivoting of the green flag initiated. Ambrose got no optimal start again and had the second position for a short time and ultimately dispose to Busch altogether. Montoya was able, however, to always leave continue to increase the gap to his pursuers. On the way to his second Sprint Cup victory, he led 74 of 90 laps and it dominated the race correctly.

The speed to the # 47 Marcos Ambrose of was perhaps even superior to the # 42, but the only serious competitor of Montoya got two bad restarts and so threw away a possible victory. After three consecutive Nationwide Series wins at Watkins Glen and the bad luck in the early summer in Sonoma also Ambrose could give a personal happy ending on Sunday.

Kurt Busch finished a clean race in second place, followed by Marcos Ambrose up. Unremarkable road was AJ Allmendinger, who took fourth place in the best Ford. Thus, all four manufacturers were represented in the Top 4 and proves the fifth place of Carl Edwards, that Ford finally front is now back with us. The second car of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Jamie McMurray finished in 6th place, followed by Tony Stewart, who finished with it an extraordinary series of first and second places in a row. Kyle Busch had massive before the start of the race technical problems. After his crew had made the car going again, he could still drive up to # 8 forward. Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top 10. The Championship leader Kevin Harvick finished the race in 11th place and was thus his incredible consistency meet again.

Not so well it ran at the Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin mentioned above: While Hamlin for the race was stopped after 70 laps, Johnson was able to operate at least not at the end of the lead lap mitigation. Only two places ahead of him by his teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr came to the finish, which did not get through the whole race his vehicle handling under control. While Junior is not a "road racer", but rank 26 clearly too little for his chase ambitions. Greg Biffle, the winner of the last race, also experienced a very bad day. Was he to be found at the beginning or in the top 5, so he lost after a restart in the last third of the race incredible 17 places in one lap to the checkered flag will end up on rank 24.

In the drivers' standings, it is the battle for the final Chase spots again become slightly narrower, because the previous red lantern of Top12, Clint Bowyer, ranked only 32 finished the race. From his car a part broke off, what a caution period triggered and means a longer repair break for the crew of the # 33. The direct Followers Mark Martin sensed his chance and then promised by radio, he would "make an effort not to destroy his car." Place 19 of Martin was then of course somewhat suboptimal, brought the veteran but back in the Chase ranks. Thus there are again three drivers within 100 points behind the top 12, see chart below. Montoya after his win 205 points behind, although it will be impossible to equalize this pad yet. In # 42 you will rather focus on more race wins, especially since even the first Oval success is still pending.

Patrick Carpentier drove for Bill Jenkins at No. 21, reducing the backlog of # 26 in the Owner-rating by some counters where Kevin Conway now has only 182 point lead over rank 36. Andy Lally also brought the # 71 TRG Motorsports some much needed points and hauled the car to a 18th place three places in the rankings to the top.


Update: Shortly before publication of the article was familiar with several of the negotiations, sources announced that Kasey Kahne will probably actually drive 2011 for Red Bull Racing. An announcement could be expected for Tuesday, the starting number is still unclear. Moreover sponsor ExtenZe denied the rumors that Cup rookie Kevin Conway at Front Row Motorsports before the off would (Source: PR ExtenZe, read on

- Rumor Rick Hendrick plans seem to have Kasey Kahne to compete in the next season for Red Bull Racing. For 2011, the team has never been any known driver pairing, but as the cockpit of Scott Speed ​​is later than the end of the month for some clarity. Whether Brian Vickers ever race again can drive, is defined only in November. Slowly I think the Hendrick team boss has taken on the obligation of Kahne mouth a little crowded when he promised to get his new driver next year even a cockpit. The options are shrinking in any case ...

- Max Papis is now unfortunately its place in the # 13 Germain Racing rid of. Starting at Atlanta will replace the underfunded car it the last also hapless Casey Mears. As of 2011, but Papis gets the chance to contest a full season in the Truck Series. A "start & park" -williger driver for the next two races in Michigan and Bristol must however still be found, since the separation from the only Europeans in the NASCAR applies with immediate effect.

Here is the link to the source for both news

- Bad it currently looks for Kevin Conway in Front Row Motorsports, after very poor results is the only remaining Cup rookie just before the off . In Watkins Glen his car slid with the # 34 on the final guaranteed starting place in the owner standings back and the good Qualifier David Gilliland currently have their hands full, the # 38 after the Pocono disaster of the team again in the Top35 to drive. Even a car you want to lose unwilling to "go or go homer" -Riege. A possible replacement driver not yet known, but would be supported by sponsor ExtenZe.

For the rookies, it is this year eh very bad, after previously Terry Cook had to throw in the towel in the season. Really top-class young is rare for years and actually would have Brad Keselowski give equal the rookie title of 2010. Unfortunately, he drove last year too many races to're still eligible for participation in this evaluation.

As for Front Row Motorsports, so I have to say that the team is currently definitely overwhelmed. You Cancer t consistently around at the end of the main field, despite three fully funded cars and an engine alliance with Roush-Yates Engines. Either one should directly give up a car or look for an improved technology partnership. So that one can work "downsizing", we saw last year at Richard Childress and this Racing. Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland in particular can significantly greater than currently can be seen from them, and they have also proved some years ago at Yates Racing.

- There is still speculation about the Cup calendar of next year. Since, however, was not so much officially confirmed at this point only a link to where you can find a provisional overview.

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