NASCAR: Analysis Watkins Glen 2010 / News
After three years, Juan Pablo Montoya was finally able to celebrate his second Sprint Cup win. Only downside: Watkins Glen is just not oval, but a racetrack. Marcos Ambrose, it was enough for again not for the first Cup victory after his Nationwide success.
Still on Saturday called Chip Ganassi with the team of Juan Pablo Montoya a crisis meeting. Too many mistakes were made in the past by all parties involved in the # 42: In addition to not self-inflicted failures led to wrong decisions crew chief Brian Pattie of, and driving errors of Montoya. In the championship is thereby lost valuable ground, Chase is a distant memory. The power of word of team bosses seem to have borne fruit in the race at Watkins Glen for once ran smooth. 74 of 90 laps led the Colombians and won the race as a dominant fashion.
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 fought at the head, and gave the place in 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 fight forward before he could overtake Montoya on lap 40. Only a caution period interrupted in the meantime, this first half of the race.
Two laps later came out the second Caution, because Bobby Labonte was left lying on the track. When you restart Ambrose interconnected and lost the lead in 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 recaptured, but the # 42 he could only slowly gain ground.
After two thirds of the race distance then pit stops were at under green flag, immediately followed by a Caution for debris on the roadway. But this case there was no change at the top. At the restart on lap 65 then began the turbulent and decisive phase, as, inter alia, it became clear that just another fuel stop would still be beat. A round held lucky enough to Boris Said was turned into the "Esses" by Tony Stewart after the Red Bull guest driver before Stewart's # 14 during a overtaking pushed nearly off the road - 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 major championship favorites before the Chase already a timely manner.
On lap 75 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 briefly, and ultimately dispose to Busch altogether. Montoya was able, however, to have continually increase the distance on his pursuers. On the way to his second Sprint Cup win, he led 74 of 90 laps and it dominated the race without error.
The speed to the # 47 Marcos Ambrose 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 pitch 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 precisely. Unremarkable was traveling AJ Allmendinger, who took fourth place in the best Ford. This means that all four manufacturers were represented in the Top4 and proves the fifth place of Carl Edwards, Ford finally the front is now back with us. The second car of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with-Jamie McMurray finished in 6th place, followed by Tony Stewart, ending a remarkable 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 completed the top 10. The Championship leader Kevin Harvick finished the race in 11th place and became his incredible consistency meet again.
Not so good it was at the Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin mentioned above: While Hamlin for the race was stopped after 70 laps, Johnson could operate at least not at the end of the lead lap mitigation. Only two places ahead of his teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished the race, which did not get through the whole race his handling of the vehicle 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 fabulous 17 pitches in a round to become the checkered flag at the end of 24th place.
In the drivers' championship, it is the battle for the last Chase courts again become somewhat narrower, because the previous red lantern of Top12, Clint Bowyer, ranked only 32 finished the race. From his car part broke off what triggered and a yellow phase means a longer repair break for the crew of the # 33. The direct Tracker Mark Martin sensed his chance and then promised by radio, he would "make an effort not to destroy his car." No. 19 Martin was then of course somewhat suboptimal, but brought the veteran back in the Chase ranks. Thus, there are again three drivers within 100 points behind the Top12, see chart below. Montoya after his win 205 points behind, although it will be impossible to equalize this cushion yet. In # 42 you will tend to focus on more race victories, especially since even the first Oval success is still pending.
Patrick Carpentier drove for Bill Jenkins number 21, reducing the backlog of # 26 in the Owner-rating by some counters where Kevin Conway now has only 182 points ahead of 36th. Andy Lally also brought the # 71 TRG Motorsports some much needed points and hauled the car with a 18th place three places in the rankings to the top.
Update: Shortly before the publication of the article was familiar with several of the negotiations, sources known 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 on the brink of would (Source: PR ExtenZe, read on Jayski.com).
- Rumor Rick Hendrick apparently plans to leave Kasey Kahne compete in next season for Red Bull Racing. For 2011, the team has never been any driver pairing known, but as the cockpit of Scott Speed is later than the end of the month for some clarity. Whether Brian Vickers ever race again able to drive is defined only in November. Slowly, I think the Hendrick team boss has taken on the obligation of Kahne's 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 his place in the # 13 Germain Racing rid of. Starting at Atlanta will replace the underfunded him the last car also hapless Casey Mears. From 2011 gets Papis but the chance to contest a full season in the Truck Series. A "start and park" -williger driver for the next two races at Michigan and Bristol must, however, can still be found, since the separation from the only Europeans in the NASCAR applies with immediate effect.
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- Poorly it currently looks for Kevin Conway at Front Row Motorsports, after a very bad results is the only remaining Cup rookie just before the off . In Watkins Glen his car slid with the # 34 on the last guaranteed starting place in the owner standings back and good qualifier David Gilliland currently have their hands full, the # 38 after the Pocono disaster of the team back into the Top35 to drive. Still a car wants to lose unwilling to "go or go-homer" -Riege. A possible replacement driver not yet known, but would be supported by sponsor ExtenZe.
To the rookies this year, is anyway quite bad after previously Terry Cook had to throw in the towel in the season. Really high caliber young is rare for years and actually would have to give Brad Keselowski like the rookie title in 2010. Unfortunately, he went last year too many races to have the right to participate in this evaluation.
As for Front Row Motorsports, I have to say that the team is currently definitely overwhelmed. Man Cancer t consistently around at the end of the main field, despite three fully-funded cars and motor alliance with Roush Yates Engines. Either one should just give up a car or look for an improved technology partnership. That such a function can "downsizing," we saw last and this year at Richard Childress Racing. Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland in particular can significantly more than currently be seen of them and they have also proved a few years ago at Yates Racing.
- There is still speculation about the Cup calendar next year. Since, however, was not so much officially confirmed at this point only a link to Jayski.com where you can find a provisional overview.
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