After three years, Juan Pablo Montoya was finally able to celebrate his second Sprint Cup victory. The only downer: 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 Crew Chief Brian Pattie and driving errors of Montoya. In the championship is thereby lost valuable ground, 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 of Colombians led 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 team mate Montoya in tow already in round 2 of the # 99 over. A few laps later, Montoya then fought at the head and gave a 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 struggling forward, before he was able to pass Montoya on lap 40. Only a yellow phase 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. When you restart Ambrose interconnected and had the lead still in the first turn re-emit at 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 were at under green flag, immediately followed by a Caution for debris on the roadway. But It caused no changes at the top. At the restart on lap 65 then began the turbulent and crucial phase, as among other things it became clear that just another fuel stop would still be beat. A round held the luck to Boris Said was turned into the "Esses" by Tony Stewart after the Red Bull driver before Stewart's guest # 14 in a overtaking pushed nearly off the road - a classic revenge maneuver so.
Five laps later, was 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 favorite before the Chase already 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 optimum start again and had the second position briefly, and ultimately dispose to Busch entirely. Montoya was able, however, to 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 errors.
Our speed, 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 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. Also unobtrusive go was AJ Allmendinger, who took fourth place in the best Ford. Thus, all four manufacturers were represented in the Top4 and proves the fifth place of Carl Edwards, Ford finally that front is now back with us. The second car of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Jamie McMurray ended up ranked No. 6, 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 to No. 8 forward. Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon completed the top 10. The leader of the championship, Kevin Harvick finished the race in 11th place and was thus his incredible constancy meet again.
Not so good, it ran at the Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin mentioned above: While Hamlin, the race was stopped after 70 laps, Johnson was able to operate at least not at the end of the lead lap damage control. 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 far 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 last Chase places again become somewhat narrower, because the previous red lantern of the Top12, Clint Bowyer, ranked only 32 finished the race. From his car a part broke off, which triggered a yellow phase 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." # 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, but it would be impossible to equalize this pad yet. In # 42 you will tend to focus on more race wins, especially seeing as the first Oval success is still pending.
Patrick Carpentier drove for Bill Jenkins at No. 21, and thus, reducing the deficit of the # 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 a few much-needed points and hauled the car with an 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 on the brink of would (Source: PR ExtenZe, read on Jayski.com).
- 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 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 can drive, is defined only in November. Slowly, I believe that the Hendrick team boss has taken after the signing of Kahne's mouth a little crowded when he promised to get his new driver next year even a cockpit. The options are shrinking anyway ...
- Max Papis is now unfortunately its place in the # 13 Germain Racing rid of. Starting at Atlanta will replace the underfunded car him the last also hapless Casey Mears. From 2011 gets Papis but the chance to contest a full season in the Truck Series. A "start & park" a voluntary driver for the next two races at Michigan and Bristol, however, must 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 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 back into the Top35 to drive. Even a car wants to lose unwillingly to the "go or go homer" squad. A possible replacement driver not yet known, but would be supported by sponsor ExtenZe.
To the rookies it is this year eh very bad after previously Terry Cook had to bow out 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 has driven in the past year too many races to're still eligible to participate in this evaluation.
As for Front Row Motorsports, I have to say that the team is currently definitely overwhelmed. One cancer support consistently around at the end of the main field, in spite of three fully funded cars and an engine alliance with Roush Yates Engines. Either one should directly give up a car or to look for an improved technique 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 can be seen from them, and they have also proved some years ago at Yates Racing.
- Also, 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 Jayski.com where you can find a provisional overview.
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