Juan Montoya is Ready to Start the Chase
The Chase is about to take the top twelve NASCAR competitors on the last lap of the 2009 NASCAR season to see which of these twelve racers is going to take home the title of 2009 Sprint Cup Series Champion. Today the Chase begins on the oval of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Juan Montoya is ramping up his adrenalin and preparing to take charge of a competition this racer believes he has the skill and desire to win.
Juan Montoya set a new track record on the pavement of New Hampshire, posting a qualifying lap of 133. 431 mph and giving him the pole position for the first race for the 6th annual Chase, Sunday’s Sylvania 300. Montoya has shown he’s ready to make a move for the championship by leading all three practices leading up to the first race of the Chase. His team and his No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet look fast enough to take make a run for the championship, despite their 11th place position among a 12 car field.
Montoya hasn’t predicted that he’ll lead every lap as Jeff Burton did leading up to this event in 2000, but he looks to be focused on the job at hand and ready to race the way he knows he has to in order to win. Leading all the laps isn’t the most important aspect to winning in a NASCAR race as Kyle Busch found out many times this year. If you want to win, you only need to lead for the last lap or the last stretch to the line. I fact, managing your car and the aggressiveness of your driving is going to be absolutely necesarry for the winner. The driver who understands his car and its weaknesses and strengths is going to have a great chance of winning. You need to drive well in traffic and get a feel for how your car is running on the race day in question. You also need to have the fastest pit stops and some luck to make it to the line first.
Montoya is having a great year no matter the outcome in the Chase for this young and hard charging racer. He only has one victory in 99 starts in his Sprint Cup career, which occurred on the pavement of the Infineon Raceway road course, but this is definitely going to change in the future. Montoya has executed an excellent strategy in 2009 and appears to understand that finishing good in each race is the best way to win the championship and that the racer who has the most top ten finishes in the remaining ten races will have a great chance of winning the championship.
Watch Montoya and the racers in the Chase today on your favourite race station. It will be an exciting race and you’ll get a chance to see what all the hype is about.
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