Jun 24 2007

Juan Pablo Montoya Wins in Sonoma

Juan Pablo Montoya and the 42 race team gambled to win big in Sonoma in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 to win his first Nextel cup race. The word was that they were short on fuel and would have to pit before the end of the race, but they stuck it out to outlast Jamie McMurray, who ran out of gas, and outrun the rest of the field.

“It’s huge,” Montoya said. “I would say right now it’s the biggest thing I’ve done. In open-wheel, that’s what I was meant to be winning in. In stock cars, I wasn’t.

“To get our first win in our first year is huge. We know we’re a little bit behind on some of the ovals, but I think this is a big boost for everybody working in the shop.” Source: Montoya able to conserve fuel, post first Cup victory

The Richard Childress Racing teams are starting to live up to their potential in these COT races, finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th with Kevin Harvick in 2nd, Jeff Burton in 3rd and Clint Bowyer in 4th. Greg Biffle finished 5th, Tony Stewart 6th and Jeff Gordon finished 7th, which is his 14th top ten this year, but could end up being more like a 30th or 40th position finish with the penalty looming from Nascar. Kyle Busch, Boris Said and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top ten.

Robby Gordon led a bunch of laps, the most of all drivers this race I believe, but only finished 16th because he didn’t have as good of gas mileage as the others and had to pit later. He was pretty bitter about gas mileage being the reason someone wins a race and complained about it after the race. On Sports center he was saying that Montoya didn’t win that race, he got lucky, so Robbie was whining pretty loudly.

Here is how they finished: (Which TNT did not show!)

1 32 42 Juan Montoya
2 22 29 Kevin Harvick
3 6 31 Jeff Burton
4 10 07 Clint Bowyer
5 17 16 Greg Biffle
6 5 20 Tony Stewart
7 41 24 Jeff Gordon
8 24 5 Kyle Busch
9 4 160 Boris Said
10 36 11 Denny Hamlin
11 28 88 Ricky Rudd
12 43 00 P.J. Jones
13 3 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
14 12 19 Elliott Sadler
15 11 96 Ron Fellows
16 2 7 Robby Gordon
17 42 48 Jimmie Johnson
18 15 99 Carl Edwards
19 7 21 Bill Elliott
20 9 12 Ryan Newman
21 33 18 J.J. Yeley
22 14 2 Kurt Busch
23 8 9 Kasey Kahne
24 18 1 Martin Truex Jr.
25 35 38 David Gilliland
26 16 44 Dale Jarrett
27 38 25 Casey Mears
28 30 36 Butch Leitzinger
29 37 6 David Ragan
30 26 01 Regan Smith
31 34 70 Johnny Sauter
32 40 40 David Stremme
33 13 43 Bobby Labonte
34 27 17 Matt Kenseth
35 25 55 Terry Labonte
36 21 191 Marc Goossens
37 1 26 Jamie McMurray
38 39 13 Joe Nemechek
39 23 45 Kyle Petty
40 29 41 Reed Sorenson
41 19 22 Dave Blaney
42 31 66 Jeff Green
43 20 14 Sterling Marlin

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