Juan Pablo Montoya Dominates the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen

JPM in Victory Lane

Juan Pablo Montoya put his name in the WGI history books with a victory in the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen.

Juan Pablo Montoya led 74 laps on his way to a dominating 4.735 second victory over Kurt Busch at The Glen. The action was hot and heavy all afternoon as third-placed Marcos Ambrose battled with Montoya on many occasions in the middle part of the race. A J Allmendinger brought his #43 Insignia HDTV Ford home in fourth place, while pole sitter Carl Edwards finished 5th.

A very relieved Montoya said of his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup win: “It’s great. We’ve lost a lot of them and it’s been frustrating. I love this series. It’s about time to get another one. We (Crew Chief Brian Pattie) have a great relationship. We are both very competitive. It’s awesome.”

Montoya’s Crew Chief Brian Pattie was almost in tears, saying: “It’s huge for us. I still want to win on an oval. Indy was my fault, hopefully this makes up for it.”

Second-placed Kurt Busch was very satisfied to finish among such talented road racers, saying: “We had a hard fought battle. Juan raced smart. Maybe at the end I should have let Marcos battle with Juan and take each other out. It’s neat to race with world class guys. Juan just had a strong car.”

Winner of Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series ZIPPO 200, Ambrose said: “We lost the handle on it there at the end. We tried hard all day. It was fun in the middle part of the race. You could tell we weren’t running for the championship the way we battled I poured everything into in. We just lost the handle there at the end.”

Carl Edwards (#99 Aflac Ford) led the field to the green flag but could not maintain that lead for the full lap. Jamie McMurray (#1 McDonald’s Chevrolet) dove down the inside at the ‘bus stop’ and took the lead. Juan Pablo Montoya (#42 Target Chevrolet) took the lead away from his teammate on lap 6 and pulled out a 4 second lead after 11 circuits of The Glen.

Joey Logano (#20 Home Depot Toyota) lost a handful of places when he slid wide in turn one on lap 12.
Scott Speed (#82 Red Bull Toyota) had to pull his car into the garage area after 12 laps for repairs to his transmission. Speed had been running in 8th position before trouble hit.

Jimmie Johnson headed to pit road for tires, fuel and adjustments after he began losing places on the track. Within one lap, he was passed by Robbie Gordon, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick. It turned out to be a punctured left rear tire.

The man on the move was Kyle Busch who passed 23 cars in the first 19 laps after having pitted for repairs on the pace lap.

After 20 laps, Juan Pablo Montoya had pulled out a 6.6 second lead over A J Allmendinger (#43 Insignia HDTV Ford), who was a further 3 seconds ahead of Marcos Ambrose (# 47 Little Debbie Toyota).
Robbie Gordon lost 3rd gear in his transmission on lap 22 and began losing position after position. He dropped from 9th to 16th in one lap. He would eventually have to retire his car from the race for a safety violation.

Leader Juan Pablo Montoya made his first pit stop on lap 26. Marcos Ambrose, A J Allmendinger and Carl Edwards were able to complete one more circuit before they went in for service.

Just as the leaders finished their pit stops, officials waved the yellow flag to retrieve the crippled machine of P J Jones who had pulled his car off the road at the ‘bus stop’.

The running order when they took the green flag on lap 30 was Montoya, Ambrose, Edwards, Allmendinger, and Kurt Busch. Ambrose did not get a good jump on the restart and lost a position to Carl Edwards. Kurt Busch also got passed Allmendinger. At the end of the lap, Ambrose retook the position from Edwards diving down the inside in turn one. One lap later, Edwards slid wide in turn one and lost another position to AJ Allmendinger.

After opening a 10 car-length lead over Ambrose, Montoya began feeling pressure from the Australian. Within 4 laps, Ambrose was on Montoya’s tail, forcing the Columbian to drive defensively. Even as these two battled, they were still able to pull away from third placed Kurt Busch.

On lap 39 Ambrose was able to move inside Montoya going into the ‘bus stop’. The Columbian was not ready to relinquish the lead and ran side-by-side through the right-left, left-right with Ambrose.  Marcos finally made the pass stick on lap 40 diving to the inside at turn one.

One lap later, the caution waved for two incidents on the track. Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemecheck tangled at the ‘bus stop’, while Brad Keselowski lost control of his #12 Penske Dodge exiting the Carousel and nosed into the inside barrier.

Under caution, Montoya’s crew radioed for Juan to “Keep driving it like a maniac. Keep being smooth.”

Going into turn one for the first time under green, Ambrose got a great jump on Montoya coming onto the main straight. Unfortunately, Ambrose suffered from terrible ‘wheel hop’ under braking for turn one and lost 3 positions before they got to turn two. Montoya, Kurt Busch and Allmendinger jumped around Marcos. Ambrose was able to get around Allmendinger into turn one on the next lap, and pass Busch two laps later.

At lap 50, Montoya led Ambrose by 2.266 seconds. Next up were Kurt Busch, A J Allmendinger, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Boris Said, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch.  Ambrose began slowly reeling in Montoya, cutting a second off the lead by lap 53. These two were clearly the class of the field as they pulled 4 seconds clear of third-placed Kurt Busch. Ambrose gained 0.4 seconds each lap, getting onto the tail of Montoya on lap 57.

Montoya and Ambrose both hit pit road on lap 59 for four tires and fuel. Both crews worked flawlessly, getting their drivers out in the same order they had come in.

Lap 62 saw another caution as a piece of drive shaft cover fell off a car and landed just off the racing surface in turn 11. As everyone hadn’t completed their second set of pit stops, this left Mark Martin, Andy Lally and David Ragan in the top three positions. Montoya, Ambrose and Patrick Carpentier rounded out the top 6 cars on the track. The back markers would eventually head to the pits for service, so Montoya and Ambrose lined up on the front row for the re-start.

Montoya got another good start on the lap 64 re-start. Going into turn one on lap 65, Boris Said jumped to the inside of Tony Stewart, getting a position back that Tony had just taken at the top of the front stretch. As the two cars came out of turn one, Boris forced Stewart up off the race track and did not leave any room for Stewart to return before the track narrows at turn two. Stewart had no choice but to force his way back onto the track and ended up turning Boris into the outside guard rail. After climbing from his wrecked car, Boris said, “I was doing my deal, and he was doing his deal, and our deals just collided.”

After the clean up, Montoya held the lead while Kurt Busch slipped under Marcos Ambrose into turn one. Ambrose slipped past Busch coming out of turn one and set off the chase down Montoya yet again. Behind, Carl Edwards and A J Allmendinger battled and bumped at the ‘bus stop’, with Allemendinger coming out ahead. Jimmie Johnson spun out and hit the new SAFER barrier in turn 11, bringing out yet another caution. Denny Hamlin also got caught up in the wreck, sustaining damage to his #11 FedEx Freight Toyota.
Going green on lap 74, Ambrose again lost a position to Kurt Busch coming out of turn one. Ambrose would jump under Busch entering turn one on lap 76 to regain the position and set off after leader Montoya.

The running order after 75 of 90 laps was Montoya, Kurt Busch, Ambrose, Allmendinger, Edwards, McMurray, Harvick, Stewart, Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton.

With 10 laps to go, Montoya held a 2.730 second lead over Ambrose. He would stretch that to a 4.746 second lead with 4 laps to go.

On lap 89, Kurt Busch made a move on the front straight, pulling inside Ambrose. Marcos fought back into turn one, but ran wide, allowing Busch to slip past on the run over to turn two.

Montoya claimed the victory by 4.735 seconds over Kurt Busch. Juan Pablo led 74 of the 90 laps.
The Average speed of the race was 91.960mph, with 5 cautions for 13 laps. There were 10 lead changes among 5 drivers.

Kevin Harvick now leads the championship with 3210 points, 185 points ahead of Jeff Gordon.

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