On-Track Incident Eliminates Montoya’s Hope of a Strong Finish at Lowe’s
Results from Lowe’s Motor Speedway
1. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet
9. Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 DJ Hero Chevrolet
35. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Lysol Chevrolet
Concord, NC. (October 19, 2009) – What started out as a promising run at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for team Target, as Montoya took his No. 42 Lysol Chevrolet from 18th place up to second, quickly turned dismal on lap 125 of Saturday night’s race. Montoya was lined up in the 11th position on a restart when the cars in front of him checked up causing a chain reaction. The No. 42 took a hard hit to the right rear quarter panel causing significant damage. The wounded race car would not be able to rebound from the incident and Montoya would wind up in the 35th position at the end of a very long night.
Montoya looked to continue his streak of top-five finishes in the fifth Chase race of the season at Lowe’s. The No. 42 team appeared to be on course as Montoya moved from his 18th starting position to the top 10 within 13 laps of the NASCAR Banking 500. That charge to the front continued as the team started logging the fastest laps on the race track and eventually broke into the top five. The fate of the team changed drastically following a four tire pit stop on lap 121 under caution. The Lysol Chevrolet lined up 11th for the restart and as the field checked up, Montoya was hit from behind. The right rear quarter panel and bumper separated and wreaked havoc on the handling of the race car. The No. 42 fell back in the field and the team waited it out for a caution flag.
Multiple stops were made throughout the remainder of the evening to repair the damage and help get the handling back under control. Despite the valiant effort to get Montoya back in contention, the No. 42 Lysol Chevrolet would not advance any higher than the 34th position for the remaining laps. The team would settle for a 35th place position and lose three spots in the Chase standings. Montoya now sits sixth in the standings -195 out of first and 65 points away from third.
«I’m not happy with what happened but it’s okay. It’s racing,” remarked Montoya. “If you’re expecting to have ten clean races then you’re dreaming. We knew it could happen here, the restarts are always an issue and I managed to slow down and I just got hit from behind. It happens.»
Up next is the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will air live on ABC this Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1:00 pm (EDT).