Bristol, TN. Montoya — Saturday media visit

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET met with media and discussed racing at Bristol, the season to-date, F-1 on-track issues compared to NASCAR, the difference between Martinsville and Bristol, and more.

HOW IS YOUR CAR? «I think we’ve got a pretty good car. In qualifying I was a little disappointed. We’re sixth. That it great, but I think there was more in the car. I got a little too high in (turns) 3 and 4 but it’s okay. I think our Target Chevy is pretty good. We’ve had two good finishes and should have four, but we only got two. That is good. It is what it is. I’m just going to come here and finish and take some points and move on.»

DO YOU NOTICE THE WALL BEING NARROWER WITH THE SAFER BARRIER? IS THAT A PROBLEM? «I’ll tell you the truth, the race line I run, not really. I don’t know. I’m never that that close to the wall. You know when you notice is when you get sideways you have a lot less room. Before, you would get sideways and you could stay with it and drift all the way up. But now if you do that you’re going to hit the fence. So it’s a little different. You still drive it as far as you can.» Continue reading «Bristol, TN. Montoya — Saturday media visit»

With Montoya’s surge to fifth, his intensity reminds fans of Earnhardt

By Nate Ryan, USA TODAY

In an offseason merger, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates added «Earnhardt» to the Sprint Cup team’s name. Though born of financial necessity, it has become a fitting moniker for Juan Pablo Montoya’s breakout season in NASCAR.

The Colombian has exhibited a dash of Dale Earnhardt’s swagger in becoming a championship contender this season, most recently in plowing his way around Martinsville Speedway to a third place Sunday while also angering Jeff Gordon.
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