Posted 09/15/09 at 10:54 AM PDT by Dan_Farkas |
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(Editor's note: This is the first in a 12-part series.)
Twelve men have a chance to call themselves the 2009 Sprint Cup champion. Many sites are making bold predictions about who will win and why. I have no idea who will win, but I know who won’t: everyone. You got it. Nobody is going to win the 2009 Sprint Cup. A big squadoosh sandwich. For the next few weeks I am going to explain why every single driver won’t win the Chase, starting with Juan Pablo Montoya.
Montoya has no chance of winning the 2009 Sprint Cup. Getting this far is a great accomplishment. But winning? Heck, no. Here’s why:
NO RUNNING BUDDY Mark Martin can work and share information with Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Denny Hamlin can work with Kyle Busch, who you know is going to make a big fuss these final 10 races. Who in the blue hell is Montoya’s wingman? He doesn’t have one at DEI. Maybe Kevin Harvick will have a lobotomy and buddy up. Oh, wait.
HE’S A ROOKIE Sure, he doesn’t have to carry bags, sing his fight song or get taped up to a goalpost. But Montoya is in his first Chase. Not since there was a first Chase has a first-year Chaser chased down the title.