WHY YOUR DRIVER WILL LOSE THE CHASE: JUAN PABLO MONTOYA

 
(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.

HE HASN’T WON A RACE THIS SEASON – HOW CAN HE WIN A TITLE?
Not only do we have really smart people running statistical analysis to prove Montoya is doomed, but Montoya has never won at a Chase track. Plus, it just seems odd someone wins a title without winning a race. It’s not American, or Colombian, or Canadian, or whereever else NASCAR wants to expand.

One down. Eleven to go. Nobody will win the Chase. Especially not Juan Pablo Montoya.