(Editor’s note: This is the first in a 12-part series.)
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.