NASCAR’S FRIENDLY GARAGE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. _ When Juan Pablo Montoya made the transition from open-wheel racing to NASCAR three years ago, there were a number of concepts he was forced to learn. The adjustment from the sleek, high-tech Formula 1 cars to heavier and boxier stock cars was a hurdle, but perhaps the biggest adjustment Montoya had to make was working with the competition.In other forms of racing – open-wheel, especially – the competition among drivers and teams is intense both on and off the trac ...

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CONNIE MONTOYA PICS

The 2009 season will go down as the year Juan Pablo Montoya made the leap to NASCAR stardom. He has gone from open-wheel pro to stock car noob to Sprint Cup contender. The proof: He made the Chase this season and has finished in the top five in all four Chase races. The woman who has stood by his side during his hard-fought rise is Connie Montoya (maiden name Freydell).  Connie is a mother of two. She is involved in the Montoyas' foundation, which helps the poor in their native Colombia. ...

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PATTIE, MONTOYA ‘CODE WORDS’

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UNLIKE JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, ALL LEFT TURNS IS BELOVED IN SACRAMENTO

As you know, two weeks ago Juan "5:01" Montoya made news when he blew off an interview with Sacramento FOX 40 sports anchor Jim Crandell. A few days later I ran this post, which was originally written by the goofy minds at LOLnascar. (I run an LOLnascar post on All Left Turns every Tuesday.) Well, guess what Crandell led one of his sports segments with last week.  Thanks for the shoutout, some guy outta Sacramento!Related links:Juan Pablo Montoya blows off TV interviewKaney int ...

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MONTOYA’S FATHER-IN-LAW WANTED IN U.S.

This, Juan Pablo Montoya doesn't need. On the eve of his first Chase for the Cup, the Miami newspaper El Nuevo Herald reports that John Freydell, Montoya's father-in-law, is a fugitive who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. The charges were filed in 1994. Freydell, an industrialist, is the father of Connie Freydell, Montoya's wife. The story surfaced in Colombia after Freydell recently went on the radio to defend himself against accusations that he funded the assassination of a p ...

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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 ...

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MONTOYA HITS CREW MEMBER ON PIT ROAD

Juan Pablo Montoya ran over a member of David Ragan's pit crew at Watkins Glen on Monday. The accident occurred during the first pit stop in the Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Montoya is an aggressive driver, but he is not generally known for running over human beings. (Although he is known for speeding down pit road.) After the accident Montoya asked if the crew member was OK. No word yet on the crew member's medical condition. UPSRacing, Ragan's team's official Twitter feed, reports: ...

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MONTOYA RADIO FROM THE BRICKYARD

On the radio, Juan Pablo Montoya went from anger to denial to depression following the pit road speeding penalty at The Brickyard on Sunday that probably cost him a win. Crew chief Brian Pattie does everything he can to calm Montoya - to no avail.A few of Montoya's more colorful quotes:"I never bad-mouth NASCAR, but if they do this to me, I am going to kill them.""Thank you, NASCAR, for screwing my day."After crew chief Pattie tells him to relax: "What do you want me to ...

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TOP 10 NASCAR ONE-HIT WONDERS

One-hit wonders are common in the music industry. They’re common in auto racing, too. Entering the 2009 season there were 58 drivers who had one career Sprint Cup win. Some of them are still driving and some of them have long since retired or passed on. It’s fun to goof on one-hit wonders, but we often forget that it takes a lot of talent – and yes, some luck – to make that one hit. The 10 most-talented one-hit wonders in Sprint Cup history10. Jim Hurtubise. He got his lo ...

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IF YOU LIKE KYLE BUSCH, YOU WILL LOVE JUAN PABLO MONTOYA

Ask fans and members of the media to name the biggest jerk in the sport and you are likely to hear the name Kyle Busch - a lot. We're not going to argue. Anyone who goes out of his way to antagonize Junior Nation, smashes trophies and repeatedly throttles smaller Nationwide and Truck Series teams for sport deserves the one-finger salute. While certainly deserving, we think Busch holds the jerk title for two reasons. 1.) He likes being the heel. 2.) Most fans are unfamiliar with Juan Pablo Montoy ...

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