MONTOYA COULD LEARN LESSON IN PATIENCE FROM KYLE BUSCH

Let’s be clear about one thing: Juan Pablo Montoya has racing talent. The former Indy car and Formula One ace has outlasted a number of other NASCAR converts from the open wheel ranks, and his driving is a thing of beauty on the road courses (see Watkins Glen for example). One crew chief once said of JPM, “I could watch that guy race all day every week.”With that said, you have to wonder when he will ever learn. Once again, Juan Pablo Montoya (see Richmond for reference) r ...

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TEMPERS FLARE IN RICHMOND

RICHMOND, Va._ Saturday night’s 400-lapper at the Richmond International Raceway was not without its drama, as Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya mixed it up with each other, Kurt Busch continued his season-long tantrum on the radio and after a yet another disappointing finish Martin Truex Jr. threatened to fire his entire crew. The Newman-Montoya rift surfaced early when the pair got together exiting the second corner just past the 100-lap mark of the race. As Montoya moved up the trac ...

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RESTARTS POWER KYLE BUSCH TO RICHMOND WIN

RICHMOND, Va._ Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were the class of the field during Saturday night’s Matthew & Daniel Hanson 400. Leading a combined 273 of the 400 laps, the teammates stretched the fuel mileage and swept the first two spots, giving team owner Joe Gibbs his fifth straight Richmond win. While the two cars were equal throughout, Busch spent the majority of the evening at the front of the field leading 235 laps. However, when varying pit strategies mix ...

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EARNHARDT JR. NOT READY TO CELEBRATE

RICHMOND, Va._ The Junior Nation finally has some relief. After years of struggles, disappointments and winless seasons, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third in points, 19 marks out of the lead and heading to a track he has three wins on. The NASCAR world seems to be on the brink of salvation. Just don’t ask Dale Earnhardt Jr. if he is back at the top of his game. Despite having a better season than he had in all of 2009, Earnhardt Jr. knows he has made strides but is not ready to say he is back&nb ...

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BOWYER HIT HARD BY PENALTY

Clint Bowyer’s gamble on fuel last weekend in New Hampshire may have paid off and put the Chase driver in Victory Lane on Sunday, but on Wednesday, NASCAR handed down a hefty penalty that sent Bowyer from second in the Chase standings all the way to 12th. After taking the winning No. 33 Chevrolet was sent back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C., officials determined the rear of the car – where the body lined up with the chassis – did not meet the s ...

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HAMLIN SOLIDIFIES POINTS LEAD WITH VICTORY

RICHMOND, Va._ Entering Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway, the drivers gearing up for the Chase for the Sprint Cup looked to secure the final 10 bonus points before the standings were reset, while the rest of the field hoped to outshine those Chase contenders. In what was hyped as a no-holds-barred event in which few had anything to lose, it was hometown favorite Denny Hamlin that scored the final win of the regular season. The victory was Hamlin’s sixth of the ...

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IS A TEAMMATE AN ADVANTAGE IN THE CHASE?

RICHMOND, Va._ When the 12 man Chase for the Sprint Cup is set following Saturday night’s Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway, nearly every driver will have a teammate on his side in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. Richard Childress Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing all have the majority of their teams in the Chase and Stewart Haas Racing has a chance to put both of their cars in as well. Even if Ryan Newman fails to make the Chase, SHR is still a Hendri ...

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