Montoya Snaps Skid, Redemption Earned at The Glen

This is Chip Ganassi’s world. We’re just living in it.

The summer of Ganassi continued on Sunday afternoon when Juan Pablo Montoya pulled away over the last 16 laps to secure his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

The win capped off what has to be the best summer ever for Chip Ganassi Racing, whose 2010 resume also includes the Brickyard 400, Daytona 500 and the two most recent IndyCar Series events.

The full story and the complete results can be found after the fold.

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Montoya is the latest to the party, joining Jamie McMurray, Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon as winners in Ganassi’s dream season. It was a long time coming for Montoya, who was winless in 113 races since his first Cup win came at Sonoma in 2007.

“It’s nice,” Montoya said. “We executed right. We did what we had to all day and we really ran smart. The last few weeks have been really frustrating for the whole team because we’ve been so close to victory and it seemed to just keep slipping away.”

The win was especially rewarding for crew chief Brian Pattie, whose pit decisions likely cost Montoya wins at both Indy and Pocono early this summer. The Columbian was especially critical of Pattie last week and the two met with Ganassi on Sunday to move past the frustration.

“We had a really good talk with Chip on Saturday,” Montoya said. “It was all about making sure everyone is on the same page, everybody has to do their job, and we came out and executed.

“To come out and get the job done the way we did, it was big. I feel more relieved than happy right now. It’s been a really hard road in a way. It’s been a lot of fun; it’s been frustrating. To finally get that first win for Brian, I think it’s good. I think we can just focus on getting the job done.”

Montoya battled with Nationwide race-winner Marcos Ambrose all afternoom, finally dispatching of him on lap 60 after the last set of green flag pitstops. Ambrose led for five laps but that proved to be an abberattion as Montoya quickly retook the lead on lap 46 and never looked back, leading 74 laps and took the checkered flag 4.74 seconds ahead of second-place Kurt Busch.

“It was a good weekend for us but I’ve got to tell you it doesn’t feel nice finishing third,” Ambrose said. “I want to win so bad in the Cup Series — this was a really good chance for me. We had a good race car but something went wrong in the last pit stop and we lost the handle on the car.”

While Montoya dominated, the real action took place near the middle of the pack. Clint Bowyer, who enetered the race 12th in Sprint Cup standings, suffered a parts failure and lost three laps to Montoya. Bowyer finished 32nd and fell out of a Chase berth, trading positions with Mark Martin who now sits in 12th, ten points over Bowyer with four races left until The Chase.

Bowyer’s struggles also gave Ryan Newman (-83), Jamie McMurray (-94) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-121) renewed hopes of making the Chase.

Onward to Michigan.

 

Race Results
Watkins Glen International
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UNOFFICIAL Provided by NASCAR Statistics Sunday, 8/8/2010 @ 4:05 PM Eastern UNOFFICIAL
Fin Str Car Driver Team Lap Pts BPts Status TLd LLd
1 3 42 Juan P Montoya Target Chevrolet 90 195 10 Running 4 74
2 5 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite/Vortex Dodge 90 170 Running
3 11 47 Marco Ambrose Little Debbie Toyota 90 170 5 Running 3 8
4 4 43 AJ Allmendinger Insignia HDTV Ford 90 160 Running
5 1 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 90 155 Running
6 2 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 90 155 5 Running 1 5
7 6 14 Tony Stewart Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet 90 146 Running
8 10 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota 90 142 Running
9 22 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 90 138 Running
10 16 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 90 134 Running
11 20 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet 90 130 Running
12 19 39 Ryan Newman U.S.Army Chevrolet 90 132 5 Running 1 1
13 31 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Ford 90 124 Running
14 12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Mobil 1 Dodge 90 121 Running
15 25 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Toyota 90 118 Running
16 23 98 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Ford 90 115 Running
17 36 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Ford 90 112 Running
18 33 71 Andy Lally TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet 90 109 Running
19 24 5 Mark Martin GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 90 111 5 Running 1 2
20 32 12 Bra Keselowski No. 12 Penske Dodge Dodge 90 103 Running
21 17 26 Pat Carpentier Air Guard Ford 90 100 Running
22 28 13 Max Papis GEICO Toyota 90 97 Running
23 30 00 Dave Reutimann Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 90 94 Running
24 7 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 90 91 Running
25 35 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 90 88 Running
26 40 88 Dale Earnhardt National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet 90 85 Running
27 43 38 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 90 82 Running
28 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 90 79 Running
29 38 19 Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 90 76 Running
30 41 37 Travis Kvapil Long John Silver’s Ford 90 73 Running
31 42 34 Kevin Conway # Extenze Ford 90 70 Running
32 34 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios Chevrolet 89 67 Running
33 18 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota 88 64 Running
34 27 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevrolet 84 61 Suspension
35 29 09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 84 58 Running
36 15 7 Robby Gordon Speed Factory.TV Toyota 72 55 Engine
37 14 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 70 52 Accident
38 13 83 Boris Said Red Bull Toyota 65 49 Accident
39 37 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 54 46 Transmission
40 21 36 Ron Fellows Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 46 43 Suspension
41 39 07 P J Jones SpeedFactory.TV Toyota 36 40 Fuel Pump
42 26 55 Mike McDowell PRISM Motorsports Toyota 35 37 Electrical
43 8 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Toyota 28 34 Engine

 

# = Rookie, Fin = Finish, Str = Start, Pts = Total Points, BPs = Lap Leader Bns Pts, TLd = Times Led, LLd = Laps Led
Average Speed: 91.960 MPH Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 23 Mins, 52 Secs. Margin of Victory: 4.735 Seconds
Lead Changes: 10 among 5 drivers Cautions: 5 for 13 laps Attendance: 90,000