Juan Pablo Montoya confident oval victory will come
Montoya is confident he can end long wait for victory on the oval track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Juan Pablo Montoya is confident that he can end his long wait for victory on the oval track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
The Columbian was in pole position at Dover until Tony Stewart overtook him with just three laps remaining.
Montoya beat Johnson out of the pits during the final caution period and held the lead for the final restart on Lap 20, but Johnson jumped the restart to take the lead and was black-flagged. He had to serve a pass-through penalty, handing the lead to Montoya with 14 laps remaining.
But Stewart, who had just two top 10 finishes this year, closed on Montoya and finally passed him for the lead with three laps to go.
"I thought it was pretty good, to be honest," Montoya told reporters of his Dover race. "We unloaded really well and we did everything right: we had good strategy, good calls, made the car better and we were patient.
"It's a shame, you know, there at the end, it was way too loose and I just couldn't hold Tony [Stewart] off.
"I've said this before: you have got to start running in top-fives, top-10s, to be able to get wins, to give yourself a shot."
Before that, Montoya was leading at Richmond heading into the final 10 laps before he decided for a change of tyres - eventually finishing fourth.
The 37-year old has two cup wins to his name this year at Sonoma and Watkins Glen but is yet to win on the oval track after victory was snatched away from him twice.
But, after an 18-race absence, Montoya has now finished in the top eight in three of the last five races.
Prior to NASCAR, the Columbian was involved in Formula One from 2001-2006. With Williams and then McLaren he raced 95 times earning seven wins and 30 podiums.
Montoya's first race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came in 2006 and has raced a total of 230 times. He came 22nd overall last season with 8th place his career best in 2009.
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