If my name was Chip Ganassi, I would certainly be very disappointed at the results Brian Pattie and Juan Pablo Montoya have been able to achieve this season.
I have to give the 2010 season a grade of “unacceptable.”
After a great 2009 season, most fans were expecting a team with more experience and faster cars for the 2010 cup chase.
I can agree with that.
Well, we could say they got plenty of speed and experience this year and even though I think this team finally “got it,“ there is still something missing.
What’s would that be? Here is my best guess.
I was looking through some of Montoya’s video clips going back to Indy and F1 and one thing came to my attention, his face had a serious look, had that “eye of the tiger,” if you will, even his walk looked determined.
I don’t see that this year. He looks almost too relaxed, with an “oh well its racing,” attitude every time something bad happens.
It may be a different story if I could see him in person, but the “I’m going to give them hell attitude,” is just not present this season.
Again, this is just a fans perception, I may be wrong or maybe not.
Maybe Chip needs to have a talk with the No. 42 team, it appears they got all the equipment they need to be at least in the top 12, instead they’re hanging out in cheap seats, 12th in the standings.
It’s undeniable they have as good a car as any of the top ten teams, they are topping the speed charts in every practice this year.
Actually, if they gave points for practice times he may be leading the standing, but of course we all know points are only earned on race day. Apparently, that is the problem— somehow they can’t get it done consistently, when it counts.
Time is running out fast for Juan Pablo Montoya.
They are about 175 points from the chase, realistically they’re about 250 points from being in a spot where the No. 42 can be certain to make the chase. If your in 12th spot you’re just a bowling pin waiting to get bumped off at Richmond.
The next 13 races will take Montoya to some of his best tracks, so it will be up to him and his team to decide if they want to be a player or just another team burning fuel so they can fill out the chase field, in other words become an irrelevant racer.
They say big time players play big in big times games. What a great opportunity for the No. 42 team to step up and prove to the NASCAR community that Juan Pablo Montoya is a big time driver.
I believe he is, and I believe he will make the chase.
This morning on ESPN I heard the most naive statement made by anyone in sports, Corey Pavin who is the captain of the USA Ryder cup team, actually said he would treat Tiger Woods like anyone else when deciding who to pick for the cup team.
I guess Mr. Pavin doesn’t understand the “Tiger Woods” concept in golf, everyone knows he is not like anyone else and that’s how he should be treated.
The PGA is making more money by not treating Tiger Woods like everyone else, the marginal pro golfer can now afford to sleep in hotel rooms rather than in their cars because Tiger Woods is not treated like anyone else.
Mr. Pavin is probably making a better living and everyone in Pro-shops throughout the country is doing better financially because Tiger Woods does not get treated like anyone else.
We actually can say this about many superstars in various sports.
Lebron James does not get treated like anyone else, Wayne Gretzky did not get treated like anyone else, Michael Jordan did not get treated like anybody else.
In NASCAR Dale Earnhardt jr. does not get treated like anybody else, in this case not because he is a great driver but because he is the most popular figure in the sport.
I don’t have to be a genius to figure out what all those players have in common, lets see if you agree with this concept.
Tiger Woods and others like him deserve to be treated different because they have made their sport better, and when I say better I don’t mean a dime better but millions better, not to mention the worldwide exposure they personally provide to their sport.
Their impact has changed their sport, so “they are not like everyone else”
Can we agree on that?
Why would Corey Pavin or anyone else even have to think twice about picking Tiger Woods for a golf team.
Are you kidding me!
It is golf and he is one of the greatest golfers alive, there should be nothing to think about, half of Tiger is better than no Tiger at all.
Am I wrong?
Point is simple, Tiger Woods is like no one else in golf, you could say he’s had the biggest impact on a sports since “the great one” (Gretzky) had on the NHL.
He is “the great one” of golf, so treating him like anyone else is totally unacceptable.
Mr. Pavin pick the Tiger, that’s a cat you can’t do without.
Racing, as I know it, is a series of good long runs , is also working to keep your car up front and taking care of your equipment so that hopefully in the end you get rewarded with a win, a top five or at least a top ten..
That was the past.
Here comes NASCAR with their multiple green-white-checkered finishes, a rule that at times will reward a driver who has been running in P-15 to P-30 with a chance to win or gain multiple spots, all in just a few laps.
I may be off base here but running in the back forty sucking up everyone’s exhaust during 99 % of the race should not be rewarded with an opportunity, up to three times, no less, to get up to the front. That is not racing.
Let's call it what it is: A ROAD SHOW AT A COUNTY FAIR !
This makes no sense, the teams that have done the best job during the zillion miles of the race get rewarded by a good kick in the butt by this rule.
Can we all agree on that?
I do understand the multiple green-white-checkered scenario might only play in about a third of the races, but it will have a huge impact on the chase.
Just look at what Dale Earnhardt Jr. did at Daytona, he was in P-17 before the multiple green-white,-checkered got him to P-2 with a chance to win it.
We can all agree the races could become just a shootout, a last minute dash for cash, a sprint to the finish if you will.
Some folks will argue that it is a dash, a sprint to the checkered flag, there is some truth in that, but the sprint should be a reward for the teams running "the good race".
There will be many winners this year who will not be deserving a P-1 finish.
The Phoenix race should’ve been won by the team who had the best overall race , No. 24, No. 18 and No.42 among others were the best cars in the field.
This new rules forces a team running in P-1 to have to win the race up to three times !
There is no reward for running a good race with this rule, so far two guys got royally punked by NASCAR, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.
I know NASCAR is thinking about the fans and that’s good , but sometimes they have to make decisions based in good sound thinking and not just looking at the latest polls as politicians often do.
This rule is terrible!
The old one was fine!
If the sport is going to become a series of last minute sprints, why not just pick the top 25 qualifying cars on Friday and have a sprint for cash race on Sunday.
Maybe have a five round green-white-checkered start with wrecking optional.
Hey! it would save teams tons on money, imagine all the fuel they’ll save by not having to run that 400 lap warm up.
Believe me! If this continuous the race will become a warm up for the dash for cash.
This rule has to go. Just saying!
Again, this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.
Lets bring back the old Boston Garden , you know where the Celtics played with all the dead spots on the floors and all the slippery spots from the leaks.
Here one I’m familiar with, Cleveland Municipal stadium , where at times fans needed top bring rubber boots in case they had to go to the bathroom, you know flooding with funny things floating in the water.
I could go on and on but I think you get the point, old is not always good, even if they did a multi million dollar renovation. I understand they did invest 16 million dollar in upgrades a few years ago.
As I watched Darlington all my focus was on who was going to hit the wall next, for me the race was not about racing but about who was going to survived the so called “Darlington stripe” Did any of you feel the someway?
I know I’m stepping into holy grail territory when talking about Darlington, but I did hear the broadcast experts point out how narrow the track was, so why can’t this track be modernized , that may not be the proper word, but you know what I’m saying. How can NASCAR make “the wrecking wall” irrelevant?
Would making this track wider stop the “Darlington stripe” and thus stop the multiple repairs and back up cars teams have to use? The “run a few laps and repair gig” has to cost this teams lots of money .
Something else I noticed during the race, passing is almost impossible at this track, the recurring advise by the racing experts (DW) was that drivers should be racing the track . What ? Whatever that is!
That most be race talk well beyond my understanding. As a fan I understand drivers need to be aware of the idiosyncrasies of the track their on, but you still got to race other cars , it is a automobile race , isn’t it?
Oh well ! I know that with all the investment they've done on the track the last five or six years, the track will stay as it is, a wall waiting for someone to hit it and single file racing .
It is what it is ! Actually I got up early to watch the GP2 and then the Formula 1 race, so I’m okay with single file racing. Just saying ! And as always I’m just a fan with an opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that. Enough said.