Juan Pablo Montoya: Must Keep His Eyes On The Chase

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IFebruary 28, 2010

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jimmie Johnson (R), driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet and Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Polaroid Chevrolet lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 27, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Juan Pablo Montoya must keep the focus on the 2010 chase, not worrying about winning his first oval race.

The oval thing is just a media talking point and nothing to do with what’s necessary to win a championship.

We can all agree on that.

Here is a fact! You need to make the chase to have a chance to win a cup crown.

I do understand those extra points are important for the chase, but if you don’t have the car to win.

Why not just get your top five or ten and move on to the next one.

Why risk a wreck or even worse blowing up an engine.

Nothing wrong with racing smart.

Juan Pablo Montoya, again! Had a fast car at California, not a Jimmie Johnson type car but still a fast car. California should have been a top five for the No. 42 team.

Here is a few questions about California and the blown engine.

Did the No. 42 team push that car beyond it’s capability?

Did Juan Pablo Montoya take care of his race car?

I don’t know, but I do know if Montoya keeps saying, “It’s racing” every time something goes wrong, he may just be running in the back for most of the year.

I’m not a No. 48 fan but they seem to have every situation thought out. I bet you they even know how many sheets of toilet paper each crew members uses over a race weekend.  

There is no guessing on the No. 48 team, they even got a solution for the “that ‘s racing” situations.

They got it all covered and it has nothing to do with Jimmie having a “Golden horseshoe stuck up his..…… ." Well, you know just quoting Kevin Harvick.

Or does Mr. Harvick know something we all don't?

There is a lesson to be learned from the No. 48, BE PREPARED, BE PREPARED, BE PREPARED FOR EVERYTHING.

Of course that’s something we all learned during the Boy Scout days or at least some of us have and maybe Brownies or Girl Scouts has a similar quote that can apply to what the 48 does.

But it does help having Mr. Knaus keeping everything running in tip top shape.

Can we agree on that?

Today the Cup race is in Las Vegas and the No. 42 team again has one of the fastest cars. 

Maybe even the winning car if they can get “prepared” to get lucky and be in a position to get to one spot without taking the risk of wrecking or blowing something up.

If a top ten is what the car can give them, why not just take it and go home, there is plenty of racing ahead and it's along way to Race 26 at Richmond.

The No. 42 team is sitting in 22nd spot in the point standings.

As always, this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand every fan has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said.