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Montoya Gets The Victory At Watkins Glen

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 8 2010

Juan Pablo Montoya got his first victory of the season Sunday when he won at Watkins Glen. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

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Juan Pablo Montoya took the lead from Marcos Ambrose on the 47th of 90 laps and went on to win the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon.

The pass came on a restart after Ambrose, who led eight laps in the race, experienced wheel hop heading into the first turn at The Glen. Montoya held on to the lead through a series of late restarts and won by about 5 seconds.

The victory was the second of Montoya’s Sprint Cup career. The other victory for the former Formula One ace and Indianapolis 500 winner came at the Infineon road course in 2007.

“It’s about time to get another one,” Montoya, who led 74 laps, said.

Kurt Busch of Penske Racing passed Ambrose with two laps to go to finish second.

“It was great to drive with those world class guys today,” Busch said.

Ambrose finished third while  Richard Petty Motorsports’ A.J. Allmendinger was fourth.

“Congratulations to Juan,” Ambrose said. “He drove a heck of a race.”

Said, Allmendinger, who signed a new contract with RPM last week, “The car was really strong all day. We didn’t have anything for the 42, he was on another planet. It felt like if we got around the 2 on the restart and the 47 was fading at the end, I am not sure what was happening there, I felt like maybe we had something for them. It was a solid day. It was a good day in the pits. We need to build on this. It is really cool to sign a multi-year deal and have a great weekend.”

Carl Edwards, who, like Allmendinger was driving a Ford, was fifth.

McMurray, Montoya’s Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammate, was sixth.

Tony Stewart, who has five victories at The Glen, was seventh.

Point leader Kevin Harvick got a flat tire on the last lap but still finished 11th.

Four-time and reigning champion Jimmie Johnson had a tough day. He suffered a flat tire and then crashed with 20 laps to go. Also involved in that crash was Denny Hamlin.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 8 2010
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