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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Juan Pablo Montoya's release was the right decision; and Brian Vickers finally gets full-time ride at MWR

A couple quick thoughts on the recent news that has been coming out of the NASCAR world this week:

1. Juan Pablo Montoya's release from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing is not a surprise. Sure, Juan and Chip go way back, but I bet longtime sponsor Target wanted results and demanded a change due to JPM's lackluster results. At that point, it doesn't matter what Ganassi wants to do. There are also some good choices available to replace Montoya, including Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, so the team should be fine with a replacement driver.

Who's to blame for the lack of success (2 wins in seven years) for Montoya at EGR? The team or the driver? Probably both, but don't cry for Juan. He'll find another ride if he wants, or he can just retire with the millions he's already made in his long career across CART, Formula 1 and NASCAR. He'll be fine however it turns out.

2. Brian Vickers, fresh of a win as a part-time driver, will race the 55 car full-time for Michael Waltrip Racing next year, and it's about time. The sharing is done, and Vickers can complete his comeback to full-time Cup racing from his injury a couple years back. Michael Waltrip Racing has some great drivers between Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Vickers -- look for them to do big things in 2014. And don't worry about Mark Martin, who was sharing a ride with Vickers this year; Mark will have no problem finding a part-time ride if he wishes to continue racing. He's a legend who still has the talent to compete.

To read more about these topics, as well as the battle between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch at the end of the Watkins Glen race last Sunday, click here.


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