Juan Pablo Montoya

Martin Truex Jr. ends NASCAR skid, wins in Sonoma

Truex puts on a clinic on the road, collects first Cup win since 2007
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<p> Martin Truex Jr. ends 218-race winless skid, wins the NASCAR Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.</p>

Not long ago, Sonoma Raceway was owned by drivers Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart who, between 1998-2006, won seven of the nine NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the 1.99-mile road course. Road-racing aces like Robby Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya were the real competition, not the typical oval-centric stock car crowd. And certainly not drivers with a short-track background like Martin Truex Jr., in the midst of a 218-race winless skid.

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Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Sonoma Raceway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Toyota-Save Mart 350
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<p> Fantasy NASCAR tips for the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.</p>

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season. The “also consider” section ranks unmentioned drivers strictly by expected result without consideration of start limitations.

Jimmie Johnson: Pocono Party Pooper

Johnson dominates Party in the Poconos 400, extends NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead.
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<p> Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway.</p>

Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Lowe’s team showed up to Pocono Raceway with something to prove.

After being penalized for jumping a restart the previous weekend in the 400-miler at Dover that cost the team a victory, Johnson was all business as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit hit Pocono’s quirky, 2.5-mile layout.

Should Denny Hamlin return to racing at Talladega?

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Talladega
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron's 499.</p>

1. Should Denny Hamlin really return this weekend?
Denny Hamlin will likely start Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway, his first since his back injury in March at Fontana. He's not expected to finish, much less make it past lap 20. Still, he's hoping it will help his Chase for the Sprint Cup odds.

Simultaneously, the idea is both genius and insane.

Harvick, Busch win Duels; hint at what's to come in Daytona

What we've learned thus far in Speedweeks
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<p> What the Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Duels have taught us.</p>

The theme of NASCAR Speedweeks in Daytona thus far?

Timidity.

New cars that do not line up square and are volatile in the draft; a supposed lack of quality body parts back at the team shops in North Carolina; valued information gleaned on specific cars that crew chiefs don’t want sacrificed.

For these reasons — and possibly because there’s no need to show one’s hand just yet — the action has been relatively staid at Daytona International Speedway.

Juan Pablo Montoya: 2013 NASCAR Driver Profile

Release Date: 
Thu, 2013-02-14 (All day)
Driver Profile Year: 
2013
Owner: 
Chip Ganassi/Teresa Earnhardt
Manufacturer: 
Chevrolet
Sponsor: 
Target
Driver Rank: 
24
Car Number: 
42
Crew Chief: 
Chris Heroy

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Juan Pablo Montoya
Previews, predictions and stats for Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 team

Pennell’s Picks: Fantasy NASCAR Trends at Chicagoland

Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkhorses for Sunday's GEICO 400
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Jay Pennell looks at fantasy NASCAR favorites and darkhorses for Sunday's GEICO 400 from Chicagoland Speedway.</p>
2012

The 2012 regular season may have been put in the books last weekend in dramatic fashion at Richmond International Raceway, and the Chase for the Sprint Cup may get underway at Chicagoland Speedway, but for NASCAR fantasy players the season simply rolls on to the sweeping 1.5-mile track in Joliet, Ill.

While most fantasy leagues will continue without any change in format, the mindset of the 12 drivers battling for the title and the 31 “other” drivers in the field will certainly change.

Pennell’s Picks: Fantasy NASCAR Trends at Bristol

Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkhorses for the Bristol Night Race
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkhorses for Saturday's Bristol Night Race NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Bristol Motor Speedway.</p>
2012

The Race for the Chase is heating up and after two weeks of late-race drama the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Thunder Valley for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

When the series hits the high-banks, it will be on a much different racing surface than the drivers have been accustomed to over the past few seasons. After the 2007 reconfiguration of the track, progressive banking was added in the corners, allowing for multiple grooves and two- and three-wide racing.

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