Montoya Takes the Checkered Flag in the Ninth Position at Atlanta

MINNEAPOLIS - September 7, 2010
Results from Atlanta Motor Speedway
1.  Tony Stewart, No. 14 Chevrolet
2.  Carl Edwards, No. 99 Ford
3.  Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet
9.  Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 HUGGIES Chevrolet
15.  Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
Juan Pablo Montoya continued his hot streak of top-10 finishes when he brought home a ninth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway over the weekend. The finish marks the fourth consecutive top-10 finish for the HUGGIES team and the 12th one of the season.
The HUGGIES team came into Atlanta with two consecutive top-three finishes at the mile-and-a-half track. Montoya looked to continue that momentum when the on-track activities took place Saturday morning. The No. 42 was third in final practice session and Montoya placed the HUGGIES Chevrolet eighth on the starting grid for Sunday night’s race. The strong qualifying effort marked the seventh consecutive top-10 starting position for the team.
When the green flag waved, Montoya battled some handling concerns early on but rallied back into the top-10 by lap 141. The No. 42 HUGGIES Chevrolet would stay in the mix for the remainder of the 325 laps; running as high as third and averaging a running position of ninth throughout the evening. A final pit stop on lap 304 for fresh tires and fuel would have Montoya restart in the 13th position. In the closing laps, the HUGGIES Chevrolet passed four cars and was credited with a ninth-place finish.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for some more night racing. The Air Guard 400 will air live on ABC and radio stations affiliated with MRN this Saturday, September 11 at 7:30 pm (ET).
Did you know?
  • Montoya had an average running position of ninth and ran 301 laps (92.6%) of his laps in the top-15 at Atlanta. 
  • Montoya had the highest number of quality passes with 75 at Atlanta.  
  • Montoya has one win, two pole awards, five top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes (48%) in 25 starts this season. 
  • Montoya has a driver rating of 94.9 which ranks him seventh on the list. He is the only driver not in the top-12 in points in the top-10 in the driver rating category. 
  • Montoya leads all active drivers in 2010 for the least amount of times he’s been passed under green flag conditions with 1754 and he has the highest percentage of quality passes with 76.8% overall. 
  • Montoya is on a roll with seven consecutive top-10 starts and four consecutive top-10 finishes.  
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