Chip Ganassi had one heck of a weekend. Again. Drivers on his payroll visited victory lane on three separate occasions. Juan Pablo Montoya claimed his second career Cup win at Watkins Glen on Sunday. Dario Franchitti won the Indycar race at Mid-Ohio. And his Grand Am team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas smiled for the winners photos Saturday night at The Glen. Ganassi already has had a big year with the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 winners trophies going home with him. His teams are not always consistently challenging for a win but when they do, it is done in a grand fashion.
I will give an opinion on the Tony Stewart and Boris Said crash. Said was at fault. There I wrote it. And I like Said a lot. Stewart and Said went through turn one alongside each other fine. Said washed out and ran Stewart high. Stewart held his left side wheels along the asphalt on the edge of the grass. Said crowded him and Stewart held his ground. Said wrecked by forcing Stewart to the left at the tracks edge. Listening to Saids radio transmission, the spotter kept telling him Stewart was at his door. Yet in the garage area interview Said said he didnt know Stewart was there. We all watch the same race but we do not all see the same thing. Some of you may agree or disagree. But that is how I saw it.
What was the deal during the Saturday Nationwide Series pileup? Cars kept plowing in full throttle long after the crash had started. Kevin Harvick came to a complete stop and drivers behind him continued to not lift off the gas and literally stack up into the already smashed cars. During the post-carnage interviews the drivers continually referenced nowhere to go. Expect maybe their foot to the brake pedal? They looked like the often-criticized ARCA series on superspeedways where inexperienced drivers think Days Of Thunder was a drivers education film. Major pileups occur when a racing accident starts and drivers have never lifted long after the smoke and spin started. Spotter: There is a crash in front of you. Driver: Hang on. Ill be right there!
I have written many times I am not a fan of stock cars on road courses. I am a fan of road racing when cars designed for that medium are competing. But I have to admit the driving clinic that Montoya and Marcos Ambrose displayed while battling for the lead on Sunday was some of the best racing I have watched all year. No hitting, slamming, pushing each other out of the way, just good, hard racing. I love it when two talented guys take their cars to the edge and not over. They showed each other respect and did the sport a lot of good. Thank you Juan and Marcos.
Correct me if I am wrong, but since being a primary sponsor on a Ganassi Cup car since 2002, wasnt this Targets first win in the division? I think so. Good for the company to stay around and be part of the sport.
(Patrick Reynolds is a former NASCAR team mechanic who hosts "Motorweek Live" Thursdays at 9pm ET. Listen at www.racersreunionradio.com