Watkins Glen: Series contigency awards report

Montoya Motors To Second Win, Six Contingency Awards At The Glen No. 42 Driver, Team Dominate Road-Course Race With Powerful ECR Engine CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2010) -- Using road-course prowess, raw horsepower and strategic calls in a ...

Montoya Motors To Second Win, Six Contingency Awards At The Glen
No. 42 Driver, Team Dominate Road-Course Race With Powerful ECR Engine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2010) -- Using road-course prowess, raw horsepower and strategic calls in a dominating performance in Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team visited Victory Lane for the first time this season, picking up the race win and six post-race contingency awards.

Montoya, who manhandled the 2.45-mile road course all day, pulled away from Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch over the final 16 laps at Watkins Glen International to notch his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, and add yet another trophy to the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team stable.

Montoya, who has seven top-10 finishes in eight career road-course races, gave Earnhardt Ganassi Racing its third victory of the 2010 season (Jamie McMurray: Daytona and Indianapolis) and first at Watkins Glen.

Adding to the victory, Montoya, crew chief Brian Pattie and the No. 42 Target team also picked up the DirecTV Crew Chief of the Race, Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap of the Race, MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Race, Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race, Sunoco Diamond Performance, and WIX Filters Lap Leader of the Race awards.

The awards are part of the NASCAR Prize Money and Decal Program, also referred to as the Contingency program, which provide teams prize money and weekly awards based on performance in several categories.

Montoya, who led the most laps (74) during the 90-lap event, captured his third WIX Filters Lap Leader of the Race Award of 2010. Upon turning the fastest lap of the race while leading (122.196 mph on Lap 80), Montoya locked up the Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap of Race Award, also his third of the year. As the race winner, Montoya also racked up the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Award, as well as the Sunoco Diamond Performance Award as the highest finishing eligible driver.

"To come out and get the job done the way we did, it was big," Montoya said. "I feel more relieved than happy right now. I think getting the first win [this season] is a big boost for the whole team. We just have to keep doing our job."

The win marked crew chief Brian Pattie's first career victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In addition to the victory, Pattie also picked up the DirecTV Crew Chief of the Race Award for best qualifying and race effort based on the average of starting and finishing position during the weekend.

"Couldn't happen at a better place for me personally," said Pattie. "This (Watkins Glen) is my favorite track. I just feel comfortable here."

With a powerful engine under the hood of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines was awarded the MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Award. ECR Engines, who builds powerplants for Montoya and McMurray at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and for Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer at Richard Childress Racing, is having a dream year. They've captured wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400, finished second with McMurray in the Southern 500 at Darlington and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, and won at Talladega with Harvick this season. ECR Engines currently leads the MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year competition with 206 points.

Heading into Sunday's CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Montoya and the No. 42 team have five top-five and nine top-10 finishes this season, and currently sit 19th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.

Official winners of this week's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Prize Money & Decal Program special awards include:

* COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Carl Edwards, 124.432 mph, 70.882 seconds

* DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE RACE AWARD: Brian Pattie (crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya)

* GOODYEAR GATORBACK BELTS FASTEST LAP AWARD: Juan Pablo Montoya (122.196 mph, Lap 80)

* MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE RACE AWARD: ECR Engines (engine builder for Juan Pablo Montoya)

* MOBIL 1 "COMMAND PERFORMANCE DRIVER OF THE RACE" AWARD: Juan Pablo Montoya

* MOOG CHASSIS PARTS PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE RACE AWARD: Frank Kerr (crew chief for Marcos Ambrose)

* O'REILLY AUTO PARTS POSITION IMPROVEMENT AWARD: Kasey Kahne (19 places)

* RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Kevin Conway

* SUNOCO DIAMOND PERFORMANCE AWARD: Juan Pablo Montoya

* TISSOT "PIT ROAD PRECISION" AWARD: Kyle Busch (84.438 seconds)

* WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD: Juan Pablo Montoya (74 laps)

-source: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing