South Florida’s own, Juan Pablo Montoya, climbs another position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

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Juan Pablo Montoya survived an early incident with Mark Martin to score a ninth-place finish in the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.  Montoya was involved in a three-car crash with Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin just 13 laps into the 160-lap race.  The prospect of losing a lap and being forced to make repairs to the No. 42 Chevrolet could have been the start of a long night.

“We had a great car at the start. We damaged it a little bit when the 17 [of Matt Kenseth] and the 5 [of Mark Martin] got together, but our car and everybody on the crew did an amazing job today. We came back strong,” Montoya said in an interview following the race.

Coupled with the problems of Mark Martin and others in the Championship standings, the result moved Montoya from 12th to 11th in the Sprint Cup point standings.  Montoya’s team, led by crew chief Brian Pattie, was able to dial in the necessary changes to get their driver back in the thick of the battle, with the help of at least two “free passes.”

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