Montoya Wins First Cup Race

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Juan Pablo Montoya demonstrated his road racing prowess again today, stretching his final fuel load to the limit and grabbing his first NASCAR Nextel Cup win at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

Montoya, who qualified a disappointing 32nd in the 43-car field, was the first driver to win on the Northern California road circuit starting further back than 13th.

The Colombian driver, who jumped from Formula One to the American stock car circuit late last season, got his first Cup win in his 17th start and gave team owner Chip Ganassi his first win in NASCAR's top series since Jamie McMurray won in October 2002.

Montoya, whose only other NASCAR victory came earlier this year in a Busch Series race on the road course in Mexico City, passed McMurray, who know drives for Roush Fenway Racing, eight laps from the end and stayed out front to the end of the 110-lap event on the 1.99-mile, 12-turn course.


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