HiddenHollow wrote:Found this on Yahoo Sports this morning:
Montoya: Issues with Newman were settled on track
By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer
May 5, 2:32 pm EDT
FLORENCE, South Carolina (AP)—Juan Pablo Montoya says his issues with fellow NASCAR driver Ryan Newman were settled on the track at Richmond last week.
Montoya and Newman were involved in two separate on-track incidents at Richmond International Raceway, and Newman talked of payback after the race. The two had no confrontation, however.
“For me, I think everything was settled on the race track,” Montoya said on Thursday.
Montoya was playing in a golf tournament honoring late NASCAR executive and former Darlington Raceway President Jim Hunter.
Montoya, the pole-sitter at Richmond International Raceway, brushed the wall the first time he tangled with Newman and lost three laps in the pits as the damage was fixed.
Montoya said Newman could’ve lifted off the throttle and avoided contact. Newman wouldn’t have lost much time, plus Montoya said he was “letting everybody by because my car wasn’t that great at the time. I felt (it was) totally unnecessary what he did.”
Later, Montoya ran into he back of Newman when Newman was in eighth place.
“I’ve been wrecked by him a lot of times,” Montoya said, “and I’ve never done anything about it.”
Newman went to the NASCAR hauler after the race to complain about Montoya. “To retaliate the way he did just didn’t show much class,” Newman said last weekend.
There’s been some history between the two, including contact that led to a fiery crash for Montoya in his 2006 NASCAR debut at Homestead.
Montoya said it was pointless to discuss the incidents further. “You guys are looking for a story that is not there,” he said. “And that’s it.”
The Southern 500 runs at Darlington on Saturday. Newman stands eighth in the points heading into the weekend and Montoya 12th.
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I dont like Montoya, never have, dont like the way he drives, dont like any part of him on the track, since he has been in Nascar. But with that said, the one thing I do appreciate from him, is he never lets the media take it where they want. He always has something to say to the media about how they are trying to do this or that & he isnt doing it. I will give him that.