NASCAR

Earnhardt Ganassi teams improving

Chris Heroy, crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya talks about the team's momentum.
Chris Heroy, crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya talks about the team's momentum.
Share This Story

Jeff Hammond

Jeff Hammond is a former NASCAR crew chief who led Darrell Waltrip to two of his three Sprint Cup championships. The duo also teamed up to win the 1989 Daytona 500. Prior to that, Hammond was the jackman for Cale Yarborough for all three of his Cup championships. He has 43 Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief. Follow him on Twitter.

MORE>>
 
   
 

I think all of us would be remiss if we don’t shine the light and give a tip of the hat to the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing group. They really have been coming to life lately and running a lot better. They are finally starting to show the strength on the track like we all anticipate they should.

They are starting to put all the pieces back in the right spot. They are qualifying better and, as we saw last Sunday at Dover International Speedway with Juan Pablo Montoya, they are running a lot better. I think it’s great to see and, quite honestly, it’s good for the sport to have two more teams in the mix every week vying for the checkered flag.

Jamie McMurray is 19th in the standings, and Juan Pablo’s second-place finish moved him up two spots to the 22nd position. The focus for both teams is concentrating on grabbing some wins. They won’t be able to make the top 10 in points for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but with a couple wins, they might be able to snatch one of the two wild-card spots available to drivers between 10th and 20th in the standings with the most wins.

I think Juan Pablo has to be pumped up after Sunday’s finish. He knows we still have two road-course events – Sonoma and Watkins Glen – to run before the Chase, plus the Brickyard 400, where he is always strong.

There is still a lot of potential there for Earnhardt Ganassi to make some noise in how the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set.

Tagged: Juan Pablo Montoya

More Stories From Jeff Hammond

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NASCAR Videos

Larry’s Notebook: Is Jimmie Johnson Behind the Curve? Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Larry McReynolds weighs in on whether or not the No. 48 will be at a disadvantag...

Larry’s Notebook: Off-Week Blues Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Larry McReynolds weighs in on which teams will benefit the most from the week of...

Winner's Weekend: Brad Keselowski Unstoppable at Loudon Posted: Jul 15, 2014
The biggest issue the No. 2 team faced at Loudon was where to hide the champagne...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Danica_Patrick/browse/featuredproduct/974547/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_974000/ff_974547_xl.jpg&w=100 26.95 Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal
    Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Kyle_Busch/browse/featuredproduct/1011659/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011659_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Matt_Kenseth/browse/featuredproduct/1011661/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011661_xl.jpg&w=100 9.99 Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Carl_Edwards/browse/featuredproduct/1041164/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1041000/ff_1041164_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash