SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Juan Pablo Montoya demonstrated his road
racing prowess again by stretching his final fuel load to the limit
and grabbing his first NASCAR Nextel Cup win at Infineon Raceway.
Montoya qualified a disappointing 32nd in the 43-car field. He
was the first driver to win on the Northern California road circuit
starting farther 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. It gave team owner Chip Ganassi his first win in
NASCAR's top series since Jamie McMurray won in October 2002.
Montoya's only other NASCAR victory came earlier this year in a
Busch Series race on the road course in Mexico City. He passed
McMurray eight laps from the end and stayed out front to the end of
the 110-lap event on the 12-turn course.
Kevin Harvick finished second for his third top-ten finish this
year. Jeff Burton ran third.
Nextel Cup leader Jeff Gordon, a five-time winner at Infineon,
finished seventh. Gordon has a 271-point lead over Denny Hamlin in
the points standing.
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