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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Juan Pablo Montoya eyes extension

Associated Press

Juan Pablo Montoya was more interested in discussing Sunday's race in Sonoma, Calif., than he was his ongoing contract talks with Chip Ganassi.

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Montoya said he is close on an extension to continue driving the No. 42, which he has piloted since he left Formula One in 2006.

"We're pretty close," Montoya said. "We'll see. When it's ready, you will know."

Montoya is always listed among the favorites at Sonoma, where he earned his first Sprint Cup victory in 2007. His only other win in NASCAR's top series was last season on the road course at Watkins Glen.

But at 15th in the current standings, and 46 points out of the top-10 qualifying positions for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, he knows he needs to knock down a win and climb through the standings.

"This is a place I think we are in a really good position to either get a win or run up front at least and get a lot of points," Montoya said. "I think we can still make the Chase by being in the top 10. We have a car that is capable of doing that. I think if we make good calls in the next few weeks we should be pretty good.

"If we get a win here, yeah, I think it would be great. But two really clear chances of victory are here or Watkins (Glen)."