Montoya ending Busch run

August, 2, 2007

Juan Pablo Montoya will not attempt to win NASCAR's version of the road racing Triple Crown -- winning three road-course races in three countries in the same year.

No one ever had an opportunity to do that in the past, but it isn't part of the plan for the Colombian rookie this year.

Montoya isn't racing in the inaugural Busch Series event at Montreal on Saturday (ESPN2, 3 p.m. ET), a decision that was made at the start of the season.

Team owner Chip Ganassi wants Montoya to concentrate on the Nextel Cup at Pocono Raceway on Sunday (ESPN, 1:30 ET) and avoid the logistical hassles of flying between Eastern Pennsylvania and Montreal to race in both events.

Montoya won the Busch race at Mexico City in March and the Cup race at Sonoma, Calif. in June.

Had he opted to race on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve course at Montreal, Montoya might have run the table for NASCAR road races this year. He still can post three road-course victories if he wins at Watkins Glen next weekend. And after running the Busch Series event at Watkins Glen, Montoya's Bush Series team will cease operations altogether.

Skipping a non-companion Busch race has worked well for Montoya this season. He won at Infineon Raceway the weekend he skipped the Busch race at Milwaukee.

He was second last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he opted not to race in the Busch event across town at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter



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