Montoya Takes Checkered at Infineon

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. Montoya becomes the first foreign born driver to win a Nextel Cup Race since 1974 when Canadian Earl Ross won at Martinsville, Virginia.
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.

Sunday
At Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.
Lap length: 1.99 miles
(Start position in parentheses)

1. (32) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 110 laps, 74.547 mph.$310,600.
2. (22) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 110, $241,561.
3. (6) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 110, $189,616.
4. (10) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 110, $129,725.
5. (17) Greg Biffle, Ford, 110, $123,875.
6. (5) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 110, $147,961.
7. (41) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 110, $136,986.
8. (24) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 110, $105,350.
9. (4) Boris Said, Ford, 110, $91,900.
10. (36) Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 110, $105,875.
11. (28) Ricky Rudd, Ford, 110, $116,083.
12. (43) P.J. Jones, Toyota, 110, $98,408.
13. (3) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 110, $125,808.
14. (12) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 110, $100,645.
15. (11) Ron Fellows, Chevrolet, 110, $91,200.
16. (2) Robby Gordon, Ford, 110, $92,900.
17. (42) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 110, $129,661.
18. (15) Carl Edwards, Ford, 110, $87,775.
19. (7) Bill Elliott, Ford, 110, $98,214.
20. (9) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 110, $110,550.
21. (33) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 110, $107,483.
22. (14) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 110, $110,783.
23. (8) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 110, $120,641.
24. (18) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 110, $101,795.
25. (35) David Gilliland, Ford, 110, $102,539.
26. (16) Dale Jarrett, Toyota, 110, $70,900.
27. (38) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 110, $88,375.
28. (30) Butch Leitzinger, Toyota, 110, $69,800.
29. (37) David Ragan, Ford, 110, $109,100.
30. (26) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 110, $97,408.
31. (34) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 110, $72,475.
32. (40) David Stremme, Dodge, 110, $72,230.
33. (13) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 109, $109,056.
34. (27) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 109, $117,596.
35. (25) Terry Labonte, Toyota, 109, $83,028.
36. (21) Marc Goossens, Toyota, 109, $68,760.
37. (1) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 109, $85,525.
38. (39) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 109, $68,510.
39. (23) Kyle Petty, Dodge, 108, $80,058.
40. (29) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 105, $85,797.
41. (19) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 97, $76,125.
42. (31) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Accident, 68, $76,030.
43. (20) Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, Engine, 12, $68,188.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 2 hours, 56 minutes, 11 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 4.097 seconds.
Caution Flags: Seven for 14 laps.
Lead Changes: 11 among eight drivers.

Lap Leaders: R.Gordon 1-34; J.McMurray 35; J.Johnson 36;
D.Hamlin 37-39; T.Stewart 40; R.Fellows 41-43; C.Edwards 44-55;
R.Gordon 56-69; T.Stewart 70-74; J.McMurray 75-103; JP.Montoya
104-110.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): R.Gordon, 2
times for 48 laps; J.McMurray, 2 times for 30 laps; C.Edwards, 1
time for 12 laps; JP.Montoya, 1 time for 7 laps; T.Stewart, 2 times
for 6 laps; D.Hamlin, 1 time for 3 laps; R.Fellows, 1 time for 3
laps; J.Johnson, 1 time for 1 lap.

Point Standings: 1. J.Gordon, 2,538. 2. D.Hamlin, 2,267. 3.
J.Johnson, 2,172. 4. M.Kenseth, 2,105. 5. J.Burton, 2,084. 6.
T.Stewart, 2,058. 7. C.Edwards, 2,019. 8. K.Harvick, 1,964. 9.
C.Bowyer, 1,934. 10. Ky.Busch, 1,905.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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