Montoya Leaves Miami Hot

Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya spoke with Joey Logano's crew chief after the two driver's on-track incident. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Juan Pablo Montoya's home track, Homestead-Miami Speedway, has not been kind to the Miami-area resident who had another rough day in Sunday's Ford 400 season finale.
 
Montoya and Joey Logano were involved in a pair of incidents that in the end put the Target Chevrolet out of action and in the garage.
 
Montoya and Logano collected each other on lap 140 while racing on the backstretch, with the Home Depot Toyota making hard contact with the wall.
 
The damage sent Logano into the garage for repairs and the young driver was none too pleased with the encounter with Montoya.
 
"I gave him plenty of room," Logano said. "I just felt like I got hooked. That's two times with him this year so we've got to figure that out. I don't know what the deal is."
 
Logano got back on track but the two found each other again this time under caution. Logano ran into Montoya and both cars were rolled to the garage area where ironically they were parked next to one another.
 
Although Montoya tried to confront Logano about the incident, he was intercepted by NASCAR officials and the two were never able to discuss the issue face-to-face.
 
The end result for Montoya was a 35th-place finish and a bitter end to his season.
 
It was the latest disappointment for Montoya at HMS which included last year's tangle with Tony Stewart.
 
Stewart collided with Montoya in last year's Ford 400 and after making repairs, Montoya returned to the track for payback and was parked for two laps in the aftermath for aggressive driving.
 
Unlike his tangle with Logano on Sunday, Montoya discussed his Stewart incident last season but brushed off the altercation.
 
"It's funny," Montoya said. "Actually we were talking about it yesterday. I was talking with Tony yesterday and we were laughing about it. It's crazy, like all you guys [in the media] make a big deal out of nothing. It's not the first time we got together. Last time we saw each other in qualifying afterward and we were laughing about it, after Texas my first year. And here we saw each other and ... it's like when it happened, he knew it was coming. It wasn't a surprise. Come on."
 
In 2006, Montoya was involved in an incident with Ryan Newman in the Homestead season-ending race that resulted in a hard crash and subsequent fire when he demolished the Texaco Havoline Dodge he was driving that season.
 
While upset at the time, Montoya handled the incident without an emotional outburst as Newman took complete blame for the crash.
 
"I felt bad for the situation because, obviously, it looked like I was retaliating, but that's not the case," Newman said. "I felt for Juan. I felt bad for the situation and him catching on fire and everything. I did not crash him on purpose and we'll go on."

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