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April 29, 2013

Late caution, tough loss

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RICHMOND, Va. —

So to have the chance to run out front Saturday night, and to show his No. 42 team is far better than the results indicate, was a small victory for Montoya and his crew.

Coming oh-so-close drew sympathy from second-place finisher Clint Bowyer, who said he was rooting for Montoya to win once it became clear Bowyer and his Michael Waltrip Racing teammates would not.

“I do feel bad for Juan, he has struggled the last two or three years,” Bowyer said. “I really thought he was going to win that race. ... That was his race. When you see a guy getting beat up and having an opportunity like that — we’re all human. If you don’t have a shot at it, you’d just as soon see somebody that hadn’t won in a long time win it.”

Montoya was OK in the end. He was smiling on pit road, able to shrug off the caution that cost him the race.

“We had a great car. Same as last week, we had a great car,” Montoya said. “The pit crew redeemed themselves. They did a great job all day, no mistakes. That is what we needed. We needed to come out of here and be smart.”

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