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Good for Brian Pattie, I'm happy for him. I hope he wins the championship. As a Earnhardt- Ganassi fan I must admit Brain Patie's success at Michael Waltrip Racing has certainly got my attention, it does brings up a few questions:

 1) Did the equipment and the organization at Michael Waltrip Racing make Brian Pattie a championship contender ? He did have one good year at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing (2009) but at MWR he was an instant success.

2) Did Clint Bowyer make Pattie a better crew chief by better communicating what he needed in the car?

3) This is the hardest question to ask a JPM fan,(like myself) Is Clint Bowyer a better driver than JPM?

4) Is MWR better supported by Toyota than Chevy supports EGR?

5) Did Brian Pattie get all the resources he needed at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing to build consistent race cars?

I wonder if Juan Pablo Montoya dismal performance in the last three years could find a fix in one of those questions.

It's obvious Michael Waltrip Racing is a better team than Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Brian has proven that by coming into Michael Waltrip Racing and guiding Clint Bowyer to three wins and a shot at the championship, we can also look at the success of Truex jr. who after leaving EGR for MWR he has become a top NASCAR driver.

Folks, stats don't lie, Brain Pattie has become a championship type crew chief and Truex jr has become a top ten NASCAR driver, Earnhardt-Ganassi fans have to ask themselves, WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

Why are ex-Ganassi employees finding success in other places, and I mean star type of success, answer those five questions and you may come up with the reason EGR is stuck in neutral.

I'm going to pull for Pattie this last few races, I hope he winning a championship will get Ganassi off his, well, you know what I mean. Don't you?

As always this is a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said.


 

October 21, 2012  02:42 PM ET

Jpm is barely a threat to finish on the lead lap any more. Very disappointing.

October 21, 2012  04:00 PM ET

While MWR was struggling to get better and overcome tons of negatives, EGR was slowly declining on many levels........plus there was a lot of bad morale at EGR.....not sure how it is this year.
This just shows to me that drivers and teams have to get it right every year.....if you have a good year, you can also have a horrible year the next........and it shows that the right driver & CC combo always makes the biggest difference.....Go Bowyer Go.

As for JPM, he showed some potential a few years back....I am surprised that Ganassi isn't doing something about his performance (besides firing him).

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October 21, 2012  05:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

While MWR was struggling to get better and overcome tons of negatives, EGR was slowly declining on many levels........plus there was a lot of bad morale at EGR.....not sure how it is this year.This just shows to me that drivers and teams have to get it right every year.....if you have a good year, you can also have a horrible year the next........and it shows that the right driver & CC combo always makes the biggest difference.....Go Bowyer Go.As for JPM, he showed some potential a few years back....I am surprised that Ganassi isn't doing something about his performance (besides firing him).

I'm a big JPM fan there is not one driver in NASCAR with his resume, won in every series but he was always with a good team, Chip Ganasi's NASCAR program must be a tax deduction becouse it sucks...Yes I pray to God they fire him or he quits.....he need another team....

October 21, 2012  05:22 PM ET

1.) Pattie always was that good of a crew chief.
2.) Obviously the communication is better, Bowyer doesn't blame the crew for any problem, the race isn't over in the first 30 to 40 laps, and knows how to race for the best possible finish.
3.) Bowyer's a better driver.
4.) Toyota probably does support them a little more, than what **** gets from GM, but Scott Miller who came over with Bowyer from RCR as MWR Director of Competition could be the answer. Since he held the same position at RCR, who are winless in 2012, and the only bright spot is "IT" aka Harvick making the chase.
5.)The really problem for Pattie at EGR is that he crew chief for Juan Pablo "Mr. Ego" Montoya, and had he been paired with Jamie Mac, he still be at EGR. They'd have a bunch of wins, repeat chases, and quite possible even won a title or titles.

October 21, 2012  05:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

1.) Pattie always was that good of a crew chief. 2.) Obviously the communication is better, Bowyer doesn't blame the crew for any problem, the race isn't over in the first 30 to 40 laps, and knows how to race for the best possible finish.3.) Bowyer's a better driver.4.) Toyota probably does support them a little more, than what **** gets from GM, but Scott Miller who came over with Bowyer from RCR as MWR Director of Competition could be the answer. Since he held the same position at RCR, who are winless in 2012, and the only bright spot is "IT" aka Harvick making the chase.5.)The really problem for Pattie at EGR is that he crew chief for Juan Pablo "Mr. Ego" Montoya, and had he been paired with Jamie Mac, he still be at EGR. They'd have a bunch of wins, repeat chases, and quite possible even won a title or titles.

Fair enough but a little hateful..I think next year will be the year for Juan....remenber what I told you, things will change..lol

October 21, 2012  07:09 PM ET

I am not specifically a JPM fan, but I am sure he is capable of better finishes than we are seeing......which is why I said earlier that I am sirprised at Ganassi not finding a way to make it better......making JPM a tax writeoff driver is offensive to a driver with his background prior to Nascar.

October 22, 2012  05:27 PM ET

Hey JPM hitting that jet dryer was the highlight of the season, or was it last season? Either way that was super cool lots of fire and all glowing real bright!

October 22, 2012  05:29 PM ET

What happened to the Tebow obsession?

This was actually well written and interesting, sorry about the previous wise crack.

October 23, 2012  11:45 AM ET

Clint Bowyer never drove for EGR. He was brought up through the Busch Series with Richard Childress and his first 5 years in the Cup Series were with Richard Childress. Truex is the only EGR alumni(techinically not because Truex went to MWR before the Ganassi Merger with DEI) to drive for MWR.

 
October 23, 2012  07:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Hey JPM hitting that jet dryer was the highlight of the season, or was it last season? Either way that was super cool lots of fire and all glowing real bright!

lol

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