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Martin's road block sticks with Montoya

CHARLOTTE - Juan Pablo Montoya is still smarting from Mark Martin's late-race strategy that prevented Montoya from winning at New Hampshire.

Martin led all three laps of a final sprint to the finish, and slowed his car in front of Montoya's to block a potential race-winning pass with two laps to go. Montoya was upset with the strategy after the race, and did not appear over it Tuesday.

He says he has not spoken to Martin, who went on to win his Sprint Cup Series-best fifth race of the season. Martin is also the points leader.

Montoya finished third, but moved up seven spots to fourth in the championship standings.

Busch docked 25 points, crew chief fined $25k. Kyle Busch has been docked 25 points and his crew chief fined $25,000 for failing post-race inspection at New Hampshire.

NASCAR fined Steve Addington because the left front of the No. 18 Toyota was too low after Sunday's race.

Mears crewman out with broken foot. A tire changer for Casey Mears will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot sustained during a pit stop last weekend at New Hampshire.

Clint Pittman was changing Mears' rear tires when Denny Hamlin ran over his right foot during a routine stop.

Jim, on way out of NASCAR. The maker of Jim Beam Bourbon will stop sponsoring Robby Gordon's Sprint Cup team next season, sending another liquor company to the NASCAR sidelines.

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