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Juan Pablo Montoya achieved a rare auto racing triple yesterday when he won the Nextel Cup race in Sonoma, Calif. With the NASCAR win, the Colombian driver has now finished first in NASCAR, Formula One and the Indy 500. Oh yeah, he also has won a CART world championship and the 24 Hours of Daytona.

But NASCAR fans will want an asterisk beside yesterday's victory. It was on a road race course, more in keeping with Montoya's Grand Prix experience. The NASCAR crowd will insist that he win at someplace like Talladega or Charlotte or Daytona before offering full accolades. Still, for a rookie in NASCAR, it was quite an accomplishment. Montoya won at Sonoma by coaxing some extra gas mileage out of his Dodge while his competitors were running short on fuel.

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Photo credit: Associated Press

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