Ambrose wins at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Marcos Ambrose passed Alex Tagliani with ten laps to go and won Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

“I was so happy to have the good fortune to race for Penske Racing and drive the Dodge Challenger car this weekend. It was pretty quick.” Tagliani said. “I’ve very proud, very thankful for all the help I had from Penske Racing. It was great to drive the Hot Wheels Dodge this weekend here in Montreal.”

[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photo” align=”alignright” width=”225″][/media-credit]It was not an easy task for Ambrose to find victory lane at Montreal. Ambrose had to start in the back of the field because he was not able to qualify on Friday due to being at Michigan for the Sprint Cup Series race and arrived in Montreal less than 30 minutes before the race started.

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Carl Edwards, Ambrose and Trevor Bayne all arrived via Edward’s helicopter and a speedboat ride along the Olympic rowing basin to the garage. Edwards and Bayne also started in the back. Substitute drivers Billy Johnson (Edwards), Owen Kelly (Ambrose) and Michel Jourdain Jr. (Bayne) qualified for the drivers.

On lap 44, pole-sitter and local favorite Jacques Villeneuve gets off course and then slams into the side of Ambrose on the restart. Villeneuve had to pit two laps later after also making contact with Elliott Sadler.

“On the restart with Marcos, I got caught sleeping. Instead of leaning on him, I gave him too much room, ended up in the gray and lost control of the car. I should have been more aggressive. Our Dodge was very fast. It’s disappointing. We had the car to beat.” Villeneuve said.

Danica Patrick started 25th and finished 24th.

This could be the final race in Montreal. The government turned down a request for $500,000 in funding.

Michael McDowell finished third, Steve Wallace fourth and J.R. Fitzpatrick finished fifth.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the series standings over Elliott Sadler by eight points.

 

Unofficial Race Results
NAPA Auto Parts 200, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/n2s/race.php?race=24
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Pos. No. Driver Make Points
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1 9 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 0
2 2 12 Alex Tagliani Dodge 43
3 5 18 Michael McDowell Toyota 0
4 7 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 40
5 21 167 J.R. Fitzpatrick Ford 39
6 4 33 Scott Speed Chevrolet 39
7 14 60 Carl Edwards Ford 0
8 10 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 36
9 3 38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 36
10 16 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 34
11 13 5 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 0
12 19 11 Brian Scott Toyota 32
13 15 164 Jason Bowles Toyota 31
14 22 97 Kyle Kelley Chevrolet 0
15 29 19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 29
16 24 9 Kenny Wallace Toyota 28
17 27 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 27
18 28 62 Michael Annett Toyota 26
19 34 39 Luis Martinez Jr. Ford 25
20 20 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 24
21 14 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23
22 32 15 Timmy Hill * Ford 22
23 17 16 Trevor Bayne Ford 21
24 25 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 20
25 23 32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 19
26 18 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 18
27 1 22 Jacques Villeneuve Dodge 19
28 41 52 Louis-Philippe Dumoulin Chevrolet 16
29 35 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 15
30 39 81 Maryeve Dufault Dodge 14
31 6 277 Robby Gordon Dodge 0
32 8 99 Patrick Carpentier Toyota 12
33 26 23 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 0
34 46 141 Tomy Drissi Ford 0
35 40 28 Derrike Cope Dodge 9
36 33 14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 8
37 12 30 Boris Said Chevrolet 0
38 38 70 Blake Koch * Dodge 6
39 37 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 5
40 43 113 D.J. Kennington Dodge 4
41 11 153 Andrew Ranger Dodge 3
42 42 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 2
43 30 44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 1

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