Piquet Jr. wins for 1st time in NASCAR at Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI (Sports Network) - Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet Jr. claimed his first win in NASCAR by taking Saturday's Sargento 200 Nationwide Series race at Road America.
Piquet, a former Formula One competitor who is now a regular in the Camping World Truck Series, started on the pole and led a total of 19 laps in the 50- lap race on the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Wisconsin road course. He finished 2.26 seconds ahead of Michael McDowell for his first Nationwide victory in just his third start.
Canadian Ron Fellows finished third, followed by Italy's Max Papis. Sam Hornish Jr. completed the top-five.
Danica Patrick had been running in the top five on the final lap, but Jacques Villeneuve bumped her from behind and punted her into the gravel trap in turn five. Papis had just passed her for fourth position before the incident.
Villeneuve finished sixth, while Patrick settled for 12th.
Elliott Sadler remained atop the point standings despite a 15th-place finish. Sadler rebounded after Villeneuve turned him around as well with 11 laps remaining. His points lead is now 11 over rookie Austin Dillon, who finished 18th. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. moved to within 23 points following his 11th-place run.
Piquet, who drove the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, became the fifth different driver born outside of the United States to win a race in NASCAR's second-tier series. He is the 26-year-old son of three-time F1 world champion Nelson Piquet.
06/23 19:09:11 ET