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DATE: Saturday, August 20th
SITE: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (1978) -- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
TRACK: 2.710-mile, 14-turn road course
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Max Papis
POLE WINNER: Marcos Ambrose (Finished 33rd)
LAPS: 74
MILES: 200.46
QUALIFYING RECORD: Marcos Ambrose, 2010 (97.079 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Kevin Harvick, 2007 (64.671 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,760,821 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $99,113; 2nd Place - $70,018; 3rd Place - $55,468
2010 Finish
1Boris Said56Joey Logano3
2Max Papis97JR Fitzpatrick17
3Jacques Villeneuve28Parker Kligerman21
4Brad Keselowski89Justin Allgaier24
5Paul Menard710Trevor Bayne20
2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 63.349 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 17 minutes, 34 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.012 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Marcos Ambrose (97.079 m.p.h.)
Past NAPA Auto Parts 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Boris Said (5th) -- Ford -- 63.349 m.p.h.
2009 -- Carl Edwards (2nd) -- Ford -- 53.869 m.p.h.
2008 -- Ron Fellows (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 50.149 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (30th) -- Chevrolet -- 64.671 m.p.h. (race record)
Past NAPA Auto Parts 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Marcos Ambrose -- 33rd
2009 -- Marcos Ambrose -- 2nd
2008 -- Scott Pruett -- 22nd
2007 -- Patrick Carpentier -- 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Zippo 200 (August 13th)
SITE: Watkins Glen International -- Watkins Glen, New York
MILES: 208.25
LAPS: 85
WINNER: Kurt Busch
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Joey Logano
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 57 minutes, 14 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 106.582 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.974 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 2 for 5 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 2 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kurt Busch 1-8; Kyle Busch 9; Kurt Busch 10-24; Kyle Busch 25-49;
Kurt Busch 50-55; Kyle Busch 56-77; Kurt Busch 78-85.
NAPA Auto Parts 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
03Jean Francois Dumoulin (Canada)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
04To Be AnnouncedFord/TBA
5Ron Fellows (Mississauga, Ontario)Chevrolet/Canadian Tire
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Branch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
12Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Dodge/Hot Wheels
13Dan Brode (Mocksville, NC)Dodge/
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/3M
18Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Sherwin Williams
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
21Tim George Jr. (New York, NY)Chevrolet/Applebee's Potomac Family
22Jacques Villeneuve (Quebec, Canada)Dodge/Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday
23Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NM)Chevrolet/Media Master
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/
30 *Boris Said (Carlsbad, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Florida Gulf Safe
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem Heating and Cooling
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Luis Martinez Jr. (Baldwin Park, CA)Ford/King Taco
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
41Tomy Drissi (Hollywood, CA)Ford/Alvin and the Chipmunks
42Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Key Motorsports
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
49Mark Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Racing Engines
52Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (Canada)Chevrolet/TBA
53Andrew Ranger (Roxton Pond, Canada)Dodge/TBA
55Brett Rowe (Barboursville, WV)Chevrolet/Imperial Bedding
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Northland Motor Oils
64Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Toyota/TBA
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
67J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ontario, Canada)Ford/Go Canada Racing
70Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
75Chris Cook (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
77Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
81Maryeve Dufault (Sorel, QC, Canada)Dodge/
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
97Kyle Kelley (Huntington Beach, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
99Patrick Carpentier (Quebec, Canada)Toyota/UAP, Inc.
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last four years)
Boris Said28th5th25thWon
Jacques Villeneuve---16th4th3rd
J.R. Fitzpatrick43rd---27th7th
Justin Allgaier------36th9th
Trevor Bayne---------10th
Robby Gordon18th------14th
Carl Edwards30th6thWon20th
Jason Leffler26th7th29th21st
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.---------24th
Ron Fellows3rdWon35th30th
Patrick Carpentier2nd2nd39th32nd
Marcos Ambrose7th3rd2nd33rd
Michael McDowell------11th37th
Aric Almirola11th---------
Reed Sorenson------------
Elliott Sadler------------
Scott Speed------------
Danica Patrick------------
Mover of the Week
Aric Almirola - Started in the 17th position and finished 8th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Aric Almirola
Darkhorse - Jacques Villeneuve
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (James Buescher) - Finished 17th
The Nationwide Series travels to Montreal for the third and final road course race on the 2011 schedule. Reed Sorenson won in June at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, while Kurt Busch took the checkered flag this past Saturday at Watkins Glen, NY.

Last year's race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ended in thrilling fashion. Boris Said passed Robby Gordon for the lead during a green-white-checkered finish. Max Papis then challenged Said for the win during the final two laps, but he edged Papis at the finish line by only 0.012 seconds, making it the fifth closest margin of victory in series history.

Said captured his first win in his 22nd Nationwide start. He returns for this year's race, driving the No.30 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports.

In the past, rain had been a huge factor at the 2.710-mile, 14-turn Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

In 2009, Ambrose led the field when a shower moved over the area with 16 laps remaining. NASCAR instructed teams to pit, giving them five minutes to change to rain tires and install a windshield wiper if needed. NASCAR's decision to continue the race on a wet track surface led to numerous spins that forced several late-race cautions, including one for a two-lap overtime finish. Ambrose pulled away on the final restart, but Edwards chased him down before the Aussie slid on the final turn of the last lap. Edwards made the pass and then claimed his third Nationwide victory of the season and his first on a road course.

Ambrose had led the most laps in the first three races at Montreal, but victory has eluded him here. He lost the 2008 race after being penalized for speeding on pit road late in the race. Canadian Ron Fellows went on to win the rain-shortened race. Fellows battled wet track conditions and capitalized on an early-race pit strategy to score his fourth career Nationwide victory. All four of his wins have come on road courses.

Kevin Harvick won the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts 200 back in 2007 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Harvick took the checkered flag in wild fashion after Robby Gordon spun out the race leader. The race would come down to the rookie Marcos Ambrose and one of NASCAR's best off- road and road course racers, Gordon. On the restart with four laps to go, Ambrose got a great jump on Gordon. But Fellows and Pruett didn't make it through turn two and they spun around blocking the track and forcing a caution flag. Meanwhile, Ambrose had spun Gordon out after the caution flags were displayed

NASCAR determined that Gordon should restart in 14th place, but Gordon refused to move from behind Ambrose. NASCAR should have red-flagged the race at that point to force Gordon to move, but instead began the race with Gordon right behind the leader. Gordon, of course, took out his frustration on Ambrose spinning him out in the second corner. Harvick inherited the lead and after holding off Carpentier was declared the winner.

Gordon claimed he won the race, but Harvick was the actual winner as Gordon had been black-flagged and his final laps weren't counted by the scoring computer. NASCAR parked Gordon for the Cup event at the Pocono Raceway the next day for his actions in Montreal. Pole sitter Patrick Carpentier led three times for 14 laps and placed second.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has hosted Formula One, Champ Car and the NASCAR Canadian Tires Series. The circuit, on lle Notre-Dame, a man-made island in the St. Lawrence River that is part of the city of Montreal, was named after the late Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve, father of Jacques Villeneuve. The venue hosted the Champ Car World Series and Grand Prix of Montreal from 2002-2007. The circuit is a fast circuit, but it is also something like a street circuit. The roads were designed for automobile racing, but are public roads for the rest of the year.

Several drivers will attempt the Michigan/Montreal combo. They are: Carl Edwards, Joe Nemechek, Trevor Bayne, Gordon and Marcos Ambrose, who won his first Sprint Cup race on Monday at Watkins Glen.

Edwards won at Montreal in 2009. He has also claimed two poles and led the most laps here with 149. Edwards considers this track to be one of the most challenging on the Nationwide schedule.

The next Nationwide Series race is the August 26 Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway, as Kyle Busch defends his title.

08/16 20:46:47 ET

As of August 16, 2011, at 08:47 PM ET

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