Date: Saturday, August 20th, 2011
Time: 2pm ET
Track: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Laps: 74 ; Miles: 200.466
Broadcast: TV – ESPN ; Radio – MRN/Sirius XM NASCAR
Sunday: High-83°F ; Low-64°F
10% Chance of Rain
Winds SSW at 7mph
Courtesy of Weather.com
-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, 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.
-Said, who has somewhat been in the spotlight over the last few days, 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. Just remember to bring your rain tires and windshield wipers and you should be all set!
-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.
-Kevin Harvick won the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts 200 back in 2007 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
-The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has hosted Formula One, Champ Car and the NASCAR Canadian Tires Series. The circuit is a fast circuit, but it is also something like a street circuit. The roads were designed for automobile racing, but surprising enough they are also public roads for the rest of the year.
-Several drivers will attempt to race both races at Montreal and Michigan. 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.
#01 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Chevrolet/TBA
#2 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Chevrolet/One Main Financial
#03 Jean Francois Dumoulin (Canada) Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
#04 To Be Announced Ford/TBA
#5 Ron Fellows (Mississauga, Ontario) Chevrolet/Canadian Tire
#6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Branch,MS) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
#7 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
#09 Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Toyota/TBA
#9 Marcos Ambrose (Australia) Ford/Stanley
#11 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Toyota/Shore Lodge
#12 Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada) Dodge/Hot Wheels
#13 Dan Brode (Mocksville, NC) Dodge/drivenmale.com
#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
#15 Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) Ford/Rick Ware Racing
#16 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/3M
#18 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Toyota/Sherwin Williams
#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
#21 Tim George Jr. (New York, NY) Chevrolet/Applebee’s Potomac Family
#22 Jacques Villeneuve (Quebec, Canada) Dodge/Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday
#23 Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NM) Chevrolet/Media Master
#28 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/maxelence.com
#30 * Boris Said (Carlsbad, CA) Chevrolet/TBA
#31 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Florida Gulf Safe
#32 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Dollar General
#33 Scott Speed (Manteca, CA) Chevrolet/Rheem Heating and Cooling
#38 Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA) Chevrolet/Great Clips
#39 Luis Martinez Jr. (Baldwin Park, CA) Ford/King Taco
#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/TBA
#41 Tomy Drissi (Hollywood, CA) Ford/Alvin and the Chipmunks
#42 Chase Miller (Denver, NC) Chevrolet/Key Motorsports
#44 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Chevrolet/TBA
#49 Mark Green (Owensboro, KY) Chevrolet/TBA
#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/Clements Racing Engines
#52 Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (Canada) Chevrolet/TBA
#53 Andrew Ranger (Roxton Pond, Canada) Dodge/TBA
#55 Brett Rowe (Barboursville, WV) Chevrolet/Imperial Bedding
#60 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal
#62 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Toyota/Northland Motor Oils
#64 Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA) Toyota/TBA
#66 Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC) Toyota/5-Hour Energy
#67 J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ontario, Canada) Ford/Go Canada Racing
#70 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Chevrolet/TBA
#75 Chris Cook (Phoenix, AZ) Ford/Rick Ware Racing
#77 Robby Gordon (Orange, CA) Dodge/Speed Energy
#81 Maryeve Dufault (Sorel, QC, Canada) Dodge/daystar.com
#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA
#88 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
#89 Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC) Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
#97 Kyle Kelley (Huntington Beach, CA) Chevrolet/TBA
#99 Patrick Carpentier (Quebec, Canada) Toyota/UAP, Inc.
Defending champion: Boris Said
Runner up: Max Papis
Pole winner: Marcos Ambrose (97.079 m.p.h.)
1. Boris Said (Start: 5)
2. Max Papis (9)
3. Jacques Villeneuve (2)
4. Brad Keselowski (8)
5. Paul Menard (7)
6. Joey Logano (3)
7. JR Fitzpatrick (17)
8. Parker Kligerman (21)
9. Justin Allgaier (24)
10. Trevor Bayne (20)
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
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