If you can remember last year’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, you should note that it ended in a 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.
“I am excited to go back to Montreal and defend my win with Turner Motorsports,” Said commented. “They are a great organization that has proven they can win.”
There are several drivers who are attempting the Michigan/Montreal combo. They are: Carl Edwards, Joe Nemechek, Trevor Bayne, Gordon, and Marcos Ambrose, who is coming off his first career Cup win last week at Watkins Glen.
Just two years ago, Edwards was the victor at Montreal. Edwards has also claimed two poles and led the most laps at Montreal with 149. Edwards considers this track to be one of the most challenging on the Nationwide schedule.
“Montreal is twice as hard on the brakes as any of these other race tracks we go to,” he said. “It has long straightaways, stop, right-left, long straightaway, stop, right-left, it’s a very taxing race track on the brakes. It’s unlike any other track I’ve ever driven on.”
There will be a total of nine Canadians in the race Saturday, including Jacques Villeneuve, who is driving the No.22 Dodge in place of Brad Keselowski. Villenenuve had already planned to race in a Penske car this weekend, well before Keselowski’s Road Atlanta accident last week.
Danica Patrick is also expected to make her stock car debut on a road course. It will also be Patrick’s first Nationwide race since July at Daytona, where she finished 10th.
Coming off a fairly “dramatic” week, can Said repeat? That remains to be seen, all we know is that Biffle is still a “jackass” (words of Said) even though their issue is like “water under the bridge”.
Boris Said’s Career NNS Stats:
NNS: 1 Win, 6 Top-5′s, 7 Top-10′s, 2 Career Pole’s (22 Career Starts).