Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ambrose rides the momentum to win the NAPA Auto Parts 200

Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR

Riding the wave of momentum that is often spoke about in racing, Marcos Ambrose brought home the checkered flag today at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after winning the NAPA Auto Parts 200. Ambrose held off Alex Tagliani and Michael McDowell for the win.

Hometown favorite Jacques Villeneuve started the race on pole and led a race high 29 laps before being involved in a wreck with race winner Marcos Ambrose in which both cars sustained damage. Ambrose was able to overcome while Villeneuve finished the race -2 laps down in p. 27.

Impressive in the race were several drivers, first off Alex Tagliani, who makes his living as an IICS driver. Tags, as he is nicknamed, led 11 laps and was in contention throughout the entire race. He finished in second in only his third NASCAR Nationwide series race. Also impressive was Scott Speed, driving for KHI this weekend. Seeing Speed do so well today and bring home a 6th place finish brings up the question: why does he not have a ride?

Making her NNS debut, Maryeve Dufault, who had a rough race and spun out multiple times. Finishing in 30th and -5 laps, still an impressive debut for an NNS rookie. Not everyone would attempt to make their NASCAR debut on a road course, that shows guts and determination in my book.

Race results:
  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Alex Tagliani
  3. Michael McDowell
  4. Steven Wallace
  5. J R Fitzpatrick
  6. Scott Speed
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Justin Allgaier
  9. Jason Leffler
  10. Elliott Sadler
  11. Ron Fellows
  12. Brian Scott
  13. Jason Bowles
  14. Kyle Kelley
  15. Mike Bliss
  16. Kenny Wallace
  17. Mike Wallace
  18. Michael Annett
  19. Luis Martinez Jr.
  20. Aric Almirola
  21. Joe Nemechek
  22. Timmy Hill
  23. Trevor Bayne
  24. Danica Patrick 
  25. Reed Sorenson
  26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  27. Jacques Villeneuve
  28. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin
  29. Josh Wise
  30. Maryeve Dufault
  31. Robby Gordon
  32. Patrick Carpentier
  33. Alex Kennedy
  34. Tomy Drissi
  35. Derrike Cope
  36. Eric McClure
  37. Boris Said
  38. Blake Koch
  39. Jeremy Clements
  40. DJ Kennington
  41. Andrew Ranger
  42. Morgan Shepherd
  43. Jeff Green

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