Race: Saturday, August 18, 2012 in Montreal, Canada
Title Sponsor: NAPA Auto Parts
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:48pm/et
Television Race Coverage:ESPN, 2:00 pm/et
Announcers: Marty Reid, Ricky Craven
Pit Reporters: Rick DeBruhl, Jim Noble, Shannon Spake
This Week - Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Times are local to the Track
Wednesday, August 15th6:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER (PARKING ONLY)
Thursday, August 16th12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
Friday, August 17th7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
Saturday, August 18th9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Allgaier wins at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:#31-Justin Allgaier won the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for his 1st win of 2012, his first win on a road course, and his 3rd career win. The race ended on after two green-white-checker attempts. Allgaier took the lead from #22-Jacques Villeneuve on the final lap and held off #12-Sam Hornish for the win. Hornish finished second followed by #22-Villeneuve, #2-Elliott Sadler, #5-Ron Fellows, #18-Michael McDowell, #01-Mike Wallace, #60-Billy Johnson, #3-Austin Dillon, and #54-Kyle Busch. There were 8 cautions for 22 laps and 12 lead changes among 6 leaders. The estimated attendance was 60,000. Complete results are on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve race results page (pdf).(8-18-2012)
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Race Fast Facts:
Justin Allgaier won the 6th Annual NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 presented by Dodge, his third victory in 130 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2012.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2012.
Jacques Villeneuve (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Austin Dillon (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 22 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
(NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(8-18-2012)
Driver standings following Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:
1) #2-Elliott Sadler 824
2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 802, -22
3) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 802, -22
4) #3-Austin Dillon # 789, -35
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 756, -68
6) #43-Michael Annett 690, -134
7) #88-Cole Whitt # 633, -191
8) #44-Mike Bliss 609, -215
9) #11-Brian Scott 540, -284
10) #87-Joe Nemechek 506, -318
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-18-2012)
Owner Standings following Circuit Gilles Villeneuve are posted (pdf).(8-18-2012)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #38-Sweet, 20th
Caution 2: #24-White, 18th
Caution 3: #43-Annett, 28th
Caution 4: #19-Malsam, 14th
Caution 5: #40-Darnell, 16th
Caution 6: #14-McClure, 14th
Caution 7: #14-McClure (2), 14th
Tagliani on pole at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: #30-Alex Tagliani won the Coors Light Pole for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a speed of 96.726 mph. #12-Sam Hrnish, Jr. will start second. The rest of the top ten: #22-Jacques Villeneuve, #7-Danica Patrick, #54-Owen Kelly, #18-Michael McDowell, #88-Cole Whitt, #5-Ron Fellows, #60-Billy Johnson, and #11-Brain Scott. Did Not Qualify: #52-Ryan Ellis. The starting lineup is posted on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve starting lineup page (pdf).(8-17-2012)
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Qualifying Notes:
Alex Tagliani won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 6th Annual NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 presented by Dodge with a lap of 100.865 seconds, 96.687 mph.
This is his first pole in four NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2012.
This is his first pole in three races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2012 and his first in one races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Jacques Villeneuve (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It is his second in two races this season.
Cole Whitt (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(8-17-2012)
Villeneuve fastest in happy hour: #22-Jacques Villeneuve was also quickest during the final practice session for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 300 with a top speed of 96.927mph. He was followed by: #30-Alex Tagliani, #60-Billy Johnson, #7-Danica Patrick, #18-Michael McDowell, #5-Ron Fellows, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #99-Patrick Carpentier, #33-Brendan Gaughan, and #88-Cole Whitt. See complete results on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-17-2012)
Villeneuve fastest in first practice: #22-Jacques Villeneuve was fastest during opening practice at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a speed of 96.309mph.#12-Sam Hornish, Jr. was second, followed by: #54-Owen Kelly, #5-Ron Fellows, #30-Alex Tagliani, #60-Billy Johnson, #7-Danica Patrick, #18-Michael McDowell, #31-Justin Allgaier, and #27-Andrew Ranger. See complete results on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-17-2012)
Entry List: There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. A few notes:
Ron Fellows returns to the #5 for JR Motorsports;
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin is back in the Randy Hill #08;
Michael McDowll will drive the JGR #18. The #20 is not entered;
The #27 is entered with a driver TBA;
Alex Tagliani will drive the Turner #30;
The #39 for Go Green Racing is TBA;
The #52 for Jimmy Means is TBA;
Billy Johnson will drive the Roush Fenway #60;
Alex Kennedy returns to the #87 for NEMCO and Joe Nemechek stays in the #97;
The RAB Racing #99 is TBA.(8-13-2012)
UPDATE: Patrick Carpentier will drive the #99 for RAB Racing.(8-14-2012)
UPDATE 2: Ryan Ellis will return to the #52 for Jimmy Means.(8-15-2012)
UPDATE 3: Andrew Ranger will drive the #27. Joe Nemchek and the #97 team have withdrawn.(8-15-2012)
UPDATE 4: Tim Andrews will drive the #39 for Go Green Racing.(8-16-2012)
See the complete list on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve entry list page.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Road Racing in Canada: The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its annual stop in Canada for an event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Saturday, Aug. 18, and the race will air live on ESPN. NASCAR Countdown is at 2 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 2:48 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.(ESPN)(8-13-2012)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Number of Tires: 1,250
Set limits: 6 sets for the event
Tire Code: D-4468 (same on all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 88.6 in. (2,251 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi
Notes: NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will run the same tire code (D-4468) on all four tire positions at Montreal . . . while this is the first time these teams have run this tire at Montreal, they do have extensive experience on it . . . this is the third time Nationwide teams have been on this tire in 2012, having run it on both prior road courses -- Elkhart Lake in June and Watkins Glen last weekend . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Montreal.
Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear has brought 625 wet weather radials (D-4215) to Montreal for use by Nationwide Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.
Saturday's Montreal Race To Have Strong Canadian Presence
As the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads north of the border this weekend, the locale isn't the only aspect of the weekend that will have a Canadian flavor to it. Currently, there are nine drivers from Canada on the entry list vying for a spot in Saturday's NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
Leading the Canadian contingent at Montreal is former winner Ron Fellows, who won in the series' second trip to the track in 2008. Fellows will be piloting the No. 5 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.
Canadian drivers also include Patrick Carpentier (No. 99 Toyota), Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin (No. 08 Ford), Kenny Habul (No. 75 Toyota), Daryl Harr (No. 4 Chevrolet), Dexter Stacey (No. 23 Chevrolet), Alex Tagliani (No. 30 Chevrolet), Jacques Villeneuve (No. 22 Dodge) and Derek White (No. 24 Toyota).
Fellows (Toronto) also has more experience in the series than the other Canadian drivers. In 13 seasons, he has competed in 23 races, winning four of them. Besides his win at Montreal in 2008, he has also claimed the checkered flag at Watkins Glen three times (1998, 2000 and 2001).
Carpentier (Joliette) is the next most experienced driver among the nine with 15 starts. Harr (Alberta) and Villeneuve (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu) are next with 10 and eight starts, respectively. Tagliani (Montreal) has made three series starts and Habul (Etobicoke) two. Dumoulin (Trois-Rivieres) and Stacey (Kahnawake) have both made one series start, while this would be White's (Kahnawake) first.
Annett Making Run At Championship Title
Michael Annett's strong second half could propel him into title contention as well as his best career points finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Annett's best final points standing was last year when he finished ninth on the strength of seven top 10s.
After 21 races in 2012, Annett sits sixth in points standings, 109 points behind first-place Elliott Sadler. He already has eight top-10 finishes.
In the past seven races (beginning at Kentucky on June 29), he has chalked up four top-five and five top-10 finishes. His lowest finish was 11th at New Hampshire and Watkins Glen. His best finish was at Daytona in July, when he placed third. His average finish over that time period is 6.3.
If Annett is to successfully usurp the points lead from Sadler, he would have to continue his stellar performance as of late buoyed by a victory or two. In addition, there are four other drivers he would have to overtake: Justin Allgaier (35 points ahead of Annett), Austin Dillon (80), Sam Hornish Jr. (85) and reigning series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (96).
Bowles Returns To Montreal In Search Of First Top-10 Finish
Last year in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Jason Bowles finished a career-best 13th. Bowles, currently in 13th place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings, has been trying to eclipse that mark ever since.
Over the past 12 races, he has come close by posting seven finishes between 14th and 17th place. This weekend, Bowles will strap in into the No. 81 American Majority Toyota Camry for MacDonald Motorsports.
Through the first 21 races of the NASCAR Nationwide season, Bowles has posted 11 top-20 finishes with his two best finishes at another road course, Road America, and Daytona International Speedway (both 14th-place performances).
MacDonald Motorsports and owner Randy MacDonald, a native of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, made their first NASCAR Nationwide start in 1986 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, where they finished 26th. This is the first year Bowles has driven for the long-standing team, which has competed in 279 series races under the MacDonald family banner. Prior to this season, Bowles had five starts in the series for three different teams.
NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
Kyle Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. will both pull double-duty this weekend by appearing in the NAPA Auto Part Parts 200 Presented By Dodge at Montreal on Saturday and the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan on Sunday. & Dillon, Timmy Smith, Dexter Stacey and Derek White will all pull double-duty by appearing in both the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series races. & Also, Alex Tagliani will pull double-duty competing in both the NASCAR Nationwide and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series races at Montreal with Starworks Motorsport. He was the runner-up in the NASCAR Nationwide race last year. & Danica Patrick will make her 50th NASCAR National Series start (three in NASCAR Sprint Cup, 46 in NASCAR Nationwide). & Blake Koch will attempt to make his 50th NASCAR Nationwide start this weekend.