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Ambrose Wins In Montreal

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, August 20 2011

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Marcos Ambrose probably did not win many friends on Saturday but he did win the NASCAR Nationwide Race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Ambrose, who won last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at the Watkins Glen road course, got the victory Satuday despite being involved in a wreck and payback with local favorite Jacques Villeneuve and then passing another local favorite, Alex Tagliani, for the lead with 10 laps to go in the race.

Finishing second was Tagliani. Michael McDowell finished third.

Steven Wallace was an unpopular fourth. He instigated several wrecks during the race including one that ended local hero Patrick Carpentier’s race and career.

After the race, as Wallace sat in his car on pit road, one of Carpentier’s crew members rush up, reached inside the car and began pulling Wallace’s hair.

Wallace would later say “only girls” pull hair.

Villeneuve, who led 29 laps and was leading on a restart with 30 laps to go, lost control in Turn 1, went off the track and slammed Ambrose, who was restarting second, while getting back onto the track.

A couple of turns later, Ambrose issued a payback slam.

Another Canadian, Ron Fellows, emerged from the fracas with the lead.

A lap later, another Canadian, Tagliani took the lead from Fellows. Tagliani held the lead until a caution came out came out with 20 laps to go. Tagliani, a regular in the IndyCar Series, pitted for tires and the lead went back to Fellows, who did not pit.

On a restart lap 15 laps from the end, Tagliani moved back past Fellows to reclaim the lead.

Three laps later, another caution came out. Tagliani had the lead when the caution flag waved. Behind him were Michael McDowell and Ambrose, who had restarted 14th after the preceding caution.

The race went green with 10 laps to go and Ambrose quickly moved to the lead. He held it through a restart with three laps to go and to the end.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, August 20 2011
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  • Nascar3 says:

    Marcos Ambrose drove a smart and aggressive race, I was there, sitting in section 11 in the Sena turns, the Villeneuve fiasco happened right in front of my eyes. It was clear that Jacques waited a little too long and tried to out brake Marcos so that he could be set up for the next turn, he clearly miss judged it and the payback from Ambrose, in my book, is completely justified. As for Steven Wallace, could someone please tell me what this clown is even still driving ??? Oh yeahhhhh…Daddy owns the team !!! The only reason that he finished in the top 5 is by pure bullying and racing like an idiot. Look, I’m a local, been to all the races in Montreal so far and I’ve never seen a bigger idiot on the track than Steven Wallace.

    You know what else was nice about the event, although we were all cheering on our local drivers and that we really wanted one of them to win, when Marcos took the checkered flag, all you could hear was cheering and clapping, everyone was happy for Marcos.

    Now let’s just hope that this race stays on Nascar’s schedule for 2012 so that Marcos can defend his win and Andrew Ranger takes it away !!!