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Allgaier Bumps Way To NNS Win In Montreal

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 18 2012

Justin Allgaier celebrates his victory in Montreal. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gary Eller)

Justin Allgaier of Turner Motorsports bumped leader Jacques Villeneuve out of the way on the last lap at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and went on to capture his first win of the NASAR Nationwide Series season.

The victory came after a second green/white/checkered restart.

Sam Hornish Jr., Villeneuve’s Penske Racing teammate, overcame a serious mid-race wreck to finish second.

“Today was just an awesome day,” Allgaier said. “Winning in Montreal means so much because all the people in the series enjoy coming here. The atmosphere is great, the fans never disappoint here but the race played out perfectly for us.”

Allgaier was running third at the second attempt for a green-white-checkered finish when the last-lap bump put him in front of Hornish and Villeneuve.

“I knew I was closing in on Jacques but he braked really early into corner 6 and I was certain he had ran out of gas,” Allgaier said. “He went really slow and I had too much of a head of steam and was sorry I got into him.”

Hornish, who made one last charge at Allgaier on the final lap, seemed far from happy with his second-place finish.

“I should feel pretty content with finishing second but I feel that Penske Racing deserved more from this day, considering the two cars that they provided us,” Hornish said after the race. “I was running confident, second to Jacques, and felt that we would be battling the win out between the two of us but the 30 (Alex Tagliani) stuck

Jacques Villeneuve was not all smiles after Saturday's race. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

his nose in there on a restart with about 10 laps to go and I was sent back to 23rd place or so. I should be happy to finish second after restarting from 23rd but we deserved better. ”

Villeneuve, who bumped fellow Canadian Tagliani out of the way earlier in the race, ended up third and not real happy about that.

“I did not run out of fuel and my engine did not sputter,” said Villeneuve. “I was simply taken out by Allgaier, who used me to slow down in Turn 6 on the last lap. It’s frustrating because Penske and Dodge gave me such a good car. We ran head and shoulders above everyone else even if we were not attacking in order to save fuel and brakes for the end of the race. It’s hard to take.”

Allgaier was only semi apologetic.

“I am really sorry that I took him out but from what I’ve heard, because I couldn’t see it, earlier in the day, that same car spun out the 30 car (driven by Tagliani) that just happened to be our teammate,” Allgaier said. “So I guess that what goes around comes around.”

Nationwide series points leader Elliott Sadler finished fourth, one position in front of former Montreal winner Ron Fellows.

Michael McDowell, Mike Wallace, Billy Johnson, Austin Dillon and NASCAR Sprint Cup series regular Kyle Busch completed the top 10.

Danica Patrick claimed the lead on lap 21 and held it for almost 20 laps. While leading, she ran over a shoe on the track.

Suspension problems slowed her and she slid back in the field. She was involved in a wreck later in the race and ended up finishing 27th – six laps off the pace.

RACE RESULTS

1. (15) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 81, $94,318.

Justin Allgaier got his first NNS win of the season Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)

2. (2) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 81, $60,193.

3. (3) Jacques Villeneuve, Dodge, 81, $47,893.

4. (17) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 81, $43,093.

5. (8) Ron Fellows, Chevrolet, 81, $32,875.

6. (6) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 81, $34,118.

7. (22) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 81, $31,893.

8. (9) Billy Johnson, Ford, 81, $24,200.

9. (19) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 81, $31,368.

10. (5) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 81, $24,050.

11. (11) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 81, $28,818.

12. (16) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 81, $29,543.

13. (23) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 81, $28,218.

14. (32) Tayler Malsam, Toyota, 81, $28,068.

15. (20) Alex Kennedy, Toyota, 81, $28,918.

16. (34) Erik Darnell, Chevrolet, 81, $21,350.

17. (36) Tim Andrews, Ford, 81, $21,225.

18. (42) Derek White, Chevrolet, 81, $21,075.

19. (41) Eric McClure, Toyota, 81, $27,418.

20. (21) Brad Sweet, Chevrolet, 81, $27,968.

21. (27) Kyle Kelley, Chevrolet, 81, $20,975.

22. (1) Alex Tagliani, Chevrolet, 81, $30,593.

23. (31) Daryl Harr, Chevrolet, 81, $27,143.

24. (10) Brian Scott, Toyota, 81, $27,068.

25. (26) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 81, $27,468.

26. (18) Jason Bowles, Toyota, Brakes, 77, $26,948.

27. (4) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 75, $31,693.

28. (33) Michael Annett, Ford, 73, $26,848.

29. (13) Patrick Carpentier, Toyota, 69, $26,813.

30. (39) Joe Nemechek, Dodge, Radiator, 62, $27,078.

31. (37) John Young, Dodge, Drive Train, 59, $20,250.

32. (12) Andrew Ranger, Dodge, Suspension, 57, $20,215.

33. (7) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, Engine, 54, $26,653.

34. (28) Kenny Habul, Toyota, Accident, 46, $20,150.

35. (38) Dexter Stacey, Chevrolet, Accident, 30, $20,110.

36. (29) Timmy Hill, Ford, Transmission, 21, $26,543.

37. (14) Eric Curran, Dodge, Transmission, 15, $20,025.

38. (35) Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin, Ford, Suspension, 14, $19,981.

39. (24) Chris Cook, Chevrolet, Brakes, 6, $19,845.

40. (43) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, Overheating, 6, $19,710.

41. (30) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, Brakes, 5, $19,625.

42. (40) Chase Miller, Chevrolet, Brakes, 4, $19,570.

43. (25) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 2, $19,392.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 70.043 mph.

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 7 Mins, 58 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.353 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 8 for 22 laps.

Lead Changes: 12 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A. Tagliani 1-2; S. Hornish Jr. 3; A. Tagliani 4-5; S. Hornish Jr. 6-7; J. Villeneuve 8-19; S. Hornish Jr. 20; D. Patrick 21-40; J. Villeneuve 41-45; E. Sadler 46-51; J. Villeneuve 52-63; A. Tagliani 64-66; J. Villeneuve 67-80; J. Allgaier 81.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): J. Villeneuve 4 times for 43 laps; D. Patrick 1 time for 20 laps; A. Tagliani 3 times for 7 laps; E. Sadler 1 time for 6 laps; S. Hornish Jr. 3 times for 4 laps; J. Allgaier 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler – 824; R. Stenhouse Jr. – 802; S. Hornish Jr. – 802; A. Dillon – 789; J. Allgaier – 756; M. Annett – 690; C. Whitt – 633; M. Bliss – 609; B. Scott – 540; J. Nemechek – 506.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 18 2012
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