Edwards Nabs Last-Turn Victory In Montreal
Carl Edwards passed Marcos Ambrose for the lead on the final corner of the final lap to win Sunday’s NAPA Auto Parts 250 Nationwide Series race in Montreal.
Ambrose had dominated the race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course, leading 60 laps.
But then, he appeared to come into the corner too hot, hit the rumble strips so hard his wheels bounced into the air and Edwards snaked past to get his first road course victory.
“I had a little run, but nobody can outbrake him (Ambrose),” Edwards said. “He just lifted the brakes a little early and hopped the curb too hard.”
“I just made one mistake and it cost me the race,” Ambrose said after getting out of the car.
Ambrose finished second and Canadian-driver Andrew Ranger finished third.
“It’s disappointing but you have to take the lumps as they come,” Ambrose said. “I’m racing against some pretty awesome drivers in some great equipment. We led a lot of laps and I’m starting to get annoyed with this track, to be honest with you. That’s three years in a row that I have seemed to given it away. It just took forever, this race. I must have had five or six restarts off the front there and didn’t manage to mess up any of them. It’s just disappointing, you know. I just feel bad for my guys, that I let them down.”
The victory allowed Edward to cut into Kyle Busch’s points lead. Busch’s lead is now 192 points over Edwards.
Busch appeared headed for a top five finish but on a late-race restart, he got involved in a wreck in a corner which appeared to have been the fault of Edwards. Edwards made it through the mass of spinning cars but Busch did not.
Busch got back on track to finish 10th.
Jacques Villeneuve finished fourth and Brad Keselowski was fifth.One Comment