Week 23 Newsletter
|The Nationwide Series Insider Review
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - Napa 200 - Weekend Update - Race 23
Canada. Rain is the story of the weekend. The Nationwide series completed the full
qualifying session and got the race started before the rain moved in. But the skies opened
up on lap 7. NASCAR waived the Red Flag and brought all the teams to pit road to put on
Goodyear Full Rain tires, install one windshield wiper and prep the cars for racing in the rain.
For the first time in series history, the Nationwide cars raced in the rain. Finally after six
years, Goodyear got to use the full rain tires they have been carrying to the road courses.
Unfortunately the rains got worse and the race was called as darkness was closing in and
the skies showed no sign of relief. At lap number 48 of the scheduled 74, Ron Fellows,
sitting on pit road in his rain soaked GoDaddy.com JR Motorsports car, was declared the
winner and brings home $109,963. Fellows is from Ontario, Canada. It was Fellows 4th
Nationwide Series win. Patrick Carpentier (#9) was 2nd, Marcos Ambrose (#59) was 3rd,
Ron Hornaday (#33) was 4th and Boris Said (#25) was 5th. As soon as the rain tires went
on, Ambrose domiated the race leading 27 laps, but speeding on pit road on lap 40 cost
him an almost sure run away win.
Funny thing is, after the craziness of last week at Indy, no one was complaining about safety,
the tires or the rain shortened race. Everyone interviewed said they had a blast trying to
figure out how to drive a 3,400 lbs car with one wiper making left AND right turns through the
puddles. Other than a few wrinkled cars, it was actually fun to watch.
The road racing ringers (9 in all) were out in full force and only 4 Sprint Cup regulars pulled
double duty this weekend. Canada's Native Sons were the obvious favorites with Carpentier
finishing 2nd and in contention all day. Jacques Villeneuve was up front all day, but hit a
puddle while under caution and crunched the front end. He limped home to 16th.
Series leader Clint Bowyer finished 9th and added to his points lead. Carl Edwards finished
6th and moved up to 2nd in points. Brad Keselowski finished 12 and dropped to 3rd in
Road racing is still on the agenda next week as the Nationwide Series moves to Watkins
Glen on August 9th at 3pm.
Trackside 1 Nationwide Series Teams:
#84 Mike Harmon Racing Chevy driven by Dale Quarterley -- qualified 40th and finished
42nd. The team brought in a road race ringer to ensure the car made it in to the race. Dale
was starting to move through traffic when the rains came. The team could not afford to risk
damage to the car and was not prepared to race in the rain. Dale parked the car on lap 7.
With the incentive NASCAR gives the teams to enter the two races outside the United States,
it was still a great payday with the team collecting $31,715 in winnings. This payout ensures
the team can attempt to qualify for the next three races at Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol.
Now 44th in owners points, the team is almost guaranteed a starting spot in qualifying is
rained out. Sponsorship opportunities available.
#92 Keselowski Automotive Dodge driven by Brian Keselowski -- did not make the trip to
Montreal because of a lack of sponsorship. Look for the #92 at Michigan International
Speedway, their home track, on August 16th. Sponsorship opportunities available.
The ARCA Series was the warm up band for Pocono this weekend in the Pennsylvania 200
and they dodged the rain drops Friday for a successful qualifying with Scott Speed sitting on
the pole and Crissy Wallace a notable 4th.
Justin Allgaier took the top spot and claimed his fifth career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory.
The rest of the top five were: 2nd Scott Speed (#2), 3rd Chase Miller (#9), 4th Matt Carter
(#46), 5th Robb Brent (#00). Mike Harmon (#24) qualified 34th and finished on the lead lap
Sprint Cup Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono
Keeping the theme of the weekend going, rain played a role at Pocono. Carl Edwards (#99)
was strong all day and led 53 of the 200 laps. Pit strategy as the rain approached had 5 of
the top 6 cars hit pit road for two tire stops and a splash and go. The Red Flag waived for
rain at lap 131. After a 41 minute rain delay, the race goes back to green with Kasey Kahne
leading the field at lap 145. Carl Edwards takes the lead for good on lap 187. Fuel strategy
dominated the final 13 laps as Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon all ran
out of gas on the last lap. Carl Edwards took the checkered flag on fumes to win the Sunoco
Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 taking home a $241,875 paycheck. The rest of the top 5 were:
2nd Tony Stewart (#20), 3rd Jimmie Johnson (#24), 4th Kevin Harvick (#29), 5th David
Craftsman Truck Series
The truck series had the weekend off. Look for them to race again on Saturday night August
9th at Nashville Superspeedway.
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