Marcos Ambrose takes Canada by force: The NAPA Auto Parts 200 Review

Marcos Ambrose in the No. 9 Stanley Ford takes a corner during the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 20 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Credit: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

Marcos Ambrose overcame Jaques Villeneuve blasting into him, and a series of cautions to win the only Nationwide Race he will be entered in this year. 

Ambrose, driving the same paint scheme that he won with last week in the Sprint Cup Series, proved yet again that he's a Road Ringer.  I struggle to call Ambrose a full time Nascar driver, as he has been very mediocre at other tracks.  The difference between Ambrose and Juan Montoya is that Montoya can win, and runs well at most tracks. 

This was a terrible race for Ricky Stenhouse as he was just barely able to hang on to the points lead.  It's now a three dog race with Sadler, Sorenson and Stenhouse.  Scott Speed had a great run and proved that he's not dead yet.  It's time for the magic of road courses to be done until 2012, and I for one will miss them.

Results and more after the jump!

 

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 9 9 Marcos Ambrose(i) Stanley Ford 74 Running
2 2 12 Alex Tagliani Hot Wheels Dodge 74 Running
3 5 18 Michael McDowell(i) Sherwin Williams Toyota 74 Running
4 7 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 74 Running
5 21 67 J R Fitzpatrick Go Canada Racing Ford 74 Running
6 4 33 Scott Speed Rheem Heating Cooling and Water Heating Chevy 74 Running
7 14 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal Ford 74 Running
8 10 31 Justin Allgaier Florida Gulf Safe Chevy 74 Running
9 3 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy 74 Running
10 16 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy 74 Running
11 13 5 Ron Fellows Canadian Tire Chevy 74 Running
12 19 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota 74 Running
13 15 64 Jason Bowles Fuel Doctor Toyota 74 Running
14 22 97 Kyle Kelley NEMCO Motorsports Chevy 74 Running
15 29 19 Mike Bliss Del Monte Chevy 74 Running
16 24 09 Kenny Wallace Toyota Toyota 74 Running
17 27 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevy 74 Running
18 28 62 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Toyota 74 Running
19 34 39 Luis Martinez Jr. King Taco Ford 74 Running
20 20 88 Aric Almirola Grand Touring Vodka Chevy 74 Running
21 36 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 74 Running
22 32 15 Timmy Hill # Rick Ware Racing Ford 74 Running
23 17 16 Trevor Bayne 3M Ford 74 Running
24 25 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevy 74 Running
25 23 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevy 73 Running
26 18 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 72 Engine
27 1 22 Jacques Villeneuve Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge 72 Running
28 41 52 Louis-Philippe Dumoulin Jimmy Means Motorsports Chevy 72 Running
29 35 40 Josh Wise Key Motorsports Chevy 72 Running
30 39 81 Maryeve Dufault Quebec Dodge Dealers Dodge 69 Running
31 6 77 Robby Gordon(i) MAPEI/Menards/SPEED Energy Dodge 67 Engine
32 8 99 Patrick Carpentier NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 65 Accident
33 26 23 Alex Kennedy Media Master Chevy 64 Suspension
34 31 75 Tomy Drissi(i) Alvin And The Chipmunks-Chipwrecked Ford 64 Rear Gear
35 40 28 Derrike Cope Jay Robinson Racing Dodge 59 Transmission
36 33 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds Chevy 54 Running
37 12 30 Boris Said(i) Great Clips Chevy 51 Accident
38 38 70 Blake Koch # Daystar.com Dodge 47 Electrical
39 37 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines Chevy 45 Rear Gear
40 43 13 DJ Kennington DrivenMale.com Dodge 28 Suspension
41 11 53 Andrew Ranger Quebec Dodge Dealers Dodge 23 Engine
42 42 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus Chevy 5 Start and Park
43 30 44 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Chevy 1 Start and Park

 

I cannot go an article without talking about Alex Tagliani.  Tag had a great run that almost ended with his first Nascar win.  It would have been something.  Fellow Canadian Patrick Carpentier didn't have quite as good of a run.

 

Pos Car # Driver Points Wins
1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 834 2
2 2 Elliott Sadler 826 0
3 32 Reed Sorenson 825 1
4 31 Justin Allgaier 772 1
5 88 Aric Almirola 770 0
6 38 Jason Leffler 739 0
7 09 Kenny Wallace 714 0
8 66 Steve Wallace 676 0
9 11 Brian Scott 658 0
10 62 Michael Annett 649 0

 

There is still a chance for the top 3 to falter, so Allgaier, Almirola and Leffler are not out of it yet, but time is running out.  Sadler will need to crack the win total if he hopes to win the championship.

 

Pos Car # Owner Points
1 18 Joe Gibbs 912
2 60 Jack Roush 870
3 32 Sandra Turner 854
4 33 Delana Harvick 835
5 6 Jack Roush 834
6 2 Delana Harvick 826
7 22 Roger Penske 804
8 31 Steve Turner 772
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 770
10 7 Kelley Earnhardt 750

 

I've decided to omit the top 30, since it has not and will not change for the rest of the year.  I could almost omit the top 10 in Owner points as well, since it would take a string of bad races for the #18 team to not win it. 

Join us later in the week for a preview of the next event.  We are going to Bristol Tennessee for some good old fashioned Short Track Racing.  Enjoy!

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