Justin Allgaier Breaks Through at Montreal, Jacques Villeneuve Breaks Everything Else

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 18: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #31 Brandt Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series sixth annual NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 18, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the perfect race course. It has hosted world class formula 1 races, IndyCar, GRAND-AM, and most recently -- some of best finishes in NASCAR history. It was built for action, and that's exactly what Saturday's NAPA Auto Parts 200 delivered.

Several late cautions and two extensive overtime attempts turned the race into a fuel mileage affair, leaving several of the frontrunners, including Villeneuve less than a lap short of making the extended race distance. Villeneuve's team opted to gamble, maintaining their track position for the final restart. This proved costly as Villeneuve's fuel-conservative approach on the last lap resulted in contact with Justin Allgaier on the exit of turn six.

Allgaier completed the bump-and-run, Sam Hornish Jr. followed into second, and Villeneuve settled for third.

It was a sort of redemption for Allgaier who had lost a fuel mileage race at Road America in 2011. In a race that featured eight cautions and dozens of battered race cars, Allgaier kept his fenders intact, maintained his track position, giving him the opportunity to capitalize on Villeneuve's bad luck.

It's his first win of the season, third of his career, and first since June 2011 at Chicagoland Speedway.

"I don't know if he went into protect mode," Allgaier said. "We knew he was going to be close on gas. My first thought was he was out. I had too much steam running my normal pace, and we got together. I'm sure he's not happy about that, but I know that the 30 (Alex Tagliani) got taken out by that car. I guess at the end of the day what goes around comes around."

More on that and a complete finishing order can be found after the jump.

With all due respect to Allgaier's gutsy performance, the main story leaving the Auto Parts 200 was the continued aggressive driving of Jacques Villanueve.

It's becoming a trend.

Without fail, something snaps in Villenueve with about 10 laps to go in every road course race he competes in. His talent is a double-edged sword in that he will always make his way to the front in the closing laps. However, he lacks the patience to methodically work-over the competition, and is one of the most vindictive competitors to ever snap on a helmet.

Alex Tagliani's daring move for the lead with 11 laps to go was bold, but not malicious. That would be Villanueve's response a few laps later when he attempted to eliminate Tagliani from contention -- and was successful. Beyond that, Tagliani is the latest of a long-line of victims that include Danica Patrick, Max Papis, and Brian Scott.

I'm surprised that NASCAR didn't immediately disqualify Villenueve. His spinning Tagliani was beyond 'Have at it, boys.' It's a continuous disrespect for NASCAR, its drivers, and the discipline. Alas, NASCAR let him continue and karma finished the job.

It really wouldn't be that surprising if this was Villenueve's last race. Winning at the track named for his late father means a lot, but it's only going to get more difficult as he continues to provoke the roster. These races are a lot of fun but Villenueve is starting to turn them into a complete cluster.


Final Laps: Allgaier muscles his way to victory (via TheOfficialNASCAR)

Post-Race Reactions: NAPA Auto Parts 200 (via TheOfficialNASCAR)

Race Results

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
6th Annual NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 presented by Dodge
Provided by NASCAR Statistics Saturday, 8/18/2012 @ 6:22 PM Eastern
Fin Str Car Driver Team Lap Pts BPts Status TLd LLd
1 15 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 81 47 4 Running 1 1
2 2 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Alliance Truck Parts Dodge 81 43 1 Running 3 4
3 3 22 Jacques Villeneuve Dodge Dodge 81 43 2 Running 4 43
4 17 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 81 41 1 Running 1 6
5 8 5 Ron Fellows Canadian Tire Chevrolet 81 39 Running
6 6 18 Michael McDowell(i) FedEx Express Toyota 81 0 Running
7 22 01 Mike Wallace TradeBank Chevrolet 81 37 Running
8 9 60 Billy Johnson Roush Fenway 25 Winning Years Ford 81 36 Running
9 19 3 Austin Dillon # Advocare Chevrolet 81 35 Running
10 5 54 Kyle Busch(i) Monster Energy Toyota 81 0 Running
11 11 33 Brendan Gaughan(i) South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 81 0 Running
12 16 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 81 32 Running
13 23 44 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 81 31 Running
14 32 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil/Noah's Light Foundation Toyota 81 30 Running
15 20 87 Alex Kennedy Global Barter Corporation/Dream Factory Toyota 81 29 Running
16 34 40 Erik Darnell Key Motorsports Chevrolet 81 28 Running
17 36 39 Tim Andrews Go Green Racing Ford 81 27 Running
18 42 24 Derek White SR2 Motorsports Chevrolet 81 26 Running
19 41 14 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota 81 25 Running
20 21 38 Brad Sweet # Great Clips Chevrolet 81 24 Running
21 27 59 Kyle Kelley Jamison Eng./UPR.com Chevrolet 81 23 Running
22 1 30 Alex Tagliani Oasis/Motegi Racing Chevrolet 81 23 1 Running 3 7
23 31 4 Daryl Harr Danny Efland Racing Chevrolet 81 21 Running
24 10 11 Brian Scott Dollar General Toyota 81 20 Running
25 26 51 Jeremy Clements USS James E Williams DDG 95 Chevrolet 81 19 Running
26 18 81 Jason Bowles # American Majority Toyota 77 18 Brakes
27 4 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 75 18 1 Running 1 20
28 33 43 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Ford 73 16 Running
29 13 99 Patrick Carpentier NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 69 15 Running
30 39 70 Joe Nemechek ML Motorsports Dodge 62 14 Radiator
31 37 26 John Young Eklekt Technologies Group Dodge 59 13 Drive Train
32 12 27 Andrew Ranger Dodge Dodge 57 12 Suspension
33 7 88 Cole Whitt # TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet 54 11 Engine
34 28 75 Kenny Habul SunEnergy 1 Racing, LLC Toyota 46 10 Accident
35 38 23 Dexter Stacey North Texas Pipe Chevrolet 30 9 Accident
36 29 41 Timmy Hill Lilly Trucking Ford 21 8 Transmission
37 14 53 Eric Curran Whelen/Team Fox Dodge 15 7 Transmission
38 35 08 Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin Randy Hill Racing Ford 14 6 Suspension
39 24 15 Chris Cook(i) Lilly Trucking Chevrolet 6 0 Brakes
40 43 47 Matt DiBenedetto Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 6 4 Overheating
41 30 42 Blake Koch Key Motorsports Chevrolet 5 3 Brakes
42 40 46 Chase Miller The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 4 2 Brakes
43 25 10 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 2 1 Vibration
# = Rookie, Fin = Finish, Str = Start, Pts = Total Points, BPs = Lap Leader Bns Pts, TLd = Times Led, LLd = Laps Led. (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Average Speed: 70.043 MPH Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 07 Mins, 58 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.353 Seconds
Lead Changes: 12 among 6 drivers Cautions: 8 for 22 laps Attendance: 60,000

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