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This week the Nationwide Series heads North to Montreal.  This is one of the dates that I have circled on my Nationwide Schedule.  It does happen to be funny that the series that actually goes outside of the US is called Nationwide and the Sprint Cup drivers never go north or south of US borders.  The Montreal race does offer Canadian Drivers a chance to be seen on the big screen in America.  I'll get to our Canadian Brothers after the jump.  This race, now in it's 4th year running, has only once been won by a Canadian driver.  Ron Fellows took it in 2008. Carl Edwards is the defending champion of this race.  It's road course racing at it's best.


Entry List and more after the JUMP!

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 00 Patrick Carpentier NAPA 10 Toyota Michael Waltrip
2 01 Mike Wallace JDavisMotorsports.com 10 Chevy Lori Davis
3 05 Victor Gonzalez Jr 31-W Insulation 10 Chevy Wayne Day
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Citifinancial 10 Ford Jack Roush
5 7 J R Fitzpatrick Schick Hydro 10 Chevy Bryan Mullet
6 07 Robby Gordon Mapei-Menards 10 Chevy Robby Gordon
7 09 Boris Said TBA 10 Ford Robby Benton
8 10 Tayler Malsam Iron Horse Jeans 08 Toyota Todd Braun
9 11 Brian Scott AccuDoc 10 Toyota Harry Scott Jr
10 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless 10 Dodge Roger Penske
11 15 Michael Annett Flying J 10 Toyota Bob Germain
12 16 Colin Braun 3M 10 Ford Jack Roush
13 18 Brad Coleman Safeway Driving Centers 10 Toyota Joe Gibbs
14 20 Joey Logano GameStop 10 Toyota Joe Gibbs
15 21 Morgan Shepherd Victory In Jesus 10 Chevy Richard Childress
16 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire / Ruby Tuesday 10 Dodge Jodi Geschickter
17 23 Alex Kennedy R3 Motorsports 10 Chevy Robert Richardson
18 24 D.J. Kennington Hefty Odor Block 09 Ford Ed Rensi
19 26 Parker Kligerman K-Automotive Motorsports 10 Dodge Bob Keselowski
20 27 Andrew Ranger Dodge 10 Dodge Mike Curb
21 28 Kenny Wallace TBA 10 Chevy Jay Robinson
22 31 Kevin O'Connell Toleo Gril 10 Chevy Rick Ware
23 32 Jacques Villeneuve Dollar General 08 Toyota Todd Braun
24 33 Max Papis TBD 10 Chevy Delana Harvick
25 34 Tony Raines Long John Silvers 10 Chevy Bob Jenkins
26 35 Tony Ave TBA 10 Chevy Mark Smith
27 36 Jeff Green [PC1] TBA 10 Chevy Mark Smith
28 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 08 Toyota Ralph Braun
29 40 Mike Bliss TBA 10 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
30 41 Stanton Barrett Rick Ware Racing 10 Chevy Rick Ware
31 43 Justin Marks TBA 10 Ford Mike Curb
32 47 Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie-Glad 10 Toyota Jodi Geschickter
33 52 Joey Scarallo TBA 10 Chevy Jimmy Means
34 59 Kyle Kelley UPR.com-Apex-A 1 Certified Solar 08 Chevy Bob Kelley
35 60 Carl Edwards Fastenal 10 Ford Jack Roush
36 61 Pierre Bourque TBA 10 Ford Doug Taylor
37 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino 10 Toyota Rusty Wallace
38 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 10 Toyota Rusty Wallace
39 70 Mark Green TBD 10 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
40 81 Michael McDowell K-Love 10 Dodge Pat MacDonald
41 82 Tomy Drissi Wall Street Movie 10 Dodge Gina MacDonald
42 87 Paulie Harraka NEMCO Motorsports 09 Chevy Andrea Nemechek
43 88 Ron Fellows Canadian Tire 10 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
44 89 Brett Rowe Victory in Jesus Racing 10 Chevy Cindy Shepherd
45 97 Joe Nemechek [PC2] Hostgator.com 09 Chevy Andrea Nemechek
46 98 Paul Menard Colonial Elegance/Menards 10 Ford Jack Roush
47 99 Trevor Bayne Out! Pet Care 10 Toyota Michael Waltrip

 

Canadian Patrick Carpenter will attempt to qualify the 00 for Michael Waltrip Racing. 

Victor Gonzales returns to the 05 this week.

Canadian J.R. Fitzpatrick returns to the 7 this week.

Robby Gordon will be making his first Nationwide Attempt of 2010 in the 07 Chevy.

Boris Said returns to the 09 this week.

Alex Kennedy returns to the 23 this week.

Canadian D. J. Kennington will try to qualify Eric McClure's 24 Ford this week.  Kennington drove last year for the 81 team in 6 races.  His one race for Specialty Racing last year was here at Montreal where he crashed out of the event.

Parker Kligerman will race Brian Keselowski's 26 this week.

I've very excited about this one, It's the return of two time Canadian Tire Champion Andrew Ranger.  We have all seen Ranger's Tide/Walmart 27 car on the side of Nascar R&R.  Ranger drove at Montreal last year in the 11 Toyota and finished 3rd.  He drove for the now defunct FitzBradshaw racing in 2008, where he made 5 starts with a best finish of 19th at Bristol.  Ranger will be driving in the Baker Curb #27 DODGE. Meaning that Ranger will not only take his Canadian Tire Number to Nationwide, he will also take his Manufacturer.  Keep an eye on Ranger this week.  He could wind up taking this one.

Kevin O'Connell will make his first attempt in the 31 this year.  O'Connell raced at Elkhart Lake earlier this year for Baker Curb but blew and engine.

Canada's best chance at a victory this week is Jacques Villeneuve.  He returns to the 32 this week. 

Italy's Max Papis will drive Kevin Harvick's 33 Chevy this week.  Papis has a great chance of showing that he belongs in Nascar with a good run here.

Tony Ave returns to the 35 this week.

Stanton Barrett returns to the 41 this week.

Currently 7th in ARCA points, driver Justin Marks will make his first 2010 Attempt in the Baker Curb 43 Ford. Marks raced in 5 races last year for Braun Racing's 10 Toyota but didn't fare to well. 

Marcos Ambrose will return to the track this week in the 47 Toyota.  I know I said that Watkins Glen was Ambrose's final race for JTG Daugherty in the Nationwide Series, but they made a liar out of me.  Ambrose will run Little Debbie colors this week.

Joey Scarallo will make his 3rd attempt in Nationwide as he returns to the 52 Chevy this week.

Kyle Kelley returns with his 59 team this week.

Canada's own Pierre Bourque will make his first ever attempt at a Nationwide Race in the 61 Ford.  Bourque is currently 11th in the Canadian Tire Point Standings.

2009 Trans Am Champion and current SCCA driver Tomy Drissi will make his first ever NASCAR attempt this week.  Drissi will drive a second MacDonald Motorsports entry this week.  Drissi owns an advertising firm that makes movie displays for Cinemas.  That may be why Wall Street: The Movie is the sponsor of the 82.

Currently 3rd in the K&N Pro Series Points, Paulie Harraka will make his first ever Nationwide race this week as he drives for Joe Nemechek in the 87 Chevy.  Harraka has 3 wins in the K&N series, so don't count him out just because he's in the NEMCO Chevy.

Canada's Ron Fellows, the guy who won this race two years ago, will be in the Canadian Tire 88 Chevy for JR Motorsports.  Fellows finished 2nd at Watkins Glen, 6th at Elkhart Lake, both in the 88.  Fellows is not one to count out of this one.  Ron has 4 career Nationwide wins.

Brett Rowe will pilot the 89 this week, as Morgan Shepherd is in the 21 this week.

With Harraka in the 87, Joe Nemechek will drive a second NEMCO Chevy this week.  The 97. If Jeff Green makes it in on time, Joe Nemechek would be able to use a Past Champions Provisional if Joe can't qualify on time.

Wow, I'm outta breath.  That was a lot of different drivers this week.  This is your last chance to see great Road Course Racing this year, so don't miss it.  Tune in Sunday at 2pm eastern to ESPN2 for the Napa Auto Parts 200 from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.  Enjoy!