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!
|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!