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Coordinates: 45°30′2.08″N 73°31′20.86″W / 45.5005778°N 73.5224611°W / 45.5005778; -73.5224611

The 2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200[a] was the sixth running of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 race, a discontinued NASCAR Nationwide Series event that was held on August 18, 2012, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec.

2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200
Race details[1]
Race 22 of 33 in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season
Date August 18, 2012 (2012-August-18)
Official name NAPA Auto Parts 200
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Course Permanent racing facility
2.709 mi (4.360 km)
Distance 81 laps, 219.429 mi (342.700 km)
Scheduled Distance 74 laps, 200.5 mi (322.7 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures of 25.2 °C (77.4 °F); wind speeds of 15 kilometres per hour (9.3 mph)
Average speed 70.043 miles per hour (112.723 km/h)
Attendance 60,000
Pole position
Driver Turner Motorsports
Time 100.865 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Jacques Villeneuve Penske Racing
Laps 43
Winner
No. 31 Justin Allgaier Turner Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Marty Reid

This was the final race ever held in Montreal for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and took place on a temporary road course. The scheduled total distance of the racing event was 200.5 miles or 322.7 kilometres. However, NASCAR officials decided to lengthen this race in an attempt to implement two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. Kyle Busch was the most favored driver at this racing event; with sports gambling websites giving him 5-to-2 odds for winning.[2]

Contents

SummaryEdit

More than 27% of this race was contested under a caution flag and green flags only lasted about seven laps on average. While accidents and debris were rare; cars were known to spin into hazardous conditions and the need for full-course cautions were given out alongside the "local" cautions usually found at events that are not considered to be oval tracks. While Alex Tagliani and Sam Hornish, Jr. were the main competitors for the lead in the first seven laps of the race, the final 54 laps of the race would be a five-way struggle to win the race. Notable drivers like Jacques Villeneuve, Elliott Sadler, Alex Tagliani and Justin Allgaier would be the drivers to beat. Daryl Harr ended up scoring his best career finish and only lead lap finish at this race.[3]

After three hours and seven minutes of racing, Justin Allgaier defeated Sam Hornish, Jr. by nearly four-thousandths of a second in front of a live audience of sixty thousand people.[3] The pre-race ceremonies began at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time with the invocation in both of Canada's official languages along with the national anthems of Canada (O Canada in a mixture of French and English) and the United States of America (a completely English version of The Star-Spangled Banner).[4] Actual racing began at approximately 2:49 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time and ended at approximately 5:56 PM EDT.[2] Allgaier allegedly bumped a slower moving Jacques Villeneuve out of the way; extending his winless drought at this race track to 19 years.[5] Villeneuve was running out of gas in the final lap of this racing event and would have needed luck to win the race. Villeneuve said when interviewed that he was not out of gas, but that Justin Allgaier won by shoving him around and said that he should have won the race.[6] Danica Patrick was leading a good deal of laps and had a decent chance to win the race. A good finish wasn't in the cards, however, as someone threw a shoe on the track for some reason. Patrick hit the shoe, which came apart on impact, and the rogue footwear broke something under her car causing her to fall back and eventually have to pit for repairs, losing laps and any chance at even scoring a top-20 finish.

Jeff Green would be the last-place finisher due to a bad vibration in his vehicle on the second lap of this 81-lap race. Brian Scott, Michael Annett, and Patrick Carpentier were promising drivers that ended up finishing in the middle of the pack. Besides Allgaier and Hornish Jr., the other finishers in the "top ten" were Jacques Villeneuve, Elliot Sadler, Ron Fellows, Michael McDowell, Mike Wallace, Billy Johnson, Austin Dillon, and Kyle Busch. There were 43 drivers on the grid; Ryan Ellis was the only driver who didn't qualify for this race.[7] His inadequate maximum speed of 90.309 miles per hour (145.338 km/h) would be relatively slow even when qualifying for a road course event.[8] Competitors for this race came from three different countries including: Canada, the United States of America, and Australian-born Kenny Habul.[3] Chris Cook switched from Sprint Cup Series to Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series points at this event; earning himself 5 points for qualifying for the race and finishing in 39th place.

Notable crew chiefs for this race were Tony Eury, Jr. in addition to Tony Eury, Sr., Mike Beam, Jason Overstreet, Scott Zapadelli among others.[9]

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Qualifying time[8] Speed[8]
1 30 Alex Tagliani Chevrolet 100.865 96.688
2 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge 100.905 96.649
3 22 Jacques Villeneuve Dodge 100.922 96.633
4 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 101.409 96.169
5 54 Kyle Busch Toyota 101.415 96.163
6 18 Michael McDowell Toyota 101.725 95.870
7 88 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 101.742 95.854
8 5 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 101.769 95.829
9 60 Billy Johnson Ford 101.999 95.613
10 11 Brian Scott Ford 102.031 95.583

Prize summaryEdit

While last-place finisher Jeff Green walked away with an insignificant $19,392 in American dollars ($21,163 when adjusted for inflation), Justin Allgaier was justly rewarded for his victory by a payout bonus of $94,318 American dollars ($102,931 when adjusted for inflation).[10]

TimelineEdit

Section reference: [3]

  • Start of race: Alex Tagliani had the pole position to begin the event
  • Lap 2: Vibration problems got the best of Jeff Green
  • Lap 3: Sam Hornish, Jr. took over the lead from Alex Tagliani
  • Lap 4: Alex Tagliani took over the lead from Sam Hornish, Jr.; Chase Miller noticed that his brakes no longer worked correctly
  • Lap 5: Blake Koch noticed that his brakes stopped working
  • Lap 6: Sam Hornish, Jr. took over the lead from Alex Tagliani; Matt DiBenedetto had handling problems with his vehicle
  • Lap 8: Jacques Villeneuve took over the lead from Sam Hornish, Jr.
  • Lap 14: Louis-Philippe Dumoulin's vehicle suffered from suspension issues
  • Lap 15: Eric Curran's vehicle developed a faulty transmission
  • Lap 20: Sam Hornish, Jr. took over the lead from Jacques Villeneuve
  • Lap 21: Danica Patrick took over the lead from Sam Hornish, Jr.; Timmy Hill had to leave the race due to transmission issues
  • Lap 30: Dexter Stacy had a terminal crash
  • Lap 41: Jacques Villeneuve took over the lead from Danica Patrick
  • Lap 46: Elliott Sadler took over the lead from Jacques Villeneuve; Kenny Habul had a terminal crash
  • Lap 52: Jacques Villeneuve took over the lead from Elliott Sadler
  • Lap 54: Cole Whitt had to retire from the race due to engine concerns
  • Lap 57: Andrew Ranger noticed that his vehicle's suspension was acting strangely
  • Lap 59: The drive train of John Young's vehicle became problematic
  • Lap 62: Joe Nemechek's radiator started acting in a strange manner
  • Lap 64: Alex Tagliani took over the lead from Jacques Villeneuve
  • Lap 67: Jacques Villeneuve took over the lead from Alex Tagliani
  • Lap 77: Jason Bowles noticed that his brakes no longer worked properly
  • Lap 81: Justin Allgaier took over the lead from Jacques Villeneuve
  • Finish: Justin Allgaier finished the event as the winner

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[3] Differential
1 Elliott Sadler 824 0
2 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 802 -22
2 Sam Hornish, Jr. 802 -22
4 Austin Dillon 789 -35
5 Justin Allgaier 756 -68
6 Michael Annett 690 -134
7 Cole Whitt 633 -191
8 Mike Bliss 609 -215
9 Brian Scott 540 -284
10 Joe Nemechek 506 -318

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Officially known in French as NAPA Pièces d'auto 200 présenté par Dodge
Preceded by
2012 Zippo 200 at the Glen
NASCAR Nationwide Series season
2012
Succeeded by
2012 Food City 250
Preceded by
2011
NAPA Auto Parts 200 races
2012
Succeeded by
none