The NASCAR Nationwide Series went north of the border this weekend for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Could Jacques Villeneuve win at the track named after his father? Would Marcos Ambrose overcome his disappointing past in Canada? Would an ace take the win or would we see a surprise in Victory Lane?

Eyes were also on rookie Paulie Harraka, who made his Nationwide Series debut at Montreal, and started in the 31st spot. Robby Gordon in the No. 07 had a troublesome Saturday, and would also have to battle his way from the back of the pack.

Ambrose, on the outside, led the field to the green flag, and immediately left Villeneuve and Edwards to battle for second. They were double file throughout the field. The No. 43 of Justin Marks spun in turn seven, but the race stayed green.

Joey Logano was able to overtake Edwards for second, and the field was far more strung out the second lap. Ambrose and Villeneuve had pulled away from the rest of the field. Kyle Kelly and Tayler Malsam both spun in turn nine, but as with Marks they were both able to continue.

The first caution of the race came out on lap three for debris in turn 14. Before that, Brad Coleman nudged Brad Keslowski out of his way for position; the two had contact earlier in the year at Road America when Keselowski bumped Coleman out of the lead.

After delaying the restart for several laps, Ambrose led the field to green on lap seven and had yet another amazing restart. The middle of the pack was two wide once again but they were able to make it through without incident. Contact between Alex Kennedy and JR Fitzpatrick, but they too were able to continue.

Brian Scott with a ton of damage on his No. 11 after Kennedy got loose and slammed into him. The incident would bring out the second caution of the day.

On lap 12 it was the same old story for Ambrose, who left the field in the dust on the restart. Logano raced Villeneuve hard for second, and ended up going in the grass attempting to pass him. There was tire rub on the ride side of the No. 20, which was being pressured from behind nearly the entire lap by Edwards. Logano would be passed by Edwards and Said before hitting pit road.

It was a rough stop for Logano, as a crew had trouble working on the car and he stalledA five care pileup brought out the third caution of the day. Robby Gordon, Paulie Harraka, Ricky Stenhouse, Tony Raines and Joe Nemechek were all involved. Kelly spun the No. 97 of Nemechek, clogging up the track and leaving several drivers with no where to go.

Carl Edwards made a stop under the caution despite pit road being closed, so he would restart 24th. Patrick Carpentier, Boris Said and Paul Menard also among the cars who came down pit road.

The race finally restarted on lap 17, and Villeneuve was finally able to hang with Ambrose as his loyal Canadian fans went wild in the stands. The No. 32 tried to squeeze by the Australian but was unable to do so and Ambrose maintained the lead, but did have some damage on his car from the contact.

Tommy Drissi, running in the 14th position, spun on lap 19 and, later that same lap Steve Wallace was spun by Ron Fellows in the No. 88. Wallace made a pit stop and neither incident brought out the yellow.

Full course yellow on lap 21 after Wallace lost an engine and left a ton of oil on the race track. Under the caution the leaders came down pit road for what was for most their first stop of the day. Ambrose came off pit road first, but because four cars- Gordon, Anthony Gonzalez, Jr., Brendan Gaughan and Tony Ave- stayed on track, Ambrose restarted fifth.

Robby Gordon on driver’s right led the field to the green on lap 25 but Gonzalez was able to grab the lead! Ambrose made if three wide and was nearly sideways after contact with the No. 59, but managed to save it. Villeneueve used the contact to his advantage and passed the No. 47, while Gordon took the lead back from Gonzalez.

Boris Said and Edwards moved into second and third on lap 26. Further in the pack Ambrose continued to muscle his way through the pack. Carpentier and Gonzalez made contact just ahead and Ambrose was able to capitalize, assigning both the No. 32 and No. 05 of Gonzalez. Edwards was able to take second from Said just as they completed the 26th lap of the scheduled 74.

At the hairpin on lap 29, Edwards was able to catch and pass Gordon for the lead. Brad Coleman went to pass Colin Braun and got Braun’s rear bar stuck in his tire (you read that correctly) and had to stop on lap 32 for repairs, losing a lap in the process. Meanwhile, Ambrose was in third and quickly chasing down the leaders.

Getting into turn 10 too hot, Villeneuve gave up fourth spot to Said while Ambrose caught Gordon. The Australian was all over Gordon’s bumper and finally passed him, driving away.

Racing for fifth Villeneuve got into the back of Said and spun him. JR Fitzpatrick also spun in turn 12, but the race stayed green after both incident. Ambrose by lap 35 was on Edwards’ bumper and the following lapped was waved by after a bit of contact.

Fellows and Kligerman and Logano and Papis were a couple of two car incidents while the race was at commercial, but no caution. Ambrose, expanding his lead over the field, worried that he was having battery issues, reporting he had no volts left. With 35 laps remaining and the leader having power issues Edwards was able to chase him down. Edwards was able to take the lead the following lap.

With 29 laps remaining Edwards, Villeneuve, Carpentier, Ambrose and Menard all came down pit road. The No. 47 crew also made a battery change, and went a lap down. The stops put Keselowski and Papis as the first and second place runners, with the No. 33 all over the bumper of the championship leader. Papis gained the lead with 28 to go as Keselowski made his final pit stop of the race, along with Logano. Ambrose rejoined the race in 30th, two laps down.

Fellows and Papis pit on lap 48, along with Leffler, Fitzpatrick and Trevor Bayne, putting Edwards back in the top spot. With 50 remained the No. 34 of Raines spun after contact from Ambrose but the race stayed green. Raines was not happy and got under the No. 47, but Ambrose was able to save it. A lap later track bar problems sent local favorite Carpentier to the garage, and Ambrose hit pit road, before he too took his car behind the wall.

“We’re trying everything we can, and it’s just not working for us,” Ambrose said.

Meanwhile 21 laps remained and it was Edwards, Gordon ,Villeneuve, Menard and Keselowski in the top five.

Under twenty to go and Papis, quiet for much of the day, entered the top five as Villeneuve began to feel heat from Keselowski behind him. More trouble for Gaughan as wheel hop sent him spinning, and he continued on in 15th. Edwards was over six seconds ahead of second place Gordon with the laps continuing to run down.

Fifteen laps remained and Menard began challenging Papis for fourth, while Keselowski ran behind both of them in the sixth position. The following lap Keselowski began pressuring Menard for the spot, racing him hard the entire lap before taking the spot with 13 laps to go.

The race continued as was until nine laps remained and Michael Annett hit the wall and brought out a full course caution. And trouble for the leader Edwards, who broke a rear track bar. Thirteen cars were on the lead lap, and Gordon was close on fuel. What would be the strategy to finish the race?

Villeneuve was among those who pit and restarted seventh.

Edwards did return to the track as the race remained under caution, losing just a lap due to repairs, but with seven laps to go his track bar broke again and he went to the garage.

Gordon and Papis were side by side and led the field to the start with just six laps to go. Papis took the lead but Gordon was not ready to give up the lead. Gordon ran him into the grass, but the No. 33 held it together and made it three wide.

Behind the chaos, Villeneuve tagged Leffler and the No. 16 of Colin Braun ran into the back of the No. 6 of Stenhouse, causing heavy damage to both cars. Parker Kligerman received minimal damage after squeezing between Leffler and the wall. Tayler Malsam was also collected in the incident. Through the chaos, Said was able to take second from Papis, and Villeneuve was shown in fourth.

So it was Gordon, looking for redemption, and Said side by side leading the field to the green with just three laps to go. Gordon got a good start and was able to hold the lead. Villeneuve, however, did not but was able to stay in fourth. Said was all over Gordon, who had Papis on his bumper but the No. 32 was on his! Who would come out with the win?

Villeneuve raced Papis hard as they entered the hair pin, and trying to block him Keselowski moved to take the spot from Papis. Once again Papis prevailed and Said continued to stalk Gordon, though he’d lost ground.

With two laps to go Keselowski made contact with Villeneuve but was unable to take the spot. While racing side by side with Fitzpatrick, Bayne was sent hard into the wall, losing a tire in the process. Behind that, Leffler wheel hopped and also made hard contact with the wall.

Caution, for the seventh time and with two laps remained in the scheduled distance, was out. Gordon would still be close on fuel, and he’d have Said, Villeneuve and Papis to contend with on a green-white-checkered.

NASCAR red flagged the event just as they passed the scheduled distance, helping Gordon out with his fuel. But how much?

After a 13 minute red flag the field went back under the yellow gearing up for the first of three possible attempts at a GWC. Gordon was warned by NASCAR to maintain speed as he tried to desperately to save fuel.

Said hung with Gordon and then Papis and Villeneuve made it three wide with Gordon in the middle, but Gordon regained. Gordon would then run out of fuel, with two laps still remaining. Papis and Villeneueve were left to make up lost time on Said while contact between Logano and Fitzpatrick sent the No. 7 off track.

Papis was able to gain a lot of time on Said, but would he be able to pass? The No. 07 was able to get in the grass and away from the track, as to not bring out a caution. Nearing the white, Papis was all over the back of Said but unable to take it.

Villeneueve made his way around Papis but Papis made a cross over move and took back second. Papis drove hard into turn ten, desperately trying to close the gap between he and Said. In the final turns Papis was able to dive past the No. 09, but wheel hopped it and side by side they went down to the start finish line. In a photo finish Said was able to beat the Italian for the win.

Papis came home second, hometown boy Villeneuve third, Keselowski fourth and Menard rounded out the top five. Logano, Fitzpatrick, Kligerman, Justin Allgaier and Bayne finished the race sixth through tenth. Robby Gordon ended the day 14th, Edwards came home 20th and polesitter Ambrose finished 33rd.