Justin Allgaier Wins Wild One From Montreal
Justin Allgaier took the victory in a wild race from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada today by using the bump and run on Jacques Villeneuve, the son of the man the track is named for.
It took three Green-White-Checkered restarts to get to the finish of the race, but it was a crazy finish. Villenueve, a former Formula One world champion was the leader on the restart, and Elliott Sadler restarted alongside in second. Allgaier restarted third, but got a great restart to get to second by the first corner. He stayed close to Villeneueve for a lap, and was able to get up under Villeneuve's rear bumper entering turn seven and shoved Villenueve out of the lead. Villenueve not only lost the lead, but also lost second place to Sam Hornish Jr.
Afterwards, Villenueve was not happy with the way Allgaier raced him. Villeneuve told Tom Jensen of SPEED, "It's very frustrating because Roger Penske gave me a car that was unbeatable today. But then I guess Justin Allgaier decided that he had to win and the only way he could do that was to take me out."
Villenueve was not the only one to be pushed off the track by a competitor, and he actually did it to someone else. On a restart with 15 laps to go IndyCar Series regular Alex Tagliani pushed his way past Villenueve and into the lead. With about seven laps remaining Villeneuve caught Tagliani and spun him. ESPN played a replay with audio to show that Villenueve never even lifted when he made contact with the back of Tagliani's car.
That wasn't the only excitement to take place though.
On the first Green-White-Checkered restart Tagliani tried to pass three rows of cars on the inside, but didn't make the corner. Instead he ended up causing a 10-car crash in turn one.
On the next restart Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tried to pass Villenueve but instead he spun himself out.
Hornish was involved in two different accidents, one with Michael McDowell and the other with Danica Patrick, but was still able to finish second.
Patrick looked like she had the car to beat today and might finally get her first Nationwide Series win, but her chance was taken away in a freak incident when a spectator threw a shoe onto the race track. Patrick ran over the shoe and it broke a part in the rear-end housing. Patrick took the car behind the wall to have it repaired and lost six laps to the leaders. She would come back on the track only to get involved in another accident. She would finish 27th.
Sam Hornish Jr.
1) Elliott Sadler
2) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -22
3) Sam Hornish Jr. -22
4) Austin Dillon -35
5) Justin Allgaier -65