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Ambrose chokes, Edwards wins in Montreal

Nationwide race in wet Montreal
Sunday, August 30, 2009

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Carl Edwards
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Swear out a warrant.

On second thought, break out the champagne.

Carl Edwards’ grand larceny Sunday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ended with a back flip and a celebration, not a jail term.

With a pass for the lead on the final corner of the final lap of the Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200, Edwards capitalized on the only mistake Marcos Ambrose made all day to win his first road-course race in one of NASCAR’s top three divisions.

Running on rain tires after a mandatory change for the entire field on Lap 61, Edwards hounded Ambrose for both laps of a green-white-checkered-flag finish and made the winning pass after Ambrose’s car got airborne over the curbing and lost momentum in the final turn of Lap 76.

In collecting his third Nationwide Series victory of the season and the 23rd of his career, Edwards gave Roush Fenway Racing its first road-course win in the series.

The Start
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“The two laps, Andrew Ranger (who finished third) and I went side by side into Turn 1 (on Lap 75),” said Edwards who trimmed the series points lead of 10th-place finisher Kyle Busch from 248 to 192. “He pinched me off into the grass—which I probably would have done if I was him, too—and I just drove into his door, and we came off of Turn 2 banging doors.

“It was wild, and I thought the whole time Marcos was going to get away with this thing. I broke away from Andrew, and I just gave it everything I had on that last lap, and Marcos just made that one mistake through the curves at the end and gave me the chance to get by.”

Jacques Villeneuve
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Former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve ran fourth to the delight of partisan Quebecers in the packed grandstands. Brad Keselowski came home fifth and tightened his hold on third place in the points standings.

Ambrose, who has finished seventh, third and second in the series’ three races at the 2.7-mile course was despondent at not closing out Edwards after leading 60 laps.

“I just made a mistake at the end there and lost the race,” Ambrose said. “Any other lap, any other corner, I would have got it straight back. It just happened to be the last corner of the race. We had a drag race coming off the hairpin. Carl got position on me, and I had to try to make sure I (outbraked) him.

“I feel pretty devastated, because I let my boys down. We came here to win, and anything less than that was a disappointment.”

Ambrose was not smiling after choking on the final corner after leading all race long
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Ambrose was in the lead and in control when NASCAR called the eighth caution of the afternoon after a shower hit the racetrack as the cars were working Lap 59. Two laps later, NASCAR ordered the cars to pit road and red-flagged the race while crews mounted rain tires and installed wipers and lights.

After refiring the engines, the field took the green flag double-file on Lap 64, with Ambrose in the lead and Ranger beside him on the front row. Ambrose held the top spot through three more cautions before Edwards, who led three times for three laps, made his move in the final corner.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 60 Carl Edwards Ford CitiFinancial 190/5 76 Running
2 1 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Armor All 180/10 76 Running
3 9 11 Andrew Ranger Toyota Ridemakerz 170/5 76 Running
4 6 32 Jacques Villeneuve Toyota Dollar General 165/5 76 Running
5 19 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 155/0 76 Running
6 33 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 150/0 76 Running
7 16 23 Jean-Francois Dumoulin Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 146/0 76 Running
8 11 29 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 142/0 76 Running
9 17 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet US Fidelis 138/0 76 Running
10 12 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 134/0 76 Running
11 32 81 Michael McDowell * Dodge Quebec Dodge Dealer Association 130/0 76 Running
12 29 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 127/0 76 Running
13 8 186 Antonio Perez Dodge Continental Electric / Telmex / Chivas Racing 124/0 76 Running
14 36 05 Victor Gonzalez Jr. Ford Global Dehumidificat-ion Solutions / Ford Racing 121/0 76 Running
15 10 198 Paul Menard Ford Tarkett / Menards 118/0 76 Running
16 13 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 115/0 76 Running
17 38 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Thank You Fans 112/0 76 Running
18 31 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Hype Energy Drink 109/0 76 Running
19 30 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 106/0 76 Running
20 28 1 Max Papis Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 103/0 76 Running
21 37 175 Brett Rowe Chevrolet Imperial Bedding Company 100/0 76 Running
22 41 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 97/0 76 Running
23 21 27 Jason Keller Ford Scott Towels / Uniprix 94/0 76 Running
24 34 141 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet M3 -- Matthews Mobile Media 91/0 76 Running
25 4 09 Boris Said Ford Zaxby's 85/0 76 Running
26 23 81 Alex Tagliani Dodge Quebec Dodge Dealer Association 88/0 76 Running
27 18 33 J.R. Fitzpatrick Chevrolet Schick 82/0 75 Running
28 5 20 Brad Coleman Toyota BigSpot.com 79/0 72 Accident
29 22 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 76/0 70 Accident
30 7 10 Justin Marks Toyota Future Electronics 73/0 70 Accident
31 25 40 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Key Motorsports 70/0 67 Running
32 24 61 D.J. Kennington Ford Castrol / Northern Provincial Pipelines 67/0 57 Accident
33 26 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 64/0 39 Fuel Pump
34 20 87 Mike Bliss Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 61/0 30 Brakes
35 3 5 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Fastenal 58/0 26 Accident
36 39 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 55/0 25 Accident
37 14 0 Andy Lally Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 52/0 17 Brakes
38 40 99 Patrick Carpentier Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 49/0 15 Engine
39 43 52 Tony Ave Chevrolet Means Racing 46/0 14 Brakes
40 15 16 Colin Braun Ford 3M 43/0 2 Engine
41 27 90 Chris Cook Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 1 Brakes
42 42 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge 2XL SoundGear/ ConelyAuto.com 37/0 1 Brakes
43 35 91 Tom Hubert Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 34/0 0 Overheating

* Denotes Rookie

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