Allgaier bumps his way to first win of 2012

Jacques Villeneuve took a gamble on gas and it was looking like it might just pay off.

Everything was going his way, he needed caution laps to stretch his fuel load, and he got them. He needed to get past one of the fastest cars all day, and he was able to pass Danica Patrick when her car started driving off late in the race.

Villeneuve’s race was going well, his car was fast, and his fuel looked like it might just make it to the end. But then, on the second attempt at a Green-White-Checkered finish, as Villeneuve entered turn six of the road course that is named after his father, Gilles Villeneuve, everything  that was working for Villeneuve went wrong.

Going into turn six, Villeneuve had the lead with just over half the track to go, however leaving turn six, it was the No. 31 of Justin Allgaier who had the lead.

“I feel really bad I got into the 22 there going into turn six,” said Allgaier after the race to ESPN reporters about the move that he made to grab the lead.

Going into turn six, Villeneuve had slowed and Allgaier caught up to the No. 22. Villeneuve protected the bottom line going into turn six, but Allgaier put his front bumper to the rear bumper of Villeneuve and moved him out of the way to take the lead.

It was the first time that Allgaier took the lead all day and the only lap that he led was the last half of the final lap of the race. He still had to hold off the fast and damaged car of Sam Hornish Jr., coming off the hairpin in turn 10 and once again in turn 12, but that was all Allgaier had to do to secure his first win of 2012, well that and try and breathe coming to the start/finish line for the final time.

“I can’t even talk,” Allgaier said after the race from victory lane. “That last lap I didn’t breathe at all.”

For Allgaier, it is not only his first win of the season, it is his first career road course win and in some ways a bit of redemption from a road course race that got away from him last year.

In 2011, Justin Allgaier was leading  on the last lap of Road America. A caution came out and all Allgaier had to do was make it back to the start/finish line under power. Instead though, he ran out of gas and the win went to Allgaier’s then teammate, Reed Sorenson.

Even though Allgaier got in front of Villeneuve, one of the few drivers that had done so all day, Allgaier still knew he had to drive the last eight turns to perfection to hold on to the lead.

“Once I got in front of him I knew I had to run the best race of my life,” Allgaier said about holding onto the lead with Sam Hornish Jr. chasing him down.

Much of the race was dominated by Villeneuve who led for four time for a total of 43 laps of the day.

Elliott Sadler was able to retain the points lead. He leads by 22 points over second place Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Next week the series will be in Bristol Motor Speedway for the annual night race for the series.

Napa 200 from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve results:

  1. Justin Allgaier
  2. Sam Hornish Jr.
  3. Jacques Villeneuve
  4. Elliott Sadler
  5. Ron Fellows
  6. Michael McDowell
  7. Mike Wallace
  8. Billy Johnson
  9. Austin Dillon
  10. Kyle Busch
  11. Brendan Gaughan
  12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  13. Mike Bliss
  14. Tayler Malsam
  15. Alex Kennedy
  16. Erik Darnell
  17. Tim Andrews
  18. Derek White
  19. Eric McClure
  20. Brad Sweet
  21. Kyle Kelley
  22. Alex Tagliani
  23. Daryl Harr
  24. Brian Scott
  25. Jeremy Clements
  26. Jason Bowles
  27. Danica Patrick
  28. Michael Annett
  29. Patrick Carptier
  30. Joe Nemechek
  31. John Young
  32. Andrew Ranger
  33. Cole Whitt
  34. Kenny Habul
  35. Dexter Stacey
  36. Timmy Hill
  37. Eric Curran
  38. Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin
  39. Chris Cook
  40. Matt DiBenedetto
  41. Blake Koch
  42. Chase Miller
  43. Jeff Green




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