MONTREAL — Justin Allgaier bumped past Jacques Villeneuve on the final lap during a green-white-checkered finish and won the Nationwide race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, depriving the French Canadian of his first victory at any level in NASCAR.
Villeneuve, who started third on the track named in honor of his late father, survived three late restarts in a wild race that went six extra laps and saw Danica Patrick lead 20 laps. But Villeneuve, who had been saving fuel, seemed to slow briefly on the final one and Allgaier bumped him and slid past for his second win of the season and third of his career.
Sam Hornish Jr. finished second, and Villeneuve was third, giving Dodge two in the top three. Elliott Sadler and Ron Fellows rounded out the top five. Hornish’s finish put him in a tie for second in the points with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was strong with the laps winding down but spun out challenging for the lead and finished 12th.
Kyle Busch, who flew in from the Cup race in Michigan to drive his No. 54 Toyota, arrived about 2 hours before the green flag, started at the back of the field because of a driver change, and finished 10th after briefly challenging Villeneuve for the lead with 20 laps left around the tricky, 2.7-mile 14-turn layout.
Patrick also ran second to Villeneuve for another 12 laps before she suffered track bar issues in her No. 7 Chevy after hitting a shoe thrown on the track. She finished 27th.
Villeneuve had regained the lead by bumping hometown hero Alex Tagliani, spinning him around on lap 67 of the race, which was scheduled to go 74 laps. Tagliani, who started from pole, finished 22nd.
Tagliani had passed both Villeneuve and Hornish for the lead with an aggressive move in the first turn, with Hornish sliding off course after heavy contact with Michael McDowell. After Hornish recovered, he and Patrick collided after Kyle Kelley spun Patrick.
Villeneuve built a lead that seemed insurmountable but was done in by the flurry of cautions.
TRUCKS SERIES: In Brooklyn, Mich., Nelson Piquet Jr. won the race at Michigan International Speedway, stretching fuel to the end to beat Jason White by a comfortable margin.
It’s the first Truck victory for Piquet in 42 career starts. Dakoda Armstrong was third.
Piquet led the 200-mile, 100-lap race by 15 seconds with two laps remaining. The only question was whether he had enough gas to maintain his lead to the finish line. He ended up winning by 8.082 seconds.
Chris Carrier, the winning crew chief, said Piquet ran out of gas during the burnout.
“I knew from past experience in other races that Nelson is very good, naturally, at saving fuel when he needs to. He’s got very good throttle control, very good car control. He knows how to draft,” Carrier said. “We were just trying to figure out how to tell him how far ahead he was. The guy that was running second, Jason White, was doing the same thing we were. He was hoping he didn’t run out of fuel too.”
ROLEX SERIES: In Montreal, points leaders Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas raced to their second victory of the Grand-Am Rolex Series season, winning the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to give Chip Ganassi Racing its 150th win in all forms of motorsports.
The Pruett-Rojas pairing started second in the featured Daytona Prototype class and led the final 37 laps in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley. Pruett drove the anchor leg, passing Ryan Dalziel’s No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley for the lead just past the halfway mark.
Alex Gurney and pole winner Jon Fogarty finished second in the No. 99 GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP, 22.902 seconds behind at the end of the two-hour race.
The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of David Donohue and Paul Tracy finished third, rallying from contact with a spinning car on the opening lap.
Four-time Montreal winner Robin Liddell and John Edwards topped the GT class in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro.