Published on August 31st, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Ambrose’s Rare Mistake Gives Edwards Win
Carl Edwards capitalized on a rare mistake by Marcos Ambrose on the final turn of the final lap to win the Nationwide Series’ NAPA Auto Parts 200. Ambrose dominated for most of the day, and held off a hard-charging Edwards until the final turn, where Ambrose hit the curb and went airborne. Ambrose lost momentum, allowing Edwards to sneak pass him coming to the checkered flag. Ambrose finished a disappointing second.
This is the second consecutive race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in which Ambrose has led the most laps but hasn’t won.
Top 5: Edwards, Ambrose, Andrew Ranger, Jacques Villeneuve, and Brad Keselowski.
Jean-Francois Dumoulin, Stephen Leicht, Brandan Gaughan, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Paul Menard (15th), Steve Wallace (16th), Kenny Wallace (17th), Max Papis (20th), Jason Leffler (29th), Ron Fellows (35th), Justin Allgaier (36th), and Patrick Carpentier (38th).
At lap 61, NASCAR threw the red flag for rain, and allowed teams 5 minutes to make changes to rain tires. All teams put on rain tires, and some added windshield wipers and RainX. The resulting racing was exciting, but also wreck-filled. Several cars spun in the closing laps, and several cars got together. The cautions allowed Carl Edwards to track down Marcos Ambrose who was running away with the race at the time.
Here’s the winning pass: