A wreck on lap 26 of Sunday's NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve took out defending race winner Ron Fellows and ended his string of top-five finishes at the 2.7-mile road course at two.
Justin Allgaier's Dodge bounced off the kerbing and slammed into the side of Fellows' Chevy as the cars were negotiating turns eight and nine. The contact also turned Kyle Busch's Toyota sideways, although the points leader righted the car and drove away.
Fellows wasn't so lucky. His day was over, and he finished 35th.
“I can't believe we got hit that hard,” said Fellows, who has won four times in the Nationwide Series, all at road courses, “We're not even halfway, and we're totally wrecked. I got hit so hard I banged my head pretty good - it's crazy.”
On the flip side, Fellows' JR Motorsports team-mate, Brad Keselowski, survived a multitude of scrapes and spins, but stayed out of trouble after NASCAR ordered a change to rain tyres with 13 laps left.
Keselowski was elated with his fifth-place finish.
“These races - you don't know what to expect or how it's going to go,” he said, “We'll take that top five. It's a long weekend for a guy that's not a road-course racer. They put us through every scenario they could, with wet, dry, green-white-chequered, double-file restarts, and to come home with a top-five - that's something to be proud of.
“We'll take it and run. It was rough out there, man. It was 'eat or be eaten,' and there were guys wrecking left and right. Just carnage every lap.”
by Reid Spencer / Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service