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Nationwide - Road America - Race results

26 June 2011

The 50-lap Bucyrus 200 Nationwide Series road race event at Road America ended up running to 57 laps, and finally ended up in drama, controversy and confusion all around.

A yellow flag on lap 46 for the latest spin by Doug Harrington meant that the race would end up finishing under green-white-chequered conditions, which meant three attempts to avoiding finishing under yellow, with Michael McDowell leading the field and Ron Fellows, Brian Scott, Max Papis and Jacques Villeneuve forming the remainder of the top five.

The first restart saw an uncharacteristically banzai reckless move by Jacques Villeneuve down the inside that resulted in contact with Brian Scott which drove him into Max Papis's car which then found the wall: “When I put two wheels on the grass, I really didn't want to be there,” Villeneuve said apologetically afterwards

Only Villeneuve himself emerged from this able to continue, albeit back down the running order, leaving McDowell, Fellows, Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Jason Leffler now forming the top five. The next attempt at a finish saw McDowell spin and Allgaier take the lead, but the aftermath of McDowell's spin caused a multiple-car wreck to break out that involved Eric McClure, Ricky Carmichael, Steve Wallace and Alex Kennedy, bringing out the yellow again.

The extra laps on top of the full race distance were taking their toll, and cars were starting to run dry and have to pit for gas before the last of the three attempts to finish. Allgaier stayed out in the lead, followed now by Fellows, Reed Sorenson, Leffler and Elliott Sadler.

After the next green flag, Aric Almirola and Michael McDowell spun in turn 5 and Almirola got stuck in the gravel run-off, which meant that the race did finally end with the ensuing yellow flag. But the drama wasn't over yet: race leader at the white flag Allgaier promptly ran out of fuel at turn 6, and second-placed man Sorenson was overtaken by Ron Fellows who refused to slow-up for the caution until collected by the safety car.

That left officials trying to work out if Fellows' move under caution was valid or not, and also work out exactly who finished in front of whom when the final yellow came out. Finally they decided in favour of Sorenson and announced him the race winner: "This is not the place I thought I'd win a race,” Sorenson said of his fourth Nationwide victory in 147 starts, his first in 58 races since July 2007. “I'd never been here before."

“We got ourselves in a little bit of trouble, anyway,” said a disappointed Fellows, who was not happy with the decision to take the win away from him. “For whatever reason, on the restarts toward the end, I just couldn't get any forward traction.”

Michael McDowell ended up classified in 12th position after having led 30 laps during the evening, while Jacques Villeneuve recovered to third after his late-race collision and despite a mid-race drive-thru penalty for switching lanes too early during a restart.

Compared to the demolition derby climax, the rest of the race was relatively clean and straight-forward.

Race results

The race started at 5.30pm on Saturday evening.

1. #32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 57 laps Running (47/1 pts)
2. #7 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 57 laps Running (43/1 pts)
3. #22 Jacques Villeneuve Dodge 57 laps Running (42/1 pts)
4. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 57 laps Running (40/0 pts)
5. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 57 laps Running (40/1 pts)
6. #153 Andrew Ranger Dodge 57 laps Running (38/0 pts)
7. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 57 laps Running (37/0 pts)
8. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 57 laps Running (36/0 pts)
9. #30 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 57 laps Running (0pts)
10. #167 J.R. Fitzpatrick Ford 57 laps Running (34/0 pts)
11. #15 Timmy Hill * Ford 57 laps Running (33/0 pts)
12. #18 Michael McDowell Toyota 57 laps Running (0pts)
13. #39 Josh Wise Ford 57 laps Running (31/0 pts)
14. #81 Blake Koch * Dodge 57 laps Running (30/0 pts)
15. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 57 laps Running (29/0 pts)
16. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 57 laps Running (29/1 pts)
17. #28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 57 laps Running (27/0 pts)
18. #70 Dennis Setzer Dodge 57 laps Running (26/0 pts)
19. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 56 laps Running (26/1 pts)
20. #38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 56 laps Running (24/0 pts)
21. #23 Alex Kennedy Dodge 56 laps Running (23/0 pts)
22. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 56 laps Running (22/0 pts)
23. #33 Max Papis Chevrolet 55 laps Running (21/0 pts)
24. #87 Kevin Conway Toyota 54 laps Running (20/0 pts)
25. #52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet 54 laps Running (19/0 pts)
26. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 52 laps Accident (19/1 pts)
27. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 52 laps Accident (17/0 pts)
28. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 49 laps Running (17/0 pts)
29. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford 48 laps Running (15/0 pts)
30. #141 Doug Harrington Ford 45 laps Accident (14/0 pts)
31. #16 Trevor Bayne Ford 36 laps Overheating (13/0 pts)
32. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 26 laps Engine (12/0 pts)
33. #60 Billy Johnson Ford 25 laps Engine (11/0 pts)
34. #164 Jason Bowles Toyota 16 laps Accident (10/0 pts)
35. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 11 laps Handling (9/0 pts)
36. #175 Carl Long Ford 6 laps Carburetor (8/0 pts)
37. #40 Charles Lewandoski * Chevrolet 4 laps Ignition (7/0 pts)
38. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 3 laps Vibration (6/0 pts)
39. #103 Scott Wimmer Dodge 3 laps Brakes (0pts)
40. #146 Chase Miller Chevrolet 2 laps Brakes (4/0 pts)
41. #142 Tim Andrews Chevrolet 2 laps Brakes (3/0 pts)
42. #55 Brett Rowe Chevrolet 2 laps Brakes (2/0 pts)

Qualifying times

Michael McDowell took pole position for the Nationwide road race at Road America, beating off the challenges from road course specialists Max Papis (second) and Jacques Villeneuve (third) in the process.

Billy Johnson - stepping in at late notice for Carl Edwards, who decided to withdraw from defending his 2010 win here in order to concentrate on his Cup race at Infineon Raceway in California - delivered on the potential he showed on Friday by claiming the remaining slot on the second row alongside the former F1 world champion.

Qualifying for the Nationwide race was held on Saturday at 3pm, just two and a half hours before the race start itself.

1. #18 Michael McDowell Toyota 133.230s (Leader) 109.381mph
2. #33 Max Papis Chevrolet 134.163s (-0.933) 108.620mph
3. #22 Jacques Villeneuve Dodge 134.336s (-1.106) 108.480mph
4. #60 Billy Johnson Ford 134.406s (-1.176) 108.424mph
5. #7 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 134.967s (-1.737) 107.943mph
6. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 135.000s (-1.770) 107.947mph
7. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 135.213s (-1.983) 107.777mph
8. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 135.624s (-2.394) 107.450mph
9. #38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 135.651s (-2.421) 107.429mph
10. #164 Jason Bowles Toyota 135.710s (-2.480) 107.382mph
11. #16 Trevor Bayne Ford 135.712s (-2.482) 107.380mph
12. #32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 136.288s (-3.058) 106.927mph
13. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 136.305s (-3.075) 106.913mph
14. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 136.365s (-3.135) 106.866mph
15. #30 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 136.389s (-3.159) 106.847mph
16. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 136.673s (-3.443) 106.625mph
17. #167 J.R. Fitzpatrick Ford 136.924s (-3.694) 106.430mph
18. #39 Josh Wise Ford 137.202s (-3.972) 106.214mph
19. #23 Alex Kennedy Dodge 137.302s (-4.072) 106.137mph
20. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 137.661s (-4.431) 105.860mph
21. #153 Andrew Ranger Dodge 137.804s (-4.574) 105.750mph
22. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 138.224s (-4.994) 105.429mph
23. #15 Timmy Hill* Ford 138.453s (-5.223) 105.254mph
24. #81 Blake Koch* Dodge 138.506s (-5.276) 105.214mph
25. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 138.849s (-5.619) 104.954mph
26. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 139.198s (-5.968) 104.691mph
27. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 139.648s (-6.418) 104.354mph
28. #87 Kevin Conway Toyota 140.742s (-7.512) 103.543mph
29. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 140.812s (-7.582) 103.491mph
30. #141 Doug Harrington Ford 142.358s (-9.128) 102.367mph
31. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 143.994s (-10.764) 101.204mph
32. #28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 145.590s (-12.360) 100.795mph
33. #175 Carl Long Ford 145.797s (-12.567) 99.953mph
34. #146 Chase Miller Chevrolet 146.595s (-13.365) 99.409mph
35. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 147.068s (-13.838) 99.089mph
36. #103 Scott Wimmer Dodge 150.441s (-17.211) 96.867mph
37. #55 Brett Rowe Chevrolet 150.671s (-17.441) 96.719mph
38. #142 Tim Andrews Chevrolet 151.301s (-18.071) 96.317mph
39. #70 Dennis Setzer Dodge 153.589s (-20.359) 94.882mph
40. #40 Charles Lewandoski* Chevrolet 154.089s (-20.859) 94.574mph
41. #52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet 154.878s (-21.648) 94.092mph
42. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb* Ford 156.836s (-23.606) 92.917mph


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