2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200

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2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200
Race details
Race 22 of 29 in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season
Date August 18, 2012 (2012-August-18)
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Course Permanent racing facility
2.709 mi (4.360 km)
Distance 81 laps, 219.429 mi (342.700 km)
Scheduled Distance 74 laps, 200.5 mi (322.7 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 25.2 °C (77.4 °F); wind speeds up to 15 kilometres per hour (9.3 mph)[1]
Average speed 70.043 miles per hour (112.723 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Alex Tagliani Turner Motorsports
Time 100.865 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Jacques Villeneuve Penske Racing
Laps 43
No. 31
Justin Allgaier
Turner Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Marty Reid

The 2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (official French name: NAPA Pièces d'auto 200) was a NASCAR Nationwide Series racing event that took place on August 18, 2012, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the Canadian community of Montreal, Quebec.

This was the final race ever held in Montreal for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and took place on a temporary road course. The scheduled total distance of the racing event was 200.5 miles or 322.7 kilometres. However, NASCAR officials decided to lengthen this race in an attempt to implement two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. Kyle Busch was the most favored driver at this racing event; with sports gambling web sites giving him 5-to-2 odds for winning.[2]


More than 27% of this race was contested under a caution flag and green flags only lasted about seven laps on average. While accidents and debris were rare; cars were known to spun into hazardous conditions and the need for full-course cautions were given out alongside the "local" cautions usually found at events that are not considered to be oval tracks. While Alex Tagliani and Sam Hornish, Jr. were the main competitors for the lead in the first seven laps of the race, the final 54 laps of the race would be a five-way struggle to win the race. Notable drivers like Jacques Villeneuve, Elliott Sadler, Alex Tagliani and Justin Allgaier would be the drivers to beat.[3]

After three hours and seven minutes of racing, Justin Allgaier defeated Sam Hornish, Jr. by nearly four thousandths of a second in front a live audience of sixty thousand people.[3] The pre-race ceremonies began at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time with the invocation in both of Canada's official languages along with the national anthems of Canada (O Canada) and the United States of America (The Star-Spangled Banner).[4] Actual racing began at approximately 2:49 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time and ended at approximately 5:56 PM EDT.[2] Allgaier allegedly bumped a slower moving Jacques Villeneuve out of the way; extending his winless drought at this race track to 19 years.[5] Villeneuve was running out of gas in the final lap of this racing event and would have needed luck to win the race. Villeneuve said when interviewed that he was not out of gas, but that Justin Allgaier won by shoving him around and said that he should have won the race.[6]

Jeff Green would be the last-place finisher due to a bad vibration in his vehicle on the second lap of this 81-lap race. Brian Scott, Michael Annett, and Patrick Carpentier were promising drivers that ended up finishing in the middle of the pack. Besides Allgaier and Hornish Jr., the other finishers in the "top ten" were Jacques Villeneuve, Elliot Sadler, Ron Fellows, Michael McDowell, Mike Wallace, Billy Johnson, Austin Dillon, and Kyle Busch. There were 43 drivers on the grid; Ryan Ellis was the only driver who didn't qualify for this race.[7] His inadequate maximum speed of 90.309 miles per hour (145.338 km/h) would be relatively slow even when qualifying for a road course event.[8] Competitors for this race came from three different countries including: Canada, the United States of America, and Australian-born Kenny Habul.[3]

Prize summary[edit]

While last-place finisher Jeff Green walked away with an insignificant $19,392 in American dollars ($19,920.44 when adjusted for inflation), Justin Allgaier was justly rewarded for his victory by a payout bonus of $94,318 American dollars ($96,888.2 when adjusted for inflation).[9]

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[3]
1 Elliott Sadler 824
2 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 802
3 Sam Hornish, Jr. 802
4 Austin Dillon 789
5 Justin Allgaier 756


Preceded by
2012 Zippo 200 at the Glen
NASCAR Nationwide Series season
Succeeded by
2012 Food City 250
Preceded by
NAPA Auto Parts 200 races
Succeeded by