2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200
|Race 23 of 35 in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series season|
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
|Date||August 2, 2008|
|Location||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec|
Permanent racing facility|
2.709 mi (4.361 km)
|Distance||74 laps, 200.466 mi (322.618 km)|
|Weather||Mild with temperatures up to 26.6 °C (79.9 °F); wind speeds reaching a sustained high of 4.9 kilometres per hour (3.0 mph)|
|Average speed||50.149 mph (80.707 km/h)|
|Driver||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Marcos Ambrose||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|No. 5||Ron Fellows||JR Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Randy LaJoie|
The 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge race was the second running of the NAPA Auto Parts 200, a discontinued NASCAR Nationwide Series race held on August 2, 2008, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec. The race was the 23rd of the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
The pole position was won by Scott Pruett of Chip Ganassi Racing, while the race was won by JR Motorsports' Ron Fellows. The race was the first points race in NASCAR history to be run with grooved rain tires.
The race was the second running of the NAPA Auto Parts 200, with Kevin Harvick winning the inaugural event in 2007. The track, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, was one of two international tracks on the 2008 Nationwide schedule, along with Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City.
Scott Pruett of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing won the pole position with a lap time of 102.569 seconds and a speed of 95.082 miles per hour (153.020 km/h). Max Papis started second with a lap speed of 94.834 mph (152.621 km/h), followed by Marcos Ambrose, Patrick Carpentier, Jacques Villeneuve. The remaining top ten comprised Ron Fellows, Boris Said, Steve Wallace, Brad Coleman and Joey Logano. The lone driver to not qualify for the race was Kevin O'Connell.
The race started at 3:30 EST, with pole-sitter Scott Pruett leading until lap 7, in which the caution flag flew for rain, followed by the red flag on the following lap. As a result, most teams added windshield wipers to the cars, while grooved rain tires were installed. Rain tires had been previously used in practice and qualifying for the 1997 NASCAR Thunder 100 exhibition race at Suzuka Circuit, and also in 1999 by the Camping World Truck Series during a practice at Watkins Glen International. At one point, Carl Edwards was seen trying to use what appeared to be a Swiffer mop to try cleaning his windshield, possibly during the first caution.
The race was paused for about an hour before restarting. As a result of the rain, speeds dropped from 90 mph (140 km/h) to 75 mph (121 km/h). On lap 14, Marcos Ambrose took the lead, leading for a race high 27 laps until he was penalized for speeding in pit road. Jacques Villeneuve took the lead on lap 41, which he subsequently relinquished to Ron Fellows on the following lap. Fellows held the lead for seven laps until the race was called due to severe rain on lap 48. On the same lap, Villeneuve, who did not have a wiper installed, collided with another car's rear; Joey Logano also crashed on the lap, hitting a car without brake lights. Patrick Carpentier finished second, followed by Ambrose, Ron Hornaday Jr., and Boris Said. The top ten was rounded out with Edwards, Jason Leffler, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer and Steve Wallace.
Standings after the race
- Weather information for the 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
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- Associated Press (August 2, 2008). "Fellows wins historic, rainy Nationwide race in Montreal". USA Today. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- "2008 Nationwide Series Schedule". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- "Road Racers Dominate Qualifying: Pruett Takes the Pole". Hardcore Race Fans. August 2, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- "Another Montreal Pole For Pruett". Motor Racing Network. August 2, 2008. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- The Canadian Press (August 2, 2008). "PRUETT CAPTURES NASCAR NATIONWIDE NAPA AUTO PARTS POLE". The Sports Network. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- "THE RACE: 2009 NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 - CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
Another lasting image – Carl Edwards (#60 CitiFinancial Ford) using a Swiffer while driving to clear the raindrops from his windshield.