Road America 180

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Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville
Venue Road America
Sponsor Johnsonville Foods
First race 2010
Distance 182.16 miles (293.158 km)
Laps 45
Previous names Bucyrus 200 Presented by Menards (2010–2011)
Sargento 200 (2012)
Johnsonville Sausage 200 Presented by Menards (2013)
Gardner Denver 200 (2014)

The Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville is a NASCAR Xfinity Series race that takes place at Road America. Winners of the race are awarded a Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle.[1] Since the inception, the race has featured highly competitive races and is considered one of the most unpredictable races of the season.


The track held its first Xfinity event in 2010 after the Milwaukee Mile's race was moved to the track. Road America had held a Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) race in the 1956 that was won by Tim Flock. Carl Edwards won the inaugural 50-lap race, named the Bucyrus 200, after holding off Canadian road course ringers, Jacques Villeneuve and Ron Fellows.

In 2011, the Bucyrus 200 was won by Reed Sorenson after a confusing series of events in which numerous drivers either crashed, were penalized, or ran out of gas. This was the first Xfinity Series race to require three green-white-checker finish attempts, extending the race to 57 laps. Ron Fellows won the race but was stripped of his win in favor of runner-up Reed Sorenson; when he was declared to have sped during the final caution. Fellows will say to this day that he should have won.

The next year, in the newly renamed Sargento 200, Brazilian Nelson Piquet, Jr. won his first career race ahead of Michael McDowell and Ron Fellows. In 2013, the once again renamed Johnsonville Sausage 200 pole winner was A. J. Allmendinger. Allmendinger, Owen Kelly, and Billy Johnson all took turns leading, with Allmendinger leading the most at 29. Allmendinger would go on to win the race after eight caution flags waved and the race was extended to 55 laps due to two green-white-checker finish attempts. The race became memorable when Max Papis got furious with Billy Johnson for spinning him out twice; on pit road Papis slapped Johnson and walked off grinning.[2] The race was renamed as the Gardner Denver 200 for 2014.

Rain tire used during the 2014 event

In 2014 the race suffered rain delaying the start by one hour. Despite this NASCAR had the cars put on rain tires and race in the rain for the first time since 2009 in Montreal's NNS event. Sam Hornish, Jr. led over 25 laps and dominated. However Alex Tagliani controlled the second half of the race. When he was about to take the white flag, a yellow flag period began. Just after the caution came out, Tagliani ran out of gas and stalled at the start/finish line. Brendan Gaughan prevailed after holding off a charge from deep in the pack by Tagliani for his first NNS win.

In 2015, the race will move from June to the last weekend of August and will take place during an off-weekend for the Sprint Cup Series, The race was reduced from 200 miles to 180 miles for 2015.[3]

Past winners[edit]

Allmendinger celebrates his 2013 win
Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
2010 June 19 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 50 202.4 (325.731) 2:57:17 68.501
2011 June 25 Reed Sorenson Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 57* 230.736 (371.333) 2:55:24 78.929
2012 June 23 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 50 202.4 (325.731) 2:22:35 85.171
2013 June 22 A.J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Ford 55* 222.64 (356.224) 2:58:50 74.697
2014 June 21 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 53* 214.544 (345.275) 2:48:03 76.6
  • 2011, 2013, and 2014: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
    • 2011 took 3 attempts.
    • 2013 took 2 attempts.

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2015 NBCSN Leigh Diffey Kyle Petty
Dale Jarrett
2014 ABC Allen Bestwick Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree
2013 ESPN Allen Bestwick Rusty Wallace
Andy Petree
2012 ESPN Allen Bestwick Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree


  1. ^ "NASCAR Bucyrus 200 Victor to Win H-D XR1200". Motorcycle USA. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  2. ^ "NNS: Max Papis Slaps Billy Johnson - Road America 2013". Fox Sports. 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  3. ^ "NASCAR reveals 2015 schedules for national series". NASCAR. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 

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