Jacques Villeneuve ticks off Max Papis - Click above to watch video after the jump

Yesterday's Bucyrus 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America finished ugly, with wrecked cars and angry drivers highlighting a conclusion that took a lot longer than it probably should have. The race was set for a green-white-checkered finish, and as it went back to green, Jacques Villeneuve, driving the #22 Dodge Challenger, tried to make a move to the outside to gain position on the leaders.

Villeneuve quickly ran out of road, however, and as he dove in to stay off the grass, he bumped Brian Scott's #11 Toyota, sending it into the gravel, and then cut off Max Papis, driving the #33 Chevrolet. Papis went hard into Villeneuve's Dodge, then slid off the track into the wall. Thanks to the ubiquitous in-car radio feeds in NASCAR coverage, we got to hear Papis react with a disgusted, "Thank you, Jacques. Good job," followed by, "I knew the 22 was going to do something stupid."

As everyone pitted, Villeneuve caught plenty of flack. Scott was first in line, riding up behind Villeneuve and bumping his Dodge as it entered the pits. Then, a ticked-off Papis pulled alongside and parked to give Villeneuve a piece of his mind.

As for the race itself, two more green-white-checkered attempts were needed to being it to an end. Reed Sorenson was awarded the win as the race ended under yellow, taking first after race officials ruled that Ron Fellows, who appeared to be the victor, had gained position on Sorenson after the yellow flag had come out. As for Jacques Villeneuve? He podiumed, finishing third. Hit the jump to watch the Villeneuve mishap.



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      dimsumrules
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope he gets a penalty for a jackass move like that
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      i was watched this race yesterday, and i was so annoyed by it.... back in the day, he would have been black flagged for a move like that... i guess you get a free pass for stupidity. you would think that after more than 40 laps, you would know that it's never more than two cars wide..
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        That is the one major thing that annoys me with NASCAR. Moves like this in any other race organization would either bring out a pit lane drive through or a automatic DQ. Instead to them its "Racing Boys" which is very sad. I wish to watch racing not bumper cars. If I wanted to watch race's like that I'd go play some online racing games on my Ps3.
      goetzcr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Papis really got smeared.
      Elwood Dyck
      • 3 Years Ago
      How dare you cut of THEE Max Papis !!!!!!
      Mondrell
      • 3 Years Ago
      And here I thought Jacques Villenueve would be the last man to take racing tips from Michael Schumacher. . .=P
      ColeWorld
      • 3 Years Ago
      what the hell was he trying to do?
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ColeWorld
        nobody knows... apparently, he thought the track opened up for some reason... not only an unintelligent driver, but an unintelligent person..
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ColeWorld
        You usually know the track after the practice sessions, but he forgot one important part on that straight. He was looking to pass through the right side, but if you notice that right side of the road quickly closes and turns in to grass, he tried to get back on road through panic.
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ColeWorld
        Only thing I can figure is for a few seconds he thought he was in WRC?
      stucker136
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Billy Bob, that villenoov done there a stupid thang. Er shucks, least I gots me another bud.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stucker136
        Yeah, because there are a LOT of SOUTHERN redneck in NORTHERN states like Wisconsin...
          Benfolio
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I'm from Wi. You'd be surprised....... Rebel flags, beer, lifted pickups, more beer, guns, yet more beer..... I mean, this IS Wisconsin, after all.
        david opanga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stucker136
        ...uhm stucker you Fail.
      RUNRUNRUN@ilikeelectronics.com
      NASCrAP...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        And this comment made you 20% more of a troll...
        • 3 Years Ago
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          And you should continue assuming you know people...
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        uh, no it wasn't exciting... imagine 8 laps of road america at 60 mph... it was the worst ending to a race i've seen in a while.
      razrrick13
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look! It's Mustangs and Challengers racing together! Oh no, those are just decals... Lol @ That was a bonehead move right there by "Vill-Uh-Noov"
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Brett Fisher
      • 3 Years Ago
      NASCAR road corse is more a comedic act than anything.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brett Fisher
        And why is it funny? It's just hilarious how many trolls come out to insult NASCAR whenever a NASCAR article is posted. They complain about them only turning left. But when an article about them racing on a road coUrse (yeah, that's how you spell it), they find something else to complain about. They've been running road courses since the 70s. So I fail to see why it's funny to watch NASCAR on a road coUrse.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Do you at all realize why they hired outside drivers for this race? BECAUSE THEY WERE REPLACING SPRINT CUP DRIVERS WHO WERE ALL THE WAY IN CALIFORNIA AT INFINEON! They hired drivers who were already at the track from the earlier Grand Am race to save money. -Max Papis was driving for Kevin Harvick -JV was driving for Brad Keselowski -Billy Johnson was driving for Carl Edwards (Billy Johnson is already on Jack Roush's payroll as a Mustang driver in the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge) Many other road course ringers were also driving for Sprint Cup drivers who couldn't make it out. The road course ringers that were running the Spint Cup race at Infineon were driving for privateers who weren't Sprint Cup regulars.
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