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FENWICK: Spinning Wheels

What is it about Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve that seems to produce thrilling races?

Sunday’s Formula One Canadian Grand Prix was one of the best races of the season in any form of motorsport. The drama that unfolded among the top five drivers made it intense and heart-stopping during the final 15 laps.

In the end, Daniel Ricciardo passed Nico Rosberg in the closing laps to earn his first Formula One triumph. Behind them the action didn’t settle down as a battle for fourth resulted in a wild crash involving Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa.

Naturally each driver blamed the other for the crash, which ended with both cars all but demolished.

Sunday’s event is far from the only thrilling race that Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has produced in recent years. Few will forget the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, when a massive mistake by Sebastian Vettel on the final lap allowed Jenson Button to overtake him en route to victory.

The exciting finishes don’t end with Formula One. From 2007 to 2012 the NASCAR Nationwide Series competed at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and almost every year the race found a new way to thrill the viewing audience.

From the controversial finish to the first Nationwide race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve that saw Kevin Harvick standing in victory to the amazing finish between Boris Said and Max Papis in 2011 to Justin Allgaier stunning Jacques Villeneuve in 2012, the action at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve never seems to disappoint.

- Erik Jones has won nearly every major super late model race in the United States in the last few years. In addition to his victory in Sunday’s Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at The Milwaukee Mile, Jones also owns two Snowball Derby victories and a triumph in the Winchester 400.

If he can add victories in the All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and the World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park to his resume, he’d become only the second driver to win the super late model grand slam (Winchester, All American 400, Snowball Derby and World Crown).

Who is the only driver to do it? Chase Elliott.

- Word was the inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was an amazing site to behold. Based on the pictures we received (check out our photo galleries) it certainly seems the event was a huge success.

Posted by on Jun 10 2014 Filed under Columns, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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