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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Yes, Jacques Villeneuve got punted in the Nationwide race at Montreal, and he had to know it was coming

The yin and the yang.

Instant karma's gonna getcha.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Do unto others as you would have done to you.

However you slice it, all of these sayings mean the same thing. You reap what you sow.

I'm talking of course about Jacques Villeneuve, the French-Canadian former Formula 1 champion who dabbles in Nationwide series racing.

For the record, I like Villeneuve. I think it's great that a driver of his pedigree competes in NASCAR and would love to see him get a win in this sport, especially at the track named after his father. In an odd twist, if he had won Saturday at Montreal, he would have been the second foreign-born winner that day, following Nelson Piquet Jr.'s win at MIS in the trucks.

But alas, it was not to be. On the last lap, Villeneuve got knocked out of the way by Justin Allgaier, who went on to win. Little Gator beat the F1 champion, providing one of the more exciting finishes of the season. Jacques was not too happy, based on his actions after the race, but here's the thing: He had to know this was going to happen.

At Road America earlier this year, and at other races in previous years, Jacques has proven himself to be like a bull in a china shop. He wants to win, like any racer does, and since he's not racing every week he doesn't have to worry too much about retaliation in later races. So he often hits people, and is a bit less polite than a series regular might be. Naturally, most of the regulars don't like him too much, even if they respect his talent.

So on that last restart (which by the way took forever to happen; cautions on these road courses take a long, long time), I knew what was going to happen. And so did anyone who has followed racing in recent years.

Some are saying Villeneuve was running out of gas and slowed when Allgaier hit him, but I don't think that's really the case. Allgaier knows how Villeneuve races, especially at the end of these road course events, and he was going to race the same way. I don't think Allgaier would say that out loud (he said in Victory Lane that he felt bad about getting into Jacques; didn't sound very believable), but we know that's what he was thinking.

And in a way, I don't blame him.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

He can be mad all he wants, but Jacques knows that's what happened today in Montreal.

If the shoe fits ...
I've seen a lot of things happen in a NASCAR race, but I've never seen a shoe thrown on track.
But that happened today in Montreal, and Danica Patrick -- who was leading at the team after a very solid performance -- suffered the consequences when she ran it over. Her day went downhill from there.

Still, Danica should be happy with her performance. She's done very well on road courses lately in the Nationwide series. Unfortunately for her, most of the races are still on ovals.

Side note: I wonder if they caught the thrower. It couldn't have been too hard. Just look for the guy with one shoe.

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