Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet Jr. and the son of three-time F1 champion Nelson Sr., became a winner in his third career Nationwide start after starting the race from pole position.
The win makes Piquet the first Brazilian to win a race in NASCAR’s national touring series.
He grabbed the lead for good with 17 laps to go when he opted to stay on the track while most of other front runners came on to pit road during a caution.
After the fifth and final restart with 12 laps left, Piquet easily pulled away from McDowell and then was untouchable from there.
“I think the best thing that could come out of this was to show team owners and bosses that I’m capable of doing it, if I just get the right car and the right team,” Piquet said.
Michael McDowell was second, followed by Ron Fellows, Max Papis and Sam Hornish Jr.
Jacques Villeneuve collided with Danica Patrick on the last lap as the two drivers were battling for fourth place, causing Patrick’s car to spin out. Villeneuve finished sixth, while Patrick recovered and finished 12th.