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Villeneuve, Tagliani set the pace in Nationwide practice

The Canadian Press

8/17/2012 12:16:56 PM

MONTREAL -- Local favourites Jacques Villeneuve and Alex Tagliani set the pace in practice Friday at the NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide race.

Montreal's Villeneuve, the 1997 Formula One champion, posted the quickest lap of one minute 40.65 seconds on the 2.7-mile road track named after his late father, Gilles Villeneuve. Tagliani, of Lachenaie, Que., was second at 1:40.92.

Billy Johnson was in third with Danica Patrick fourth and Michael McDowell fifth.

Veteran Ron Fellows of Toronto was sixth fastest and Patrick Carpentier of Joliette, Que., was eighth. Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Que., was 17th.

The 44 drivers got in two 90-minute sessions Friday morning ahead of qualifying, which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET.

The sixth annual NAPA 200 race is set for Saturday afternoon.