Kevin Harvick held off hometown star Patrick Carpentier to win the inaugural Busch Series race in Canada on Saturday, but Robby Gordon defiantly tried to claim the NAPA Auto Parts 200 win in a finish that angered NASCAR.
Marcos Ambrose was headed toward what would have been his first NASCAR victory when Gordon passed him after a restart with four laps to go as several cars crashed behind them. Gordon was in front for mere seconds, then Ambrose sent him into a spin and reclaimed the lead.
Gordon was idling on the historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as the field roared by him under caution. When he recovered, he raced back to the front and tried to move into the first spot.
Gordon believed he was in first - and at worst, second - when the caution waved. But NASCAR said the spin left him unable to maintain his position and ordered him to 13th.
He refused and was second behind Ambrose when the race resumed with three to go. NASCAR stopped scoring him, but Gordon continued to race.
Gordon knocked Ambrose out of his way and moved into the unofficial lead, but NASCAR waved the black flag every time he sped past the flagstand.
Andy Pilgrim was behind Gordon but ran out of gas, putting Harvick in the lead with Montreal native Carpentier right behind him. Carpentier made an attempt to pass Harvick, but when the move failed, he faded as Harvick won.
But Gordon was doing victory burnouts at the same time.
"I won the race," Gordon said.
NASCAR officials went to their office, where Gordon met them. He left with a copy of the rule book, but he was seething.
"You always go back to your position if you get spun out, and (Ambrose) spun me under the caution," Gordon said. "They told me originally to go back to second place, and I went back to second place. Then halfway around the last (caution) lap, they said to go back to 13th place or 14th place, something like that."
NASCAR president Mike Helton and Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition, declined to comment, but garage speculation is that Gordon will be suspended from today's Nextel event in Pocono, Pa.
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