Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing, alex gurney and Jon fogarty win montreal 200
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Fogarty led laps 25 and 26 when Taylor pitted from the lead and kept his foot in it the entire time.

"Once Ricky made his pit stop I was able to run a couple of real good, quick laps," Fogarty said. "That made the difference in getting out ahead of them and our crew did a great job all day. They just made good calls the entire race, just a great team effort for the GAINSCO guys. I feel good about it, especially after what happened at The Glen. The turning point for sure was getting out ahead of them in the pits."

Gurney avoided any major issues on the track but that was far from the case inside the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet Riley. The fresh-air cooling hose that attaches to his helmet malfunctioned during the driver change.

"It ripped out when Jon got out of the car," Gurney said. "They fixed it with some tape on my second stop, which lasted for about two laps, so definitely one of the harder races for me. That air does a surprising amount, it doesn't feel like it when you have it on, but when you don't have it on your really hurting. So I was definitely not feeling very well."

The race's only caution period just 15 minutes from the finish gave Gurney a chance too cool down as he circulated during the yellow with the No. 99's driver's side door cracked open for ventilation. He was able to keep Max Angelelli, who had taken over for Taylor, in check on the restart and crossed the finish line 1.932 seconds ahead of the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet Dallara.

"I think that last restart was probably a good thing," Gurney said. "I was able to cool down a little, and I knew our car was really good on restarts. Things worked out for us today."

Gurney led a race-high 43 laps, setting the race's fastest lap time of 1:33.403 (104.412 mph) on lap 31.

The No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet Riley team solidified its third-place ranking in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Team Championship standings with today's victory. The No. 99 now has 304 points in third place and a 12-point cushion over the No. 5 Action Express Porsche Riley that finished third in Montreal. The Montreal 200 will be followed by the season-ending EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, September 16 - 17. The race can be seen live on SPEED, Saturday, September

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