That was worth the four-hour race time, that's for sure.
Papis drove the car in incredibly deep after the long straightaway, passing Said as the two entered the chicane. But since Said's entry wasn't nearly as deep, he was able to get off the second corner better and beat Papis to the stripe to get his first NASCAR victory.
"It was just unbelievable," Said told ESPN in victory lane. "I didn't know I won because I didn't have a radio at the end."
Papis, who was racing the No. 33 for Kevin Harvick Inc., said that if he couldn't win, he was glad that Said did.
"First, congrats to Boris. If I couldn't win, he deserved the win," Papis said.
"I gave everything I had. I believed until the last corner. I really outbraked him really hard and it came down to the last corner. I did all I could, I went through the gears, barely hit the chip in second gear ... This is what I can do in a good car and I'm really proud."
Jacques Villeneuve, driving on the track named for his father, finished third for Braun Racing.
Neither Said nor Papis were leading on that final restart, however. Robby Gordon, who still claims he won the 2007 race at Montreal, was leading, but since he pitted before everyone else, ran out of fuel with two laps to go.
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