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NASCAR: Nelson Piquet Jr., last year's Road America winner, returns to defend NASCAR victory

11:10 PM, Jun. 17, 2013
Nelson Piquet Jr., celebrates June 23 after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Sargento 200 at Road America. Piquet Jr. is expected to return to the Elkhart Lake track this summer for the Johnsonville Sausage 200.
Nelson Piquet Jr., celebrates June 23 after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Sargento 200 at Road America. Piquet Jr. is expected to return to the Elkhart Lake track this summer for the Johnsonville Sausage 200.
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Local race fans visiting Road America this weekend could see something nobody has seen in the four years the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit has been visiting the Elkhart Lake racetrack: a driver defending his victory at the Sheboygan County road course.

Carl Edwards, who won the inaugural Nationwide race in 2010 - it was called the Bucyrus 200 back then - didn't show up in 2011. That year's winner, Reed Sorenson, was a no-show at last year's Sargento 200.

But Nelson Piquet Jr., who cruised to first place last year to become the first Brazilian to win a NASCAR national-series race, is expected ...

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