Posted June 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer Nelson Piquet Jr.'s famous family name doesn't quite have the same kind of clout in NASCAR as it does in the rest of the auto racing world. Some of the baggage might have made its way here from overseas, though. The son of a three-time Formula One champion, the Brazilian achieved his dream when he got an F1 ride of his own in 2008. But it ended in scandal after Piquet deliberately crashed in a race to help his teammate, following orders from his team. Now Piquet is trying to work his way up the ladder in NASCAR, and hopes his victory in Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Road America will get him a second look from team owners. ''In Formula One, things didn't go really the way I wanted because it was just wrong timing,'' Piquet said. ''And I think people just kept comparing me to what I did (immediately) before I came here, and not everything I've done before. So I think if the...
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