Marcos Ambrose Wins In A Wild Finish At Watkins Glen
Sunday saw the second of the two road races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule at Watkins Glen International. Marcos Ambrose would take the checkered flag for his first win of the season. It was Ambrose’s second career victory, both at The Glen.
Juan Pablo Montoya would have the Pole, but Kyle Busch would take the lead from the get go and lead most of the first quarter of the race. Brad Keselowski would take over after that when Busch hit the pits at lap 26. Busch would work his way back to the front of the pack with about 15 laps left. Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose would fight for 2nd position which would help Busch and it looked like it was Kyle’s race to win.
With one lap to go Busch would lose ground as apparently there was oil all over the race track that affected Busch’s speed. Keselowski would catch up and Busch would spin out. It came down to Brad and Ambrose who defined the term “Rubbin’ Is Racin”. Both wouldn’t give an inch, but it was Ambrose who would take the win with Keselowski second. Jimmie Johnson would have a solid day taking third place and the lead in the points standings. Clint Bowyer and Sam Hornish Jr. would round out the top 5.
It was a rough day for Tony Stewart who would be running well early on in the race but was hit with a penalty in the pits making him lose track position. He would race his way back into the top 5 but again would run into back luck spinning out on lap 71
Speaking of rough days, the race saw a number of cars go into the garage including Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Montoya who all had something break on their car. Denny Hamlin would have engine failure. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was running in the top 10 and he would also be a victim of the oil on the track and he would spin out which would cost him the lead in the standings.
Next week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400. Television coverage begins at 12 Noon on ESPN.