Ambrose makes it four for four at the Glen

August 9, 2014 No Comments
Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images

By Mark Schafer

As the two drivers that were leading the pack drove down the 7-turn road course that is Watkins Glen, it appeared that three time defending race winner Marcos Ambrose had the lead firmly in his grasp. Except there was one thing that was threatening the run Ambrose had put together.

The car behind him.

Due to a slight bit of cosmetic damage that crumpled up the nose of his car, Ambrose’s lap times had fallen off  by a few one thousands of a second. Meanwhile Kyle Busch who found himself in second was determined to run down Ambrose.

Even if that meant getting a little wild, like he had done earlier in the race.

Ambrose and Busch had tangled before in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Earlier in the race the two had gotten together and went off track. That earlier damage didn’t do much except for put the two a little further back in the pack.

“No harm, and no hard feelings,” Ambrose said after the race to ESPN pit reporters. “I knew that it wasn’t over between us.”

Ambrose and Busch continued their march up through the field where they would chase down the leaders of last week’s race winner, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

After a series of pit stops took place the leaders had worked themselves out and it was Ambrose that was slightly ahead of Logano for the lead of the race. At that point there was still at least one more pit-stop and, unknown to the drivers at the time, there was also a slew of cautions that had yet to come out.

During the next few laps, Ambrose was able to pull away from Logano, but then the caution flags started to wave around the track. First for a car that was sent into the wall in the bus-stop, then another for a car that crashed in turn six.

Each time that the caution flag was displayed though the Tasmanian driver showed little or no fear as to what his plan was, which was to go to the top of everyone on the track as well as going to the top of the leaderboard.

However if Ambrose wanted to get his seventh career win in the Nationwide series he would have to hold off a number of drivers that are closing in on trying to get seven Nationwide series wins this season. Most notably was Busch who ran Ambrose off the track earlier.

Despite having the faster car, the cosmetic damage made Ambrose’s car less aerodynamic and that resulted in slower lap times. Allowing the No. 54 Toyota of Busch to catch up.

When the checkered flag flew though, it wasn’t enough, as Ambrose had too much of a lead, and he held on to take his first checkered flag of the Nationwide season, and his fourth in his last four starts at Watkins Glen.

“Another lap and I would have been in big trouble,” Ambrose said after the race admitting that his car lost speed because of the damage. “This is a one race a year deal for us and something that we just threw together.”

It may have just been the one race for Ambrose in the Nationwide series, but he was able to make the most out of with the win on Saturday.

Twice before Ambrose has gone on to defend his Saturday win with a Sunday victory.

Results:

1. Marcos Ambrose

2. Kyle Busch

3. Joey Logano

4. Brad Keselowski

5. Matt Kenseth

6. Chase Elliott

7. Elliott Sadler

8. Ty Dillon

9. Paul Menard

10. Brian Scott

11. James Buescher

12. Ryan Reed

13. Trevor Bayne

14. Mike Bliss

15. Kyle Larson

16. Jeremy Clements

17. Regan Smith

18. Stanton Barrett

19. Brennan Newberry

20. Tomy Drissi

21. Jeffery Earnhardt

22. Derrike Cope

23. Carlos Contreras

24. Eric McClure

25. Dakoda Armstrong

26. Kenny Habul

27. Dylan Kwasniewski

28. Brendan Gaughan

29. Chris Buescher

30. Roger Reuse

31. Tanner Berryhill

32. Matt DiBendetto

33. Landon Cassill

34. Ryan Sieg

35. JJ Yeley

36. Joey Gase

37. Kevin O’Connell

38. Blake Koch

39. Josh Wise

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