Monday’s rain delayed race at Watkins Glen was filled with hard racing, several different pit strategies and unreal wrecks. Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin both saw their cars destroyed after brake/tire failures, sending them directly into the tire barriers and putting an end to their days.
A cut tire for Paul Menard with four to go sent the Brickyard 400 winner into the outside wall, destroying the No. 27 Chevrolet. Menard attempted to limp back to pit road for repairs but NASCAR forced him to stop after a broken oil line lit a fire under the car.
After an extended caution for cleanup, the green-white-checkered restart saw a three-way battle for the lead between road course expert Marcos Ambrose, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. Ambrose pushed his Ford to the front and took the white flag as Keselowski and Busch trailed.
Hard racing in the back of the pack led to the field being frozen prior to the checkered flag, awarding Ambrose with his first career win. The caution was brought out as Boris Said sent David Ragan into the outside barrier, collecting David Reutimann as well.
Ragan bounced off the outside wall directly into the No. 00 of Reutimann, sending him into the inside barrier. Reutimann’s hard slam sent him airborne and upside down, completely obliterating his Toyota Camry.