Video: Last Lap Wreck at Watkins Glen Internataional Involving Boris Said, David Ragan and David Reutimann

August 15, 2011 2 Comments

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.

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2 Comments to “Video: Last Lap Wreck at Watkins Glen Internataional Involving Boris Said, David Ragan and David Reutimann”
  1. Dave Norris says:

    Sorry to say, Branden….Said didn’t send Ragan into the wall. Ragan admittedly did not have Said cleared and came down across his nose. Had said not jerked to the right, Ragan would’ve taken the 51 into wet grass and the wall. He had a split second to decide whether he wanted to go into the wall or not. There was nowhere said could go but jerk a little bit to the right or cream the wall. Check this annotated screenshot

    • Joe says:

      I’m sorry Dave, but you are wrong.

      “I felt like I had Boris [Said] clear and I think he got a little better run than we did and he just hooked us. He certainly could have given a little more of a break and we all could have gotten through there and not torn up anything.” – David Ragan

      Better View

      Go to 3:08
      Pause it. Ragan is clear.
      3:08 – 3:11
      Boris over drives the turn so he doesn’t get freight trained.
      Boris being so high on the rumble strip comes off car kicks to the right.Immediately after Ragan’s car gets hooked. Rest is history.

      All could have been avoided with easing up the throttle slightly, but that would have meant Boris Said the Road Course ringer would have lost multiple spots because he over drove the turn. He couldn’t have that so he decided to throw it in there and see what happens.

      The outside which he was on is not the preferred line going into the next turn.

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