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Marcos Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen!

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Tuesday 16th August, 2011 - 2:51am

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Marcos Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose has won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race – the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at the famed Watkins Glen International.

After finishing third, second and third over the past three years, at the same track where fellow Aussie Alan Jones won the US-East Formula 1 Grand Prix at in 1980, the Tasmanian was all smiles at the end of his 105th start in NASCAR’s premier racing series.

Ambrose became the fifth first time winner of 2011 (Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith, David Ragan & Paul Menard) the most in NASCAR since 2002.

In a dramatic ‘green-white-chequered’ finish Ambrose passed Brad Keselowski on what was the second last lap, before a massive accident involving David Ragan and David Reutimann brought out the final full-course caution flag as the former two-time V8 Supercar champion came to the finish line.

Marcos Ambrose in Victory Lane

Starting from third, Ambrose used a strategy of speed over conservation as he made an extra stop compared to a number of others around him, including Keselowski and Kyle Busch .

His chances nearly ended on lap #65 of 90 when Denny Hamlin lost his front brakes and just avoided hitting the Tasmanian before slamming into the fence.

Ambrose led the race at different points, each time giving up the front position to come to the pits.

Crew Chief Todd Parrott kept his Richard Petty Motorsports driver in-check throughout the entire race, as they stuck to their game plan and it paid off.

“I have sacrificed so much and to finally be here in victory lane in the Cup Series is a dream come true,” said Ambrose.

Todd Parrot congratulates Ambrose

“Mrs Petty is not doing so well at the moment and this win is for her and the whole Petty family. To Richard and everyone else who gave me the chance – thanks very much.

“No one realises how much everyone puts in to get to victory lane and when it happens it’s such a surreal moment.”

The victory gives Ambrose a chance at making the Sprint Cup Chase thanks to the wildcard entry for the two drivers with the most wins from 10th to 20th. Although this will require at least one more race win his crew chief was left with no doubt that he has one of the best drivers in Sprint Cup racing.

“That is awesome,” said Parrott.

“To give that guy his first win – it’s a tribute to the whole organisation. We had a great race car and one heck of a race car driver. I am so proud of him”

Ambrose is 22nd in the championship, but just a single point from the all-important 20th position.

The victory not only qualified Ambrose for the million dollar bonus in the Sprint Summer Showdown, but also as a starter in the 2012 Sprint All-Star Race.

RESULTS: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen : Race 22 of 36

FIN

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

LAPS

STATUS

1 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 92 Running
2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 92 Running
3 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 92 Running
4 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 92 Running
5 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 92 Running
6 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 92 Running
7 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 92 Running
8 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 92 Running
9 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 92 Running
10 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 92 Running
11 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 92 Running
12 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 92 Running
13 Carl Edwards Ford Ortho Home Defense Max 92 Running
14 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 92 Running
15 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 92 Running
16 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 92 Running
17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 92 Running
18 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 92 Running
19 Bobby Labonte Toyota CapitalDPO 92 Running
20 Boris Said Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / Thank A Teacher
Today-Security Benefit
92 Running
21 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 92 Running
22 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 92 Running
23 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 92 Running
24 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services 92 Running
25 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 92 Running
26 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 92 Running
27 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 92 Running
28 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 92 Running
29 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 92 Running
30 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Golden Corral 92 Running
31 Greg Biffle Ford Valvoline 92 Running
32 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 85 Running
33 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 79 In Pit
34 Terry Labonte Ford Long John Silver’s 78 In Pit
35 Andrew Ranger Ford Bully Hill Vineyards 75 In Pit
36 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 65 Running
37 T.J. Bell * Chevrolet Green Smoke 58 In Pit
38 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 48 In Pit
39 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 45 In Pit
40 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 12 In Pit
41 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 7 Out of Race
42 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 5 In Pit
43 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 4 In Pit

 

STANDINGS:  After Race 22 of 36

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

BEHIND

STARTS

POLES

WINS

TOP
5

TOP
10

1 Kyle Busch 752 Leader 22 1 3 12 14
2 Carl Edwards 752 Leader 22 2 1 10 14
3 Jimmie Johnson 746 -6 22 0 1 8 14
4 Kevin Harvick 738 -14 22 0 3 6 11
5 Matt Kenseth 724 -28 22 1 2 7 11
6 Kurt Busch 712 -40 22 3 1 5 12
7 Jeff Gordon 700 -52 22 1 2 7 10
8 Ryan Newman 686 -66 22 1 1 7 10
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 670 -82 22 1 0 3 9
10 Tony Stewart 659 -93 22 0 0 2 8
11 Clint Bowyer 634 -118 22 0 0 3 8
12 Denny Hamlin 626 -126 22 0 1 4 7
13 Greg Biffle 610 -142 22 0 0 1 7
14 Brad Keselowski 601 -151 22 1 2 4 7
15 Paul Menard 599 -153 22 0 1 4 7
16 A.J. Allmendinger 599 -153 22 0 0 1 5
17 Joey Logano 587 -165 22 2 0 4 6
18 Mark Martin 586 -166 22 1 0 1 6
19 Kasey Kahne 585 -167 22 1 0 3 7
20 Juan Montoya 577 -175 22 2 0 2 7
21 Martin Truex Jr. 577 -175 22 0 0 1 7
22 Marcos Ambrose 576 -176 22 0 1 4 7

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