Heartbreak for Ambrose at Watkins Glen

Marcos Ambrose dominated the race before his crash six laps from the end

Marcos Ambrose dominated the race before his crash six laps from the end

Marcos Ambrose had his chances of winning his third-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen end in the crash barriers after looking dominant at the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen.

The race was won by Kyle Busch in a great finish ahead of Brad Keselowski.

Starting from pole position Ambrose controlled the first half of the race; in fact he led 51 of the 90 laps. However, it was a caution flag ironically for a crash involving his team-mate Aric Almirola which ended his race winning hopes.

After Ambrose passed the start/finish line on lap #60, Kyle Busch and a number of the other leading cars came to the pit road for their final stops. Ambrose was to pit the next time by, but after the others had already entered pit road, Almirola crashed and this meant they could complete their stops. Ambrose had to wait until the full field was brought in line before he could pit.

Re-starting 14th, Ambrose struggled to find his way by cars and after two more cautions he reported that something was not right in the rear of the car.

Then just six laps from the finish he was bundled off the track by Max Papis on the re-start and his day was over.

Ambrose came into the day hoping to score the win and get into the top 20 in points and give himself a shot at the Chase for the Cup. Both now appear out of reach.

Fellow Australian Owen Kelly made his Sprint Cup debut and had a solid performance finishing 24th. He was also a victim of the Almirola accident in terms of making his pit stop under the caution. Then while he was 19th Kelly came to a near standstill to avoid Ambrose’s crashed car near the finish.

In all the drama Kyle Busch took his opportunities when they arose and after being in sight of victory last year, 2013 he took the race win at the famous road course in upstate New York.

See video below of Ambrose crash

Full results

Pos Driver Car/Engine Laps Time/Delay
1 Kyle Busch Toyota 90 2:32:04
2 Brad Keselowski Ford 90 0.486
3 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 90 22:27:56
4 Carl Edwards Ford 90 22:27:56
5 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
6 Clint Bowyer Toyota 90 22:27:56
7 Joey Logano Ford 90 22:27:56
8 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
9 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
10 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 90 22:27:56
11 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
12 Casey Mears Ford 90 22:27:56
13 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
14 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
15 Massimiliano Papis Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
16 Greg Biffle Ford 90 22:27:56
17 Paul Menard Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 90 22:27:56
19 Denny Hamlin Toyota 90 22:27:56
20 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
21 David Ragan Ford 90 22:27:56
22 Boris Said Ford 90 22:27:56
23 Matt Kenseth Toyota 90 22:27:56
24 Owen Kelly Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
25 David Gilliland Ford 90 22:27:56
26 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
27 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
28 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
29 Alex Kennedy Toyota 90 22:27:56
30 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 85 5 Laps
31 Marcos Ambrose Ford 84 Accident
32 Brian Vickers Toyota 84 Accident
33 David Stremme Toyota 83 7 Laps
34 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 82 8 Laps
35 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 74 16 Laps
36 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 65 25 Laps
37 Aric Almirola Ford 58 Accident
38 Michael McDowell Ford 58 Suspension
39 Brian Keselowski Toyota 47 Brakes
40 Travis Kvapil Toyota 41 Accident
41 Victor Gonzalez Chevrolet 39 Accident
42 Tomy Drissi Toyota 39 Accident
43 David Reutimann Toyota 4 Engine

Points standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Jimmie Johnson 808
2 Clint Bowyer 733
3 Carl Edwards 728
4 Kevin Harvick 707
5 Kyle Busch 693
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 670
7 Matt Kenseth 659
8 Brad Keselowski 634
9 Greg Biffle 627
10 Martin Truex Jr. 625
11 Kurt Busch 623
12 Kasey Kahne 622
13 Jeff Gordon 610
14 Ryan Newman 605
15 Jamie McMurray 600
16 Joey Logano 598
17 Tony Stewart 594
18 Aric Almirola 561
19 Paul Menard 559
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 531
21 Jeff Burton 525
22 Juan Pablo Montoya 516
23 Marcos Ambrose 515
24 Casey Mears 472
25 Denny Hamlin 414
26 David Ragan 399
27 Danica Patrick 397
28 David Gilliland 387
29 Mark Martin 361
30 Dave Blaney 329
31 Bobby Labonte 328
32 David Reutimann 308
33 J.J. Yeley 296
34 David Stremme 296
35 A.J. Allmendinger 278
36 Travis Kvapil 275
37 Michael McDowell 115
38 Michael Waltrip 102
39 Timmy Hill 99
40 Scott Speed 91
41 Terry Labonte 77
42 Ken Schrader 68
43 Boris Said 48
44 Ron Fellows 31
45 Alex Kennedy 21
46 Justin Marks 14
47 Scott Riggs 10
48 Victor Gonzalez 10
49 Brian Keselowski 9
50 Tomy Drissi 8
51 Jacques Villeneuve 3
52 Jason Leffler 1

 

 

 

 

 

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