Ambrose Sweats Out Win

Marcos Ambrose

Marcos Ambrose celebrates after scoring his fourth career NASCAR Nationwide victory at Watkins Glen. (Photo: Getty Images)

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Marcos Ambrose overcame an early spin and held off Kyle Busch to win Saturday’s Zippo 200 Nationwide race at Watkins Glen International.

It’s Ambrose’s fourth consecutive win at the track. He won each Nationwide race at the Glen from 2008-10 before skipping the event the past three years.

Busch finished second with Joey Logano third. Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski was fourth with Matt Kenseth completing the top five. Points leader Chase Elliott was sixth.

Elliott leads Regan Smith by 12 points heading into next weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio. Elliott Sadler and Ty Dillon are each 13 points behind Elliott.

Ambrose nearly didn’t get a chance at victory. Busch tried to get underneath him in the inner loop on Lap 7 in the 82-lap race and they made contact. Both spun.

“I got turned right into,’’ Busch said. “Somebody who doesn’t care got into me.’’

Ambrose saw it a different way.

“I was trying to do some ballroom dancing with Kyle Busch and we both had left feet.

“I looked up halfway down the backstraightaway and he was in line, and I’m ‘OK, I know he’s close.’ He ducked out late and the spotter was late and I turned in because I was already committed to that line. He bumped my left fear. It wasn’t intentional. I’ve got no malice against him. He spun, too.’’

In the final laps, Busch again pressured Ambrose but couldn’t get close enough to make a move.

“At the end, I was not as fast as Kyle,’’ Ambrose said after his fifth career series win. “Kyle was coming fast. I had to dig deep and find something extra to keep him off.’’

Said Busch of the finish: "Just driving for all it's worth trying to give it everything it's got and we were faster and we had some speed in particular areas and maybe not some in others.”

Trevor Bayne finished an eventful 13th. He was involved in contact that led to the first three cautions. After the race, he radioed his team and said he would do better at Mid-Ohio.

“I tried to keep myself in a safe situation the whole race and somehow we were in the first three cautions,’’ he said after the race. “I guess when you’re racing around slower cars you have to give yourself a lot more room. I know the perception was really bad the first three incidents. I felt I couldn’t do much about it. I felt that three cars came across our nose and I was there. It stinks that we didn’t have a chance to run this race hard because the left front was knocked off (early). From there, I was so tight. I couldn’t race hard.’’

 

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