Ambrose Solidifies Ownership Of The Glen With NNS Win
Marcos Ambrose extended his Nationwide Series ownership of Watkins Glen International Saturday when he held of Kyle Busch to win for the fourth time at the venerable old road circuit in Upstate New York.
The victory is the sixth overall in NASCAR for the Richard Petty Motorsports driver at The Glen as he also has two Sprint Cup races at the track.
Apparently, the thrill of victory at the track has not diminished with repetition.
“This is a fantastic day for RPM,” Ambrose said. “The King (team owner Richard Petty) is here and it is great to celebrate in victory lane with him. For all he has been through personally this year and our team making the Chase with the 43 and now winning a race in the Nationwide series with Scott (McDougall), our part time crew chief and full time R&D specialist. This was our R&D team that put this together for this one race. It shows the strength of the people at RPM that we can do it on our own and field a car that can take it to the very best in the business.
“A big hat off to all of my crew and the Cup series teams that all chipped in to get us here and do the pit stops to help us out. It is just a great day. It really was one of my best wins here. Obviously the spectacular finish with Brad Keselowski comes to the front of your mind but for me, this one was more rewarding because we really earned it. We spun out early on and fought our way back passing a lot of cars and got good track position with good strategy and were able to hold them off at the end.”
Busch finished second after making a charge over the final five laps.
“Just driving for all it’s worth,” Busch said, “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. But, we made the most of our day I guess considering how it could’ve been considering how last year (when he finished 24th after starting second) went.”
Joey Logano of Team Penske finished third.
“The 12 car doesn’t get to run many races,” Logano said. “Greg Erwin and all the guys with the Snap-On Ford did a great job for me all weekend. We unloaded okay and then made our worst point on the race track into our best point. Really, coming into the race I thought the long runs would be where we shined but it couldn’t have been more opposite when the race started. We were good on the short run and I thought better than Marcos there but the last run we just barely got beat out of the pits. We raced each other up through two and clean air was worth a ton. The car didn’t handle good behind other cars, especially through the carousel. I was trying to hang with him and waiting for him to make a mistake but it turns out he is pretty good and doesn’t make mistakes.
“I was hanging and hanging and ran my stuff too hard and blew the front tires off the car. I was trying to figure out ways to get the thing to turn again and burned the rear tires off the car. I didn’t have anything left and was on damage control until the end of the race. Overall it was a solid day. I really want to win a road course. It is something special to say you won a road course. Anytime you can say you gave Marcos a run for him money it makes you a little proud inside.”
Keselowski, who was driving the second Team Penske car, battled Logano for the final place on the podium over the final laps but could not get past and had to settle for fourth place.
Finishing fifth was Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing.
“It’s about where we ran all day,” Kenseth said. “We started 10th and made a couple passes right away and was able to get up in the top-five and just kind of stayed there. So, they could get away from me in the beginning of the run and we’d be a little better at the end but they would just get so far away I just couldn’t run with the best three or four cars.”No Comment