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Ambrose Holds On For Zippo 200 Win

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Zippo_200_14_Watkins_Glen_FieldLeading over half the laps of the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen, Marcos Ambrose proved once again he is the King of the Glen. Saturday’s win marks the fourth win at Watkins Glen for Ambrose in just the Nationwide Series. He’s collected two wins in the Sprint Cup Series and will be looking for more on Sunday.

“I gotta thank Nationwide Insurance for a great series, my team RPM, the King, Stanley and Ford Racing. This is a once race deal here. We do one Nationwide race a year and we won it. I am thrilled for the guys. I have a part time crew chief and part time car chief and here we are in victory lane,” commented Ambrose.

Ambrose enjoyed a comfortable lead in the closing laps until Kyle Busch got past Joey Logano for second. At that point Busch cut down Ambrose margin from roughly two seconds to under half a second coming to the white flag. Dealing with lap traffic and the track, Busch slipped near the end allowing Ambrose to cross first.

“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. But, we made the most of our day I guess considering how it could’ve been considering how last year went,” explained a dejected Busch.

Logano held off his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski for third, with Matt Kenseth rounding out the top-5 positions. Providing a Sprint Cup Series regular sweep of the top-5, with Paul Menard capturing the ninth place, which made six out of the top-10 drivers were Cup regulars.

The biggest accident of the race was on lap 36 when Trevor Bayne and J.J. Yeley made contact, resulting in Yeley smashing the front and side of his Dodge. Bayne contended that Yeley came across the front of his car “like I’m not even here.” Yeley’s side of the story was Bayne was impatient and “turned [him] into the fence.” Yeley also showed his displeasure on the track when Bayne passed his damaged car.

Rookie Chase Elliott finished sixth in his first trip to the Glen, he was able to extend his lead in the standings. It now is 12 points over Regan Smith, with next week being the final road race for the Nationwide Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Fans can catch the action next Saturday at 2:45 PM EST on ESPN.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Pts
1 4 09 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 82 $53,875 Running 48 0
2 3 54 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Toyota 82 $28,500 Running 1 0
3 2 12 Joey Logano Snap-On Ford 82 $22,375 Running 6 0
4 1 22 Brad Keselowski Hertz Ford 82 $21,025 Running 13 0
5 10 20 Matt Kenseth Resers Toyota 82 $19,300 Running 2 0
6 15 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 82 $21,732 Running 0 38
7 14 11 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Toyota 82 $20,031 Running 0 37
8 8 3 Ty Dillon Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet 82 $19,461 Running 1 37
9 6 33 Paul Menard Turtle Wax / Menards Chevrolet 82 $13,050 Running 0 0
10 7 2 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Chevrolet 82 $20,331 Running 0 34
11 17 99 James Buescher ToyotaCare Toyota 82 $18,906 Running 2 34
12 28 16 Ryan Reed ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes Ford 82 $18,631 Running 0 32
13 16 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 82 $18,531 Running 0 31
14 19 19 Mike Bliss Tweaker Energy Shot Toyota 82 $18,381 Running 1 31
15 13 42 Kyle Larson Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet 82 $12,750 Running 0 0
16 26 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 82 $18,256 Running 1 29
17 5 7 Regan Smith AmericasPower.org Chevrolet 82 $19,206 Running 2 28
18 18 87 Stanton Barrett BarcodeMedia.com Ford 82 $18,331 Running 0 26
19 25 55 Brennan Newberry Qore 24 Chevrolet 82 $18,056 Running 0 0
20 31 93 Tomy Drissi Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dodge 82 $18,706 Running 0 0
21 30 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt The Great Outdoors RV Superstore Chevrolet 81 $17,956 Running 0 23
22 36 70 Derrike Cope Youtheory Chevrolet 81 $17,901 Running 0 22
23 20 44 Carlos Contreras 38 Special / Ingersoll Rand / VOLI Toyota 81 $17,826 Running 0 21
24 29 14 Eric McClure Reynolds Wrap/ Hefty Ultimate Toyota 81 $17,726 Running 0 20
25 21 43 Dakoda Armstrong Charter Ford 81 $18,176 Running 0 19
26 27 75 Kenny Habul SunEnergy1 Toyota 81 $11,420 Running 0 18
27 11 31 Dylan Kwasniewski AccuDoc Solutions/Rockstar Chevrolet 81 $17,576 Running 0 17
28 9 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Chevrolet 80 $17,501 Running 5 17
29 12 60 Chris Buescher Cheez-It Ford 79 $17,451 Running 0 15
30 38 74 Roger Reuse WCIParts.com Chevrolet 79 $17,701 Running 0 14
31 33 17 Tanner Berryhill NationalCashLenders.com Dodge 74 $17,326 Running 0 13
32 22 40 Matt DiBenedetto Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 73 $17,251 Running 0 12
33 23 01 Landon Cassill FlexSeal Chevrolet 43 $17,216 Suspension 0 11
34 32 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet 38 $17,156 Overheating 0 10
35 24 28 J.J. Yeley Texas 28 Spirits Stage Dodge 33 $17,109 Accident 0 9
36 37 52 Joey Gase Donate Life Chevrolet 30 $16,286 Electrical 0 8
37 34 23 Kevin O’Connell 50 Camp Fires Chevrolet 25 $16,251 Accident 0 7
38 39 10 Blake Koch SupportMilitary.org Toyota 6 $10,011 Rear Gear 0 6
39 35 46 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 3 $9,875 Brakes 0 0