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- Updated: August 9, 2014
Leading 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.
|2||3||54||Kyle Busch||Monster Energy||Toyota||82||$28,500||Running||1||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|
|12||28||16||Ryan Reed||ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes||Ford||82||$18,631||Running||0||32|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|32||22||40||Matt DiBenedetto||Curtis Key Plumbing||Chevrolet||73||$17,251||Running||0||12|
|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|