Ambrose Wins Zippo 200 at the Glen

Watkins Glen International Speedway once again delivered a victory for Marcos Ambrose in the Nationwide Series Zippo 200 today.  Early in the race, where he started fourth, he and Kyle Busch got together in the “bus stop” or inner loop and both spun onto the paved run off area losing several positions but at the end of the day it was Busch trying to run down Ambrose as the laps wound down. Busch was closing in rapidly but just couldn’t get there.  Ambrose led two times for 48 laps but the win was more difficult than it looked on paper. It was his fourth victory in the Nationwide Series, all at Watkins Glen.

About the contact with Busch Ambrose said, “The spotter said he was sticking his nose in and I kind of half closed the door and made contact. I knew it wasn’t over, that is for sure. 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. I had my tongue hanging out all day. I had nothing left. I had to make up all the ground from the spin and Joey was super fast in the middle and I had to hold him back. Kyle really pressed at the end and came alive. Another lap and I would have been in real trouble.”

Busch, clearly disappointed with his second place finish said in the media center, “Another second place. Monster Camry was probably good enough, just never had track position.” About the early race contact with Ambrose Busch said, “Just driving it 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. “ He went on to say, “Just got caught in a bad spot early and battled back from that and was able to get myself back up to second I guess it was on pit strategy.

Rookie Chase Elliott was the highest finishing Nationwide Series regular with a sixth place result adding to his points lead in the championship standings. Elliott is ahead of Regan Smith by 12 points and Elliott Sadler by 13. Elliott said after the race that he doesn’t really pay that much attention to the points and that he is going to a new track next week as well for some road racing.

Unofficial Race Results
Zippo 200, Watkins Glen
1              09           Marcos Ambrose             Ford
2              54           Kyle Busch                         Toyota
3              12           Joey Logano                      Ford
4              22           Brad Keselowski               Ford
5              20           Matt Kenseth                    Toyota
6              9              Chase Elliott                      Chevrolet
7              11           Elliott Sadler                      Toyota
8              3              Ty Dillon                            Chevrolet
9              33           Paul Menard                     Chevrolet
10           2              Brian Scott                        Chevrolet
11           99           James Buescher               Toyota
12           16           Ryan Reed                          Ford
13           6              Trevor Bayne                   Ford
14           19           Mike Bliss                           Toyota
15           42           Kyle Larson                       Chevrolet
16           51           Jeremy Clements             Chevrolet
17           7              Regan Smith                     Chevrolet
18           87           Stanton Barrett                Ford
19           55           Brennan Newberry         Chevrolet
20           93           Tomy Drissi                      Dodge

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Ed Coombs
Ed began covering NASCAR for the former Gater Racing News regularly in 2000. He began working with Speedway Media in 2003 by supplying exclusive photos from the races covered. Currently he is the Editor and Assistant Publisher of Speedway Media. He also manages staff and credentialing. With the closing down of Gater News after nearly 50 years he hopes to become a more regular contributor at Speedway Media as a writer and photographer. My Twitter name is @coombsed feel free to follow me I am a member of the National Motorsports Press Association.

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