Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen again in thrilling finish

8:11 PM, Aug 12, 2012   |    comments
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Watkins Glen, NY (Sports Network) - Marcos Ambrose prevailed in a frantic last-lap battle with Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski to win at Watkins Glen International for the second year in a row.

Ambrose, whose first career Sprint Cup Series victory came at this 2.45-mile road course one year ago, ran in third at the start of the 90th and final lap. Busch led the way on the last circuit, but Busch spun after Keselowski made contact with him. That allowed Ambrose to chase down Keselowski for the top spot.

Ambrose bumped into the rear of Keselowski and took the lead away from him on turn nine. Ambrose then held off a challenge from Keselowski during the final two corners to claim the win in Sunday's Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen.

It's the second straight year that Keselowski finished second to Ambrose at Watkins Glen.

Jimmie Johnson finished third, while Clint Bowyer and Sam Hornish Jr., who is Keselowski's teammate at Penske Racing, rounded out the top-five. Busch, who led the most laps with 43, settled for seventh.

Jeff Gordon was running in 10th on the final lap, but Gordon spun out of the 11th corner and slammed into the guardrail. Gordon finished 21st.

After the race, several drivers reported that oil spots were present throughout the track on the last lap, leading to multiple spins.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished one lap behind in 28th after he spun around coming out of turn five with seven laps left. Earnhardt Jr. entered this race with the points lead, but he is now one point behind new leader Johnson.


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