It is almost expected to see Marcos Ambrose in Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International, especially in the Nationwide Series of late.
That doesn’t make it any less rewarding for the Australian native.
Ambrose overcame an early-race spin and held off a tough charge from Kyle Busch to win Saturday’s Zippo 200, his fourth Nationwide win at the Glen – all since 2008.
“This is a one race deal here. We do one Nationwide race a year and we won it. I am thrilled for the guys,” said Ambrose, who now has five career series wins, all on road courses.
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“I have a part time crew chief and part time car chief and here we are in Victory Lane.”
Asked about the possibility of replicating his win Sunday in the Cup race, Ambrose just wanted to enjoy the moment.
“You get to Victory Lane and it is special. I would love to repeat but it is a lot of work (Sunday),” he said. “I want to think about this and get a good night’s rest and come attack them. There is a lot at stake.”
Early in the race, Ambrose and Busch both spun while racing for position but the incident did not appear to disrupt either on their planned pit strategy.
Once the final round of green-flag stops concluded, Ambrose cycled back into the lead and with five of 82 laps remaining, Busch moved into second place.
Busch managed to get within five car-lengths on the start of the final lap but could not get close enough to attempt a pass for the lead.
Joey Logano finished third, Brad Keselowski was fourth and Matt Kenseth was fifth. Series points leader Chase Elliott was sixth and holds a 12-point advantage over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith.
“I was trying for all it’s worth and trying to give it all I got,” Busch said. “We were faster than Marcos in some areas and maybe not in others.
“I made the most of our day, I guess.”