Marcos Ambrose was victorious in Saturday’s Nationwide race at Watkins Glen. But winning the Zippo 200 wasn’t the most popular thing he did that day.
The winning move he made on Kyle Busch was.
With 17 laps remaining in the rare road-course event, Ambrose, then running 2nd to series points leader Kyle Busch, attempted to make a daring pass for the lead on the entrance of the inner-loop. The Tasmanian driver, who had been faster than Busch during the laps leading up to “The Pass”, shot to the right side of Busch’s car just as the two were about to make the right turn into the loop.
Ambrose made his move so fast, that it freaked Busch out. Busch immediately turned back to the left, blowing the loop. Under NASCAR rules, Busch was forced to make a complete stop. He lost 2 positions, falling back to third.
(Didn’t that look like something Busch would pull on somebody else?)
Despite 2 restarts after “The Pass”, Busch could not even contend with Ambrose, as the Tasmanian pulled away to defend his Zippo 200 title. After the race, however, Busch showed his displeasure. He hit Ambrose’s #47 Toyota with his own car on the cool-down laps, and then gave this interview:
Notice that Busch, despite his usual pouting, had nothing bad to say about Ambrose himself. And how could he? Busch has pulled similar moves several times before. The only difference between the move Ambrose pulled off and the ones Busch has pulled off is that Ambrose never actually hit Busch’s car.
Kyle Busch got Kyle Busched by Marcos Ambrose, and he didn’t like it.