Kyle Busch had the lead on the final lap of the Finger Lakes 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on Sunday, but he wound up finishing second. After oil on the track and contact from Brad Keselowski on the last lap sent Busch spinning, Keselowski and Ambrose went on to battle for the win.
“The No. 18 was leaking fluid something fierce,” Keselowski said. “Just one big, giant oil slick under his car.”
But according to Dave Rogers, Busch’s crew chief, the oil came from Bobby Labonte’s car.
After a lot of contact as Keselowski and Ambrose battled handling in the oil that had been put down on the track, Ambrose claimed the win — his second-straight at The Glen — and Keselowski wound up second.
“It just feels so good to be back here in victory lane,” Ambrose said.
Busch took the lead from pole sitter Juan Montoya on lap one and held the top spot until the first caution of the race came out on lap 25. Having not yet pitted, Busch headed down pit road under the yellow, handing the lead over to Keselowski, who had pitted on lap 24. Ambrose restarted second.
Keselowski and Ambrose continued to run first and second, and Ambrose moved by Keselowski to take the lead on lap 39 of the 90-lap race.
By the halfway point, Tony Stewart, who fell back through the field after a pit road penalty early, moved his way into the top-10.
After varying pit strategies and another caution that came out on lap 58, Keselowski restarted in the lead, with Stewart alongside in second. Stewart continued to run second to Keselowski until he spun to bring out a caution with 20 laps to go.
Ambrose then moved into second to restart next to Keselowski on the front row. Busch got by both of them on the restart to retake the lead.
Busch led until the final lap when he slipped in some oil that had been put down on the race track and he sustained contact from Keselowski. Busch spun, and Keselowski and Ambrose both got by to take first and second.
Ambrose and Keselowski made contact several times the rest of the way, as both their cars slid in the oil. In the end, Ambrose collected his second Watkins Glen victory. Busch wound up seventh.
“I was the first one to slip in the oil and let Brad pass,” Ambrose said.
Jimmie Johnson finished third, Clint Bowyer fourth, and Sam Hornish Jr. was fifth. Greg Biffle finished sixth, just ahead of Busch.
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