The third time was the charm for Kyle Busch at Watkins Glen.
After falling short the last two times that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced at Watkins Glen International, Sunday was the day Busch captured his second career win at The Glen. Before Busch could capture the checkered flag for the third time this season, he had to survive a couple of restarts within the final laps.
Busch took over the lead on Lap 77 and took over from there. Pole-sitter Marcos Ambrose went in as the two-time defending winner and the driver Busch had lost to twice. Busch had been battling with Ambrose for the lead throughout the race, but everything changed into Busch’s favor once a cycle of pit stops took Ambrose from the lead.
The third time may have been the charm for Busch to take the win, but the third time wasn’t it for Brad Keselowski. Prior to Sunday’s race at the Glen Keselowski has finished in second the last two races at the 2.45-mile track. The trend continued on Sunday as the defending Sprint Cup champion finished in second at the Glen for a third time in a row.
Martin Truex Jr. finished in third followed by Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya to round out the top five.
Prior to the race at the Glen many Chase scenarios were at stake following the news of Tony Stewart’s injury. With little time left until the Chase, many were looking make their moves to secure a spot.
The biggest winners, along with race winner Busch, were Keselowski and Truex. With their top three finishes both drivers gained four spots within the points and moved into the top 10.