Kyle Busch has led more laps at Watkins Glen than any other driver in the Sprint Cup in the previous two years with nothing to show for it. But this time, Busch was able to seal the deal earning his third win of the season. Busch is now fifth in the points standings and is 115 points back of the leader Jimmie Johnson.
Marcos Ambrose, on the other hand, was looking for his third consecutive win at the track, and was well on his way until a caution spoiled his plans on lap 59. He crashed on lap 84 due to a push from Max Papis who was driving the No. 14 car for Tony Stewart who is out due a leg injury he suffered on Monday. Ambrose finished in 31st position.
Watkins Glen makes drivers pay when they get into a wreck more than any of track on the Sprint Cup circuit as Jeff Gordon was another victim with the nose of his car causing him to spin out into the guard rail chasing down Denny Hamlin on lap 13. Gordon’s wreck did serious damage to his chances to enter the Chase as he entered Watkins Glen only 10 points ahead of the second wild card spot and finished 36th on the day.
On lap 80, Hendrick Motorsports had more issues than Gordon getting in a wreck, as teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kasey Kahne collided with each other which was caused by Matt Kenseth to push Ambrose. Earnhardt Jr. proceeded to give Kenseth a nudge on his way to pit road to show his displeasure of the wreck. Earnhardt Jr. managed to go back on the track, but Kahne’s day was over after the wreck.
You can tell it was not a very good for Hendrick Motorsports as Johnson was the only driver on the team stay on the lead lap as he finished eighth. Drivers in general aren’t looking for a win at the track, they just want to survive, and quite a few of the Chase contenders did not survive.