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NASCAR: Marcos Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen

August 15, 2011 | 11:27 am

Marcos Ambrose got his first victory in NASCAR's top series after a frantic finish at the rain-delayed Sprint Cup race Monday at Watkins Glen International.

In his 105th career start, Ambrose beat Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch on a two-lap dash to the finish, giving Ford its first victory on a road course since Geoff Bodine won at the same place in 1996.

“This is almost surreal,” Ambrose said in his No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports after crossing the finish line. “It's a dream come true.”

Ambrose came close to a road-course victory a year ago at Sonoma, when he led with six laps to go but stalled his car under caution and wound up finishing sixth.

This time around, Busch led the field to the green flag, but was passed by Keselowski and then Ambrose entering the first turn. Ambrose bumped Keselowski in the chicane after zooming through the high-speed esses, then overtook him for good.

The race ended with a caution as David Reutimann and David Ragan crashed entering the second turn. Busch finished third, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Juan Pablo Montoya, AJ Allmendinger, Jeff Burton and Jimmie Johnson.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Marcos Ambrose celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Monday at Watkins Glen International. Credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images for NASCAR