Marcos Ambrose gets his first win in NASCAR at Watkins Glen: Fan’s take

For the first time in at least several weeks, one of the drivers that was predicted to win, actually captured the victory. After the race at Watkins Glen International was rescheduled for Monday due to a rain delay, Marcos Ambrose crossed the finish-line ahead of all the other drivers to score his first win in NASCAR's prestigious Sprint Cup Series.

Marcos Ambrose
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This season in NASCAR has certainly been one for first time winners to take the prize. The most recent was Paul Menard who captured his first victory at the Brickyard 400 on July 31st. It was 20-year old Trevor Bayne who had his very first win at the renowned Daytona 500, and Regan Smith astonished everyone by taking the Southern 500. Then there is David Ragan who stole the victory in the second race at Daytona, in the Coke Zero 400.

Luck was on the side of Ambrose this time, as he'd come close to winning a number of times before. Kyle Busch, who had taken the pole on Saturday, led for much of the race, but ended in third after Ambrose passed both Busch and Brad Keselowski in the final laps.

Ambrose's win at the Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips 500 puts him in contention for one of two wild card spots in the race to the Chase. There are only four races left until the playoffs begin at Chicagoland on September 18.

There were two horrific accidents in Monday's race at Watkins Glen International. Fortunately, all drivers were able to walk away uninjured. One incident occurred in the final lap with David Reutimann's car flipping after he had ran head on into the barrier. David Ragan, Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer were all involved in the crash.

In another terrifying collision, Denny Hamlin's brakes failed sending his car crashing at full speed into the tire barrier. A few moments later, Hamlin walked out of the mangled mess. The accident left him finishing in 36th place.

Brad Keselowski who drove for the second weekend in a row with a broken ankle, and a sore back, finished the race in second. Last week he shocked everyone by driving with his serious injury and ultimately taking the victory at Pocono.

Following Kyle Busch's third place finish, was Martin Truex, Jr. in fourth and Joey Logano in fifth. Jimmie Johnson, who had been predicted to do well came in tenth, and Jeff Gordon finished the race at 13th.

Next weekend NASCAR heads to Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400. Will we see another first time winner?

I grew up watching auto racing at the old Baylands Raceway in Fremont, California, and have been a fan ever since.

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Updated Monday, Aug 15, 2011