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NNS: Ambrose Wins Fourth Straight Race at Watkins Glen Ahead of Big Sunday Race

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — In the competitive sport of NASCAR, it is near impossible to predict what happens and it is well stated that nothing is absolutely guaranteed.

Today, however; the road course ringer of Marcos Ambrose lived up to the monster expectation by winning in dominating fashion once again at Watkins Glen International. It was his fourth straight win at the 2.5-mile circuit dating back to 2008 — and gives him a momentum boost heading into one of the biggest races of his racing career on Sunday.

[Related: Zippo 200 at The Glen results]

“For all he (Richard Petty, owner) has been through this year, and our team making the chase with the No.43 and now winning a race for Nationwide Series, (it is) just a great day.” said Ambrose. “This was our R&D team that put this program together for us, just this one race. Just shows the strength that we have with our people at RPM and that we can do it on our own and to field a car that can take it to the very top of the business.”

Ambrose later said that this win was even more special than his Sprint Cup Series win there back in 2012 with Brad Keselowski.

“Really one of my best wins here,” Amrbrose stated after the race. “Obviously the spectacular finish with Brad comes to the front of your mind but for me this one was more rewarding because we really earned it. We spun out early on, we fought our way back through passing all the cars and we were able to hold them off at the end.”

Completing the top-five was Kyle Busch in second who made contact with Ambrose in the opening stages of the race, leading to a couple of very entertaining fights through the field and a tight finish with Ambrose at the line.

Third went to Joey Logano who, for a majority of the event, was battling Ambrose for the top spot of the race. Logano exited pit road late in the race and came out side-by-side with the No. 09 Ford, but could not complete the pass.

Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski finished fourth with Matt Kenseth sneaking into the top-five.

[Related: NNS points standings following Watkins Glen]

A big theme throughout the race was staying on the track and avoiding contact with other cars — especially those a lap or more down.

“At least twice I got drove, two tires into the dirt, on a straightaway from a lapped car,” said Logano. “I don’t think they have mirrors or something.”

A memorable incident involved J.J. Yeley and Trevor Bayne.

Yeley was a lap behind and drove up into Bayne entering turn 10, which caused Yeley to turn head-on and smash the front end — standing as the hardest lick of the day. Yeley would show his anger on track when Bayne drove by him.

Points leader Chase Elliott had a quiet but unhappy day in his first visit to The Glen.

“It was really a long weekend for us,” said Elliott who maintains his series’ point lead which now stands at 12 over teammate Regan Smith. “I really struggled yesterday and in qualifying this morning. We were able to gain some in the race and got behind some of the fast cars and learned a little bit. Ill defiantly take a sixth after the weekend we had.”

Speaking of his teammate, Smith qualified strong in fifth and was hanging tough with the top two of Ambrose and Logano before a missed lugnut cost him a possible top-five. He came home in 17th.

Lets throw out some names that I believe deserve a shout out for a solid job well done.

James Buescher brought RAB Racing home with an 11th-place-finish — his best finish since placing 10th at Richmond back in April.

Ryan Reed ran the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday and it brought him solid fortune for Saturday as he grabbed a 12th place.

Stanton Barrett, making his second start of 2014, started and finished in the 18th spot — a solid run for the 41-year-old Hollywood stunt-man.

Mike Bliss, Jeremy Clements, Brennan Newberry and Tomy Drissi also came home in the top-20.

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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