Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — NASCAR took to the road course at Watkins Glen last weekend, and Kyle Busch finished what where he should have one year ago…in victory lane.
Busch, who crashed on the final lap last year, held off Brad Keselowski in a two lap shootout to the finish to win his third race of the season. This is the third straight race at Watkins Glen that Keselowski has been the runner up.
Martin Truex Jr. finished third, followed by Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya. Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top 10.
Marcus Ambrose was seeking his third straight Cup win at The Glen, and was on the pole, leading the first 51 laps. He was unchallenged most of the early part of the race. With about 30 laps to go, a caution flew, just after Busch had entered the pits, this forced Ambrose to make his final pit stop and start back in traffic. Ambrose never could get his car back to the front, and ended up crashing with five laps remaining.
*** Chase Update ***
Just four races until NASCAR’s playoffs start. Basically there are six drivers competing for four spots. Biffle and Truex are ninth and tenth right now, followed by Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, and Ryan Newman. Kahne should get in with two wins. Newman is currently the second wild card spot with one win. Newman could get bumped out if Truex, who also has a win, gets knocked back and Kurt Busch getting in on points in the 10th spot. Any of these drivers could also lock up a spot, by just winning a race in the final four.
*** Driver Updates ***
Tony Stewart will remain on the couch this weekend, as Austin Dillion will take over his ride at Michigan. Montoya will not return to the #42 Target machine and will be searching for a ride. Rumors are that Newman, or rookie sensation Kyle Larson may take this seat. Brian Vickers has been announced at the full time driver of the #55 Aarons Dream Machine for Michael Waltrip Racing next year.
*** Michigan Preview ***
NASCAR returns to Michigan for the second time this year. Greg Biffle took home the checkered flag earlier this year. Typically Roush Fenway Racing has dominated, but Hendricks is not too far behind.
Let’s go a bit outside the box and take Jeff Gordon to win and secure his place in the chase.