Marcos Ambrose earned his second consecutive win at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race Saturday afternoon at the upstate New York 2.45-mile road course. Ambrose led twice for 26 (of 82) laps in the 200.9-mile race to earn...
Marcos Ambrose earned his second consecutive win at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race Saturday afternoon at the upstate New York 2.45-mile road course.
Ambrose led twice for 26 (of 82) laps in the 200.9-mile race to earn his first victory in a Camry.
The victory was the 10th NNS win this season for Toyota and the 32nd win since entering series competition in 2007.
Camry driver Kyle Busch finished second to post his 10th consecutive top-two finish, breaking the record for the most consecutive first and second place finishes in series history, formerly held by Jack Ingram in 1983.
Scott Speed (tenth) also finished in the top-10 for Toyota.
Other Camry drivers in the field included Robby Gordon (14th), Jason Leffler (15th), Michael Annett (20th), Justin Marks (32nd), Joey Logano (33rd), Denny Hamlin (34th) and Brian Vickers (37th).
Busch maintains a 212 point lead in the unofficial NNS point standings over second-place Carl Edwards. Leffler (fourth), Logano (10th) and Annett (15th) are also in the top-15 for Toyota.
SCOTT SPEED, No. 99 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
Are you happy with your finish in today's race? "These 99 Michael Waltrip Racing guys give me a great car every time I get behind the wheel. Today was no different. It was a great run for my first time at Watkins Glen. It wasn't the finish we were hoping for because we thought we had a top-five car, but we came home with a solid top-10 finish."
ROBBY GORDON, No. 55 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino/The Rogue Joint Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 14th
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 15th
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 20th
JUSTIN MARKS, No. 10 Construct Corps Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 32nd
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop/Mad Catz Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 33rd
What happened to take you out of the race? "I hate it for all the guys on the Madcatz/GameStop Toyota. We had a good car. Probably not a winning car, but we could have continued our top-five streak. We just got wrecked. I don't know what his (Robby Gordon) problem was, but there is no room for that. The frustrating part is that I'm not going to be back in this car until Atlanta."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 RideMakerz.com Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 34th
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 37th
What happened to take you out of the race? "Frustrated is just not the word because we've had this problem for the whole weekend. I thought we had it fixed. We changed transmissions. It just stuck in third gear again. I went to down shift going into (turn) one and it just wouldn't down shift and it was just locked in gear and I couldn't do anything with it. The 20 (Joey Logano) got into us but it wasn't his fault. I told my spotter to tell him. It wasn't his fault we just locked in gear. I hate it. We had a really fast car. I'm pretty much done for the day. I don't know -- I've got to talk to the guys here. We're not racing for points and we're just here to win races. I hate it for the Dollar General guys."
-credit: toyota motorsports