As most sports fans focused on the Olympics in London, NASCAR had an international field of its own in Watkins Glen, NY, and an Australian won the Gold.
Defending his victory from last year, Marcos Ambrose took advantage of an oily track and the misfortune of others to drive from third position to victory on the final lap in last Sunday's Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen.
"Yeah, it was absolute chaos at the end," said an excited Ambrose after the event. "The three cars were very evenly matched. I thought, 'I'm going to be stuck here in second. All of a sudden I'm starting to slide out on oil. I saw Kyle backing up to us. It was absolutely crazy at the end.'"
It wasn't easy for Ambrose during the day. He had to charge through the field several times before collecting his first win of the season.
"A real thrill to be back in Victory Lane," continued Ambrose. "We earned it. We're up there with the big boys, led a lot of laps today, had to pass a lot of cars to get the win, and we did it."
With his victory, Ambrose qualified for next year's All Star Race and put himself in a position to make the Chase. With only one other driver ahead of him in wins with two and several knotted up with one win a piece, many feel that it will take another win to make the Chase. So, where does the Richard Petty Motorsport driver feel he can gain that second victory?
"We're looking next week," said Marcos. "We got the pole at Michigan. We were running top five all day there. No reason we can't go there and surprise them again."
Winning Crew Chief, Todd Parrott, agrees with that thought and if they are in it, they can win it again.
"When you put yourself in position, you're going to win races," commented Parrott after the race. "That's what we did today."
With four races left before the Chase begins, the No. 43 team seems to be peaking at just the right time. Could this be the year that Richard Petty returns to the Championship hunt? I'm sure there are several teams out there that would like to get in their way but, right now, "The King" is smiling ear to ear.
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