Monday, August 12, 2013

Kyle Busch Takes a Clean Win At The Glen

Watkins Glen, NY – Kyle Busch was on top of the heap after the finish of the Watkins Glen road race. The end was nearly a repeat of last year’s race when Keselowski and Busch fought to the bitter end. Busch was the loser last year when Keselowski allegedly knocked Busch out of contention giving Marcos Ambrose the win. This year, Busch managed to keep it clean, beating Keselowski to the checkered flag by less than half a second. “It was just run as hard as you can, drive your car, try not to worry about what’s behind you, whatever happens, happens and we’ll deal with it,” said Busch, adding, “You know, I commend Brad for doing a better job this year at bringing home a cleaner race.”

Sounds like Keselowski had to fight temptation. "I could have dumped Kyle and won the race," said the defending Cup champion, who climbed to eighth in the series standings on the strength of the runner-up finish. "That stuff goes back and forth, and I’m sure someone in the tabloid side of the media will make a big deal about that, but it won’t be me, because I know I did the right thing …”

Martin Truex finished third followed by Carl Edwards with Juan Pablo Montoya rounding off the top-5.

The spoiler this year was a wreck by the 2-time winner of the race, Marcos Ambrose on lap 85. Ambrose led 51 of the first 61 laps. A caution on lap 64, resulted in a pit-stop shuffle placing him 12th. On lap 85, Ambrose was spun by Max Papis, knocking him out of the race.

Other disappointed drivers included Jeff Gordon who crashed early on lap 14. Going wide on turn 3 behind Denny Hamlin, glanced off the rails and hit the inside wall hard. “I’m going to have to have a wrecker guys,” was all the dejected Gordon could say over the radio. Other Hendrick Motorsports drivers also had some poor luck with Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr coming together after Kahne was bumped by Kenseth in the esses. As Kenseth slid, Dale Earnhardt Jr had now where to go but broadside into Kahne.

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