NNS: Kyle Busch not thrilled by early incident at the Glen with Ambrose

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Marcos Ambrose may have earned his fourth consecutive Nationwide Series win at Watkins Glen (2008-2010; did not compete in 2011-2013), but it was far from a Saturday cruise for him.

An early battle for third place ensued between Ambrose and Kyle Busch on Lap 6 of the 82-lap Zippo 200.

But as they headed for the bus stop chicane, the two made contact and spun off the track.

They were able to recover from their incident quickly and returned to the lead pack before the halfway mark. Eventually, Ambrose was able to hold off Busch in the final laps to take the victory.

Afterwards, a terse Busch indicated his annoyance with the Australian in post-race comments to ESPN.

“Another second place – our Monster Energy Camry was pretty good and probably good enough [to win], just never had the track position,” he began.

“We didn’t qualify as good as we needed to, and tried to make a move on somebody that don’t give a crap. And then he just turned into me and that put us behind. But we came back and got second. That’s it.”

Busch followed Ambrose into the pits during a caution at Lap 14; Ambrose took the subsequent restart in 16th, while Busch took it from 18th. Both drivers quickly made up positions before pitting again on Lap 20 for fuel only.

Then on Lap 26, a caution for Trevor Bayne and J.J. Yeley had Ambrose and Busch cycle to first and second when those ahead of them had to pit.

The two remained among the leaders for the rest of the race, and with five laps to go, Busch got underneath Joey Logano for second.

Ambrose’s lead started to evaporate, and by the final lap, Busch had brought it down to less than one second. But “Rowdy” ultimately ran out of time – much to Ambrose’s relief.

“I don’t know what nitrous button Kyle pressed there toward the end, but he came alive,” Ambrose said in Victory Lane. “Another lap and I’d be in real trouble.”

As for his perspective on the spin with Busch, Ambrose took a humorous approach as MRN’s Dustin Long reported:

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.