By admin | August 15, 2011
By Richard Allen
Unfortunately, Boris Said and his silly “fight me like a man” antics took away from the much better story in Watkins Glen on Monday. That story is of two of NASCAR’s classiest individuals making a trip to victory lane in a Sprint Cup race.
Australian driver Marcos Ambrose, often regarded as one of the nicest people in the NASCAR garage area, won the rain delayed Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen for his first ever Sprint Cup triumph.
Ambrose seems to always contend on the road courses and has come close to victory on a few occasions but was finally able to seal the deal with a late race pass of Brad Keselowski in what proved to be a crash filled final few laps on the New York road course.
Ambrose had previously won three Nationwide Series events held on road courses.
And just as importantly as Ambrose going to victory lane, if not more so, was that his car owner also got to experience another NASCAR win. Legendary driver turned car owner Richard Petty has probably held more first place trophies than anyone in NASCAR history but his Richard Petty Motorsports team had not won a race since Kasey Kahne registered two victories in 2009.
Petty, of course, registered 200 career wins as a driver but has found the going much more difficult as a car owner, especially in recent years.
If a poll were taken among NASCAR fans or team members these two individuals would no doubt rank very highly among those most highly respected in the sport. Sadly, much more focus since the finish of the event has been placed on a part time driver’s need for attention than on the much better story.
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