Ambrose Uses Dominate Effort to Claim Second Straight Zippo 200
Sprint Cup Series Rookie Should be in the Mix in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen on Sunday, August 9.
By: WGI Staff on 8/8/2009
Ambrose catches the checkered flag for his victory lap after winning his second consecutive Zippo 200 at The Glen.
Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 47 STP Toyota, won the Zippo 200 in dominating fashion on Saturday afternoon, August 8. It was the second consecutive win at Watkins Glen International for Ambrose, and the second win of his career. Sprint Cup Series drivers paced most of the race with Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and pole-sitter Kevin Harvick also taking their turns out front on the 2.45-mile road course. The four Sprint Cup Series regulars along with road-course ace, Ron Fellows, completed the top-five.
In addition to marking Ambrose’s second win, the race also marked the second trip to Gatorade Victory Lane for long-time entrants JTG Racing. Ambrose led over 30% of the 82 laps run during the 200-mile event, and took the lead for the final time with a daring move through the inner loop with a hard charge coming off a restart.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 NOS Toyota, finished second in the Zippo 200. The finish marked his tenth-straight top-two finish, and broke the record formerly set by Jack Ingram in 1983. Carl Edwards in the No. 60 Save a Lot Ford finished third in Saturday afternoon’s event. The two drivers are ranked first and second in the season championship and the finish allowed Busch to extend his lead to over 200 points.
Some of the most heated on track competition was between Joey Logano and Robby Gordon in the closing laps of the race. The two tangled off Turn 11, down the frontstretch and into Turn 1, until Gordon’s tire exploded going through the Esses. As a result of double file restarts, Gordon and Logano restarted the race next to each other and continued to make contact after the green flag. The battle finally came to a close when contact between Gordon and Logano sent Logano’s No. 20 GameStop/Mad Catz Toyota flying into the outside retaining wall in the carousel turn. The 18-year old up-and-coming star was uninjured but the incident brought an end to his day.