Just when you think things are in the bag, everything begins to change. One lap of action created craziness, excitement, controversy and aggravation.
It appeared that Kyle Busch had the race in the bag after one aggressive restart to go from third to first, but it all went out the window coming to the white flag. A car slowed down, looking to have lost a motor, and drivers suddenly began sliding. Busch suddenly found himself in a battle for the lead as both Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose were on his bumper. Up the hill, Keselowski got on the bumper, and the oil, causing Busch to spin and get into the wall.
Ambrose went by and the two began sliding through the bus stop and into the sweeping fifth corner. Both laying on the sheet metal, and Ambrose getting the spot, then Keselowski taking it back.
Finally, after one last battle in turn 7, Ambrose was the one looking at the flagman waving the checkered flag, taking back-to-back wins at Watkins Glen, and in what could possibly be the most exciting finish the speedway has seen from NASCAR in it's history, and possibly the best finish to a race of the season.
Ambrose was the favorite for this race in many eyes, and that certainly was the case in the pool. Five writers added victories to their totals on the season, while others suddenly took a tumble because of incidents.
Take a look at how things suddenly got shook up after the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen:
Sal Sigala Jr. (794) Marcos Ambrose WON (3)
Billy Fellin (793) Marcos Ambrose WON (4)
Christopher Leone (746) Marcos Ambrose WON (2)
Kelly Crandall (726) Tony Stewart finished 19th (3)
Rob Tiongson (722) Marcos Ambrose WON (4)
Dustin Parks (706) Jeff Gordon finished 21st (1)
Misan Akuya (705) Tony Stewart finished 19th (1)
Ryan O'Hara (704) Jeff Gordon finished 21st (2)
James Broomhead (695) Marcos Ambrose WON (3)
Patti Rodisch (693) NO PICK SENT (2)
Kara Martin (674) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 28th (1)
Michael Hirshbein (646) Kyle Busch finished 7th (1)
Next Race: After all the craziness, and controversy, that erupted on the last lap, how does one follow up that kind of ending? The next track certainly had an exciting finish the first time NASCAR was here, as in exciting for the fans, the sport, and everyone at the track.
Next up on the schedule is the fastest track in the sport, thanks in part to the brand new surface that already saw 400 miles of action just two months ago.
The Michigan International Raceway welcomes the stars of the sport back to it's 2-mile speedway, hoping they can somehow follow up what Watkins Glen presented at the end of it's event.
Writers, time to get back to business as your picks for the Pure Michigan 400 are due by 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 16.