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    Jeff Gordon sets the pace ahead of Ryan Newman during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. (Credit: By Tom Pennington, Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr., left, and Brian Vickers talk shop before the start of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.) (Credit: By Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images)

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    Juan Pablo Montoya poses with his son Sebastian and Miss Coors Light after winning the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. (Credit: By Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images)

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    Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. (Courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports)

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    Carl Edwards lands his signature backflip during his victory celebration after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series' Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. (Credit: By Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

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    Crew members go to work on the crumpled No. 1 Chevrolet of Jamie McMurray after an early crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. (Credit: By Todd Warshaw, Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Kyle Busch (18) spins out after contact with Brad Keselowski in Turn 2 as Marcos Ambrose lurks on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. (Credit: By Jerry Markland, Getty Images for NASCAR)

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    Team owner Richard Petty hugs Marcos Ambrose after the Australian driver's second straight Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. (Credit: By Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images)

racing ensues at watkins glen, oh, and marcos ambrose won

I think pretty much everyone in agreement that the finish to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen International was crazy, right? I scrolled through my Twitter feed and all it showed were a series of tweets that said “Wow.”

It was cool, I mean it’s a rare occurrence these days when you get to see guys tearing it up (literally), swapping the lead so much that you have no idea who’s going to end up winning. I found that thoroughly enjoyable. But I’m going to stop there and not be one of those annoying people that starts talking about what NASCAR “needs” to do in order to make every race just like that, because you know what?? NASCAR can’t do anything to make every race just like that. Can we just enjoy it for what it was and be open to whatever happens next? Thank you.

:)

3 Comments

  1. August 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM ·

    That was an awesome finish! We were working all day, so we watched the race in fast forward. Stopping when we saw Tony wreck. :( But then decided to skip to the finish. It was great! And yes, wouldn’t it be great if every race could be like that, but you are so correct in saying you can not force great finishes! I was even more thrilled with the fact that neither Marcos or Brad were throwing a tantrum or wanting to get in a fight over it! Such maturity and appreciation for the “race” and not just the finish! On the other hand….Kyle Busch, not surprised by his reaction!

  2. Kim
    August 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM ·

    Thank you!!!!
    You cannot “script” racing – it is what it is and when you get a finish like Watkins Glen, savor it!!! :D

  3. Barbara
    August 14, 2012 at 8:46 AM ·

    I also watched the race on a “delayed” bases but watched each and every moment! I do think, however, that a yellow flag should have been thrown due to all the “oil” on the track that took out such great cars as Tony, Gordon, and Jr. The outcome of the race would have been so entirely different! Other than that I also enjoyed the finish with the back and forth racing. Brad showed a lot of maturity after the race was over and you could tell he actually enjoyed racing to the finish with Marcos!