NASCAR had one of the most exciting final laps in its history yesterday at Watkins Glen. The last lap brought back memories of Petty v Pearson at the 1976 Daytona 500 and Kurt Busch's classic Darlington duel with Ricky Craven in 2003. Kyle Busch took the white flag first, but careened off the track in the first turn. Busch was then spun by Brad Keselowski in Turn 2 (who said after the race that an oil-covered track was the cause of much of the drama) and Marcos Ambrose moved into second.
Ambrose and Keselowski then turned Watkins Glen into something you'd see in Need for Speed or The Fast and the Furious.
The pair went through the grass in the Inner Loop, Ambrose almost ran off the track in Turn 5, hit Keselowski, then passed him after he left the track again. Kesleowski then booted Ambrose off track in the next turn, but the Aussie road course veteran used the run off area to maintain control and get the inside line going into the last turn. Even though he left the racing surface five times in the final lap, Ambrose took the checkered flag first.
What could possibly add even more to this incredible footage? Awesome foreign commentary of course. Just listen to how the final lap was called by French racing channel AB Moteurs…