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Cup: Watkins Glen - Race results

Marcos Ambrose made it a second Cup win at Watkins Glen in a row, following a dramatic last lap accident that wrecked Kyle Busch's hopes of victory.
A dramatic last lap to Sunday's Finger Lakes 355 race saw Marcos Ambrose clinch his second win in a row at Watkins Glen International. He claimed victory in the final road course race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, his second victory in 141 Cup starts.

Ambrose was third going into the final lap, but oil on the track resulted in leader Kyle Busch running off at turn 1 and hitting second place man Brad Keselowski as he came back on track, causing the #18 to spin out. Ambrose then chased the damaged Keselowski down over the final lap which saw both cars slithering all over - and even off - the track, with Ambrose even running into the back of Keselowski at one point. Ambrose finally got his nose in front exiting turn 5 and just held on to the position across the finish line.

Jimmie Johnson claimed third place, which puts him at the top of the Sprint Cup championship points standings - where the top three are covered by just 2pts - after the former front runner, his Hendrick Motorsport team mate Dale Earnhardt Jr., spun off seven laps before the end and finished in 28th place a lap off the leaders.

Busch's own spin was a costly one in terms of his Chase hopes, for which he is relying on a "most wins" wild card. Also caught out on the final lap was Jeff Gordon, who similarly spun on the oil during the final lap and who consequently loses his own provisional hold on the second of those wild cards to Ryan Newman.

Race results

1. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 90 laps 2hrs 18mins 1secs (47/1 pts)
2. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 90 laps + 0.571s (43/1 pts)
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 90 laps + 9.218s (41/0 pts)
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 90 laps + 9.269s (40/0 pts)
5. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 90 laps + 9.493s (0pts)
6. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 90 laps + 10.289s (38/0 pts)
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 90 laps + 10.489s (39/2 pts)
8. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 90 laps + 11.124s (36/0 pts)
9. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 90 laps + 11.555s (35/0 pts)
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 90 laps + 12.631s (34/0 pts)
11. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 90 laps + 12.940s (33/0 pts)
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 90 laps + 12.999s (32/0 pts)
13. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 90 laps + 13.076s (31/0 pts)
14. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 90 laps + 13.584s (31/1 pts)
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 90 laps + 16.460s (29/0 pts)
16. #13 Casey Mears Ford 90 laps + 16.934s (28/0 pts)
17. #195 Scott Speed Ford 90 laps + 16.976s (27/0 pts)
18. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 90 laps + 17.050s (26/0 pts)
19. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 90 laps + 23.560s (25/0 pts)
20. #38 David Gilliland Ford 90 laps + 23.721s (24/0 pts)
21. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 90 laps + 24.430s (23/0 pts)
22. #34 David Ragan Ford 90 laps + 26.547s (22/0 pts)
23. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 90 laps + 37.988s (21/0 pts)
24. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 90 laps + 38.259s (20/0 pts)
25. #32 Boris Said Ford 90 laps + 63.902s (19/0 pts)
26. #33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet 90 laps + 80.259s (18/0 pts)
27. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 90 laps + 88.469s (17/0 pts)
28. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 89 laps + 1 lap (16/0 pts)
29. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 88 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
30. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 84 laps + 6 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 81 laps + 9 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 71 laps + 19 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 63 laps Accident (12/1 pts)
34. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 57 laps Engine (10/0 pts)
35. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 42 laps Engine (0pts)
36. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 41 laps Susp. (8/0 pts)
37. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 30 laps Rear Gear (7/0 pts)
38. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 25 laps Electrical (6/0 pts)
39. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 24 laps Accident (5/0 pts)
40. #10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 15 laps Brakes (4/0 pts)
41. #119 Chris Cook Toyota 5 laps Brakes (3/0 pts)
42. #30 Patrick Long Toyota 2 laps Brakes (2/0 pts)
43. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 0 laps Engine (1/0 pts)

Sprint Cup championship standings

1. (+3) Jimmie Johnson 777pts
2. (+1) Greg Biffle 776pts (-1pts)
3. (-1) Matt Kenseth 775pts (-2pts)
4. (-3) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 760pts (-17pts)
5. (+2) Brad Keselowski 733pts (-44pts)
6. (-1) Martin Truex Jr. 728pts (-49pts)
7. (+3) Clint Bowyer 719pts (-58pts)
8. (-2) Tony Stewart 716pts (-61pts)
9. (--) Kevin Harvick 710pts (-67pts)
10. (-2) Denny Hamlin 693pts (-84pts)
11. (--) Kasey Kahne 653pts (-124pts)
12. (--) Carl Edwards 650pts (-127pts)
13. (+1) Ryan Newman 644pts (-133pts)
14. (+1) Kyle Busch 638pts (-139pts)
15. (-2) Jeff Gordon 634pts (-143pts)
16. (--) Paul Menard 629pts (-148pts)
17. (+1) Marcos Ambrose 600pts (-177pts)
18. (-1) Joey Logano 587pts (-190pts)
19. (+1) Jeff Burton 541pts (-236pts)
20. (-1) Jamie McMurray 541pts (-236pts)
21. (+1) Aric Almirola 524pts (-253pts)
22. (-1) Juan Montoya 512pts (-265pts)
23. (+1) Regan Smith 473pts (-304pts)
24. (-1) Bobby Labonte 461pts (-316pts)
25. (--) Kurt Busch 422pts (-355pts)
26. (--) Mark Martin 406pts (-371pts)
27. (+1) Casey Mears 405pts (-372pts)
28. (-1) AJ Allmendinger 400pts (-377pts)
29. (--) David Ragan 376pts (-401pts)
30. (--) David Gilliland 375pts (-402pts)
31. (--) Travis Kvapil 344pts (-433pts)
32. (--) Landon Cassill 332pts (-445pts)
33. (+1) Dave Blaney 284pts (-493pts)
34. (-1) David Reutimann 283pts (-494pts)
35. (--) David Stremme 155pts (-622pts)
36. (--) Brian Vickers 136pts (-641pts)
37. (--) J.J. Yeley 135pts (-642pts)
38. (+1) Michael McDowell 101pts (-676pts)
39. (-1) Ken Schrader 100pts (-677pts)
40. (--) Josh Wise* 97pts (-680pts)
41. (+2) Stephen Leicht* 85pts (-692pts)
42. (-1) Michael Waltrip 75pts (-702pts)
43. (+3) Scott Speed 69pts (-708pts)
44. (-2) Tony Raines 67pts (-710pts)
45. (-1) Terry Labonte 66pts (-711pts)
46. (-1) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-727pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 35pts (-742pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 34pts (-743pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-763pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-764pts)
51. (--) Robby Gordon 11pts (-766pts)
52. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-771pts)
53. (--) Stacy Compton 5pts (-772pts)
54. (+2) Chris Cook 5pts (-772pts)
55. (-1) Mike Skinner 5pts (-772pts)
56. (-1) David Mayhew 4pts (-773pts)
57. (--) Kelly Bires 2pts (-775pts)
58. (--) Patrick Long 2pts (-775pts)

Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown



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