Welcome to Tireball Sports LIVE COVERAGE of the Cheeze-It 355 at Watkins Glen. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the 11 turn track in Watkins Glen NY which measures 2.45 miles a lap for 90 laps of action today.
Lap 89 – White flag for Kyle Busch. Keselowski, Truex, Edwards and Montoya round out top five.
Two laps of regulation when they go green. Ambrose bummed about end of race, says he felt something broken.
Lap 84 – Kyle Busch leads em to turn one. Ambrose turned in the esses, he was 10th. He is out of his car.
Lap 80 – Kyle Busch leads the field to turn 1 as Kiurt Busch loses positions. A subsequent caution came out when cars went though the esses and lost control among those damaged were Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. As he went to pit road Earnhardt passed a bunch of cars and then bumped the back of Kenseths car.
Lap 78 – Caution is out as Travis Kvapil his found the guard rail and lost a tire.
Lap 73 – Jeff Burton spins but no caution. Montoya up to ninth.
Lap 67 – Ambrose is stuck behind Montoya in 12th, so those hoping for a replay of 2012 with Keselowski and Busch may be disappointed. Montoya has gotten around Kasey Mears.
Lap 66 – Boris Said spins it in turn 1 but is able to get his car moving
Lap 64 – Martin Truex fighting for the lead. Keselowski on Busch’s bumper with Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.
Lap 62 – Ambrose will pit under caution from the lead, will fall to 14th as Kyle Busch assumes the lead.
Lap 60 – Issue with Allmendinger was fuel. He has made it on pit road but appears to have illegally entered pit road, but needed fuel either way
Lap 59 – AJ Allmendinger who was running third is well off the pace and Aric Almirola is into the tires. Busch was on pit road getting service but Ambrose had not pitted yet.
Lap 58 – Joey Logano makes last scheduled stop. Others should be coming soon. They do as Keselowski, Kenseth and Edwards are also in
Lap 56 – Ron Fellows is smoking and slowing on the track… Kyle Busch has gotten some of the grass off of his grill
Lap 53 – Ambrose continues to lead Kyle Busch. Busch has picked up some paper and grass on his grill.
Lap 43 – Green back out. Ambrose, Harvick, Kyle Busch, Truex, Allmendinger. Max Papis is off the pace, well behind everyone else.Jimmie Johnson moves into the top ten around Carl Edwards.
2:47 pm EST Red Flag has now been out for 15 minutes, drivers have been given water and are still in their cars
Lap 40 – RED FLAG: As Ron Fellows and Travis Kvapil make contract. Also involved are Victor Gonzalez and Tomy Drissi. Landon Cassill also has damage. And Jeff Gordon is now back on the track hoping to makeup a few spots.
Lap 35 – Michael McDowell sees his solid day go to the wayside with what appears to be a track bar/flat tire. He was 13th. Caution is out and Alex Kennedy is the free pass car.
Lap 32 – Lead has cycled around to Kevin Harvick. Danica 6th, Ambrose 7th.
Lap 29 – Ambrose pits from the lead, Truex in also. Montoya pits a lap later. Brian Keselowski spins on lap 31.
Lap 28 – Pit stops begin. Kenseth, Mears, Allmendinger among first.
Lap 26 – Harvick is up to 23rd and will move up more with eventual pitstops. (was 21st when he pitted under caution, restarted 28th)
Lap 24 – Ambrose is now up by 2.6 seconds
Lap 19 –Green back out., Truex makes a diving move past Allmendinger who has faded back to fifth. For those wondering Max Papis is 21st right now filling in for Tony Stewart.
Gordon is out of infield care center. Says the crash looked worse then it was. Team will try to get back out there but “on to next week” says Gordon.
Lap 14 – Keselowski gets some bad wheel hop goes from seventh to mid-pack as Jeff Gordon wrecks after going off track and into a wall. His day is over. Kevin Harvick pits from 21st.
Lap 12 – AJ Allmendinger up to fourth, behind Ambrose and Bowyer. David Gilliland has made some contract with a wall and heads to pit road.
Lap 9 – Green Flag back out, Ambrose on point as the field heads to turn 1.
Caution: Reutimann loses an engine and brings out the first caution. Says he missed a shift in the No. 83 Toyota.
LAP 1 – Marcos Ambrose leads the first lap with Bowyer and Treux Jr. behind him.Bowyer’s Duck Dynast Paint Scheme