It was all Kyle Busch Sunday at Watkins Glen, in his eighth Sprint Cup win of the year (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
By Mike Mulhern
Kyle Busch made Jeff Gordon eat a little crow Sunday, completing a NASCAR road course sweep this season with a surprisingly easy victory over teammate Tony Stewart and stunning Marcos Ambrose in a crash-marred afternoon at Watkins Glen International.
The win was Busch’s eighth Sprint Cup victory of the season and guarantees he’ll be the tour leader when the championship chase kicks off next month at Loudon, N.H.
Gordon, one of the stock car tour’s best road racers, had picked Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards as slight title favorites over Busch, pointing to Busch’s all-out racing style as perhaps too hard in a championship race.
But Busch soundly whipped Gordon and everyone else at the Glen, adding this victory to road course wins at Mexico City in April and Sonoma, Calif., in June.
It was a one-two victory for Toyota.
Bobby Labonte was injured in a savage crash near the frontstretch pit road at Watkins Glen during Sunday’s NASCAR stop at the legendary upstate New York track. He was taken to a nearby hospital for examination. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Len and Eddie Wood have a keeper in Marcos Ambrose, who had a great shot at winning Sunday’s NASCAR Cup event at Watkins Glen. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Last lap at Watkins Glen, and Kyle Busch (18) gets Sprint Cup win No. Eight of the year, over Tony Stewart, Marcos Ambrose, and Juan Pablo Montoya (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Better get used to this: Kyle Busch may be practicing his championship pose for the NASCAR tour’s Homestead-Miami finale (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)