Kyle Busch did not like being Kyle Busched. Marcos Ambrose made a daring pass by Busch through the chicane at Watkins Glen during the 64th lap of Saturday’s Nationwide Series race. Ambrose won. Busch finished second. Ambrose surprised Busch and dove into the inside of the turn, forcing Busch onto the escape road off the course. Busch stopped to avoid a penalty. Busch, who extended a streak of 10 straight Nationwide races with a top-two finish, questioned the pass.

"I think it was a little aggressive getting into the bus stop but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to win," he said. "I felt like it was a really, really late move and if I would’ve went through there with him I would’ve wrecked so I had to do what I had to do to preserve my car and save myself. We had the second best car today. I was trying to hold him off but just didn’t have enough to do it unfortunately."

Ambrose, naturally, defended the pass.

"I’ve seen Kyle knocks guys out for the win," he said. "He clearly reacted late to me. I don’t know what he’s got to complain about. I passed him without touching."


After the race, Ambrose made a veteran catch of the checkered flag, but bungled his burnout celebration when he slammed into the wall. Rookie.

A daring defense (Star-Gazette)