Aussie Marcos Ambrose has claimed his first ever NASCAR win

Richard’s F1 won’t confess to paying very much attention to the NASCAR series, but it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the success of fellow Australian Marcos Ambrose, who finally claimed his maiden Sprint Cup race win after six years of trying, with the former V8 Supercars champion winning a fender-bending race at Watkins Glen.

Driving the #9 Ford, the Tasmanian broke through to claim a hugely popular win in a crash-ridden race, making him the proud bearer of the apparently prestigious – albeit it awfully named – title of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips 400 race winner.

Reach for the corn chips!

It’s Ambrose’s first series win in 105 Sprint Cup starts, and he is also the fifth driver to claim his maiden series win this season.

After starting the race in this position, Ambrose beat series frontrunners Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch, with Ambrose moving past the pair on the penultimate lap of the race.

The race was red-flagged just seconds later when a monster collision between David Ragan and David Reutimann brought about the stoppage, fortunately without injury to either challenger.

The result makes amends for his slip-up earlier this season at Sonoma, when he stalled under a safety car period while leading with just six laps to go.

You can watch the crazy last couple of laps and the post-race celebration here:

[Image via Flickr; Video via EdwinTV42]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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