Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup: Marcos Ambrose becomes the 5th driver to score their first career Cup Series victory this season, who will be next?


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As NASCAR fans continue to talk about Monday’s Heluva Good! at the Glen Cup Series race that included a massive last lap wreck with Boris Said and David Regan getting together and David Reutimann getting the worst of it to Denny Hamlin losing his brakes and hitting head on in the turn 1 wall.

The big story coming out of Watkins Glen is that Marcos Ambrose has become the 5th driver to pickup his first Cup Series victory in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Personally, it was cool to watch Marcos Ambrose hold off a hard charging Brad Keselowski and Kyle to pickup his first career Cup Series victory at Watkins Glen. The victory came after several near misses including Ambrose having issues with his starter at the end of the Sonoma Cup Series race last June, a race he should have won.

But even more, Ambrose winning at Watkins Glen on Monday also marks Richard Petty Motorsports first Cup Series victory following last season’s RPM restructuring. It’s great to see all of RPM’s hard work pay off and Richard Petty in victory lane again.

This season has been amazing for first time winners from Trevor Bayne winning the Daytona 500, Regan Smith winning the Southern 500, David Regan winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and of course Paul Menard picking up a surprise win in the Brickyard 400 to now Marcos Ambrose winning at Watkins Glen.

But now with Ambrose becoming the 5th different driver to win his first Cup Series victory in 2011, I have to wonder, which driver will be next? How about the second RPM car, yes A.J. Allmendinger. That would be cool to see A.J. break through to victory lane this season.

But it doesn’t have to be a first career victory for it to be amazing. There are several drivers yet to win in 2011 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. tops that list as well as Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Burton. Amazing things do happen and yes even in NASCAR.