NASCAR at Watkins Glen 2014: Live Results and Analysis from Cheez-It 355

Michael Guadalupe@The_GuadaFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2014

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AJ Allemendinger wins at Watkins Glen!

Watkins Glen was dominated by Jeff Gordon and Marcos Ambrose for the first half of the race.

One caution came out early for Cole Whitt who hit the wall around Lap 5, but after Whitt's wreck the race stayed green until Lap 50.

Jeff Gordon led a majority of the race early, but Marcos Ambrose was able to get out in front of him after Ambrose went to pit road one lap earlier than Gordon.

The two drivers had pulled away from third place, Kurt Busch, by 10 seconds and Watkins Glen quickly turned into a two person race.

Until Jeff Gordon lost power and the team couldn't figure out where the 24 car lost power.

The race would restart, but a couple laps after Gordon brought out the caution, Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell were involved in a huge wreck that brought out the red flag at Watkins Glen.

Both drivers were able to get out of their cars once the race was stopped. The race was held under a red flag for over an hour and when it went back to green, pit strategies were ruined.

Drivers who were hoping to pit under green now had to pit as the race went from a red flag to yellow if they hoped to make it to the end on fuel.

Drivers like Jimmie Johnson, who was the leader when the race stopped, found themselves giving up position to pit for fuel and tires.

AJ Allmendinger found himself out front as the race started to come to an end, but his team believed that he was short on fuel, and would need a caution to come out if he hoped to make it to the end.

Allmendinger had to push the car even harder than he wanted because Marcos Ambrose was right behind him, and the 9 team had enough gas to make it to the end if the race stayed green.

A caution would come out on Lap 78 and allowed drivers a little more time to save fuel. Before they could even finish a lap though, Jimmie Johnson spun out as a result of drivers getting too bunched up trying to make a turn.

When the race went green there was five laps to go, and the top two road course drivers in NASCAR were leading the race. Allmendinger and Ambrose battled it out for the race lead, but another wreck brought out a second red flag for the day.

The race went back to green as Allmendinger and Ambrose continued their battle.

In the end it was Allmendinger holding back Marcos Ambrose and earning his first victory in the Sprint Cup Series!