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Monday live from Watkins Glen: Ambrose earns first Sprint Cup win in wild finish

Marcos Ambrose celebrates with the checkered flag in one hand and a sack of (fake) money in the other in victory lane. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Here we go again :-) 

 We are back at Watkins Glen International for our second shot at the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, which was postponed to 10 a.m. today after yesterday's rain.

9:11 a.m. Setting up in the media center after a drive from Corning, and a walk from the parking lot, under very grey skies. 

There remains a 60 percent chance of rain today according to weather.com, but the hour-by-hour forecast looks very good as the higher chance of showers is in the late afternoon. Hopefully the race can get enough laps in early before the weather -- but we were saying the same thing yesterday.

9:44 a.m. Just back from a brisk walk to the infield for an annual souvenir purchase -- can't believe I forgot to do that yesterday. 

The good news is that, while the sky remains grey, there is no rain. 

Snapshot of a Monday at a Sprint Cup race: There are far fewer campsites, and there were fans packing up and leaving as I was entering the facility (you have to think their schedule had them leaving Monday morning regardless and they just can't afford to spend the time here today), there are far fewer fans walking around today and a lot less foot traffic overall. The media center looks to be cut down by at least a third.

It was semi-surreal to see a field that was filled with merchandise trailers for the weekend emptied out. 

9:49 a.m. Reporters analyzing radar again. It appears that an afternoon shower could come along, but right now it looks like it wouldn't sit on top of us for a while like yesterday's did. I guess most people don't believe meteorologists on TV -- so I'm not sure if anyone would put a whole lot of stock in sportswriters' weather analysis. :-)

9:53 a.m. We're going to the live chat window below.

 

12:45 p.m. Top 10 via the scoring monitor:

Ambrose, Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Truex, Logano, Harvick, Montoya, Allmendinger, Burton, Johnson.

12:59 p.m. Some crazy stuff going on post-race, with Boris Said involved in an altercation wtih the No. 16 Valvoline team of Greg Biffle. Said appeared to be trying to get to Biffle's hauler but was pushed back two or three times by team members.

Said just went off on Biffle during an interview that just aired on ESPN. Wild. 

It is Ambrose's first Cup win, which came in his 105th start. It is his 11th career top five and his sixth top 10 of the season.

It's also the first win for crew chief Todd Parrot since Oct. 2, 2005 at Talladega with Dale Jarrett. First win for owner Richard Petty in a while as well. 

Just for the record, this might be the first time I've correctly predicted a winner. 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.

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