BROOKLYN, Mich. — Yes, there was oil on the track during the closing laps at Watkins Glen, but NASCAR’s decision not to throw a caution on the final circuit helped produce one of the most compelling finishes of the season.
Race winner Marcos Ambrose and runner-up Brad Keselowski did the rest. Their all-out battle enthralled veteran driver Carl Edwards, who couldn’t stop watching replays of the final lap.
“As frustrating as it was for some drivers to not have the caution thrown, it was very, very entertaining,” Edwards said. “I really enjoyed watching it. That’s a rarity for me. I don’t usually go home and watch videos of the race I was just in 10 times in a row.
“That was a very exciting race. I think that in the end, for the sport, NASCAR did a good job letting everybody figure it out on their own. I don’t know all the things that led up to that decision or lack of decision to throw a caution, but I think it worked out in favor of good entertainment.”