WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — With the King atop the pit box at Watkins Glen International, Marcos Ambrose wasn't about to disappoint.
The aggressive Australian dueled early with Kyle Busch to fall off the pace in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race, then was flawless the rest of the way, holding off a charging Busch to win the race for the fourth time in his past four starts.
"It's just something special. I'm just so thrilled for the guys," Ambrose said. "I had my tongue hanging out the whole day. There was nothing left. I tried to hold him back. Another lap and I would have been in trouble."
Ambrose won three straight at the track from 2008-10 in NASCAR's second-tier series, then missed the 2011-13 events after failing to find a sponsor.
Ambrose's future with Richard Petty Motorsports remains in doubt, and he desperately needs a victory in today's Sprint Cup race to get in the Chase for the Championship. "There's a lot at stake, a lot of stuff going on in my mind," Ambrose said.
He led 48 laps of the 82-lap 200 at the Glen for his fifth Nationwide victory, all on road courses and a series record.