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Third-place finisher Kurt Busch enjoyed his front-row seat

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Monday, Aug 11 1303

Sure, Kurt Busch wouldn’t have minded too much if AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose had wrecked each other in the closing laps of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen.

If the two frontrunners had taken each other out, Busch’s third-place finish might well have turned into his second win of the season. But as hard as Allmendinger and Ambrose raced each other—with Allmendinger taking the checkered flag—they kept their cars on course, and Busch had to admire their skill from his front-row seat.

“I really thought they did a phenomenal job to beat the heck out of each other, maintain a pace that didn't allow me to get close enough,” Busch said. “There was just one moment I had, I wanted to go low on the back straightaway. It would have been three-wide, and my right sides would have been in the grass, and I couldn't quite make it getting into the bus stop (chicane) to clear those two.

“It was just a phenomenal show. Those two deserve a lot of credit. Allmendinger brought home the trophy, and he deserves it. Ambrose gave everything he could. I was just hoping that, yes, those two would get a bit overzealous, and I'd be able to squeak by them and pick up the win for our team.”

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