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NASCAR At Watkins Glen Update: Kyle Busch Takes Early Lead

Kyle Busch swept the road course races in 2008, but those are his only Sprint Cup victories on the circuits with right hand turns to date. He's off to a good start in the Finger Lakes 335 as he looks for his third. After starting second, Busch took the lead from polesitter Juan Pablo Montoya on the very first lap and has held the top spot in the race's infancy.

Montoya, the 2010 champ, runs second ahead of Brad Keselowski who finished second last year. Keselowski's run was one of several impressive performances he had in the immediate aftermath of a broken ankle he sustained on at Road Atlanta in Brasleton.

Rounding out the top-five are Jimmie Johnson and defending race winner Marcos Ambrose. Ambrose's win a year ago made the native of Tasmania the fourth foreign-born driver - joining Canada's Earl Ross, Italy's Mario Andretti, and Colombia's Montoya - to win a race at NASCAR's top level.

Brian Vickers, who had a strong fourth-place run at Sonoma, blew an engine on the very first lap and will finish dead last. Vickers was making his fifth start for Michael Waltrip Racing in their No. 55 Toyota.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.