He joked missing out on bringing his kids to their first day of school was tough. But Marcos Ambrose added that all could be forgiven when he picked them up from school with a big fat check in the passenger seat.
Ambrose won over 200-thousand dollars for his Monday ride at Watkins Glen. And a chance at a lot more.
Ambrose is beginning a crucial stretch in the season series, and that win opens up a chance for him to make the season ending chase.
But more than anything, it has added confidence to a driver than had come very close in the past.
I think getting the first win out of the way at Watkins Glen was a big weight off my shoulders to finally win in the Sprint Cup Series. It's huge. I've been feeling that pressure for some time.
I hope that I'm able to drive a little more relaxed, a little freer, and the wins will come more often.
Another win could just about lock up a spot in the chase for Ambrose, who sits 22nd in the points race.
He is also now in the running for another big payday...a win at Atlanta would earn him and a fan 1 million dollars each.