Two years ago, AJ Allmendinger was all but out of NASCAR. He had tested positive on a drug test and faced an indefinite ban from the sport. Allmendinger, went though NASCAR's Road to Recovery program, he found a home at JTG Daugherty racing, and on Sunday he got his first NASCAR victory at Watkins Glen.  

When I got with Roger, I knew it was the best opportunity of my life," said Allmendinger."Over the course of what happened, it made me become a better person and just really try to understand what life is all about because unfortunately the sport will take over your life.  It will completely -- when it's good, it takes over, but when it's bad, it really takes over because that's all you can think about."

Now Allmendinger has new NASCAR memories, good ones of a epic restart battle with road course master Marcos Ambrose.

"I knew I was going to have to pull every trick out of the bag that I could," said Allmendinger.  "He's so good, and he's so good about maneuvering his race car, making these big race cars turn and do what they need to do and that first restart."

The restart came after the second red flag on what was a wild day at the Glen. That red was caused when Denny Hamlin and Ben Kennedy wrecked and damaged a wall at the entrance of pit row. The first red came after a frightening accident between Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell that damaged a pair of old school guard rails. The lack of newer technology, like SAFER barriers was a concern to drivers involved.

"The SAFER barrier doesn't exist here, there are no concrete walls," Newman said. "It's just a very antiquated race track and the safety is not at all up to NASCAR's standards and it's a shame that we have to have accidents like that to prove it."

Kansas native Clint Bowyer got off strategy from the leaders and then had some contact after the final restart, he finished 27th. He is clinging to the final spot in the Chase of the Championship with four races to go.