For more than half of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International, Marcos Ambrose looked to be on a Sunday drive.
However, after running seemingly on cruise control out front for 51 laps, Ambrose fell behind due to an ill-timed caution.
And that was just the beginning of the pole-sitter's troubles.
Mired in 12th on a lap 64 restart after pitting when several frontrunners stayed out under the race's fifth caution, Ambrose made little progress in getting back to the front.
Matters went from bad to worse for Ambrose when he veered into Max Papis, who was substituting for the injured Tony Stewart, and crashed along with Brian Vickers following a restart with six laps to go.
Ambrose's day and shot at a third consecutive win at the 2.45-mile road course were done.
"I'm just really disappointed for my team," said Ambrose, who on Saturday shattered the track record with a pole-winning lap of 128.241 mph.
"Something was wrong with the car there and I just coul...