The road less traveled can either be one that is a great ride to the final destination, or will be filled with potholes on the way there.
Unfortunately at Watkins Glen, the second choice was the ultimate result for one driver that going in was looked to be the best bet for victory.
Marcos Ambrose simply had the most dominant car all afternoon. After 51 laps led, he was bound up in traffic, and tried to get back through the field to hopefully reclaim his place atop the leaderboard. But with just a few laps left, what was a dominant race turned into frustration, heartache, and anger.
His spin in turn 3 that led to a wreck that took out himself and others, ended what was to be a great afternoon.
That opened the door for the only other driver that seemed capable to keep up with him, Kyle Busch. He got the lead when the final round of pit stops, during which a caution fell. After that, only way he was getting passed was if someone moved him out of the way.
Brad Keselowski tried, but could not get it done. For the third time this year, Busch was the one smoking the tires, and taking a bow.
No victories for the writers this week. In fact, only three writers managed a top-10 finish. Everyone else had either mediocre or horrible runs.
Here's how the standings shook up after the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen:
Rob Tiongson (759) Jeff Gordon finished 36th (2)
Kelly Crandall (730) Kurt Busch finished 9th (1)
Patti Rodisch (730) Jeff Gordon finished 36th (0)
Sal Sigala Jr. (724) Jimmie Johnson finished 8th (1)
Billy Fellin (701) Marcos Ambrose finished 31st (1)
Rob Blount (695) Brad Keselowski finished 2nd (1)
Michael Hirshbein (688) Marcos Ambrose finished 31st (2)
Dustin Parks (645) Jeff Gordon finished 36th (0)
Ryan O'Hara (612) Marcos Ambrose finished 31st (0)
Kara Martin (611) Jeff Gordon finished 36th (0)
James Broomhead (594) Marcos Ambrose finished 31st (1)
Misan Akuya (591) Max Papis finished 15th (1)
Christopher Leone (492) Max Papis finished 15th (0)
Next Race: After all the rights and lefts that the Glen offered, it must feel good for some drivers to get back to what brought them to this level of Sprint Cup competition.
The next race on the schedule is about speed, handling, choosing the right line.
NASCAR makes yet another trip to the Irish Hills of Michigan, the 2-mile, D-shaped oval that has always provided both great finishes, and more often than not some fuel strategy that has led to surprising winners, and devastating losses.
Writers, brush off your bad weeks and have your picks for the Pure Michigan 400 turned in by Thursday, August 15, at 10 p.m. ET.