Chicagoland: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE COMES HOME STRONG WITH 11TH IN CHICAGO Marcos Ambrose has charged home to narrowly miss his sixth top 10 finish for the season with 11th place in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois today. Ambrose qualified...

AMBROSE COMES HOME STRONG WITH 11TH IN CHICAGO

Marcos Ambrose has charged home to narrowly miss his sixth top 10 finish for the season with 11th place in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois today.

Ambrose qualified in 10th position for the race, but faded into the midfield over the first half of the race.

After working on set-up and gaining speed, Ambrose worked his way back towards the front in the latter stages, benefiting from the 'Lucky Dog' to get back on the lead lap in the closing stages of the race.

With great pace aboard the #47 Kingsford entry of JTG Daugherty Racing, Ambrose charged home to record his 12th top 20 finish from 19 races so far this season to remain 18th in the series standings.

Mark Martin won today's LifeLock.com 400 ahead of Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.

Ambrose will enjoy a rare weekend off next weekend before his second start at the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the following weekend.

WHAT MARCOS HAD TO SAY --

"After fighting hard all day we ended up having a good night to finish with an 11th place finish," said Ambrose.

"We had some troubles and went a couple laps down but pit strategy got us back on track.

"We got some track position and made the most of it - just a great night for our team. We just don't give up.

"It's our first year on most of these tracks and our first time here in a Cup car so it's very hard to expect solid results, but we're really doing it. The best thing is we're doing week in week out and we're excited about that.

"That was pretty nasty up there tonight during those double file restarts. I think all of the drivers are starting to get comfortable with it and starting to push the issue with each other.

"When you're down the back, it's very hard to work out what lane you need to be in at the restarts. If you're two laps down then you might give way to one lap down cars, but you never decide who's meant to go where until pretty much the green flag drops.

"I think it's definitely more exciting for the fans and I think it's something the drivers are going to have to deal with. It's not meant to be easy."

"This is the best and hardest racing in the world, and I think NASCAR is trying their best to keep it that way."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Marcos Ambrose , Mark Martin
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing