Darlington: Marcos Ambrose race report

33RD PLACE FINISH AFTER DARLINGTON BITES AMBROSE Marcos Ambrose has salvaged a 33rd place finish from a tough night in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Ambrose started from 10th place aboard the ...

33RD PLACE FINISH AFTER DARLINGTON BITES AMBROSE

Marcos Ambrose has salvaged a 33rd place finish from a tough night in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

Ambrose started from 10th place aboard the #47 Bush's Beans entry of JTG Daugherty Racing, his second top 10 and fifth top 20 starting position this season.

The Australian made contact with the wall on lap 28 and damaging the right side of his car, one of many cars to fall victim to the treacherous Darlington wall at the track regarded as 'Too Tough To Tame'.

Ambrose pitted for repairs until eventually pulling off track to visit the garage on lap 72 for further repairs. Ambrose's team got him back on track 16 laps later, leaving the 32-year-old to do his best to get his car to the finish and attempt to gain as main points as possible.

Ambrose was eventually classified in 33rd position, 55 laps behind the lead lap, dropping him down one spot to now sit 20th in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings after 11 races.

Mark Martin won today's Southern 500 ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart.

Ambrose now heads to Lowe's Motor Speedway for two consecutive weekends of racing, first with the non-championship Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star race, with the Coca-Cola 600 the following weekend.

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY:

"A tough night really but my hat goes off to the crew for doing a great job to keep me out there," said Ambrose.

"This track has bitten a lot of people and tonight was my turn I guess. It's such a tough race. It was just a long night to stay out there but it meant that we didn't get hurt in the points quite as bad as what we could have.

"We can now head to Charlotte and enjoy racing at our home track, sleeping in our own beds and try to put together two good weekends.

"The entire team continues to do a great job and they are giving me a great car each week. It was great to have Bush's Beans on the car these past two weeks and I hope we did them proud. Just a pity we couldn't bring it home with a better finish here in Darlington."

-credit: bam media/ma

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jimmie Johnson , Marcos Ambrose , Mark Martin
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing