Dover: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE HAS 20/20 PERFORMANCE IN DOVER Marcos Ambrose has put down a solid drive to finish in 20th place in the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware today. It was a 20/20 performance from the Australian, who ...

AMBROSE HAS 20/20 PERFORMANCE IN DOVER

Marcos Ambrose has put down a solid drive to finish in 20th place in the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware today.

It was a 20/20 performance from the Australian, who qualified 20th fastest, finished on the lead lap in 20th place and continues to sit 20th in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.

Ambrose, who debuted the RaceSavers.com livery on his #47 JTG Daugherty Racing entry at the one-mile concrete speedway over the weekend, fell back early as his car struggled in terms of handling in the early stages.

Dropping outside the top 30, Ambrose and his crew chief Frank Kerr never gave up and worked hard at adjusting the #47 car over the course of the 400-lap race.

Their work paid dividends as Ambrose soldiered on and gradually improved his pace, climbing into the top 20 and finishing on the lead lap at one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR schedule.

Jimmie Johnson won today's Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips and Cheese followed by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle.

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY:

"It was just a long race but in the end we came away with a decent result," said Ambrose.

"We dropped back early, kept digging and kept working hard at it to get the car working better.

"It was a hard day at the office so I've got to hand it to my guys for sticking at it and getting the car working pretty well in the last third of the race.

"These races are long and demanding but giving up doesn't get you anywhere. You've got to keep pushing on and with every race you learn a little more on what the car needs and how to improve it over a race distance.

"20th is a solid result. We want to be doing better but at the same time it's a good points day for us and it keeps things going in the right direction.

"Dover is a tough track but it's one I really like. We learned a lot today for the next time we run here later in the year."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Marcos Ambrose