Martinsville: Marcos Ambrose race report

ANOTHER STRONG SHORT-TRACK RUN FOR AMBROSE Marcos Ambrose has posted yet another strong short-track result with 14th place in the Goody's Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia today. Ambrose posted his second straight top 15 ...

ANOTHER STRONG SHORT-TRACK RUN FOR AMBROSE

Marcos Ambrose has posted yet another strong short-track result with 14th place in the Goody's Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia today.

Ambrose posted his second straight top 15 finish on a half-mile track in Martinsville, his first Sprint Cup start at the venue. Today's effort follows a 10th place result at Bristol last weekend.

The result lifts the Australian into 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings after six races and gives his team great confidence in their short-track program.

Ambrose stayed on the lead lap all day in the 500-lap race and was able to beat many more established drivers for the second week in succession.

Jimmie Johnson won today's Goody's Fast Relief 500 ahead of Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart.

Ambrose will be back on track next weekend in the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY:

Q: Are you pleased with your performance at your first two NSCS short track races?

"If you had said that we would get away with two top-15s (finishes) in my first two short tracks with a COT - I would have taken it.

"We had old tyres on there at the end and we were able to stay on the lead lap all day. I just have to thank my crew so much - Frank Kerr (crew chief) and everyone involved. They give me awesome cars and we just keep getting better and better.

"I also have to thank all the guys at Michael Waltrip Racing who help us with our partnership back at the shop. They do a great job and give us great stuff every week. We're reliable, we're fast and it's just been a lot of fun.

"I'm kind of over this short track stuff for the moment -- let's go back to a normal speedway."

Q: Were you able to get in your own groove around Martinsville?

"I have no groove -- I'm just hanging on the whole time. I'll take it.

"I like the bottom out there. I seem to be able to keep out of trouble out there. We finished the race intact and on the lead lap both races on the short tracks and I am pretty pleased."

Q: What do you think about racing at Martinsville?

"It's tough every single lap and these guys are really getting after it out there. The experience is awesome and I'm pretty tired right now so I will have to train a little harder for the next round of short tracks.

"It's a lot of fun. This is an awesome track and just a lot of fun to drive. It's very difficult to get around here for 500 laps. I ran out of brakes, ran out of tyres, ran out of talent and somehow we managed to finish."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Jimmie Johnson , Marcos Ambrose , Denny Hamlin
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing