Michigan: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE GRINDS OUT 31ST PLACE FINISH IN MICHIGAN Marcos Ambrose has ground out a tough 31st place finish in the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan today. Ambrose started from 33rd position in the ...

AMBROSE GRINDS OUT 31ST PLACE FINISH IN MICHIGAN

Marcos Ambrose has ground out a tough 31st place finish in the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan today.

Ambrose started from 33rd position in the #47 RaceSavers.com entry of JTG Daugherty Racing at what turned out to be a tough event for the Australian.

Ambrose and crew chief Frank Kerr worked hard on improving the set-up of the car over the 200-lap race, but were never able to sufficiently alleviate the handling problems that saw the race car suffer from chronic oversteer (ie: loose).

The 32-year-old never gave up and continued to push hard, ending the day with a 31st place finish, two laps down on the leaders, to collect 70 vital championship points.

Ambrose drops two spots to now sit 20th in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings after 15 races, but is excited about his prospects for the next event on the gruelling the schedule.

Ambrose now heads west to the Infineon Raceway road course in Sonoma, California for the Toyota/SaveMart 350, the first road course event for 2009.

It was at this event last year that Ambrose made his Sprint Cup debut, turning heads as he ran as high as second before the #21 Wood Brothers entry suffered from transmission failure.

Mark Martin won today's LifeLock 400 ahead of Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin.

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY:

"It was not the best day for us because we simply never got a good handle on the car," said Ambrose.

"Some days you just don't get it right and I guess today was one of those. But I'm proud of my guys because we worked hard at it all weekend and never stopped trying things during the race.

"It's just hard. If you go the wrong way in the race on a stop you have to wait for a caution or green flag stops and you're just a sitting duck out there on those long runs.

"We had to work hard to keep going but we finished with a straight car and some points.

"We've got some races coming up now where we expect to make a jump in the points, so it's important that we keep scoring the points, even on days like these.

"I'm really, really looking forward to next weekend in Sonoma. It's a good little track and I'm really determined to go well at that one."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Marcos Ambrose , Denny Hamlin , Mark Martin
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing