Texas: Marcos Ambrose race report

Wild Ride For Ambrose In Texas Australian Marcos Ambrose has banked a 17th place finish from the latest round of the Nascar Sprint Cup, the Samsung Mobile 500 held at the Texas Motor Speedway over the weekend.After rain cancelled both of the ...

Wild Ride For Ambrose In Texas

Australian Marcos Ambrose has banked a 17th place finish from the latest round of the Nascar Sprint Cup, the Samsung Mobile 500 held at the Texas Motor Speedway over the weekend.After rain cancelled both of the Saturday practice sessions as well as delaying the race from Sunday to Monday, Ambrose's Tom Thumb/Viva sponsored Toyota Camry soldiered on through the 334-lap event, with the team performing constant suspension and tyre pressure tweaks during all eight pit stops.

"We made a lot of changes during the race," Ambrose said. "We fought handling all day, we were just really tight and the front was hitting the ground pretty hard, it just would not turn in the middle of the corners." After the hard working JTG Daugherty crew chipped away chasing car balance through the first two visits to the pits, the race unraveled at the team's third stop on lap 101, when contact with David Regan rearranged the right-rear quarter panel and bumper bar.

"We had some damage at that pit stop, and after that the car was really hard to handle," Ambrose said.After a long mid-race run of green flag racing, Ambrose found himself in seventh position before making his fifth stop.The fourth caution period for the race appeared on lap 232 after an incident involving Juan Pablo Montoya, and after pitting Ambrose resumed in 25th place.

"The car was better, but for some reason it just wouldn't turn in the middle of the corners," Ambrose said. "As more laps went on the handling would drift away, and the car would bottom out on the track.

"The yellow flag flew again when Ambrose's team mate David Reutimann's race came to a fiery halt on lap 310.

The resumption of racing didn't last long, as Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon came together on the front stretch, starting a chain reaction accident that took out Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Montoya, AJ Allmendinger, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards.

After dodging clear of the debris, Ambrose pitted following the red flag, restarted in 20th position and picked up a further three places in the race to the finish.

Denny Hamlin took the win from a hard charging Jimmie Johnson with Kyle Busch in third, the result extending Johnson's points lead in the overall standings.

Despite currently sitting 26th on the points table, Ambrose is locked in a tight battle with Montoya and Brad Keselowski, with the trio covered by only four points.

Importantly for Ambrose, he is only 157 points off the all important top-12 in the championship who qualify for the season ending Chase for the Cup, and with a maximum of 195 points on offer for a race win, there are plenty of opportunities to jump up in the standings in the remaining races.

The Sprint Cup this weekend returns to restrictor plate racing with the biggest oval on the Nascar schedule, the Aarons 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway.

This event proved to be one of the highlights from Amrbose's 2009 campaign, where he dodged a flying Carl Edwards on the run to the chequered flag to claim the fourth finishing position.

Vote Marcos Ambrose into the Sprint All-Star RaceMarcos Ambrose's next big challenge is to gain a starting spot in the Sprint All-Star Race, which is scheduled for the 22nd of May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The non-points paying race with a one million dollar prize purse for the winner is an invitation only event, closed to Sprint Cup race winners from the 2009-10 season, former series champions and All-Star Race winners from the past 10 years.

Ambrose can gain a start in the race by either winning one of the four regular season races before the All-Star Race, finish in the top-two in the qualifying race, or win the popular fan vote, which is now open at www.nascar.com/promos/allstar/2010/vote/.

-source: marcos ambrose PR

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya