St. Louis: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE MAKES POINT WITH ANOTHER TOP 15 FINISH MADISON, Ill. -- Months from now when the racing season is complete, Marcos Ambrose believes a 15th-place finish at last Saturday night's Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 will be a cornerstone...

AMBROSE MAKES POINT WITH ANOTHER TOP 15 FINISH

MADISON, Ill. -- Months from now when the racing season is complete, Marcos Ambrose believes a 15th-place finish at last Saturday night's Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 will be a cornerstone to a possible Top 10 finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings.

The team battled through a myriad of obstacles at the Gateway International Raceway and they still managed to move up one spot in the rankings. More important, the Kingsford Match Light team made a point with its seventh consecutive Top 20 finish.

"It was a tough night for sure, but we got everything possible out of our Kingsford Ford," Ambrose said. "It was a good night for points, so we're pleased with that. It was the kind of effort that wins championships." The car picked for the 1.25-mile raceway was damaged in a fire aboard the team's transporter on the trip home from New Hampshire. Each car at JTG Racing is specially designed for the different nuances of each track, so crew chief Gary Cogswell was forced to use a car that was better equipped for a high-banked speedway, not a flat-banked intermediate track.

b^0x001cThere's not a lot of difference in our cars, but enough to effect the performance of the car," Cogswell said. "We had two cars on the truck that got damaged. We're working around the clock to get those cars back in the rotation and they should be ready in a week or so. "We knew Gateway may be a bit of a struggle. We worked through it and now we're back on track with our cars. We've got a great car ready for Indianapolis."

Ambrose now is 12th in the standings.

"We started 27th at Gateway and we were moving to the front at the end of the race," he said. "We came a long way from the beginning of practice to the end of the race. The team made a lot of changes that helped the car. By the end, we were all right. "Our guys have really been pushed hard to get cars ready each week, especially after the fire. When we get the hauler back and get the two cars back I think we'll be in great shape for rest of the season."

And when it's over, Ambrose and the rest of the Kingsford Match Light team may look back to Gateway as the pivotal point of the entire season.J

-credit: jtg

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