BUSCH: Bristol II: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE RUNS STRONG AT BRISTOL UNTIL CRUNCHING ENDING Marcos Ambrose has shown impressive short track form before a crunching impact ended his day in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee today. Ambrose qualified...

AMBROSE RUNS STRONG AT BRISTOL UNTIL CRUNCHING ENDING

Marcos Ambrose has shown impressive short track form before a crunching impact ended his day in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee today.

Ambrose qualified in 12th position in the 43-car field in the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion and ran strongly in the early stages.

The high-banked Bristol half-mile is regarded as one of the toughest in NASCAR, but Ambrose displayed his constant development as a NASCAR racer by occupying a top 10 position for 21 laps and running in the front half of the field.

Ambrose then dropped back and suffered damage to his car when he clipped Danny O'Quinn as he tried to pass O'Quinn's car. The contact spun Ambrose, resulting in contact with the outside wall.

The Australian battled on despite losing a lap in the fracas and was on course to gain his lap back as one of the first cars a lap down through NASCAR's 'Lucky Dog' rule, which allows the first car a lap down to rejoin the lead lap at a caution period.

But Ambrose never got that chance, running wide as he battled with an ill-handling car as a result of the damage from the early contact. As his car got high into Turn 2 and onto the marbles Ambrose spun and was collected hard by Robert Richardson as his car sat idle on the Turn 2 banking.

The impact on the left front corner of the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion was enough to send Ambrose's car into a 360-degree spin. Both drivers emerged uninjured from the impact and were cleared by NASCAR's infield care centre before returning to their respective pits.

The failure to finish meant that Ambrose dropped one spot to ninth in the NASCAR Busch Series standings. The 30-year-old remains second to David Ragan in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.

-credit: team australia

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , David Ragan , Danny O'Quinn